Cheap Big Island of Hawaii Vacations

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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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Cheap Big Island of Hawaii Vacation Packages

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. Check-in office is located in Unit #60. 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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Hilton Waikoloa Village

4 stars
4.1 / 5 210 reviews
Oceanfront Waikoloa resort offers 62-acre tropical fantasy adventureFantasy becomes reality at the oceanfront Hilton Waikoloa Village, one of Hawaii's most renowned playgrounds. This 62-acre property features more than 1,200 upscale accommodations, and the grounds are covered in amenities: swimming pools, a protected lagoon and beach, championship golf courses, restaurants, and more than $7 million in art. Arriving guests may travel to their rooms via tram or boat -- an experience in itself. Kids will love Dolphin Quest, an in-water interactive visit with Hilton Waikoloa Village's dolphins.  HighlightsExperience lobby-to-room tram or mini canal boat service, or go by foot via the Museum Walkway, lined with valuable artworksSwim and snorkel at the resort's 4-acre, ocean-fed lagoon, with colorful reef fish and turtles plus a white-sand beachSpend the day unwinding at the full-service Kohala SpaFree shuttle service to Anaehoomalu Bay, home to one of South Kohala's best beaches7 plexicushion tennis courts and a 450-seat stadium court LocationThe oceanfront Hilton Waikoloa Village is north of Kailua-Kona in the exclusive community of Waikoloa, South Kohala. RoomsHilton Waikoloa Village rooms and suites span three towers, with views ranging from the dolphin lagoon to the ocean. All accommodations include a private balcony, flat-screen TV, Hilton Serenity Collection Bed and Bedding, mini-refrigerator and safe. Bathrooms have exclusive Kohala bath amenities. High-speed Internet access is available (fees may apply). FeaturesRecreationWater-loving guests twill feel at home here. Hilton Waikoloa Village features a 4-acre swimming and snorkeling lagoon and 3 freshwater swimming pools with waterfalls and slides. Serenity seeker escape to the Zen garden and full-service Kohala Spa. The hotel also has 8 impressive tennis courts (fees apply), two championship golf courses (fees apply) and the educational Dolphin Quest Learning Lagoon (fees apply). DiningHilton Waikoloa Village offers an equally impressive collection of dining choices: Lagoon Spoon (a cereal-lover's paradise found), Japanese restaurant Imari, steak-and-seafood Kamuela Provision Company and Legends of the Pacific luau. TransportationKona International Airport (19.2 mi/30.9 km)Complimentary shuttle between Anaehoomalu Bay and the resort AttractionsKings' Shops/Queens' MarketPlace (0.9 mi/1.75 km)Anaehoomalu Bay (1.1 mi/ 1.8 km)Hapuna Beach (8.9 mi/14.3 km)Lapakahi State Historical Park (22.6 mi/36.3 km)Kailua-Kona (25.7 mi/41.4 km)Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park (45.4 mi/73 km)Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (via Waimea) (104 mi/168 km) Policies & feesDaily resort fee of $25 USD plus tax per day will be added to the room rate and includes: Internet access, hula, lei making and ukulele lessons, in-room PlayStation 3 with unlimited movies and games, 20% discount on Lagoon Beach toy rentals, 10% discount on Cruises Ocean Sports, and local and toll-free calls.
Value 7th night free with luau
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Hilo Seaside Hotel

2 stars
3.6 / 5 241 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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The Fairmont Orchid Hawaii

5 stars
4.3 / 5 119 reviews
Deluxe Waikoloa hotel with championship golf and beachfront dreamscape Melt into tropical bliss at the 32-acre beachfront Fairmont Orchid Hawaii, in the upscale South Kohala community of Waikoloa. Situated on an aquamarine lagoon traced in sugar-white sand and coconut trees, guests need not ever leave the property to find paradise. Ten tennis courts, a 36-hole championship golf course and outdoor massages by a waterfall or the ocean offer plenty of ways to unwind. Book a massage in a private cabana by a waterfall or the ocean, or book a private yoga or Pilates training sessionPlay at the 36-hole championship course, named one of the 75 Best Golf Resorts in North America by Golf DigestEnjoy the white-sand beach, coconut-tree grove and glistening aquamarine lagoon, plus basking turtles The Fairmont Orchid Hawaii is less than an hour north of Kailua-Kona in the upscale community of Waikoloa. The hotel rests on a dreamy landscape of sugar-white sand, aquamarine water and rugged black lava rock, surrounded by championship golf courses. The Fairmont Orchid Hawaii features 540 guest rooms and suites, each with a private balcony, tailored furnishings and a view of gardens or ocean. Executive suites include a separate bedroom with French doors. All accommodations sport air conditioning, high-speed Internet access (fees may apply), Fairmont bath amenities, bathrobes and 42-inch LCD flat-screen TV with media panel. Guests at The Fairmont Orchid Hawaii have several dining choices. The award-winning Brown's Beach House offers romantic dining. At Norio's Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar, enjoy some of the Big Island's best sushi by a serene koi pond. Hale Kai offers casual fare in an outdoor setting. The Fairmont Orchid Hawaii tempts with a 10,000-square-foot swimming pool, 10 tennis courts and a 36-hole golf course. A 24-hour fitness center and full-service Spa Without Walls round out the amenities. The Keiki Aloha Children's Program entertains kids while parents are enjoying their own leisure time. Kona International Airport (22.7 mi/36.6 km) Kings' Shops/Queens' MarketPlace (5.2 mi/8.4 km)Anaehoomalu Bay (5.9 mi/9.6 km)Hapuna Beach (7.1 mi/11.4 km)Lapakahi State Historical Park (20.8 mi/33.4 km)Kailua-Kona (28.9 mi/46.5 km)Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park (48.6 mi/78.2 km)Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (via Waimea) (102 mi/164 km)
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Royal Kona Resort

3 stars
3.8 / 5 431 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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