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Hilo Island tours

Our most recommended Hilo Island tours

Hilo: Sea Turtle Lagoon and Black Sand Beach Snorkel

1. Hilo: Sea Turtle Lagoon and Black Sand Beach Snorkel

This is your opportunity to swim in a lagoon full of abundant sea life. Join your hosts on a fully guided and narrated beach snorkel tour along the pristine Hilo coastline. Make 2 snorkeling stops and also enjoy island snacks and juices. The volcanic beaches are renowned for their abundant sea turtle population, and the brackish water bays and lagoons are home to a wealth of sea life including octopus, eagle and manta rays, eels, corals, and tropical reef fish. Your experienced snorkel guide will teach you about the beautiful and lush surroundings, how the beaches and volcanic islands are made, and about the abundant marine world which lies below. Newcomers to snorkeling and children are welcome. Your trained guide will teach you the basics and be with you every step of the way to make sure you feel safe and comfortable. Children will be introduced to nature in a spectacular way.

Hilo: Wailoa River to King Kamehameha Guided Kayaking Tour

2. Hilo: Wailoa River to King Kamehameha Guided Kayaking Tour

Experience Hilo from a new perspective as you journey up the river. Cruise underneath the dragon arches of the Japanese-style bridges. Loa, or "long water," includes an easy entry from a boat ramp that travels up Wailoa River and into Hilo Bay. See unique birds and fish throughout your excursion.  Take a break and enjoy the King Kamehameha Statue. Learn more about the History of the Big Island and the Tsunamis that have cleared the area and created an arboretum of trees, recognized by the Tree Association as "The Largest of Tree Species outside of Africa." 

Big Island: Self-Drive Sightseeing Road Trip

3. Big Island: Self-Drive Sightseeing Road Trip

Explore Hawaii’s youngest and largest island and change the way you see the Big Island with this narrated, self-drive road trip. Visit historic sites, popular attractions, world-class beaches, and scenic hikes. Hear local stories, legends, and fun facts about the places you’re visiting and listen to unique Hawaiian music to entertain and relax you along the way. Drive across barren lava fields that are wedged between two active volcanoes. Visit a black sand beach and taste Hawaiian coffee and macadamia nuts on local farms. Be adventurous and go cliff diving or take advantage of the beautiful nature and take a scenic hike. See the tallest mountain in Hawaii at night for the ultimate stargazing experience. This adventure is great for families and solo travelers alike.

Ultimate Waterfall Experience Private Day Trip

4. Ultimate Waterfall Experience Private Day Trip

Experience the best waterfalls of the Big Island on this private waterfall tour. Visit a private waterfall location at Kulaniapia and relax in the beauty and tranquility of this 42-acre property which boasts 4 waterfalls, bamboo gardens and miles of trails. The largest waterfall on the property cascades 120 feet into a protected pool, perfect for swimming activities. Experience the majestic waterfalls and the lush tropical landscape of this private property and, if conditions permit, take dip or enjoy the provided extras such as kayaks and stand-up paddle boards. Then, head to the iconic Wailuku River State Park and take in the magnificent beauty of Rainbow Falls and Boiling Pots (bubbling basalt-lava rock pools). After working up an appetite, enjoy a delicious locally sourced lunch from a local restaurant. From here, cruise along Onomea’s scenic route passing through the lush rainforest and rugged coastline of the Hamakua coastline. Stop for photos and views of beautiful waterfalls along the way. Next, take a guided walk through Akaka Falls State Park. Hear about the rich botanical life found throughout the park from your naturalist and have the opportunity to view 2 spectacular waterfalls. Gaze at Akaka falls, which cascades 442 feet down a vertical bright green cliff face. Before returning home, drive through the historic downtown Hilo and learn about the area's rich culture, volcanic activity, and city history. t

Hilo: Walking Ghost Tour

5. Hilo: Walking Ghost Tour

Explore Hilo, a colorful, historic, mural-filled town — home to music, ghosts, and magic. Discover Hawaii's wandering spirits, haunted heritage, and paranormal activity on a guided tour. Stroll through Hilo's quaint streets, taking in its charming pre-World War II persona and historic storefronts. Meet your guide near the Wailuku River, where you may glimpse a fierce sacred being called a mo'o as you listen to tragic occurrences attributed to powerful supernatural forces. Next, head to the Pacific Tsunami Museum to learn about the wandering spirits left in the wake of deadly tidal waves. Finally, leave your guide at Jackie Rey's Ohana Grill Hilo, the scene of paranormal activity, your head full of enigmatic local entities, including 'uhane (wandering spirits), 'aumakua (ancestors transformed into family gods), and akualele (mysterious fireballs associated with curses and the dead).

Hilo: Hilo Bay and Coconut Island SUP Guided Tour

6. Hilo: Hilo Bay and Coconut Island SUP Guided Tour

Unlike anywhere else on the islands, Hilo Bay captures the feeling of going back in time. Join this guided 2-hour tour paddling with the majestic snow-capped peaks of Mauna Kea in the distance. Learn about the history of the last Hawaiian monarch at Queen Liliuokalani Japanese Gardens. Discover secluded coves, marine life that gathers in the tide pools, and Coconut Island.

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What people are saying about Hilo

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 10 reviews

Super elaborate route with many great stops, sights, viewpoints, snack and restaurant recommendations - Offline navigation works to the point - All tips and information (even before the start of the tour) are very helpful Always again A great experience for us

Our guide Morgan was very friendly and knowledgeable and gave us a great experience! We had been snorkeling before, but greatly appreciated his tips and excellent advice.

Great time and money well spent. Adam was a fun and friendly guide. We saw lots of beautiful fish and a sea turtle swam right on by. Very cool!!

Great app and tour of the big island. Very accurate gps coordination with tour speaking. I would highly recommend. So Worth it.

Morgan was a great guide, friendly, funny and tentative to other member's safety and health.