As a couple travelling to Hawaii ago, we wanted to save on accommodation and use our money on fun activities around the islands instead.
After a stay in Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, we took a flight with go! Airline's (Hawaii's Inter-Island Low Fare Airline) into Hilo International Airport on the The Big Island.
We'd heard so much about The Big Island, and it really is a beautiful and rather special place. Hilo Bay, a historic town situated on the east side of the island, receives substantial rainfall throughout the year making it one of the wettest cities in the United States. In contrast, Kailua-Kona, on the west side of the island is the driest city.
We found a hostel worthy of a booking prior to our arrival into The Big Island; Hilo Bay Hostel.
Hilo Bay Hostel is a budget travellers dream, situated in a terrific location in a quiet corner of town. Hilo Bay Hostel is a charming place filled with character, a beautifully restored 1913 hotel, retaining much of its original features.
We found the hostel staff to be knowledgeable and particularly helpful and friendly. We chose their 'standard private room' which had double beds, had tall ceilings and lots of space. Separate male and female dorm rooms are also available.
There is a spacious living area where guests can relax and share travel tips, as well as an outdoor patio area. Guests have access to Wi-Fi, a kitchen to prepare food and laundry facilities. We couldn't fault the hostel for its cleanliness.
Of all the places we've stayed around the world, for hostel standards, Hilo Bay Hostel has to be 'up there' as one of the best by far.