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  • Address: Kamehameha Avenue
  • Admission: Free

Hilo might be the Big Island’s largest settlement but it’s a laid back coastal place, with some classic old buildings and wooden storefronts. The town is on Hilo Bay, overlooked by the volcanoes Manua Loa and Mauna Kea.

In town, visit the Pacific Tsunami Museum to learn about the wild waves that have pounded this coast over the centuries. The town also boasts galleries, gardens, missionary churches, macadamia factories and the well-regarded Lyman Museum, providing insights into the Big Island’s natural history.

Prismatic colors flash at Rainbow Falls, just outside town, and waterfalls pour into pools known as the Boiling Pots.

Practical Info

The county capital, Hilo is on the mid-east coast of the Big Island. State Highway 11 links the city with other towns on the island.

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Volcano National Park Small Group Twilight Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 69 Reviews

Journey deep into Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and discover the Big Island's lava-fueled ecosystem. During this Big Island volcano tour, you’ll hike on ...  Read more

Location: Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $196.87

Hilo Shore Excursion: Hamakua Coast Zipline over KoleKole Falls

Inject some adrenaline into your port stop in Hilo with an exhilarating zipline shore excursion! Get close-up views of the stunning mountain, ocean and jungle ...  Read more

Location: Honomu, Hawaii
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $216.99

Kilauea Volcano Small Group Adventure Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 16 Reviews

You'll really get an idea of how big the Big Island is during the course of this Small Group Hawaii volcano tour to Kilauea Volcano. And you'll appreciate that ...  Read more

Location: Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $217.71

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