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The Big Island of Hawaii may be synonymous with luxurious tropical escapes, but you can also vacation there on the cheap. Marvel at the volcanic black sands of Punaluu Black Sand Beach, then take some time for reflection in the stunning surrounds of Wood Valley -- both free. And while you're in bargain-hunting mode, visit the old mill town of Pahoa for an eclectic mix of shops, cheap eateries and a stroll along the bustling boardwalk. To get even more bang for your buck, visit Pahoa on the weekend and hit up the Makuu Farmers Market for fresh, cheap produce.

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Sea Mountain

4 stars
5.0 / 5 1 reviews
Your Polynesian style bungalow at Sea Mountain puts you a short 30 minute drive to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and other natural wonders. Located in the arid, isolated, undeveloped part of the island known as South Point, it is set well apart from the bustle of Hilo or Kona. Sea Mountain is moments away from the legendary black sand beach, overlooking the Pacific Ocean and its own 18-hole golf course. At the resort you can rest up for the next outing in your spacious condo unit or enjoy the outdoor hot tub and pool, tennis courts and barbecue area. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in rooms and common areas. Front desk hours are 8am - 6pm. Daily housekeeping is not provided at this accommodation. Please note a USD 50.00 refundable deposit is required at check-in with credit card, cash USD 150.00. Additional note: There is a USD 250.00 fine for smoking in the units and USD 350.00 fine for pets in the units.
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Castle Halii Kai At Waikoloa

4 stars
4.5 / 5 57 reviews
Fully equipped oceanfront Waikoloa villas on a luxury-resort propertyExperience oceanfront living at Castle Halii Kai At Waikoloa in a deluxe villa with mountain, golf course or ocean views and upscale, contemporary décor. Located on the expansive Waikoloa Beach Resort in South Kohala, guests enjoy easy access to the resort's golf courses, shopping and dining. Castle Halii Kai At Waikoloa offers an oceanfront swimming pool, children's pool, tennis courts, fitness center and restaurant. Parking and high-speed Internet access are complimentary. HighlightsSwimming beach and exceptional shopping and dining within a few minutes' driveMarvel at the Big Island's magnificently rugged black-rock coastline, created by ancient volcanic lava flowsOceanfront pool, children's pool LocationLocated in the community of Waikoloa on the luxurious Waikoloa Beach Resort property, Castle Halii Kai At Waikoloa a short drive north from Kailua-Kona. The hotel offers easy access to a sandy beach at Anaehoomalu Bay, Hawaiian historical sites, and excellent shopping and dining. FeaturesRecreationCastle Halii Kai At Waikoloa offers excellent recreational facilities, including a swimming pool and children's pool, whirlpool, fitness center, tennis courts and basketball courts. DiningAll Halii Kai At Waikoloa villas feature a full kitchen for home-cooked meals. The Ocean Club Bar and Grill at Halii Kai serves dishes made from chef-grown herbs and vegetables, plus fresh seafood and local beef. Additional restaurants and cafés are nearby. TransportationKona International Airport (19.1 mi/30.8 km) AttractionsKings' Shops/Queens' MarketPlace (1 mi/1.7 km)Anaehoomalu Bay (1.6 mi/2.6 km)Hapuna Beach (8 mi/12.9 km)Lapakahi State Historical Park (21.7 mi/34.9 km)Kailua-Kona (25.6 mi/41.3 km)Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park (45.4 mi/73 km)Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (via Waimea) (103 mi/166 km) Policies and fees For check in procedures, guest must contact the property direct at 808-886-4307 daily to 8 p.m. local time. Guests who are staying less than 7 days can purchase additional housekeeping services at nominal costs. Extra towels and amenities will be provided in each unit prior to check-in. Guests can request for replenishment of the bath amenities (shampoo, soap, toilet tissues) at any time without charge. There will be a small fee for the replacement of towels/linens. A resort fee of $10.00 plus tax (per day, per room) will be charged upon check-in. The resort fee will include parking permit and entry gate electronic keycard.
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Hilo Seaside Hotel

2 stars
3.5 / 5 353 reviews
Value priced, Island-style Hilo hotel with bay and garden viewsThe locally owned Hilo Seaside Hotel offers guests Island-style budget accommodations and a convenient location near downtown Hilo and the airport. The hotel is built around a swimming pool and landscaped with gardens and ponds. An on-site restaurant and free parking add extra value. Just across the street, the picturesque Hilo Bay is trimmed in green foliage and dotted with small catamarans. HighlightsOutdoor swimming poolFree parking9-hole golf course across the streetPrivate guest room balconies with viewsOn-site restaurant open daily LocationHilo Seaside Hotel sits across the street from a sheltered bay and just off historic Banyan Drive in central Hilo. Liliuokalani Park and Gardens is within a few minutes' walk, and a 9-hole golf course is just across the street. The sleepy town of Hilo offers visitors a view of "real Hawaii" life and easy access to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. RoomsHilo Seaside Hotel offers simple Island-style guest accommodations, including a few rooms designated for smokers. Each features views of the hotel gardens or the bay, plus air conditioning, a ceiling fan, TV, mini-refrigerator and private balcony. In-room high-speed Internet access available (fees may apply). Request in advance for an in-room microwave or coffee-maker. FeaturesStay cool at Hilo Seaside Hotel's large outdoor swimming pool, or build a local-style tan on the sundeck. Enjoy a quiet moment in Hilo Seaside Hotel's manicured Japanese rock garden or Hawaiian tropical garden. The hotel offers dining 7 days a week at Coconut Grill, a steak and seafood restaurant. Hilo is packed with tasty eateries and cafés, including local favorite Ken's House of Pancakes. TransportationHilo International Airport (3.2 mi/5.1 km) AttractionsPacific Tsunami Museum (1.8 mi/2.9 km)Lyman Museum (1.8 mi/2.9 km)Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii (2.3 mi/3.7 km)Panaewa Rainforest Zoo (5.7 mi/9.1 km)Akaka Falls (10.7 mi/17.3 km)Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (35 mi/56.4 km)
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Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel

4 stars
4.3 / 5 369 reviews
Grand Hapuna Beach hotel with ocean views from every roomWith an ancient name Hapuna, or "Spring of Life," the award-winning Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel sits oceanfront upon South Kohala's remarkable Hapuna Beach. All 350 luxurious guest rooms offer ocean views from private balconies. The resort shares its oceanfront landscape with sister property Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, combining amenities for an extended resort with championship golf courses, tennis, spas, a fitness center, swimming pool, restaurants and more. HighlightsEnjoy access and signing privileges at the neighboring Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Hapuna Beach is frequently ranked among America's best beaches by Condé Nast TravelerStargaze at the hotel's high-powered telescope with professional astronomers several days each week LocationLess than an hour north of Kailua-Kona on the South Kohala Coast, the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel fronts the grand Hapuna Beach, one of the Big Island's most famed beaches. Kings' Shops and Queens' MarketPlace are less than 10 miles south, with plentiful shopping and dining. RoomsHapuna Beach Prince Hotel angles away from the beach, offering ocean views from its 350 oversized guest rooms. Each includes a private balcony, Japanese robes, high-speed Internet access (fees may apply), bathroom amenities and large bathroom with double vanity. FeaturesRecreationHapuna Beach Prince Hotel features an oceanfront swimming pool, fitness center, golf course and full-service spa (fees apply). Guests may use facilities at the neighboring Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, including Mauna Kea Spa by Mandara and Mauna Kea Golf Course (fees apply). DiningGuests choose from several dining experiences at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. The open-air Ocean Terrace does breakfast both a la carte and buffet. The poolside Beach Bar offers salads, fresh fish and sandwiches -- or guests can make their own salads at Café Hapuna. Coast Grill features fresh Island ingredients with an American bistro slant. Room service is available. AttractionsHapuna Beach (In front)Kings' Shops/Queens' MarketPlace (8.1 mi/15 km)Lapakahi State Historical Park (14 mi/22.6 km)Kailua-Kona (31.7 mi/51 km)Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park (51.4 mi/82.7 km)Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (via Waimea) (97 mi/156 km) Policies and feesSelf parking: $15 USD + tax per day Valet Parking: $20 USD + tax per day
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Royal Kona Resort

3 stars
3.8 / 5 685 reviews
Oceanfront Kailua resort features Don the Beachcomber mai tai heavenPerched on a lava-rock promontory on the edge of downtown Kailua-Kona, the Royal Kona Resort is a landmark hotel with renovated rooms and stellar ocean views. On site, guests find the legendary Don the Beachcomber Restaurant and Don's Mai Tai Bar. A tri-star shaped hotel built around an open-air lobby and surrounded by a tropical saltwater fishpond, the atmosphere captures the Big Island spirit without forgoing all the niceties of resort living. A sandy beach ledge, sheltered swimming lagoon and split-level swimming pool add to the romance.   HighlightsSplit-level swimming poolFitness centerLegendary Don the Beachcomber restaurant and mai tai barSaltwater swimming lagoon and mini-beachEvening luau and Polynesian revue LocationThe oceanfront Royal Kona Resort is perched on a dramatic lava-rock bluff in Kailua-Kona town, just minutes from restaurants and shops. The Kona region is a favorite Big Island destination for its sunshine, snorkeling, coffee and macadamia nut farms, big-game fishing and local-style charm. RoomsThe tri-star shaped Royal Kona Resort has recently refurbished and remodeled its accommodations, resulting in a fresh, Island-contemporary atmosphere. Each alii, bay and lagoon tower guest room features a beautiful garden, mountain or ocean view, private balcony, air conditioning, TV, mini-refrigerator and high-speed wireless Internet access at the Royal Kona Resort (fees may apply). DiningThe Royal Kona Resort is home to the legendary Don the Beachcomber Restaurant and Don’s Mai Tai Bar, where, of course, a mai tai is a must. Several nights a week, the Royal Kona Resort also presents an oceanfront luau and Polynesian revue. Restaurants are plentiful throughout Kailua-Kona. RecreationEnjoy the Royal Kona Resort's split-level swimming pool, saltwater swimming lagoon and mini-beach, tennis courts (fees apply), fitness center and full-service spa (fees apply).   TransportationKona International Airport (9.4 mi/15 km)   AttractionsHulihee Palace (0.7 mi/1.1 km)Downtown Kailua-Kona (0.8 mi/1.2 km)Kahaluu Beach Park (“Snorkel Beach”) (4.1 mi/6.6 km)Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park (4.4 mi/7 km)Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park (19.2 mi/30.9 km)Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (via Captain Cook) (92.8 mi/149 km) Policies and feesThe pool will be closed from 23 September to 30 September. During this period, the private saltwater lagoon will remain available. Guests can also use the pool facilities at neighboring Kona Reef.
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Big Island of Hawaii highlights

  • Big Island highlights
  • Waimea

    This unique, historic area is home to a big expanse of green pastures, a kitschy country vibe and the best photo ops in town. If you're not up for walking, pay a little extra to take a horseback tour and then wrap things up at the Polulu Valley Lookout for priceless views.

  • Kona Coffee Tasting Tour

    This self-guided tour is a must for coffee lovers. Twenty miles of scenic mountainside host nearly 600 specialty coffee farms, boasting the strongest, most delicious beans on the Big Island.

  • Kalapana

    This remarkable spot lies right at the heart of Puna, and will be a highlight of your Big Island travels. The village is partially covered in lava after Kilauea erupted back in 1990, and it's seriously cool to see. For a value-added extra, visit the 17-acre Lava Tree State Park to check out the lava rock trees dating back to the 1700s.

  • Saddle Road

    If you've got a taste for adventure and your budget can stretch to a hardcore vehicle, this drive is a must on your Big Island travels. The winding road climbs up to an insane 6000 feet, and when you reach the top, you're guaranteed the views of a lifetime.

  • Mauna Kea Observatory

    Perched atop the Mauna Kea volcano is this mind-blowing observatory where, for a small fee, you can talk learn about astronomy from a team of experts. Look through the telescopes, and marvel over the moon-like terrain of Mauna Kea. A must for every Big Island vacation.

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