How to Plan the Perfect Big Island Vacation for Families

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As the leading provider of vacation rental properties on the Big Island, we know firsthand how to plan the perfect family vacation. With its stunning natural beauty, warm tropical climate, safe environment, and endless activities for all ages, the Big Island is the ultimate destination for families seeking adventure, relaxation, and quality time together.

There are many reasons why the Big Island is a top choice for family vacations. Here are just a few:

Couple walking on Hapuna Beach

Diverse Activities
The Big Island is a playground for families with diverse interests. From snorkeling and surfing to hiking and horseback riding, there’s no shortage of activities to keep everyone entertained.

Natural Wonders
The island is home to some of the most incredible natural wonders in the world, including volcanoes, waterfalls, and black sand beaches. Exploring these sites together as a family is an unforgettable experience.

Cultural Enrichment
The Big Island is steeped in rich Hawaiian culture, and families can immerse themselves in traditional practices like hula dancing, lei making, and ukulele lessons. In addition, learning about the island’s history and culture is an enriching experience for all ages.

Perfect Weather
With its year-round warm and sunny climate, the Big Island is an ideal destination for families looking to escape cold winters or rainy summers. Whether lounging on the beach or exploring the jungle, you’ll enjoy perfect weather conditions.

Sunrise over Lyman's Beach

Now that you know why the Big Island is great for family vacations, let’s dive into how to plan the perfect trip.

Choose the Right Location

The Big Island is a large island, and choosing the right location is key to a successful family vacation. The Kohala Coast is a popular destination for families due to its sunny weather, beautiful beaches, and proximity to popular attractions like the Waipio Valley and Puʻukoholā Heiau National Historic Site. In addition, it is home to the best resorts on the islands, which means you and your family will have access to their amenities, restaurants, and entertainment options. It is also a great central place for exploring the island and going on day trips.

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Select the Right Accommodations

Once you’ve chosen the right location, it’s time to select the right accommodations. When it comes to finding the perfect accommodations for your family vacation, renting a vacation rental condo or home is the way to go. Here are some of the benefits of choosing a vacation rental:

Space and Privacy
Unlike hotels, vacation rentals offer plenty of space and privacy for families. With separate bedrooms, living areas, and kitchens, everyone can have their own space and still spend quality time together. And when you stay in one of the Kohala Coast luxury resorts, you will still have access to all their amenities.

Home-Like Amenities
Vacation rentals come equipped with all the amenities of a home, including kitchens, laundry facilities, and entertainment systems. This makes it easy to prepare meals, do laundry, and relax in comfort and style.

Vacation rentals are often more cost-effective than hotels, especially for families. With the ability to cook meals at home and do laundry, you’ll save money on dining out and laundry services. Hawaii is a paradise, but it is not the cheapest place to visit. Eating out three meals a day can quickly become very costly for a family. Having your own kitchen and stocking up on groceries at Costco or local grocery stores like KTA or Foodland Farms makes the most sense.

Local Experience
Staying in a vacation rental allows you to experience life like a local. You’ll be able to shop at local markets, cook with fresh ingredients, and explore neighborhoods that are off the beaten path.

Kohala Coast Properties, Inc. offers a wide range of vacation rental condos and homes to fit every family’s needs and budget. Whether you’re looking for a cozy one-bedroom condo or a spacious four-bedroom house, we have the perfect property for you.

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Rent the Right Car

Renting the right car is important in planning a successful Big Island vacation for families. The island is quite large, and many of the popular attractions are spread out, so having a car is essential. When choosing a rental car, consider the size and needs of your family. If you have a large family or plan on doing a lot of outdoor activities, such as hiking or beach outings, a larger SUV or minivan may be the best option. Make sure to consider gas mileage and any additional features, such as GPS or car seats that you may need.

Family overlooking Waipio Valley

Plan Your Activities

With so many activities to choose from on the Big Island, it’s important to plan ahead. Consider the interests and abilities of everyone in your family to ensure that everyone has a fun and fulfilling experience. Some popular activities for families include:

– Snorkeling and swimming with sea turtles at Kahalu’u Beach Park
– Exploring Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and seeing the lava flows, when possible
– Taking a sunset cruise along the Kohala Coast
– Hiking to waterfalls in the lush Waipio Valley
– Visiting the Mauna Kea Observatory and stargazing under the clear night skies
– Learning about Hawaiian culture at the Pu’uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
– Horseback riding through the lush pastures of Waimea
– Relaxing on the beautiful white sand beaches of Hapuna Beach State Park

Pack Accordingly

The Big Island is a tropical destination, so make sure to pack accordingly. Light and breathable clothing is a must, as well as sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses. A light jacket will be helpful if you explore the island. Big Island has 11 climate zones, and sometimes it may get chilly when going into the mountains or more rainy areas of the island. Bring swimsuits, water shoes, and towels if you plan on doing any water activities. Bringing insect repellent and a first aid kit is also a good idea.

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Make Dining Reservations

The Big Island has a diverse culinary scene, with everything from fresh seafood to Hawaiian fusion cuisine. Make sure to make reservations ahead of time, especially for popular restaurants. Some great dining options include Napua Restaurant, Tommy Bahama’s Restaurant, and Sansei Japanese Restaurant.

Kids on a paddle board

Relax and Have Fun

The most important part of any family vacation is to relax and have fun together. Whether you are lounging by the pool, exploring the island’s natural wonders, or trying new foods, make sure to enjoy every moment with your loved ones.

Planning the perfect Big Island vacation for families is easy if you remember the above tips. With its natural beauty, diverse activities, and warm tropical climate, the Big Island is ideal for families seeking adventure, relaxation, and quality time together. So start planning your family vacation today!


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