Located in Hilo and with Coconut Island Beach reachable within 1.8 miles, The Big Island Hostel has a tour desk, non-smoking rooms, a garden, free WiFi throughout the property and a shared lounge. The property is around 1.9 miles from Reeds Bay Beach, 1.3 miles from University of Hawaii, Hilo and 2.6 miles from Rainbow Falls. The property provides entertainment staff and a shared kitchen. Featuring a shared bathroom with a shower and a hairdryer, some accommodations at the hostel also feature a balcony. At The Big Island Hostel the rooms have bed linen and towels. Guests at the accommodation will be able to enjoy activities in and around Hilo, like hiking, snorkeling and cycling. Popular points of interest near The Big Island Hostel include The Pacific Tsunami Museum, Lyman Museum & Mission House and Bayfront Beach Park. The nearest airport is Hilo International Airport, 1.2 miles from the hostel.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 8.2 for a two-person trip.

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Property highlights

Top Location: Highly rated by recent guests (8.7)

Free Parking Available On Site


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Guest reviews


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  • Juli
    Japan Japan
    It was my first time staying at a hostel but the staffs were all warm and welcoming! I felt very safe and comfortable. They were definitely the best people and spending time with the staffs and my roommates was the highlight for my trip!!! Thank...
  • Patryk
    Ireland Ireland
    Nice and clean, perfect location to walk to the Hilo center and to get the bus to different locations - beaches, Volcano National Park etc. Friendly staff and good facilities to cook your own food. Made some friends there too!
  • Pik
    Hong Kong Hong Kong
    The location is really close to most attractions in downtown Hilo, so even if you aren't driving, you can still easily Uber to most places from the hostel. It's also only 10 minutes away from the Hilo airport by car. The bus terminal is within...

Area info

Amenities of The Big Island Hostel
Great facilities! Review score, 8.7

Most popular amenities
  • Free parking
  • Free Wifi
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Towels/Sheets (extra fee)
  • Toilet
  • Shared bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • Shower
  • Linens
  • Picnic area
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Garden
  • Shared kitchen
Room Amenities
  • Socket near the bed
  • Walking tours
  • Beach
  • Entertainment staff
  • Snorkeling
  • Horseback riding
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Diving
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Canoeing
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Windsurfing
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Game room
  • Fishing
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Golf course (within 2 miles)
    Additional charge
Food & Drink
  • Coffee house on site
Wifi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Free public parking is available on site (reservation is not needed).
  • Street parking
  • Accessible parking
  • Grocery deliveries
    Additional charge
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Lockers
  • Private check-in/out
  • Fax/Photocopying
  • Tour desk
Front Desk Services
  • Invoice provided
Entertainment & Family Services
  • Board games/Puzzles
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • CCTV outside property
  • Smoke alarms
  • Security alarm
  • 24-hour security
  • Adults only
  • Designated smoking area
  • Air conditioning
  • Smoke-free property
  • Fan
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Upper floors accessible by stairs only
Languages Spoken
  • English

House rules
The Big Island Hostel takes special requests – add in the next step!

From 14:00 to 21:00
Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card at check-in.
You need to let the property know what time you'll be arriving in advance.
Until 12:00
Cancellation/ prepayment
Cancelation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodation type. Enter your stay dates and check the conditions of your selected option.
Children & Beds

Child policies

Children not allowed.

Crib and extra bed policies

Cribs and extra beds aren't available at this property.

Age restriction
The minimum age for check-in is 18
Pets are not allowed.
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The fine print
Must-know information for guests at this property

Guest are required to show a plane ticket out of Hilo or Kona.

Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all Special Requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply.

Please inform The Big Island Hostel of your expected arrival time in advance. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly using the contact details in your confirmation.

License number: TA-101-535-8464-01

FAQs about The Big Island Hostel

  • The Big Island Hostel is 0.7 miles from the center of Hilo. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

  • Check-in at The Big Island Hostel is from 2:00 PM, and check-out is until 12:00 PM.

  • The nearest beach is 650 feet from The Big Island Hostel. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

  • The prices at The Big Island Hostel may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.

  • The Big Island Hostel offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):

    • Cycling
    • Hiking
    • Game room
    • Snorkeling
    • Diving
    • Fishing
    • Canoeing
    • Windsurfing
    • Golf course (within 2 miles)
    • Entertainment staff
    • Walking tours
    • Horseback riding
    • Beach