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Hilo

Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, 96720

The Basics

A variety of volcano tours visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park from Hilo and typically include attractions such as Kilauea Volcano (one of the island’s most active volcanoes), Thurston Lava Tube, and Kilauea Iki Overlook. Opt for a nighttime tour to see glowing molten lava and enjoy dinner at Volcano Winery, or choose a private excursion for a personalized experience.

To explore the city, choose a guided tour of downtown Hilo and see the daily farmers market on Kamehameha Avenue, the Big Island Candy Factory, and Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden. You can also experience Hilo’s natural attractions on a waterfall tour, guided hike, ziplining adventure tour, or helicopter tour. Other top activities include learning about ocean conservation at the headquarters of Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, taking in Big Island history at the Lyman Museum, and visiting the Imiloa Astronomy Center and Pacific Tsunami Museum.

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Helicopter Lava and Rainforests Adventure from Hilo
Helicopter Lava and Rainforests Adventure from Hilo
star-4.5
$352.03 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Bucket list experience
So much fun!!!! And spectacular views. I never thought I would see the inside of a volcano in my life. So cool
Maryann_W, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Big Island of Hawaii

star-4
Great trip
Michelle_C, Aug 2021
Circle of Fire Helicopter Tour from Hilo
Despite the iffy weather rain and low clouds Ethan made it a fun and educational trip . Every precaution Was taken by the company regarding COVID , to make you feel safe .
star-5
Great trip!
Jason_F, Jun 2021
Circle of Fire Helicopter Tour from Hilo
Wesley was a great pilot. They really did a great job with safety and expectations. Although we missed the lava by a few days, it was a great trip!
star-5
Volcano Hilo your
Jennifer_P, Nov 2021
Evening Volcano Explorer from Hilo
Tour was great! We learned so much about the history of the island and volcano. Tiffany was our tour guide and she was so friendly and helpful! Thank you Tiffany for the photos and for a great experience.
star-5
Great guide
yixin_s, Nov 2021
Maunakea Stellar Explorer HILO
Krystal is an excellent guide!! The telescope is a killer, and Krystal is definitely an expert. Highly recommend!
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The last stop at Uncle...
JJHell1, Nov 2021
Hilo After Dark ghost tour
The last stop at Uncle Billy's. Gian was great with the history and knowledge! Very good guide, even if he was a but late.
star-5
Amazing
Ryan_O, Oct 2021
Helicopter Lava and Rainforests Adventure from Hilo
Keith is an excellent pilot. And make the experience interactive and educational. This is a spectacular opportunity that you can’t pass up!
star-5
Amazing sites that can only be seen by Paradise Helicopter Lava and Rainforests Adventure from Hilo.
Michael_W, Sep 2021
Helicopter Lava and Rainforests Adventure from Hilo
Flying up into the ravines and capturing photos of the beautiful waterfalls and landing at the base of one. Exceptional!!
star-5
Must do
Renee_I, Nov 2021
Circle of Fire Helicopter Tour from Hilo
My husband and I absolutely loved our tour. Definitely a must do. Perfect way to end our vacation. Staff was very friendly
star-5
Great tour
Blaine_P, Sep 2021
Evening Volcano Explorer from Hilo
Awesome views! Don our guide was knowledgeable and worked with us to give us a truly customized tour.
star-5
Day at Volcano!
Sharon_L, Sep 2021
Hawaii Volcano Adventure Tour from Hilo
Auntie Karen was wonderful guide and even had lunch for us! Volcano was fantastic to see! Saw beautiful Japanese Garden plus Black Beach and Island Candy Factory!wonderful day!
star-5
Private Tour of the Big Island
Lynn_S, Sep 2021
Sprinter Van 10 Seats tour from Kona Coast to Hilo & Volcanoes National Park
Rob was a very knowledgeable guide ! He answered all my questions and I had lots! We were able to experience up close the places that most just see from a distance. He provided videos along the way to help explain the details of what we were about to see.
star-5
Excellent tour to customize your likings
SueFirn_S, Aug 2021
Private Day Tour from Hilo to Puna
My tour guide Maui was excellent. He took me to a lot beaches and national volcano park. We were lucky that rainbow showed up at the top of volcano crater. We did see some people worked on the crater that was insane because volcano can erupt anytime.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Hilo is on the wet side of the Big Island and rain is common; don’t forget to pack a light raincoat.

  • Bring sun protection, bug spray, and plenty of water if you plan to visit the jungle.

  • Hilo’s coast is boulder-strewn and tree-lined; head to Kona on the other side of the island for sandy beaches and snorkeling.

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How to Get There

Hilo is located on the east coast of Hawaii’s Big Island. The town has a small international airport and is regularly visited by cruise ships. State Highway 11 links Hilo with other Big Island towns.

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When to Get There

While Hilo receives relatively few visitors compared to Hawaii’s resort areas, the town is busiest during spring break, summer, and the winter holidays. To avoid rain, opt for a summer visit; the wettest month is November with most rain falling during late afternoon and early morning.

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Exploring Waterfalls Near Hilo

In nearby Wailuku River State Park you can find Akaka Falls and Rainbow Falls, an 80-foot (24-meter) cascade famous for the rainbow that forms in its mist during sunny mornings. In the park’s Boiling Pots, you can explore a succession of pools connected by underground rivers, with water that constantly rolls and bubbles.

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