waterfall in Hilo, Hawaii

Visit This Underrated Hawaiian Island For A Crowd-Free Vacation

By Dawn Hammon


If you're looking for a less-traveled area of the state to explore, you'll find lower costs and an abundance of local culture in The Big Island's east coast city of Hilo.
Prices are low enough to find reasonable lodging, entertainment, and restaurant fare, especially compared to many other areas of the state.
There's the rugged and varied coastline, where you can watch fishermen fish or head to one of several beaches to spend the day snorkeling, surfing, or lounging on the shore.
With a population of 43,000 people, you'll find local vendors selling and shopping at the farmer's market, hanging out at the beach, and going about their daily lives.