Hilo is one of Hawaii’s hidden gems – it gets half the tourists of Kailua-Kona yet offers so much for visitors to explore. It’s not a tourist town, so you’ll be outnumbered by the locals while getting a glimpse into authentic Hawaii life.
This lush, green region is blessed with fertile rainforests, dramatic waterfalls and beautiful beaches. It is also the gateway to the tropical wilderness of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
The vibrant town has a newly built waterfront, loads of enthralling museums and an impressive collection of unique shops.
Take an excursion via helicopter to see molten lava oozing out of a live volcano or head to Rainbow Falls where the spray of the water creates beautiful rainbows. If you’ve always wanted to give surfing a try, this is the place to do it – lessons and rentals are available from the local tour providers.
We made this video to show you all of the fantastic experiences Hilo, Hawaii has to offer – so you can start daydreaming about your next getaway.