Thinking about a vacation spent on white sandy beaches?
This side of the island might not be the one for you then... If you want to live like a local, hike some beautiful terrain, or spelunking through lava caves, think about spending some time in Hilo Hawaii.
A little background.. From 1983 to 2018 the Big Island of Hawaii was alive with a constant flow of active lava. In 2018 the island erupted devastating the lives of those whom lived here. When you strike up a conversation with a local 9 times out of 10 they will show you a video of where they were as they watched their home being destroyed during the eruption. It’s heartbreaking to witness but also mesmerizing to see what earth is capable of. Since then, there has not been active lava, which was a main attraction, causing tourism for the East side of the island to diminish substantially.
For this trip I decided to stay in the Hostel. I found that this Hostel was a little on the pricey side. Very safe but the lack of tourism in the area spiked the prices for accommodations. I decided to spend one night in a hotel right on the beach for a much needed night of pampering and birthday celebration.
Food & Drink
So when I am traveling I try my best to eat healthy, because it is not a vacation, rather a lifestyle. It was so easy to eat well in Hilo, there is a farmers market every day with fruit sweeter than candy, although definitely go on a Wednesday or Saturday if you can when there are the most vendors. Fresh fish in every restaurant and every beach side grill. Macadamia nuts (yes sometimes covered in chocolate) are delicious and so affordable, unlike on the mainland.
I turned 21 in Hawaii, so you betcha I gathered all my new friends & the crew I was traveling with to try every bar and place that we could go dancing. From party boat to dive bar we tired them ALL.
There were some fun bars with great live music and atmosphere: The Tavern was by far my favorite.
Now lets talk about the most important part of any day.. coffee: Hands down my favorite place was Just Crusin' Coffee. They were open for the surfers every morning, and I have to say that by the end of the week they knew my name and my coffee order. So damn good...xx
Feel like working out? The best leg day you could ever imagine, spelunking! Crouching down, crawling through dark wet caves doesn’t really sound appealing. yet despite this was by far one of my favorite outings!
A couple tips: close toed shoes and long pants. A bottle of water. A HEADLAMP ( other flashlights could only help).
I also really suggest committing to the caves and going all the way through the cave to the other side.
There is a really magical surprise at the end!
A Waterfall Paradise:
While there aren’t lots of white sandy beaches on this side of the island, that doesn't mean you can’t get some quality time in the water. My favorite place to go swim with the waterfall was the Boiling Pots. (Disclaimer… this may or may not be a legal place to go swimming...but 100% worth the risk) This swimming hole is right by a great little hike to Rainbow Falls
Ready to snorkel or dive? I spent a considerable amount of time in the water around Coconuts Island. While not a sandy beach, it was about as close as I got. I can’t count the amount of sea turtles I saw and the other beautiful tropical fish and creatures were breathtaking. I am always searching for the clearest water wherever I go, and I found that here.
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This place is very family friendly. Where I grew up, you could find families filling up a chlorinated pool in the summertime, but after school coconuts island attracted families in a way you would never see at the pool. There was plenty of room around the island to not feel crowded but I absolutely love the sound of happy kids playing in the water. There are also some fun rocks to jump off of.
Now everyone I know that visits the big island stays in Kona, its beautiful and a Hawaiian dream. One day I decided to take a bus ( as opposed to a pricey uber) to the other side of the island, Kona. Not to sugar coat it, it was a long hot ride and the driver was listening to a mix CD of oldies on repeat. But he created every local by name made a stop half way through for lunch. He was one of the happiest people I have ever met, and I will never forget his laugh. I actually really enjoyed this ride, good traveling companions make a world of difference.
Once in Kona, I enjoyed a day of surfing and playing on the beach in a more traditional Hawaiian experience.
Here you will find the above mentioned locations xx
x Sasha x
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