Where to Stay in Hawaii

By Ricky
Last Updated: 2022-10-31

With world-class beaches, pristine rainforests and scorching volcanoes, why wouldn’t you

want to travel to Hawaii? With eight different islands, each with its own uniqueness, Hawaii is

the perfect destination filled with adventure and luxury no matter where you turn.

Hawaii Island (Big Island)

Known as the largest island in Hawaii hence the name, Big Island you can travel to two parts

of the island here, the West side of Kailua Kona or the west side of Hilo.

The island of Hawaii is home to the famous Punalu’u Beach, also called the black sand beach.

The beach’s sand is created of basalt and was created by lava flowing into the ocean which

explodes because it reaches the ocean and cools. If you are looking for Hawaii like you have seen in the movies, Kona is the island for you. The volcanic fields here are stunning and provide you with picturesque views and beaches which many travellers look for. Kona is also home to some of the biggest and most extravagant resorts in the Pacific and provides a more affordable rate making it a more touristy site.

If you are looking for a more relaxed vibe, you should head over to Hilo which is a lot less

popular with tourists but is extremely beautiful. The main focus here is the rainforests rather than the beaches, you can find stunning stretches of wilderness and incredible hidden waterfalls. But don’t worry, there are still some stunning beaches here, they are just less suitable to swimming. Hilo has to be one of the best places to stay in Hawaii if you are looking for a genuine feel for the life of the Hawaiians.



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Hawaii’s reputation as a playground for the rich, beautiful, and famous is best typified by the

island of Maui. It is arguably the most gorgeous and expensive place to stay. Being the

second largest island in the archipelago it pales in comparison to the scale of the main island away from the magnificent coastline, you will find lush hiking trains, dormant volcanic craters, and plenty of waterfalls to explore.

The most popular resorts here are Ka’anaplai, Kapalua and Wailea, all three are home to some of the most stunning beaches you could imagine. Maui may be known for being extravagant, but you don’t need to break the bank to come. There are many decently priced condos, B&B and resorts you can book.


Located just nine miles from the island of Maui, Lanai is the smallest and most secluded

island of Hawaii, which is why it’s one of the less popular tourist destinations making it the

most beautiful and untouched. Lanai is known for providing its guest with luxury and privacy

all in one, making it one of the most expensive islands in Hawaii. To maintain the isolated

reputation of Lanai, there are only three hotels on the island. Home to Sweetheart Rock, you can see one of the most spectacular sunrises in the world – with a sky that’s rich with pinks, blues, and purples. One of the most romantic spots in the Hawaiian Islands. It’s the ideal choice for a honeymoon.



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If you’re looking for a place to stay in Hawaii that offers both culture and natural magnificence, Oahu is the one for you. Most travellers come here and head to Waikiki if they are looking to get away from relaxing on the beach. Here you will find live music, cocktail bars and restaurants right on the beach allowing you to explore the town and dance the night away. But don’t be fooled, Oahu is situated directly on the beach so if you do need to relax you don’t have to go too far. The beaches here are some of the best for surfing and snorkelling with some of the clearest blue waters in Hawaii.


When travelling you should always check the latest travel advice on the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office website https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/usa