the Big Island
Maui vs Honolulu : The Verdict Honolulu is the most populated and developed island and is famous for its spectacular beaches and great waves. On the other hand, Maui is a great choice for those who want to enjoy beautiful beaches and also spend some time snorkeling and hiking.
Hilton Waikoloa Village: no beach , but is there ocean access.
Read more about the high season and the low season on Hawaii elsewhere on our website. In our opinion, the best time to avoid the crowds and find the cheapest tickets to the Big Island is between mid-April and May and in September and October.
Hilo is more affordable and has more local character. Hilo definitely feels less touristy than Kona , which is a good thing. Hilo has some great rainforests and waterfalls in the area, so it’s a good place for hiking and other outdoor activities. The Hilo side gets a lot more rain than Kona , so consider that as well.
The Big Island is the third most visited in Hawaii and offers accommodation for all budgets. It tends to be cheaper than Maui and it has two very different sides: Kona (west side) and Hilo (east side). In Kona there are many resorts and hotels with prices usually a bit higher than in Hilo.
When visiting the Hilo side, we recommend staying either in a small hotel in town or preferably in one of the lodges/inns near Volcano . We love the Volcano area not only because of its proximity to the park but also because of the lush scenery.
Big Island Hawaii Hilo Kona Drive Times
|Pahoa||19 / 0:30||93 / 2:00|
|Volcanoes National Park||30 / 0:45||83 / 1:55|
|Waimea||56 / 1:15||40 / 1:00|
|Waikoloa Hotels||68 / 1:20||26 / 0:40|
Ferries . There are only two inter- island passenger ferries in Hawaii . The Molokai Ferry departs twice daily from Lahaina, Maui, to the nearby island of Molokai, and takes about 90 minutes. The Maui-Lanai Expeditions Ferry departs five times a day from Lahaina, reaching Manele Bay on Lanai in 45 minutes.