Hawaiian White Sand Beach

Choose the Right Housing for Your Needs

Hawaii-beach-hotelFinding an accommodation that fits your goals is an important part of your vacation. Your housing can be as much a part of your vacation as the things you do. In fact, my “mom’s house” in Hawaii, a vacation rental, she claims is her second home. Understandably so. Where else can you brew your coffee, sit on your lanai and watch whales?  Serious.  A good housing situation can be as much part of your vacation as touring the island.

Places to Stay in Hawaii

Standard hotels—There are not many “standard hotels” in the Big Island. You won’t find the chains that you see in other places, although you will find a few.  Mainly the hotels are ma and pa hotels and they can be a bit sketchy at times. Its’s reallyHawaii hotel lobby hit and miss.

Resorts—By staying at a resort you in essence could never leave the resort and still have a Hawaiian vacation experience. Resorts typically have pools, tennis courts, spas, in-house dining, beach access and shopping. Most will also have golf course access but not all. Resorts are more expensive but they do make it possible to limit further expenses by staying in one location.

Vacation Rentals—Vacations rentals are truly a great way to go. You get a house to yourself, it typically is stocked with beach supplies such as snorkel gear and boogie boards (not guaranteed) and you can cook your own meals cutting down costs. No, you don’t always have a pool right there or walk-in dining, but the local swimming pool is available and dining options abound. ADDED BONUS: A house is typically cheaper than a resort.  A lot of these can be found online from reputable vacation rental companies.

  • You can look also for vacation rentals online or via newspaper–West Hawaii Today
  • Airbnb is another place to look

Bed and Breakfast—These can offer some unique locations and a more local feel to your stay.  For creative locations, someone to help you understand culture and give direction, these sometimes are a great choice.

Hostels—A lot of hikers pass through the Big Island.  Like many hostels of the world, these are basic housing options that allow someone on a low-cost budget a chance to enjoy the Big Island.

Campsites-The Big Island has a number of campsites and cabins.  Some places will even rent you camping gear so you don’t have to travel with to Hawaii.  Camping out is a great way to see the Island!  Learn More.