This post, 10 reasons to book a family holiday to Big Island, Hawaii has been created in collaboration with Luxury Retreats.
When you think of Hawaii what scenes flash into your mind? Do you picture loved up couples walking hand in hand along spectacular beaches with swaying palms? Romantic meals for two whilst watching the sun set? These are the scenes I fondly remember when I daydream about my honeymoon seven years ago in Hawaii. There is no doubt that the six islands that make up Hawaii are perfect for honeymooners. However the islands, and particularly the largest of the islands, aka ‘the Big Island’ has lots to offer for families too.
If we were to visit Hawaii as a family my priority when booking accommodation would be VERY different to last time. When booking our honeymoon, our number one priority was a hotel with the best bars and restaurants. Fast forward seven years, two kids (and a distinct lack of babysitters!) the priority for our accommodation search would be for the most spacious Big Island house rentals we could afford. A private luxury home would provide us with space to enjoy spending quality family time together and equally as importantly, space to spread out and avoid getting on each others nerves!
I personally love the look of this one, aptly called the Waterfalling Estate. I can just picture my boys excitedly riding down this slide and splashing into the pool…
Although I could be seriously tempted by this luxury ocean front property. Located within arms reach of coral reefs which are often visited by seasonal whales it makes the perfect base for an active family holiday on Big Island.
So what are my 10 reasons to book a family holiday to Big Island, Hawaii?
No. 1 – Sunbathe on unique beaches
Big Island offers almost every sort of beach from green sand at Papakolea Beach to black sand at Punaluu Beach. You can sink your feet into some of the world’s most interesting sand due to the volcanic activity on the island.
The beach most recommended for families is the Hapuna Beach State Park equipped with everything you need for a day at the beach with kids – lifeguards, facilities, calm water and soft sands.
No. 2 – Get up close to one of the world’s most active volcanoes
Unknown to many is that Big Island is entirely formed by volcanic activity. It’s made up of five separate volcanoes which, over the past million or so years, have joined together.
What’s particularly great about Big Island is that visitors can actually see volcanoes in action at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. (An experience that surely would be pretty hard to beat during classroom show and tell sessions!) The park is home to two volcanoes including Kilauea, one of the most active volcanoes on earth which still produces 250,000–650,000 cubic yards of lava per day.
A beautiful lobe of molten pāhoehoe lava oozes towards lower ground while crusting over as its surface begins to cool. Our new volunteer, geology student Marius Arigot, took this photograph in the park on 9/26/2017, at the surface flows from Kīlauea volcano’s east rift zone eruption. This area is open to the public. Many Native Hawaiians believe that lava is the physical manifestation of volcano goddess, Pelehonuamea. Please respect the culture and do not poke, prod or burn things on lava flows. NPS Photo/Marius Arigot. #FindYourPark #bepono #Pele #lava #eruption #ParksRx #LavaSafe
For active families there are 155 miles of hiking trails to explore. Whilst families with young kids like mine, (who are not so keen on walking!) can still get up close to a volcano by booking on a crater rim drive to experience scenes of glowing lava streams as they glide into the ocean.
Monday is Discoverers' Day, but your park is open all day, 24 hours a day. Have the day off? Take a hike and discover a new you! There are more than 155 miles of trails in Hawai‘i Volcanoes. Seen here: a backcountry hiker enjoys solitude and sweeping views from Hilina Pali Trail. #ParksRx #FindYourPark #backcountry NPS Photo/Michael Szoenyi
No. 7 – Experience unforgettable family adventures
There is a very good reason that the Big Island is known as the adventure island. Some of the activities on offer include horseback riding, swimming with sting rays, whale watching, hiking, biking… I particularly love the idea of swimming with green sea turtles, how magical does this look?
No. 8 – No language barriers
Travelling long haul with kids can be rather daunting especially when you don’t speak the local lingo. Fortunately this isn’t an issue in Hawaii which is the 50th US state.
Hawaii has three official languages, English and two Polynesian languages, Hawaiian and (since 2015) Pidgin English. English is everywhere and hospitality workers speak English although a friendly greeting – aloha (hello) or mahalo (thank you) will be much appreciated and will improve your chances of getting to know the locals and learn about their Hawaiian culture.
No. 9 – Perfect for a multi destination holiday
I’m a big fan of multi destination family holidays. I love mixing up a beach holiday with a short city break to maximise our precious annual leave. For our honeymoon we stopped en-route to Hawaii for a few nights in Las Vegas. With my kids I would be seriously tempted by a stop over in L.A to visit Disney, Or a few days of city sightseeing in San Francisco before hopping on a flight with Hawaiian Airlines to head over to the Big Island.
No. 10 – Soak up the sunset (with a cocktail of course!)
It would be criminal not to include the islands legendary sunsets in this list. Whether you visit Big Island, Hawaii for a honeymoon or a family holiday you’ll be mesmerised by the sunset at the end of every day.
@frank.shoots here with my final post. One of my favorite things to do is sit back and enjoy a nice Hawaiian sunset. Thanks for following along and huge thanks to @hawaiianairlines for giving me this opportunity to share my photos. Hopefully they've inspired a few of you to come and visit these beautiful islands. #TakeoverTuesday
And that’s it folks! My 10 reasons why you should book a family holiday to Big Island, Hawaii. I would love to hear from you if you have more to add.
Further reading – 21 Amazing Things to Do in Hawaii by Off with the kids
Copyright – All images copyright Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA).
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