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About Hilo, Hawaii

The merchants and friendly residents of Hilo invite you to take time to explore and discover this wonderful city. Visit the many unique and one-of-a-kind stores featuring Hawaiiana (vintage island treasures). Shop for distinctive designer dresses and shirts, and see the famous Hilo Farmer's Market, or stop off for a bite to eat at one of the many local restaurants.

What people said about this port:

"enjoyed the volcano national park excursion and the macadamia nut store, but..." in 46 reviews.

"...at a starboard side cabin for the best views volcano national park is the place to go." in 97 reviews.


548 reviews and tips of Hilo, Hawaii




Brenbren01

Hilo was nice. We did not plan any excursions because we did not want to go on any of the tours to the volcanos. However, we got off of the ship and took a tour from one of the vendors standing outside of the terminal. We heard about the houses that can be rented for one dollar ($1.00) for a hundred years and that it could be willed to family members to live there for the remainder of the time. It was $45.00 per person. We saw lava rocks and heard how this island was formed by a volcano. We were able to walk down to the black sand beach and see the lava rocks up close. We saw historic buildings that had withstood a tsunami and we went to the Rainbow Falls Lookout which we read creates rainbows. This was a beautiful site. We also went to a chocolate candy factory and got to sample some of the chocolates. I truly enjoyed this island.

Visited: Oct 14, 2017

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Cruiser65184240

Again, discount Hawaii car rental and Jeep on over to Volcano National Park. Get the Gypsy guide app for the Big Island and it will direct you to all the must see areas. I suggest going to the Punaluu Beach Park first to see the black sand and sea turtles and then make your way to the Volcanos.

Visited: May 27, 2017

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Debbyahoy

Loved Hilo. Did a local tour company to see the Hilo side of the Island. Marylou's Big Island Guided Tours. Her husband Ken showed us all there was to see in a fun packed day trip to Volcanoe National Park, Rainbow Falls, Thurston Lava Tube and many more sites of interest. Fabulous smaller tours at a fraction of the cruise ship price.

Visited: Oct 07, 2017

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KodaBear3

We did an excursion went thru a lava tube that was really intresting, saw beautiful waterfalls but went later in the day. We were told that the rainbow only comes out in the morning. The plants and flowers were just beautiful.

Visited: Sep 22, 2017

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SusanArizona

We enjoyed the freedom of the Hop-on-Hop Off buses and toured the city and visited Rainbow Falls. We went back to the ship, changed into swimsuits and got our snorkeling equipment and returned to Black Beach to swim with the turtles.

Visited: Jan 23, 2017

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seawolve

LOVED Hilo. We went to the top of another mountain, but this time the tallest in Hawaii. We visited all the telescopes and saw parts of the island that look like Mars! Rainbow falls was beautiful and worth the stop. Another great tour guide!

Visited: Oct 14, 2017

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CannonBallRunAR

Rented a car and drove up to Mauna Kea. Could only get to the visitor center (8,000 feet) because of icy roads up higher. But still, an AMAZING island, even though it rained. But that's ok! It IS Hawaii after all!

Visited: Jan 22, 2018

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