A Tropical Travel Blog
by Cate Lincoln

Big Island

The Best Big Island Itinerary

The Best Big Island Itinerary

Planning a trip to Hawaii can seem like a lot of work! Flights, accommodations, rental car...there’s a lot to book! But once you’ve got all of that sorted you’re basically done, right? Well...it depends. A lot of people are fine just bumming around the beach or hotel...

25 Things to Do in Hilo, Hawaii

25 Things to Do in Hilo, Hawaii

Most visitors to the Big Island (also called Hawaii) stay in Kona because it’s where the sunshine and beaches are, but if you’re not planning to at least visit Hilo for the day then you’re missing out! The Hilo side of the island is the “non-touristy” side and it...

25 Things to Do in Kona, Hawaii

25 Things to Do in Kona, Hawaii

They don’t call it the “Big Island” for nothing. While it’s not the main island (that would be Oahu), the Big Island (also known as Hawaii) is...not surprisingly...the largest Hawaiian island. And that means that there’s absolutely no shortage of amazing things to see...

15 Things to Do on the Big Island

15 Things to Do on the Big Island

Heading to the Big Island? I’m so jealous! The Big Island is the Hawaiian Island that seems to overwhelm most travelers (who may instead opt for Oahu or Maui) but there are sooooo many unique and truly spectacular things to experience here that it’s definitely worth a...

Hawaii Travel Tips: Things to Know BEFORE You Go

Hawaii Travel Tips: Things to Know BEFORE You Go

Hawaii is such a unique destination...the Hawaiian Islands are some of the most remote islands in the world, but being the 50th US state has made them so accessible. For so many people, a trip to Hawaii is a once in a lifetime dream. And for a lot of people, Hawaii is...

Best Big Island Vacation Rentals & Condos (MANY

Best Big Island Vacation Rentals & Condos (MANY <$100/NIGHT!)

Finding the perfect vacation rental on the Big Island can be overwhelming…I mean, it’s a BIG island with a TON of condo-tels and rentals. While it’s still possible to find houses or apartments to rent, I tend to recommend condos over them as it puts less of a burden...

Where to Stay on the Big Island, Hawaii

Where to Stay on the Big Island, Hawaii

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5 Day Trips on the Big Island

5 Day Trips on the Big Island

If you’re planning a trip to the Big Island, you’re probably planning quite a bit of time for beach bumming and lounging around the resort pool (because that’s what a beach vacation is all about right??), but just in case you’re looking for more things to do on the...

Fairmont Orchid Hawaii Review

There are many reasons why I love Hawaii, but high on the list is that good beach resorts are plentiful. Yes, I love to snorkel colorful reefs, hike to waterfalls, and stargaze atop volcanoes, but to me nothing says vacation like laying around the resort pool/beach...

Stargazing at Mauna Kea, Big Island

Stargazing at Mauna Kea, Big Island

The Big Island of Hawaii has some of the most unique terrain to explore on any of the islands. I mean, lava and green and black sand beaches? And not to mention the jungles and waterfalls. But on my last trip to the Big Island, I got to experience something truly...

Hilton Waikoloa Village Review

Hilton Waikoloa Village Review

I don’t write a lot of hotel reviews on this blog (you can read my where to stay archives here), but I feel pretty strongly about this one so I definitely wanted to share my experiences. On my most recent trip to the Big Island, I booked part of my stay at the Hilton...

Best Big Island Snorkeling Spots (& Kayaking Kealakekua Bay)

Best Big Island Snorkeling Spots (& Kayaking Kealakekua Bay)

If you’ve got a list of “must dos” for visiting the Big Island, I bet that snorkeling is ear the top of it. There’s nothing like getting a glimpse of a whole other world under the sea of intricate reefs and colorful fish. Well good news! The Big Island is home to some...

Best Food on the Big Island

If you’re a self-proclaimed foodie like me, a lot of your vacation probably centers around where you’re going to eat. And there’s nothing wrong with that! So to help you out, I’ve rounded up 20 of the best Big Island restaurants so you’ll know exactly where to find...

Big Island Travel Tips: What Should You Know Before You Go?

Big Island Travel Tips: What Should You Know Before You Go?

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