Two days is not enough for any of the Hawaiian islands, especially not for Big Island, aptly named due to its size in comparison to the others.
Nevertheless, Fadeke and I still got to see a lot during our stay there. We spent both nights in sleepy Hilo, the main town on the eastern side, at Hilo Backpackers Hostel. Great hostel, very spacious dorms and common areas, and the free papaya with breakfast is a nice touch.
It’s funny how small the backpacker world is – at the hostel in Hilo, I ended up reconnecting with a friend, Simon, who I had met at International Travelers House, the hostel I stayed at in San Diego! Simon, Fadeke and I rented a car (which is the best way to get around the island) and spent our time mainly exploring the east side of the island. Things to see include – the Volcano National Park ($10 entry fee per vehicle), black sand beach (also a turtle resting ground), south point (southern most tip of the US) and green sand beach (yes – the sand actually glitters green).
Big Island is laid back, relaxed and visually stunning. I wish we had a few more days to explore Kona, the main city on the western side of the island, and its surroundings.
But though short, our stay on Big Island was very relaxed and enjoyable. And definitely a welcome change from hectic Oahu.