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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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Paniolo Greens Resort

3 stars
4.3 / 5 98 reviews
Waikoloa upcountry resort on golf course, with fully-equipped villasGolfers rejoice at the Paniolo Greens at Waikoloa resort, with extraordinarily large one- and two-bedroom villas set on a peaceful upcountry championship fairway. Villas gaze across green landscaping, the ocean and distant volcanoes. All accommodations include a fully-equipped kitchen, washer/dryer, private patio and free high-speed Internet access. Guests of the Paniolo Greens at Waikoloa resort enjoy swimming, tennis, fitness center and barbecue area. Dine in-room or visit several area restaurants offering upscale and casual options. HighlightsSwimming poolsOutdoor grilling areaFitness centerFree high-speed Internet accessFull kitchens in all accommodations LocationLess than an hour north of Kailua-Kona and just upland from the coast, the Paniolo Greens at Waikoloa resort offers South Kohala country peace and quiet right on Waikoloa Village Golf Course. A sandy beach at Anaehoomalu Bay and plentiful shopping and dining are a short drive away from the Paniolo Greens at Waikoloa resort. RoomsThe Paniolo Greens at Waikoloa resort features lavish, upcountry-style one- and two-bedroom villas on the golf course. Accommodations offer plenty of space for sharing with family or friends. Each villa includes a fully-equipped kitchen, private patio, air conditioning (fees may apply), ceiling fan, washer/dryer, cable TV, DVD/CD player and free high-speed Internet access. DiningPaniolo Greens at Waikoloa resort guests enjoy home cooking with the full kitchens of all accommodations. The Paniolo Greens at Waikoloa resort also is within easy driving to several of the Big Island's best restaurants including upscale, family and casual eateries. RecreationGuests at the Paniolo Greens at Waikoloa resort enjoy swimming pools, Jacuzzi, fitness center and outdoor grilling area. Golf also is available near the Paniolo Greens at Waikoloa resort (fees apply).   TransportationKona International Airport (24 mi/38.6 km)   AttractionsKings’ Shops/Queens’ MarketPlace (6.8 mi/11 km)Anaehoomalu Bay (7.5 mi/12.1 km)Hapuna Beach (11.5 mi/18.5 km)Lapakahi State Historical Park (24.5 mi/39.4 km)Kailua-Kona (30.5 mi/49 km)Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park (50.2 mi/80.8 km)Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (via Waimea) (101 mi/163 km)
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Castle Waimea Country Lodge

2 stars
2.4 / 5 8 reviews
In the cool upcountry at the base of Mauna Kea, Waimea Country Lodge welcomes you with warm island hospitality. Awake to complimentary locally-grown coffee, morning mists, rolling green grasslands, and extraordinary views of Mauna Kea. It's a location unlike that of any other Big Island accommodations, and it's no wonder. This quaint, farmhouse-style lodge seems to blend right in with the landscape. These accomodations are spacious retreats, featuring kitchenettes with a microwave, daily maid service, high-speed Internet, and a color TV you may never turn on. From the lodge there are endless opportunities to soak up the area's rich history that has been so carefully preserved throughout the years. Walk to Waimea Town (also known as Kamuela). There you'll find Parker Ranch, one of the biggest working ranches in the United States, along with western-wear stores, cultural and sporting events, and even rodeos. You'll also have easy access to Mauna Kea summit and its observatories, a premier spot on the planet for stargazing. On Mauna Kea, the world's tallest mountain, you'll see horse and cattle ranches that cover miles of open grassland. This is indeed home of the Hawaiian cowboy or "paniolo." Head east to the Waipio Valley lookout. Head west and explore the rugged coastline and beautiful beaches of the Kohala Coast, like Hapuna Beach Park just a 15-minute drive away. Be Ready To Be Charmed at this Big Island Hotel.
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Hilo Seaside Hotel

2 stars
3.6 / 5 266 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 33 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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Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows

4 stars
4.5 / 5 82 reviews
Waikoloa beachfront dream resort with golf, tennis, full spa and yoga Fronting a luscious turquoise bay lined with powdery white sand, Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows offers guests a picture-perfect location in South Kohala's upscale Waikoloa. With award-winning tennis and spa amenities, grand guest accommodations -- nearly all with ocean views -- and unique activities such as turtle feeding, Travel + Leisure magazine consistently rates the resort as one of the "Top Hotels in the World." HighlightsJoin in the resort's many activities, ranging from historic petroglyph tours to beachside yoga classesTennis courts, ranked one of the "Top 50 Tennis Resorts" by Tennis MagazineExperience one of the "World's Best Spas" per Travel + Leisure magazine, built to resemble a Hawaiian village LocationMauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows is less than an hour north of Kailua-Kona, in the upscale and sunny community of Waikoloa. The resort fronts a sugary beach and cove, neighbored by an ancient fishpond. Guests enjoy excellent shopping at two malls several miles away. RoomsMauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows offers deluxe guest rooms with mountain, garden or ocean views and Beachfront Bungalows with private plunge pools. Guest rooms include a private balcony, personal bar, LCD flat-screen TV, Internet access and daily housekeeping service. FeaturesRecreationMauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows offers excellent recreational activities. Get friends together for a game of sand volleyball, or sign up for a class at the fitness center (fees may apply). For guests craving a bit of history, the hotel offers historic and educational tours and classes. The resort is also home to a spa, tennis club and two championship golf courses (fees apply). DiningMauna Lani Bay offers a variety of dining experiences ranging from in-room private dining to the hotel's signature restaurant, The Canoehouse, serving fresh Island cuisine and a Wine Spectator "Award of Excellence" wine selection. TransportationKona International Airport (22.4 mi/36.1 km) AttractionsKings' Shops/Queens' MarketPlace (5 mi/8 km)Anaehoomalu Bay (5.7 mi/9.1 km)Hapuna Beach (6.8 mi/11 km)Lapakahi State Historical Park (19.8 mi/31.8 km)Kailua-Kona (28.6 mi/46 km)Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park (48.3 mi/77.8 km)Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (via Waimea) (102 mi/164 km) Policies and feesResort fee is $25 plus tax per room per night inclusive of parking, Internet access, and other amenities and discounts.Overnight parking fee is $18.00 plus tax.
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  • 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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