The Big Island & Kamuela
The Big Island, or Kona as it is known to the Hawaiians, is the largest in the Hawaiian chain and home to the highland town of Waimea, formally known as Kamuela. Kamuela, with a population of about 9,000, sits high in the surreally beautiful, densely foliated hills on the north face of the island, with mountains on either side. It is a hop skip and a jump from Honolulu's airport on Oahu, where you will likely arrive. Kamuela's highland beauty is reminiscent of the Scottish Highlands, with picturesque green pastures, drop offs, mind-blowing hikes and a little drop in temperature from the rest of the islands.
The Big Island has a plethora of possibilities for any age and any desired level of adventure. On the more adventurous side, there's everything from delightful snorkeling in the Kahaluu bay to Tiger shark and cage dives way off-shore. You can take a scenic horseback ride through the highlands, short hikes which illustrate the true remarkable nature on Hawaii, or even a trek to the top of one of five majestic volcanoes.
Clearly diving with Tiger Sharks is not for everyone. However, there is still more to do than you could imagine. For something a little less adventurous there is a quaint farmer's market open on Saturdays and Wednesdays, a dozen unimaginably lush golf courses within 30 minutes of Kamuela, volcano heated hot springs to relax at, and unforgettable scenic drives. For those who just want to take it all in, there are whale, dolphin, and helicopter tours available all over the island, and spots like Mauna Kea where you might spend some time underneath a night sky unrivaled anywhere in the world.
Kamuela has some of the top dining destinations on the island, and others are only a breathtaking 30-minute cruise away. Waimea has no shortage of 5-star dining experiences, offering stunning scenery alongside a big portion of delectable Hawaiian cuisine. Visit Merriman's for a one of a kind experience during breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Monstera offers a taste of authentic Japanese culinary masterpieces. Hale Kai is also a fantastic spot to watch the sunset, or rise, and enjoy some of their famous fish tacos next to a once in a lifetime view that will cook its own way into your memory.
Rent a Beach House today!
Where you choose to stay can make a great vacation even better. Renting a beach house can serve as your home base, provide you with all the comforts of home, a jaw-dropping ocean front view, a place to cook, spend time with the family, and make lasting memories. On top of this, it also allows you the best bang for your buck. Do not hesitate to pick out your own slice of paradise in Hawaii!