Picture clear-water beaches, botanical hideaways and hula dancing. Now, make your daydream a reality in Hilo, Hawaii, the largest city on the “Big Island.” Hilo offers the amenities of a big city and the strong community ties of a small town. Plus, need we mention the fresh cuisine, ample outdoor activities and hotels in Hilo ranging from lavish and luxurious to simple and stylish? If you’re ready to plan a trip to paradise, book flights to Hilo, Hawaii.
Spend your holiday soaking in a peaceful lagoon and snoozing in Hilo accommodation near Onekahaka Beach Park. Stay busy in the curve of Hilo Bay, or venture farther inland, closer to the Waiakea Forest Reserve.
If you’d rather lie on a beach towel and order a few mai tais, you won’t be alone. But you probably don’t want to miss the island’s hiking trails, zip lining over waterfalls or a night of traditional performing arts at the historic Palace Theater. Explore the island’s heritage downtown at the Lyman Mission House and Museum. Sample tropical flavours from hundreds of local vendors at the Hilo Farmers Market, or try to narrow down the culinary options on Kilauea Avenue before falling into blissful coconut prawn-induced sleep in downtown Hilo hotels. If you travel during April, try to catch some of the Merrie Monarch Festival, Hawaii’s weeklong celebration of King David Kalākaua, who helped preserve the Hawaiian culture and traditions you enjoy today.
When you fly into Hilo International Airport (ITO), you can hit the ground running downtown. If you don’t mind waiting for your ride, commute around town on the Hele-On Bus, the county’s main form of public transportation. Hilo is most accessible in a car hire, but make sure you get a little sand between your toes and wind in your hair when you take one of Wotif’s Hilo holidays.
Hotels in Hilo start at NZ$173 per night. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.