Our pick for going big on the Big Island: Set up home base at the Kona coast’s newly renovated Mauna Lani
, which offers out-the-door access to snorkeling, stand-up paddleboarding, and outrigger canoeing. New place-based active pursuits at the 334-room hotel, now part of the Auberge Resorts Collection, include clinics in ocean swimming, free diving, and underwater rock running (endurance training for surfers). The resort’s Hale’I’ike, or House of Knowledge, takes an experiential approach to teaching island traditions and culture – families can strum a ukulele or talk story with an elder. For keikis
ages 5 to 12, the Holoholo Kids Crew schedules island-accented activities such as visiting turtle hatchlings, pounding poi, stringing leis, and learning to navigate by the stars like the ancient Polynesians.
The whole clan. Mauna Lani offers big-tent family appeal, with cultural programs for curious school-children to serious water-based training, such as surf lessons, for teens and adults.
Travel Advisor Insight:
“For day trips or longer stays, the Hawaiian archipelago is great for island-hopping. Reaching another isle by plane takes around 30 minutes, and a new adventure begins! Interisland ferries from Maui to Lanai or Maui to Molokai take about 45 and 90 minutes, respectively.” – Charissa Melnick
Virtuoso travelers receive breakfast daily and a $100 resort credit.