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Cheap Places To Stay On the Big Island of Hawaii (2021)

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Are you looking for the best cheap places to stay on Big Island? Check out these awesome Big Island vacation rentals that won’t break the bank!

To make the most out of your visit to the Big Island and get a taste of the very distinct areas of the island, I recommend splitting your time between its two sides.

If you really want to see the rainbow over Rainbow Falls, spend your first night (or two) in Hilo – there are lots of affordable vacation rentals in Hilo and the surrounding area. Otherwise, I suggest spending your first few nights in Volcano Village just outside the entrance to Volcanoes National Park. You can easily drive to see the waterfalls and botanical gardens outside Hilo on your way to the western side of the island – get your full Big Island itinerary.

The best beaches are along the Kohala Coast, and I recommend looking in the Waikoloa area. It’s much quieter than Kona town and puts you close to some of America’s best beaches. Waikoloa Village also has plenty of shops and restaurants to meet most needs so you can focus on enjoying the sand and surf.

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Cheap places to stay in Hilo

Cozy Hilo studio

  • Max guests: 2
  • Beds: Queen
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Outdoor living: large shared lanai with hammock, dining area and ocean view
  • Extra features: on-site laundry (paid)

Airy Hilo guesthouse (A)

  • Max guests: 4
  • Beds: Queen + sofa bed (studio)
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Outdoor living: large shared lanai with hammock, dining area and ocean view
  • Extra features: snorkel/beach gear

Airy Hilo guesthouse (B)

  • Max guests: 4
  • Beds: Queen + sofa bed (studio)
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Outdoor living: large shared lanai with hammock, dining area and ocean view
  • Extra features: snorkel/beach gear

Aloha Spirit in Hilo town

Entry Way Gazebo
  • Max guests: 2
  • Beds: Queen
  • Bathrooms: 1.5
  • Outdoor living: lush outdoor dining room, lanai, BBQ
  • Extra features: AC in bedroom, snorkel/beach gear, optional housekeeping and laundry, host lives on-site (in a separate cottage), unique nods to “old Hawaii”

Read more: How to spend 5 perfect days on the Big Island


Budget-friendly rental in Hilo for families

A charming Hawaiian Home nestled in lush landscape

Perfect spot for a multigenerational trip to Big Island!

  • Max guests: 10
  • Beds: Queen (bedroom 1), Queen (bedroom 2), Full (bedroom 3), Twin + sleep sofa (bedroom 4)
  • Bathrooms: 2.5
  • Outdoor living: enormous lanai for dining and lounging, grassy yard, BBQ, outdoor shower, ocean and mountain views
  • Extra features: laundry, snorkel/beach gear, ping pong, family games, book collection, baby gate

Cheap places to stay in Volcano Village

Stunning Hawaii tree house rental

Adults only

  • Max guests: 4
  • Beds: Queen (bedroom 1), King (bedroom 2)
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Outdoor living: surrounded by lush rainforest out all windows and lanai,
  • Extra features: jacuzzi tub, two-sided fireplace, coin-op laundry, beach gear

Tranquil family-friendly rainforest getaway

Lazy Lanai
  • Max guests: 4
  • Beds: Queen (bedroom), bunk beds (living room alcove)
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Outdoor living: three lanais (including dining and a hammock), surrounded by lush rainforest on half-acre private lot
  • Extra features: soaker tub, beach gear, cooler, sand toys, boogie boards, games and toys for kids, snacks

Charming Volcano Village rental

  • Max guests: 4
  • Beds: Queen (bedroom 1), Queen (bedroom 2)
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Outdoor living: walking distance to Volcano Village, secluded property
  • Extra features: laundry, games and books for kids, kids 3 and under stay free, 7th night free

Spacious Volcano Golf Course duplex

Great Room and Dining
  • Max guests: 6
  • Beds: Queen (bedroom 1), futon (living room), futon (alcove)
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Outdoor living: two lanais, grassy lawn
  • Extra features: laundry, soaker tub, pet-friendly

Cheap places to stay in Waikoloa Village

Luxurious Waikoloa vacation rental on a budget

  • Max guests: 6
  • Beds: King (bedroom 1), Queen (bedroom 2), sleep sofa (living room)
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Outdoor living: huge lanai walks out to grassy area, heated salt water community pool, walking distance to beach, golf and shops
  • Extra features: laundry in-unit, fitness center, beach gear

Spacious Waikoloa Golf Course vacation rental

Living Room from Kitchen

This is a little up the mountain near Waikoloa Village Golf Club. It’s just minutes from the beach but with cooler temperatures.

  • Max guests: 4
  • Beds: Queen (bedroom 1), Queen (bedroom 2)
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Outdoor living: lanai, walkable neighborhood, community pool and BBQ
  • Extra features: in-unit laundry, two sets of golf clubs, snorkel/beach gear, boogie boards, fitness center

Waikoloa Golf Course condo

This is a little up the mountain near Waikoloa Village Golf Club. It’s just minutes from the beach but with cooler temperatures.

  • Max guests: 5
  • Beds: Queen (bedroom 1), Twin over Full bunk bed (bedroom 2)
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Outdoor living: walkable neighborhood, community pool and BBQ
  • Extra features: in-unit laundry, beach gear, boogie boards, cooler, fitness center

More resources to plan your Big Island trip

Travel planning resources:
Compare rental car prices for Hawaii
5 simple money-saving hacks for booking.com

General Hawaii resources:
How to visit Hawaii on a budget
Renting a car in Hawaii: 10 things you NEED to know
What to pack for Hawaii
Is a cheap GoPro knock-off worth it?

Hawaii with kids:
What’s the best Hawaiian island for families?
Is it worth visiting Hawaii with a baby?
Ultimate packing list for Hawaii with kids
Top 10 things to do with kids on Oahu
The best snorkel gear for kids of all ages

Oahu resources:
Best Oahu travel guide book
Perfect 7 day Oahu itinerary
Where to stay on Oahu
Family-friendly Oahu vacation rentals
Cheap Places To Stay On Oahu
Getting the most bang for your buck on your Go Oahu discount card
Insider tips for visiting the Polynesian Cultural Center
The best beaches on Oahu (and why to visit them)
Where to find the best shave ice on Oahu
The best easy hikes on Oahu
Kayaking to the Mokes with Twogood Kayaks
Family-friendly kayaking with Holokai Adventures
Visiting Pearl Harbor

Maui resources:
Best Maui travel guide book
Perfect 3 day Maui itinerary
Cheap Places To Stay On Maui

Big Island resources:
Best Big Island travel guide book
Perfect 5 day Big Island itinerary
Cheap Places To Stay On the Big Island

Kauai resources:
Best Kauai travel guide book
Perfect 3 day Kauai itinerary
Cheap Places To Stay On Kauai

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