Hilo, Hawaii

Welcome to the Big Island of Hawaii - a paradise of black-sand beaches, tropical rainforest and volcanic mountains. Mauna Loa, the largest mountain on the planet, soars above the bleak lava fields of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. In the heart of the Big Island's lush rainforest lies the remote and stunning Wai'po Valley (Valley of the Kings). Hawaii's history matches its incomparable landscape - it is a saga of mighty Polynesian kings, sugar barons, war and treachery.

The landscape of the Big Island ranges from black-sand beaches to tropical rain forest to the alpine terrain of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea. At 13,796 feet above sea level, the summit of Mauna Kea is the highest point in the entire Pacific basin.

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Points of Interest

  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • Tropical Botanical Gardens
  • Rainbow Falls
  • Waipi'o Valley
  • Maunakea
  • Akaka Falls
  • Black Sand Beaches
  • Outdoor Adventures
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  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

    See two of the world's most active volcanoes, dramatic lava landscapes and get insight into the birth of the Hawaiian Islands from 70 million years of volcanic activity.

  • Tropical Botanical Gardens

    The Big Island is home to numerous garden wonderlands. Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden is rich with fertile volcanic soil and protected from trade winds. Find more than 2,000 plant species in this unique garden situated in a 40-acre valley. Nani Mau Gardens, does not disappoint with 20 acres of tropical flora as well as picturesque waterfalls and walking paths. Panaewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens showcases animals from rainforest climates around the world in a lush garden setting.

  • Rainbow Falls

    The picturesque Rainbow Falls get its name for the rainbows that appear when the 80-foot cascade hits the water below and the mist creates a prism of color in the dazzling sunlight.

  • Waipi'o Valley

    This lush green valley is one of the Big Island's most beautiful areas. Once a meeting place of Hawaiian kings, legend claims an otherworld gate is here and a spiritual "mana" can be felt.

  • Maunakea

    Its summit rises to 14,000 feet and is the only place on the Hawaiian Islands that snows in the winter. View the stars from the Onizuka Center for International Astronomy located at 9,000 feet.

  • Akaka Falls

    Hike a half-mile loop on the walking path through lush tropical vegetation to a scenic vista overlooking the Akaka Falls cascading 442 feet down to the gorge below.

  • Black Sand Beaches

    Created when flowing lava touches ocean waters and explodes, the inevitable forces of nature caused by the island's volcanoes result in stunning beaches of black sand.

  • Outdoor Adventures

    Hiking, caving, snorkeling, and kayaking amidst waterfalls are just some of the incredible outdoor activities you can participate in on Hilo.

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Akaka Falls, Macadamia Nut Shop & Tropical Gardens

4 hours | Hilo | ITO-205
  • Tropical Botanical Gardens
  • Akaka Falls

Experience the Big Island's tropical splendors on a drive along the scenic coastline. Visit Akaka Falls, Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Farm and the Pana'ewa Rainforest Gardens & Zoo on this half-day excursion.

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Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden

2.5 hours | Hilo | ITO-305
  • Tropical Botanical Gardens

Visit the verdant showcase of nature on a tour of the Hawaii Botanical Tropical Garden, home to thousands of tropical plant species, on this approximately 2.5-hour excursion.

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Explore Hilo Town Highlights

3.5 hours | Hilo | ITO-120
  • Rainbow Falls
  • Black Sand Beaches

Short and sweet, this delightful half-day adventure includes a relaxed drive around Hilo with stops at its famed black-sand beach, dazzling Rainbow Falls, a local farmer's market, and candy and nut shops that offer samples and tasty treats to bring home. On the way, you'll also take in sights such as Liliuokalani Garden, the King Kamehameha Statue, and historic downtown Hilo.

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Land of Frozen Fire

5.5 hours | Hilo | ITO-215
  • Rainbow Falls
  • Black Sand Beaches

Experience the land of frozen fire, firsthand, on this half-day excursion. Witness the vast destruction and creation of the Volcano Goddess, Pele, as you visit sites of past and recent eruptions. Step foot on new land at one the island's black sand beaches. Marvel at picturesque Rainbow Falls surrounded by tropical floral. Get a taste of local Hawaii with a chance to shop in charming downtown Hilo.

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Rainbow Falls, Kaumana Caves & Black Sand Beach

3.5 hours | Hilo | ITO-475
  • Rainbow Falls
  • Black Sand Beaches
  • Outdoor Adventures

Experience some of the best Hilo has to offer in this small-group half-day adventure. Take in dramatic views of two of Hilo's famed waterfalls, walk through a lava tube, sample local favorite sweet treats and search for the endangered Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle on a black sand beach.

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Waterfalls Spectacular: Akaka Falls & Rainbow Falls

3.5 hours | Hilo | ITO-480
  • Rainbow Falls
  • Akaka Falls

Discover the Big Island's rainforest waterfalls. Travel to Akaka Falls, a free-falling waterfall that plummets 442 feet into the rainforest. Explore views along the Wailuku River and see Rainbow Falls, surrounded by orchids and wild ginger.

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Crater Hike & Hilo Waterfalls

6 hours | Hilo | ITO-470
  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • Rainbow Falls
  • Outdoor Adventures

Hiking enthusiasts will thrill to an exploration of the outer-worldly landscapes and past lava flows of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Trek to Kilauea crater on a strenuous, three-mile hike led by park-certified guides. Round out the day with a waterfall visit and a stop at Big Island Candies. Snack included.

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Ultimate Hilo Coast & Botanical Garden

4 hours | Hilo | ITO-325
  • Tropical Botanical Gardens
  • Rainbow Falls
  • Akaka Falls

Explore Hilo's magnificent coastline, a sparsely populated area studded with breathtaking waterfalls, stunning valleys, and lush rainforests. Your half-day adventure takes you to Rainbow Falls, the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, Akaka Falls State Park and the iconic King Kamehameha statue. A little souvenir shopping completes this pleasant island experience.

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Jungle Falls Bike Adventure

6.5 hours | Hilo | ITO-455
  • Tropical Botanical Gardens
  • Outdoor Adventures

Put the pedal to the petals with a bike ride around Botanical World Adventures. Your coach trip back to the pier includes a stop at Low Store, where you can purchase Hawaiian shaved ice, and Big Island Candies, famous for handmade macadamia nut shortbread cookies dipped in chocolate!

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Hilo's Waterfalls & Gardens Experience

7 hours | Hilo | ITO-115
  • Tropical Botanical Gardens
  • Rainbow Falls
  • Akaka Falls
  • Black Sand Beaches

Take in nature's bounty on this full-day excursion. Explore spectacular waterfalls; stroll the Nani Mau Gardens, home to a wide variety of tropical plants; and visit the only black sand beach in the Hilo region. Lunch is included.

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park & Orchid Garden

4.5 hours | Hilo | ITO-125
  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Take in nature's bounty on this half-day excursion. Explore spectacular Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, see the amazing Kilauea Volcano - home of Pele, the legendary Goddess of Fire, and visit the Akatsuka Orchid Garden.

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Summit of Maunakea

6 hours | Hilo | ITO-110
  • Maunakea

Journey from the Pacific Ocean to the highest peak in Hawaii: the summit of Maunakea! A light picnic-style lunch is included on this full-day tour.

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Highlights of the Hamakua Coast

7.5 hours | Hilo | ITO-235
  • Rainbow Falls
  • Waipi'o Valley
  • Akaka Falls
  • Outdoor Adventures

The Hamakua Coast is studded with breathtaking waterfalls, stunning valleys, and eccentric towns reminiscent of "old Hawaii." Visit the Hawaiian Islands' most famous waterfalls and travel the Hamakua coastline before enjoying a Hawaiian style BBQ lunch with complimentary champagne and beer followed by a private waterfall swim.

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Waterfall, Volcano Winery & Black Sand Beach

6.75 hours | Hilo | ITO-320
  • Rainbow Falls
  • Black Sand Beaches

A full day of spectacular sights and attractions features the natural beauty and flavors of this vibrant island, including such highlights as Hilo's famous waterfalls, the fragrant Akatsuka Orchid Gardens, exotic Punalu'u Black Sand Beach, and the Volcano Winery. A barbeque style lunch and souvenir shopping complete the day.

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Farm, Fork & Fire

6 hours | Hilo | ITO-315
  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

The theme of sustainability is ever-present on this scenic adventure that showcases the island's natural bounty. Admire the vibrant colors at an orchid farm, sip your way through Volcano Winery and Tea Garden, savor a locally sourced Hawaiian-style lunch and culminate your tour with the beauty and power of Hawaii's active volcano.

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Kilauea Lava Fields, Hawaiian BBQ & Hilo Bay Snorkel

6.5 hours | Hilo | ITO-505
  • Black Sand Beaches
  • Outdoor Adventures

Explore Hawaii's explosive side with a walk along the altered coastline of MacKenzie State Recreation Area, views of Hawaii's new black beach at Isaac Hale Beach Park and learn how Star of the Sea Painted Church was saved from lava flows. Plus lunch, swimming in Hilo Bay and shopping!

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Island-Style Progressive Brunch – Bon Appetit Exclusive

4.5 hours | Hilo | ITO-250

Spend a day wrapped in the Aloha Spirit with a progressive brunch that welcomes you into three different Hawaiian homes. Get a glimpse of what it's like to live on the Big Island on both the mauka (mountain side) and makai (ocean side). Learn stories of the land as you dine on seasonal items like Kona coffee, maladadas, Portugese sausage, fresh salads and more.

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Zipline Through Paradise

4 hours | Hilo | ITO-400
  • Outdoor Adventures

Ride Hawaii Island's only all-dual-track zip course for a zip tour of side-by-side excitement! It's twice the fun as you ride alongside your zip partner for an 8-line course from one sky-high platform to another. See rainforest, waterfalls, river gorges and dazzling ocean views on this unforgettable half-day excursion.

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Kona & Open-Ocean Dolphin Swim

8 hours | Hilo | ITO-725
  • Outdoor Adventures

Travel along Route 200 and 190 from Hilo to Kona, taking in views of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. In Kona, board a Zodiac and travel to a pristine marine sanctuary in search for marine life. You may have the opportunity to get in the water with dolphins. Lunch is provided on this all-day excursion.

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Maunakea Summit & Stars Exclusive Adventure

7.25 hours | Hilo | ITO-230
  • Maunakea

Take off to the summit of Maunakea, host to the world's largest astronomical site and telescopes operated by astronomers from 11 countries. Your drive begins at sea level and travels to almost 14,000 feet. Along the way, stop at Imiloa Astronomy Center for a planetarium show, a native koa forest and the Visitor Information Station.

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Zippin' Volcano

8 hours | Hilo | ITO-405
  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • Outdoor Adventures

Soar above the treetops as you ride the island's only all-dual-track zip course for a zip tour that's double the fun! Race across an eight-line course, taking in the most spectacular scenery- from waterfalls and rainforests to the sparkling ocean waters. An exploration of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park's highliights, lunch and shopping conclude this perfect day.

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Volcanic Landscapes by Helicopter

2.25 hours | Hilo | ITO-800
  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Survey one of Earth's most active volcanoes from the air! Get an unforgettable vantage point from the safety of a helicopter on this approximately two-hour excursion. View landscapes ravaged by volcanic eruptions and black-sand beaches formed by the dynamic interaction of lava with the sea.

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Volcanic Landscapes by Helicopter (Wheelchair Accessible)

2.25 hours | Hilo | ITO-801
  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Survey one of Earth's most active volcanoes from the air! Get an unforgettable vantage point from the safety of a helicopter on this approximately two-hour excursion. View landscapes ravaged by volcanic eruptions and black-sand beaches formed by the dynamic interaction of lava with the sea.

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Maunakea Trail ATV (1 or 2 Guests)

4 hours | Hilo | ITO-525
  • Maunakea
  • Outdoor Adventures

Feel the thrill of driving your own ATV along the dramatic Hamakua coast, taking in spectacular natural scenery and sweeping vistas of the island's volcanoes, lush rainforest and river gorges. Prepared to get dirty and wet as your 4x4 vehicle makes the most of the rugged terrain. Clean off with a private waterfall swim.

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Helicopter, Waterfalls & Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

7 hours | Hilo | ITO-805
  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Soar over the craters, lava flows and volcanic activity of the Kilauea Volcano. Take in aerial views of the Hawaiian rainforest and then explore Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on land including active volcano craters, sulfur banks and steam vents. Enjoy a Hawaiian-style BBQ lunch at the volcano winery.

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Maunakea Trail ATV (3 or 4 Guests)

4 hours | Hilo | ITO-526
  • Maunakea
  • Outdoor Adventures

Feel the thrill of driving your own ATV along the dramatic Hamakua coast, taking in spectacular natural scenery and sweeping vistas of the island's volcanoes, lush rainforest and river gorges. Prepared to get dirty and wet as your 4x4 vehicle makes the most of the rugged terrain. Clean off with a private waterfall swim.

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Hilo by Private Car - Full Day

7 hours | Hilo | ITO-900

Explore at your own pace with a private vehicle and driver at your service. A perfect solution for guests who wish to tour privately or who want the flexibility of designing their own itinerary. Private car maximum capacity is 3 guests.

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Hilo by Private Van - Full Day

7 hours | Hilo | ITO-910

Explore at your own pace with a private vehicle and driver at your service. A perfect solution for guests who wish to tour privately or who want the flexibility of designing their own itinerary. Private van maximum capacity is 6 guests.

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Hilo by Private SUV - Full Day

7 hours | Hilo | ITO-905

Explore at your own pace with a private vehicle and driver at your service. A perfect solution for guests who wish to tour privately or who want the flexibility of designing their own itinerary. Private SUV maximum capacity is 4 guests.

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