Hawaii (Big Island) Travel Guide 2021 | 11 Tips for THE BEST Hawaii Vacation

From where to stay, to where to eat, to our favorite Big Island Hawaii beaches, here is our ultimate guide to Hawaii. Let us show you around the Big Island!

Jumping over from our home on Maui, we love to explore the Big Island (Jordan imagines retiring here). We compiled our 11 tips for how to visit and have the time of your life while on the Island of Hawaii.

Need more details? Check out our 6-day Island of Hawaii (Big Island) itinerary that includes a video guide for the itinerary. See what you are going to experience before you go to Hawaii.

Stay till the end as we share our top three can’t miss things to do on the Big Island.

1:54 video for best snorkel spots

Our Favorite Big Island Tour Operators (some are partnerships, some are not, all of them we love):

Kayak and Snorkel Kealakekua Bay with Adventures in Paradise:

Waipio Valley and Waterfall Tour by Wasabi:

Island Hop to Pearl Harbor with a Guided Tour:

Manta Ray Night Snorkeling:

Favorite Big Island Resorts and Hotels (we love these hotels and also get a small commission when you click the link, mahalo for your support!)

Mid-Range: Westin Hapuna Beach
Family-Friendly: Sheraton Kona
Romantic: Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
Luxury: Mauna Lani
Unique: Volcano House

Our bi-weekly email newsletter for traveling to Hawaii in 2021:

How to Visit the Big Island, Hawaii with 11 Tips Chapters
00:00 Intro
01:19 #1 Get in the Water
02:23 #2 Stay on the Sunny Side of Hawaii
03:04 #3 Eat the Best Food
04:19 #4 Learn Hawaiian History
05:29 #5 See the Stars
05:40 #6 Hike into a Volcano
06:31 #7 Say Hello to Hilo
07:04 #8 Go on a Guided Tour
07:50 #9 Don’t Rush the East Side
09:16 #10 Explore Kona Coffee Country
09:48 #11 Book Early

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