If you live in Hawaii and are in need of a getaway this year, a staycation in Hawaii might be your best bet to escape without taking too much time off or putting too much strain on your wallet. It can often feel overwhelming to plan a long trip to the mainland or Asia, but the neighbor islands are always a short flight away! The Big Island is only a 45-minute trip from Honolulu, and only 35 minutes from Kahului. With Southwest Airlines potentially opening up inter-island flights this year, 2018 is a great time to look out for local flight deals that can help you save on airfare costs.
The Big Island is an excellent option for staycations. The quiet, rural atmosphere and wide-open spaces will be a welcome relief for locals looking to get away from the city or other more popular tourist destinations. You will still be able to find deserted lookouts and quiet, secluded beaches along the island’s sweeping coastlines. The mountains provide an escape from the heat of midday, and places like our 30-acre mountainside estate seem a world apart from the bustling resorts along the waterfront.
With a staycation in Hawaii you can take advantage of Kama’aina rates to get the best deals on accommodations, car rentals, and activities. The Holualoa Inn offers a 10% Kama’aina discount for locals, and you can also save on helicopter tours of Kilauea Volcano and night-time Manta Ray snorkeling excursions.
The best part of visiting the Big Island for many locals will be exploring the natural wonders of our landscape. The Big Island is home to vast swaths of native forest that you can visit within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, or on your way to stargaze on Mauna Kea. These quiet, misty forests are a great place to take a rejuvenating hike among the giant Hapu’u ferns and the sing-song calls of the native Honeycreepers.
Kilauea Volcano has been especially active in the past few years, and a staycation is an excellent opportunity for locals to visit and take in the awe-inspiring sights of lava flowing across the coastal plain near Kamokuna or the fiery lake of molten lava at the Halemaumau Crater. The Halemaumau eruption is located within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where visitors will also find endless opportunities for exploration beyond viewing the lava. The park itself is larger than Oahu–with over 150 miles of maintained trails–and whether you are planning a brief visit or a full day out you will not run out of things to see.
You might also consider a visit to Mauna Kea, Hawaii’s tallest mountain and one of the best stargazing locations in the world. You can take a guided tour that includes professionally curated stargazing and private telescopes, or you can go it alone and drive the 4WD road to Mauna Kea’s 13,796′ summit. Either way, the view from the mountain’s summit in one you will not soon forget.
Of course, the Big Island is also a great place to just relax. Our Big Island bed and breakfast is the perfect retreat from the crowding of the city and the tourist hubs. If you are having trouble finding the time for a big trip, consider taking a staycation in Hawaii instead; just give yourself a couple of days to get away and soak in the Aloha spirit. Book your stay with us today!