So many people want to visit Hawaii. I mean why not right?? It is beautiful, adventurous, exotic, and expensive..oh wait that last bit is not exactly a positive is it? In fact it is the most common reason that people do NOT visit Hawaii.
|Mauna Kea from Puna|
No need to stay in fancy resorts, take all the, made for tourists, tours, or eat out every meal. There is a better way, a more affordable way to enjoy the paradise that is Hawaii. I get asked all the time, how to visit Hawaii affordably, and so finally here is my response:
There are countless ways to save when staying in Hawaii. To start with you have to pick the island that is right for you. When it comes to finances I have found the Big Island to be the most affordable with the Hilo side being the most affordable on the whole island. It is a desirable place to visit because of Kilauea, the most easily accessible active volcano in the world, and due to the high levels of rain leading to glorious waterfalls and stunning greenery.
There are numerous ways you can save on lodging in the Hilo area of Hawaii. There are air bnb's, house sitting opportunities, and a few scattered hostels that can assist many people. Often times though they come with hidden fees and house sitting, well that is a tough nut to crack here in Hawaii.
|Attention to detail can be witnessed all over the property|
It is under new management and is undergoing some amazing transformations. The lobby is stunning, the rooms are newly redone, maybe not perfect but at the prices they charge who cares?! The beds and bedding are comfy and everything is clean. The hotel is located on the ocean making the views outstanding, you can even see Mauna Kea from most of the property, when she is cooperating that is. There is also a beautiful park next door, free golf when you stay, and both restaurants and an international airport are close by.
|Comfy room, beautiful ocean and Mauna Kea views|
If you stay in a place like the Naniloa where there is a fridge or even a microwave we oftentimes buy sandwich stuff and cereal and juice. This helps us cover breakfasts or lunches and saves a ton. When you only eat one meal out it can save you hundreds of dollars over a weeks time.
Now this is where Hawaii edges so many places out on ability to save money. Between beaches and hiking options alone you can see the best that Hawaii has to offer without spending a dime other than on gas.
|Resident turtle at Carl Smith beach park in Hilo|
- Rainbow Falls, Hilo
- Boiling Pots, Hilo
- Akaka falls state park, North of Hilo
- Waipio Valley lookout, North of Hilo
- Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut factory, South of Hilo
- Kalapana Lave Viewing, Puna
- Lava Tree state park, Puna
- Red road drive, Puna
- All beaches but preferred in the area are Carl Smith (great for turtles), Pohoiki (surfing) Honolii (great for sea glass and surfing), and Richardsons (great family beach, calm waters)
- Drive up Mauna Kea for sunset or skiing
|Mauna Kea skiing|
- Ahalanui hot ponds, Puna
- Walk the town center
- Enjoy all the local goods at the Hilo Farmers Market
- Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (lava tubes, lookouts, petroglyph trail, loads of hiking)
- Drive the Hamakua Coast, North of Hilo
- Hike to Black sand or green sand beaches on Southern part of island
- View the most Southern point of the US where people leap off the ocean cliff into the water