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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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Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa

4 stars
4.1 / 5 400 reviews
Beachfront Waikoloa resort next door to two upscale shopping centersOn an island with relatively few beaches, the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Waikoloa charms with a location on lovely Anaehoomalu Bay, with a sand beach, safe swimming and ancient Hawaiian fishponds. Guests enjoy spacious and contemporary accommodations that include a private balcony and the notable Marriott Revive bed. On the property, an infinity swimming pool, full-service spa and fitness center complete bliss. HighlightsEnjoy an oceanfront location on Anaehoomalu Bay, with one of the region's best beaches and swimming baysVisit two shopping centers just next door, with stores from local favorite Cinnamon Girl to Louis VuittonSpend the day unwinding at Waikoloa Beach Marriott's full-service Mandara Spa LocationThe 15-acre beachfront Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa is less than an hour north of Kailua-Kona, in the exclusive South Kohala community of Waikoloa. The resort sits on beautiful Anaehoomalu Bay, with a sandy beach, safe swimming and ancient fishponds. Two excellent shopping centers are just next door. RoomsThe six-story Waikoloa Beach Marriott features more than 530 guest rooms and one-bedroom suites with elegantly contemporary Polynesian and Asian décor, and views ranging from pool to garden/mountain and ocean. Each includes a private balcony, the Marriott Revive bed with designer duvet and extra fluffy pillows, high-speed Internet access (fees may apply), air conditioning, Kona coffee and tea service and flat-screen cable/satellite TV. DiningWaikoloa Beach Marriott features Hawaii Calls Restaurant & Lounge, popular for its breakfast buffet and American/Pacific Rim-style dinner service. The Marriott also offers the Sunset Luau experience. Next to the resort, try Merriman's Market Café; Roy's Waikoloa Bar & Grill; Sansei Seafood, Steak & Sushi Bar; or Romano's Macaroni Grill. RecreationGuests at Waikoloa Beach Marriott unwind at the full-service Mandara Spa or at in the heated swimming pool and Jacuzzi. Kids have their own children's pool, while a fitness center and nearby golf courses complete the diversions. The hotel also hosts cultural activities to educate guests about local traditions. TransportationKona International Airport (18.5 mi/29.8 km) AttractionsAnaehoomalu Bay (fronting resort)Kings' Shops/Queens' MarketPlace (1 block)Hapuna Beach (8.2 mi/13.2 km)Lapakahi State Historical Park (21.2 mi/34.1 km)Kailua-Kona (25 mi/40.3 km)Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park (44.7 mi/72 km)Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (via Waimea) (103 mi/166 km) Policies and feesThe property charges $25 USD resort fee plus tax per day, inclusive of the following: Unlimited in-room Internet accessDaily self-parkingUnlimited US domestic, long distance and local phone callsWaikoloa Golf Driving Range use - complimentary use, regularly $15 hrLuau for two people - 20% discount off regular price $97Hertz car rental - 15% daily rentalOcean sports - 10% select beach rentals
Value 4th Night Free + Daily Buffet Breakfast for 2
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Fairways at Mauna Lani

4 stars
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The Fairways at Mauna Lani provide a home away from home in the beautiful Mauna Lani resort, a stone's throw from the Fairmont Orchid and Mauna Lani Bay Hotels. Two and three bedroom town homes with private garage and no upstairs neighbors with views of the golf course or a pool and park view. With access to spa , tennis and fitness center and the Mauna Lani Beach Club nearby in the Mauna Lani Resort. Guest Arrival and Departure: Check in and check out at Outrigger Condominium Collection at the Kings' Shops, 250 Waikoloa Beach Drive, Suite B13. We highly recommend that guests rent a car. One complimentary parking stall is available in the unit's garage. Front desk hours: 9am until 7pm daily. Please contact the front desk on the day of arrival if you expect to check in after 7pm.
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Hilo Seaside Hotel

2 stars
3.6 / 5 258 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)
Value Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access
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Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

5 stars
4.6 / 5 32 reviews
Magnificent Kohala Coast beach resort with award-winning golf courseDreamed into reality by a Rockefeller and recently restored to its original glory, the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is one of the Big Island's most legendary and spectacular destinations. Fronting a magnificent South Kohala crescent-sand beach, the multi-award-winning hotel melds amenities with its sister property, Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, to offer 1,839 acres of resort paradise with golf, tennis, yoga classes, a full-service spa, swimming, an art tour, restaurants and much more. Luxury guest rooms include artful designer decor and cutting-edge amenities.  HighlightsExplore the hotel's collection of Asian and Pacific art, with more than 1,600 worksPlay at the Mauna Kea's award-winning, newly renovated 18-hole golf course, designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr.Visit the hotel's Manta Ray Lookout, a popular evening destination for manta ray viewing along the shoreline  LocationLocated north of Kailua-Kona on the South Kohala Coast, the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel fronts the crescent-shaped Kaunaoa Beach, considered one of the Big Island's most beautiful. Kings' Shops and Queens' MarketPlace, less than 10 miles south, offer plentiful shopping and dining. RoomsMauna Kea Beach Hotel's 258 recently renovated luxury guest rooms offer grace, comfort, spaciousness and cutting-edge style -- plus golf course/mountain or ocean views. Each includes a flat-screen TV, media hub, iPod dock, L'Occitane amenities, private balcony and high-speed Internet access (fees apply). DiningMauna Kea Beach Hotel offers an incredible variety of onsite dining – all overlooking the sea. Cuisine ranges from a traditional Sunday Brunch, al fresco clambake and luau, to the award-winning fish and steak restaurant Monettes. Want privacy? Mauna Kea Beach Hotel offers in-room dining.  RecreationEnjoy a bevy of on-site recreation facilities here, from a golf course and spa to 11 tennis courts, a fitness center and swimming pool. Mauna Kea Golf Course, the Arnold Palmer/Ed Seay-designed 18-hole championship course, features spectacular views of the Kohala Coast and Pacific, and the snow-capped Mauna Kea volcano as a backdrop. Endless activities for adults and kids include fitness classes, hula dancing, t-shirt painting, movies and more (fees apply). The Mauna Kea Spa by Mandara offers a Balinese and Hawaiian-inspired therapies from massage and aromatherapy to skincare services.  TransportationKona International Airport (27 mi/43.5 km) AttractionsKaunaoa Beach ("Mauna Kea Beach") (Adjacent)Hapuna Beach (2.8 mi/4.6 km)Kings' Shops/Queens' MarketPlace (9.9 mi/15.9 km)Lapakahi State Historical Park (13.2 mi/21.3 km)Kailua-Kona (33.5 mi/54 km)Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park (53.3 mi/85.7 km)
Value Buffet Breakfast for 2 Plus $400 Resort Credit
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Royal Kona Resort

3 stars
3.8 / 5 439 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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