Home to Hawaiian cowboys, Iron men and a volcano goddess, Hawaii Island offers experiences found in no other place on earth. A variety of climatic zones, from seasonal snow capped mountains to black sand beaches, stretch across its vast topography creating rich pockets of adventure for first-time visitors to explore.

Most visitors will arrive at Kona International Airport (KOA) in Kona to the west, but Hilo International Airport (ITO) in Hilo to the east is closer to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. There is also the option of flying into Honolulu International Airport (HNL) on Oahu first and then taking a short, 35-40 minute flight to Hawaii Island. We recommend a rental car and we strongly suggest booking before you arrive.

Major resort destinations on Hawaii Island include the Kohala Coast, Historic Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona) and Keauhou. There are also hotels and accommodations in Hilo and Puna on the east side, while upcountry Waimea also offers charming getaways. If you’re staying in Kona and you plan to visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, consider staying in Hilo, Puna or the Volcano area for a night since a one-day round trip will not give you enough time to explore the park.

The must-see for any first-time visitor is Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. At this World Heritage Site you’ll see the unforgettable spectacle of simultaneous creation and destruction: Arid deserts, cavernous lava tubes and the unpredictable Kilauea volcano, which has been erupting since 1983. It is believed the Hawaiian volcano goddess Pele, lives in Halemaumau Crater in Kilauea Caldera, so great respect must be paid here whether it’s your first visit or your fiftieth.

You’ll also find cattle ranches and paniolo (Hawaiian cowboys) in the cool uplands of Waimea. Downtown Hilo offers a taste of local shopping, dining and culture with beautiful botanical gardens and waterfalls nearby.  And with pristine beaches and world-class golf courses, it’s no wonder the Kohala Coast is Hawaii Island’s premier resort area. In fact, take a fun day trip and follow the route of the Ironman World Championships (October) along the Kohala Coast from the heart of Kona in lively Kailua-Kona Village to charming Hawi Town in lush North Kohala.


Hawaii Island Top Sights and Attractions

Explore the top sights and attractions of Hawaii Island. From epic natural wonders in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to historic small towns like Hawi and Holualoa, learn about the special places that make Hawaii Island so unforgettable.

Resorts in many areas offer the very popular swim-up bars.  Not all, however, will provide Beach Butlers to serve you a cold beverage and snacks so you need not leave your cabana or beach location.

One such resort, a couples only resort in Jamaica, is Couples Swept Away. On the beautiful Seven Mile Beach in Negril, Jamaica, the white sands provide the perfect ambiance for relaxation, while offering gourmet dining and nightly themed night entertainment !

Whether celebrating a special Anniversary or a Honeymoon, the Couples resorts offer amenities which will wow you.  They offer a complimentary Honeymoon Package and even group contracts if you wish a Destination Wedding. Group contract provide your guests with the same price and ability to do a small deposit and pay their package (inclusive of hotel tax and round trip airport transfers). These resorts are all inclusive which means all meals, premium beverages, gratuities and non-motorized water sports (sail, snorkel, paddle board and kayak) are included. Extras would be insurance, spa services and purchases in the shops, water sports such as jet skis or other motorized equipment. In-room dining is also offered. Tennis, Golf, scuba diving and more are offered if you wish to have an active experience

Couples resorts also offer Couples Tower Isle, Couples San Souci and Couples Negril to choose from. Which one is just right for you??

I’ve Got your Hammock!!

Do you travel with family and friends?  Are you planning a destination wedding?  The thought of coordinating people from different states can be scary!! It is really a bonus if you have an experienced travel professional who can assist with the many details needed to provide a smooth and seamless travel experience for all included.

Did you know that there are river cruises that only require 5 cabins to be considered a group?  What would be your reason for wanting a US river cruise?  The three reasons are the smoothness of the water, the desire not to have to travel to Europe (changing planes and trains and currency conversion is avoided) and have the  experience of delving into the history of our great country!  Add to that not being forced to share the experience with 6,000 strangers!

The pace of a river cruise, at just 7 miles per hour, enables you to visit the small towns along the rivers and not miss a photo because you are travelling at 22 knots past a point of interest.

American Queen Steamship Company can provide cruises on the Mississippi, the Ohio, the Tennessee, the Cumberland, and the Columbia and Snake Rivers, so the choice is yours. Good food, good company and being exposed to the history of our country.

For more information please contact us! www.AllWaysTraveloc.net We have the experience with groups!