Big Island Guide: How to Prepare and Where to Stay

Tips and tricks on how to vacation in Big Island with ease.


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CAR TALK 

If you must get a car in sold-out Hilo: Harper Car and Truck Rental, (800) 852-9993; on Hawai‘i Island, (808) 969-1478. Its stock runs to four-wheelers and trucks, which can be pricey, and those suckers guzzle gas; also, you can expect a “white-gloves” inspection when you return it. You ding, you pay. But it will take you to off-road places, including Ka‘u, Kohala and Waipi‘o Valley. (You don’t need four-wheel drive to reach the summit of Mauna Kea, unless it’s snowbound, and the rental car contracts allow you to drive over the vastly improved Saddle Road. Do check the fine print, though.)

 

BIG ISLAND BUCKET LIST 

Rainbow Falls, Hike. 
Photo: Jack Wolford 

 

  • Go on a horseback tour of Waipi‘o Valley

  • Take a zipline ride over Akaka Falls

  • Spend the night in a treehouse during gentle trades 

  • Fly in a helicopter above the volcano and eruption

  •  Swim at a green sand beach

  • Hike through a field of ancient petroglyphs

  • Enjoy a week in Hilo with no rain

 

 

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