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Hula at Pololu Valley, Hawaii Island

Explore Hawaii’s Big Island

Tropical Adventures on Land and Sea Await in our Island Paradise

Ours is a true island oasis, tranquil and private, tucked away along the Big Island’s sunny west-central Kohala Coast. Of course, you don’t have to leave the oceanfront property at all. You can snorkel in our private bay, swim in the calm waters alongside schools of colorful fish and green honu (Hawaiian sea turtles) lounge under the palm by the pool while humpbacks breach offshore and stroll our gardens filled with fragrant tropical blooms, waterfalls and feathery ferns. But leave you must.Hawaii’s largest island is also arguably its most authentic: rural and underdeveloped, unpretentious and laid-back, with lots of elbow room and a strong spiritual connection to the ‘aina (land). Even the tiny open-air terminal where you land feels quaint and folksy. You’ll want to see for yourself the ancient volcanoes, black-lava beaches and waterfalls hidden behind bamboo and ferns. Cycle to the Islands’ largest petroglyph fields, hike around the world’s tallest mountain, Maunakea, or go deep-sea fishing. Learn to surf with the pros or plant a legacy tree in a royal forest. We’re within easy reach of all the island’s coastal wonders.

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Warm your toes in the sand, surf, snorkel and swim. Picnic under blue skies or paddle out into the tropical sunset. Hawaii has the world’s most stunning beaches, that’s a given. And the Big Island is celebrated for its vast crescent strands, sealife-filled reefs and unusual volcanic rock formations, not to mention numerous historic sites, many within walking distance of the shore. It’s also one of the only places on the planet with green, black and white sand beaches.

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Hiking at Pololu Valley, Hawaii Island


Trek around the resort’s protected bay to petroglyph fields, caves and ancient fish ponds with our culture ambassadors who’ll lead the way and share legends and lore. Or head out further afoot on your own to find hidden valleys with black sand beaches, sweeping island panoramas, the sun rising over the world’s most active volcanoes and towering waterfalls cascading past forests of wild orchids and bamboo.

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See the 27-foot-tall monument of Captain James Cook at Hawaii’s top snorkeling destination, erected back in 1878 at the site where the British explorer first landed and later perished. Picnic among ancient temples and hike past fields of petroglyphs carved into the black volcanic rock 3,000 years ago. Our ancient land is filled with archaeological sites, culturally significant landmarks and riveting remnants from the past.

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Manta Ray

Manta Rays

Snorkel or scuba dive through crystal clear waters as manta rays perform an underwater ballet. You’ll be mesmerized by these gentle giants as they glide gracefully by to feed on microscopic plankton in the illuminated waters. Going on a dive with these magnificent creatures is an experience unique to Hawaii Island and widely considered one of the top evening dives in the world. Please see our Concierge for assistance with booking a manta ray tour.

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Island

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Home to one of the world’s most active volcanoes, experience some of nature’s most awe-inspiring wonders at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Located 45 miles southwest of Hilo, the park is home to two volcanoes including Kilauea, one of the most active volcanoes on earth. The chance to witness the primal process of creation and destruction makes it one of the most popular visitor attractions in Hawaii and a sacred place.

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Helicopter Tour on Hawaii Island

Helicopter Tours

To fully appreciate the beauty of Hawaii Island, we recommend taking the birds-eye view by helicopter. The largest and youngest of the Hawaiian Islands, the island of Hawaii is a place of untamed geological contrasts, some of which are not accessible by land. Seeing the island by helicopter allows you to experience a plethora of wonders such as volcanoes, waterfalls and dramatic cliffs, making it a truly unforgettable experience. Please see our Concierge for assistance with booking a helicopter tour.

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Snorkeling at Fairmont Orchid Hawaii


Surf the world’s gnarliest waves in the place that originated the sport. Watch pods of giant humpback whales spouting, blowing and breaching from the shore or aboard a boat. Feel the first-hand thrill of reeling in the big one in an open-ocean deep-sea fishing expedition with the pros who made it an art. Hawaii was made for ocean adventuring from tame to wild. Choose your speed.

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Shop, browse and breakfast on the go at a community farmers’ market. Tour a boutique plantation, see how the beans are cultivated and taste pure kona coffee fresh off the roaster. Observe the heavens from the top of the highest sea mountain on Earth. The land of the Big Island is as rich and diverse as the ocean.

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Learn about, and help protect, the Island’s delicate ecosystems and ancient native trees growing on the roughest terrain in Hawaii. Meet the scientists rehabilitating wildlife and developing renewable energy sources. Hear about planet-preserving emerging technologies or go on a climate-friendly tree-planting tour. Add a little island stewardship to your vacation

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