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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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Castle Halii Kai At Waikoloa

4 stars
4.3 / 5 39 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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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 / 5 256 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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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)
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Royal Kona Resort

3 stars
3.8 / 5 435 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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