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The island of Hawaii -- affectionately nicknamed Big Island -- is one of the largest major islands of the Hawaiian archipelago and is an up-and-rising tourist hot spot that boasts a number of great to-dos that only Hawaii can provide. The state of Hawaii is an archipelago composed of some eight major islands and a number of tiny islets located in the central Pacific Ocean. Initially a British colony during the early nineteenth century, it later became a part of the United States in 1959. Now known chiefly as a scenic vacation hotspot noted for its breathtaking beaches, exotic locales, and amazing coterie of multi-ethnic peoples, Hawaii is a prime vacation destination for anyone who loves the surf and the sea. And it isn’t all that difficult to find a hostel in Big Island. Bookings are best done in advance, but with the number of Big Island hostels around, even last-minute reservations are possible.
The first (and perhaps the best) thing that comes to mind when thinking of Big Island is surfing; boasting long coastlines, pristine waters, and a mix of dark-sand/white-sand and verdant seashores, Big Island is definitely the place to be if you’re a water lover. But if surfing’s not your thing, don’t worry -- you could go boating, swimming, snorkeling, wake boarding, or even take a little romantic walk at the shore.
Since Big Island is practically an untouched wonderland of nature’s own crafting, it's the perfect camping ground where you can share stories, songs, and even create memorable experiences with your family or significant other as locals and natives since time-immemorial have done. The great thing about heading off to the Big Kahuna at Hawaii is that some things (from the mellow and pensive to the downright fun) can be free. If you’ve got some cash to spare, however, Hawaii also allows you to tour its majestic and awe-inspiring volcanic formations at the Hawaii National Park. A snorkeling cruise at Kealakekua Bay should send you off to pleasant dreams of underwater wonderlands. For the daredevil in all of us, a hike at the many peaks and summits of Hawaii should provide a bracing enough experience to invigorate even the most hardened trekker.
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"Arnott's boasts the best valued tours on the island and a prime location that's walking distance from the beach. The two most popular tours are Mauna Kea and the Volcano. Both are excellent and highly recommended. Fun, professional guides drive new vans and offer insights to the local culture, as well as flora and fauna, while entertaining guests throughout the trip. Tours are also a great way to meet fellow travelers and discounts are...
Hilo Bay Hostel
"The recently renovated Hilo Bay Hostel's most intriguing feature is its past life. Built in 1911, this historic site served as the gateway to a speakeasy. Look closely at the Hilo Bay Hostel sign on the grand staircase that leads to the second floor hostel. There are small windows on both sides of the sign. A secret passageway leading under the stairs allowed a signaler to give the green light (all clear) or the red light (warning --...
Hedonisia Hawaii Eco Hostel
"Safe and Serene - As a single female I have nothing but good things to say about this place. They have a page on their website about women traveling alone that addresses sexual harassment and security. That page was a big part of why I decided to stay here and they lived up to it, I felt safe throughout my entire stay. The staff were so friendly and helpful. And the place I stayed was like nothing I'd seen before and very private compared to...
Patey's Place - Koa Wood Hale Inn
"Patey's Place - Koa Wood Hale Inn is very nice place to stay. It's a great place to meet people, as it's quite small with a very friendly ambiance. The staff are very friendly, accommodating, and helpful. The Location The hostel is located in a good area, only a few minutes' walk from restaurants, shops, and the beach. It's set in a quiet neighbourhood. Rooms and Bathrooms The dorms are nice and clean. There's one common bathroom...
South Point Hostel & Lodge
"Very good - Good, fun, forest, hiking, affordable, hot water." … "… landed here. About 40 minute walk from South Point is Green Sands Beach, which is an olivine crystal beach. There is a black sand beach at Punaluu, which is about 15 miles away. As we are now in the process of converting our farm's employee housing to a hostel we are willing to exchange helping for partial rent reduction. After we get our conversion really...
Pineapple Park Kona
"Clean, quiet location, friendly staff, nice patio, would stay again - The owner was very nice. She provided a cot for my son to sleep on at no charge (we had a private room). Bed was comfortable and room was clean as was the rest of the hostel. Wireless was free. Lots of room between the two fridges. All in all an nice hostel that I would stay in again." … "Very accommodating - The proprietor was very helpful in making sure my friend...
Hale Hale Hostel
"… Pahoa Town is located just eight miles from a live lava flow where you will have easy access to rivers of molten lava that flow from the summit of the Kilauea volcano. At Volcanoes National Park, you can enjoy and explore numerous hiking trails, see rainforest wildflowers, steam vents, giant scenic vistas and lava tubes both inside and outside the park. 2009 marked the 26th consecutive year of eruption of this volcano which is...
Hilo Backpacker's Hostel
"Hilo Backpacker's Hostel is friendly and can be social if sufficient people are staying there, but it is not a party hostel, although bars are close at hand! Some people may find it too quiet, others may enjoy the peaceful haven within a fast-paced traveler's lifestyle. The Location Awkwardly, the hostel does not front onto a street and therefore is a little hard to find when on foot. The entrance to the hostel is accessed via a carpark...
Hilo Farmers Bunkhouse
336 Kamehameha Avenue 2nd floor
Holo Holo In
"HI - Holo Holo In Hostel is an excellent place to catch up on sleep or get over jetlag, or a place to stay as a base before and after heading to the park or to view volcano eruptions. A Japanese man, his Vietnamese wife and their two little girls run the place, but they leave guests to themselves. The Location This is a great little hostel nestled in a quiet residential neighborhood in peaceful Volcano Village, only a mile or so from...
Kaimana Guest House & Hostel
"quiet location on the coast. We're about 700 feet from the shore which is rocky. Off the beaten track this is a great place to view whales when the season is right. For more information and pictures please check out my webpage." … "88-1581 Akahi Ave. Map on webpage."
Pineapple Park Volcano Side Bed & Breakfast
"Pineapple Park Hostel is located on Highway 11, 20 minutes by car from Kona and about 45 minutes from the airport. A colorful variety of kayaks and a nice, big sign help to identify the hostel. Start looking for the hostel once you passed the gas stations in Captain Cook. The hostel is across from a vehicle workshop on your right hand side. There is visitor parking available at the hostel. Take caution, when you turn into or out of the...
Cinderland International Eco-Hostel
"… One can see lava flowing at the Kilauea Volcano, whose glow lights up the low-lying clouds, which can be seen from Kalapana at the end of the Red Road (Hwy 137) Closest shopping is in Pahoa Town which has a supermarket, many shops and restaurants, a Natural Foods store (our favorite) and many other attractions. Almost every day there is a Farmer’s Market where local farms sell their produce. Cinderland is literally in the...
Hilo Tropical Gardens Hostel & Guesthouse
"Hawaii is beautiful, but these people are not - I stayed there a couple different times in the last year. Its an affordable place, if thats what you're looking for. Hawaii is gorgeous no matter where you go, you can camp almost anywhere for free. The Hilo Tropical Garden should be called the Hilo Tropical Trailer. The staff is who work there are some of the most soul sucking poeple ive ever met. theres this one kook who wears daisy dukes and...
Hilo Airport Hostel
"Site location, rooms - First, the attendant had no idea we were coming and were unprepared. We were offered a room with no windows which I do believe is illegal. The location of the hostel was next to a salvage yard and far from downtown. The place looked clean and the attendant was amiable but suggested we find a different location since we had kids. I would not recommend." … "… area. We’re proud to offer free airport pickup...
"… nicely decorated and clean. You will enjoy the wonderful ocean view and the many fruit and macadamia nut trees on the property. We are a "green" facility which is cleaned with non-toxic cleaning products. Our linens and towels are laundered with nontoxic laundry detergent. Hawaii means insects and other critters - geckos and a few cockroaches, a lot of cocqui frogs. We do our best to keep them under control. So the disclaimer is:...
A Beautiful Day (Nani La 'Ao)
"… can refresh your body, mind and spirit. Organic accommodations with spa services available. An enchanting and unforgettable place to stay, far from the ordinary. You can truly experience a connection with sacred land. We have a stone healing circle and a fire pit. During your visit you will be completely surrounded by beauty and nature. We have an upstairs garden sleeping room for only $59 per night for double...
"Jungle sounds! - Nice, secluded house in the jungle. The tree frog symphony is splendid. Steven is friendly, helpful with island information, and makes amazing smoothies! Thank you Steven -- I felt welcome and safe." … "… Ventures), shopping, Sunday morning farmer's market, a free Olympic-size community pool (a very well-kept facility that we recommend and frequent) and the Island Naturals Market and Deli - a great organic...
"I'm Brazilian and I stayed here for a month. Even though I worked a lot, it was definitely the best vacation I've ever had. Ed's a great guy and the people at the farm are awesome. The culture and the way people deal with stuff are a bit similar to some places in Brazil, but with no violence hazard (at all) and the Hawaiian lifestyle. Plus, Ed lets you borrow his surfboards (as long as ya don't ding 'em, sucka!)." … "I stayed here 5...
Lova Lava Land Eco-Resort
"Adventure - Staying at Lova Lava Land Eco-resort is like staying in another world. It makes me relax in a very special way. It is good to be there." … "Unique and environmentally concious way to see the Big Island - I loved this place! Unlike anywhere I have ever stayed. The surreal black lava rocks and VW buses, amazing. Anitra and Trond are fantastic hosts with wonderful insider tips on the area." … "Amazing spot - This place...
Big Island Travel Tips & Suggestions
A rental is a must to get around. If you're looking for adventure, try a 4x4. Some of the best beaches are only accessible by 4x4 or a very long hike. The Big Island is home to the nicest and happiest bunch of people I have ever encountered, and how could they not be -- the air they breathe smells of sea and sweet flowers! Kona was "touristy" but had a small town feel, whereas Hilo felt more like a city (with reason, it is). I think my favorite part of the trip was walking through the Waipio Valley -- a phenomenal experience, from cascades of brightly colored wild impatiens to alien fruit trees and the random wandering horse, and kind wandering tourists I met along the way, and of course the waterfall and black sand beach, it was the highlight of my trip. The volcano was another sight to remember -- I got phenomenal photographs. Sometimes I think my memories of the Big Island are all a dream. The Big Island is definitely more laid back than other popular islands. Pretty much everything is closed and quiet by 10 p.m. (in Kona, at least). If you're looking to party into the wee hours, you may want to consider a different location. But if you want to relax and see nature at its finest, the Big Island is a great place to be.
— From Chicago, IL
We visited the Big Island in 2004 and are going again this year. We loved it. It was great to visit the towns/cities when we wanted, but also easy to get away and enjoy solitude on many quiet beaches. The rainy, jungled, Hilo side had dramatic thunder storms -- very cool! Kona was definitely more touristy, but interesting and was closer to the best snorkeling areas. The Big Island has a little bit of everything. Avoid Issac Hale and Puna, as these are the areas where local Hawaiians are especially territorial about their land and not all that friendly to tourists. We stayed in hostels and a VW camper van and had no problem getting around. A rental car of some sort is a must if you want to see all of the island.
I'm lucky enough to have been more than once. There are real and friendly people. I need to return but I'm still unsure about sleeping on a volcano.
— pete still
Kona is the best.
This island is fantastic. There is so much to do and its far less touristy than you might expect. Its pretty much essential to hire a car to make the most of it though, and try to avoid Kona. Hilo is the rain captial of the USA but the weather changed in a matter of a few miles on Hawaii. Its amazing.
— Tesh N Ben
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