Experiences

Experiences

What to Do Around Here?

Explore Hilo

Uncover the charm of Hilo’s historic storefronts, artist galleries, museums and cultural sites facing Hilo Bay. Within minutes of downtown you’ll be transported to gorgeous waterfalls nestled in rainforests and dramatic lava coastlines.

See our calendar of upcoming events in Hilo.

Lyman Museum

The Lyman Museum and Mission House purpose is “To tell the story of Hawai`i, its islands, and its people.” Throughout the year, the Lyman Museum offers a wide range of educational programs from special lectures and talks to hands-on workshops on Hawaiian skills and crafts.

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Adventures on Site

Guests of the Naniloa Hotel can enjoy on-property activities including paddleboards (SUPs), kayaking, snorkeling, biking, swimming and an array of historic displays and museum artifacts.

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On Site

Horseback Riding

Spend a morning or late afternoon learning the Paniolo, or Hawaiian cowboy ways. A large part of the Big Island lifestyle, horseback riding offers a cultural experience through scenic storytelling tours. Visitors may choose from a variety of riding environments such as the upcountry pastures of Kahua Ranch, the tropical beauty of Waipio Valley, or the historic trail to Kealakekua Bay.

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57.5 mi

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Just a 40 minute drive from Hilo, the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is an adventure like no other. Home to two of the most active volcanoes, Kilauea and Mauna Loa, dramatic landscapes and unique flora and fauna. Plan a day trip or stay overnight for backcountry hiking and camping. Hike the Kilauea Summit Trails, drive the Chain of Craters Road, or go cruise along Crater Rim Drive. Park is open 24 hours a day. Kilauea Visitor Center open daily, 9am – 5pm. Jaggar Museum open daily, 10am – 8pm.

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29 mi

Whale Watching

Every year, an estimated 10,000 whales trek 3,000 miles from Alaska between November to early May to breed in the warm waters of the Big Island. You can spot them from shore, hear them under water, or see them up-close by boat. If you’re lucky, you may be serenaded by a whale song while snorkeling or swimming.

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79.6 mi

Lava Ocean Tour

There’s nothing quite like the piercing beauty of hot lava flowing into the Pacific Ocean. Small groups looking for a big adventure will be treated to panoramic views of Hawaii Volcanoes, dramatic views of volcanic activity, lush tropical rainforests, waterfalls and exotic black sand beaches. Guests of the Naniloa Hotel have direct boarding access to the tours from our ocean pier. You may contact the front desk for more information.

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0.6 mi

Ziplining

Experience the beauty of Big Island by air. Kapohokine Adventures offers a variety of adventure tours, including ziplining packages for both Hilo and Kona adventures. Soar over the Kilauea Volcano, zipline through a tropical jungle and see gorgeous views of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea. Contact the front desk for more information

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1.7 mi

Manta Ray Diving

Encountering the mysterious manta ray is an experience of a lifetime. As one of the largest fish in the ocean with wingspans as large as 20 feet, manta rays frequent areas where plankton is found. The best way to see these beauties are at night, by boat tour, just north of Kailua-Kona.

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79.6 mi

Snorkeling

Beginning snorkelers can explore Hilo’s Leleiwi Beach and Richardson Beach Park to get a taste of the pristine waters and marine life. For those looking to explore along the Kohala Coast, Hapuna Beach, Anaehoomalu Beach and Samuel Spencer Park are popular sites. On the Kona Coast, Honaunau Bay’s calm and clear waters make for the perfect entry point just along the shoreline where volcanic rock has gradually worn away.

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3.9 mi

Coconut Island

Legend says that anyone sick or ill would be healed by swimming around the Moku Ola, or Coconut Island, three times. In ancient times, the island was revered as pu‘uhonua – a place of refuge, where warriors would find themselves saved. Today, the small park in Hilo Bay is a popular site to spend afternoons cooling off. .

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0.4 mi

Waipio Valley

Once the capital and permanent residence of early Hawaiian Kings, the magnificent and sacred Waipio Valley is more than just tropical beauty – it’s a place of history and culture. Spanning one-mile wide and five-miles deep, the valley is enclosed by cliffs as high as 2000 feet. This popular attraction is also home to taro fields and Big Island’s tallest waterfall, Hiilawe Falls.

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51.7 mi

Farmers Markets

Experience a variety of flavors, cuisine and locally grown fruits and vegetables at the world-famous Hilo Farmers Market. From local-style plate lunches and ‘ono (delicious) desserts to handmade arts and crafts, jewelry and clothing, the farmers market is a must-do for both locals and returning visitors. Just two miles from the Naniloa Hotel. Open 7 days a week. For the full experience, visit on Wednesdays and Saturdays to see more than 200 vendors.

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1.8 mi

Mauna Kea Science Reserve

As one of the world’s premier observatories, the Mauna Kea Science Reserves includes 13 observations facilities and 9 telescopes located on the peak. A must-see for visitors, the telescopes boast a combined light-gathering power 15x greater than the Palomar Telescope and 60x greater than the Hubble Space Telescope. Views of snow-capped Mauna Kea can be seen from the Naniloa Hotel. Visitors may drive up to the summit and hike or star gaze. Open 7 days a week, 9am – 10pm.

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44.7 mi

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center

Only a 10-minute drive from the Naniloa, the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center merges Hawaii’s past with today’s modern technology. Located just above the University of Hawaii, Hilo, the center spans 40,000 square feet of planetarium and exhibition space with more than 100 displays presented in both English and Hawaiian. Learn about Hawaiian voyaging canoes, explore the origins of the cosmos and immerse yourself between earth and sky. Open Tuesday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm.

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3.9 mi

Pacific Tsunami Museum

Read the powerful stories of past tsunami survivors and learn about what Hawaii is doing today in the museum’s mission to educate the public and saving lives in the event of a tsunami. Exhibits include a model of Hilo pre-1946, the Story of Hilo and rebuilding communities, the Science of Tsunamis and amazing rescue stories from survivors. Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm.

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2.1 mi

Liliuokalani Park

Named after Hawaii’s last reigning monarch, Queen Liluokalani, the beautifully landscaped and lush Liliuokalani Park is located just one block from the Naniloa Hotel along Hilo’s iconic Banyan Drive. Spanning across 30 acres, a Japanese-style garden sits within the park featuring signature red bridges over fishponds, tranquil pagodas and rock gardens, and breathtaking vistas of Hilo Bay and Moku Ola, known as Coconut Island.

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0.5 mi

Horseback Riding

Spend a morning or late afternoon learning the Paniolo, or Hawaiian cowboy ways. A large part of the Big Island lifestyle, horseback riding offers a cultural experience through scenic storytelling tours. Visitors may choose from a variety of riding environments such as the upcountry pastures of Kahua Ranch, the tropical beauty of Waipio Valley, or the historic trail to Kealakekua Bay.

Read More
57.5 mi

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Just a 40 minute drive from Hilo, the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is an adventure like no other. Home to two of the most active volcanoes, Kilauea and Mauna Loa, dramatic landscapes and unique flora and fauna. Plan a day trip or stay overnight for backcountry hiking and camping. Hike the Kilauea Summit Trails, drive the Chain of Craters Road, or go cruise along Crater Rim Drive. Park is open 24 hours a day. Kilauea Visitor Center open daily, 9am – 5pm. Jaggar Museum open daily, 10am – 8pm.

Read More
29 mi

Whale Watching

Every year, an estimated 10,000 whales trek 3,000 miles from Alaska between November to early May to breed in the warm waters of the Big Island. You can spot them from shore, hear them under water, or see them up-close by boat. If you’re lucky, you may be serenaded by a whale song while snorkeling or swimming.

Read More
79.6 mi

Lava Ocean Tour

There’s nothing quite like the piercing beauty of hot lava flowing into the Pacific Ocean. Small groups looking for a big adventure will be treated to panoramic views of Hawaii Volcanoes, dramatic views of volcanic activity, lush tropical rainforests, waterfalls and exotic black sand beaches. Guests of the Naniloa Hotel have direct boarding access to the tours from our ocean pier. You may contact the front desk for more information.

Read More
0.6 mi

Ziplining

Experience the beauty of Big Island by air. Kapohokine Adventures offers a variety of adventure tours, including ziplining packages for both Hilo and Kona adventures. Soar over the Kilauea Volcano, zipline through a tropical jungle and see gorgeous views of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea. Contact the front desk for more information

Read More
1.7 mi

Manta Ray Diving

Encountering the mysterious manta ray is an experience of a lifetime. As one of the largest fish in the ocean with wingspans as large as 20 feet, manta rays frequent areas where plankton is found. The best way to see these beauties are at night, by boat tour, just north of Kailua-Kona.

Read More
79.6 mi

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center

Only a 10-minute drive from the Naniloa, the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center merges Hawaii’s past with today’s modern technology. Located just above the University of Hawaii, Hilo, the center spans 40,000 square feet of planetarium and exhibition space with more than 100 displays presented in both English and Hawaiian. Learn about Hawaiian voyaging canoes, explore the origins of the cosmos and immerse yourself between earth and sky. Open Tuesday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm.

Read More
3.9 mi

Lyman Museum

The Lyman Museum and Mission House purpose is “To tell the story of Hawai`i, its islands, and its people.” Throughout the year, the Lyman Museum offers a wide range of educational programs from special lectures and talks to hands-on workshops on Hawaiian skills and crafts.

Read More
2.3

Adventures on Site

Guests of the Naniloa Hotel can enjoy on-property activities including paddleboards (SUPs), kayaking, snorkeling, biking, swimming and an array of historic displays and museum artifacts.

Read More
On Site

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Just a 40 minute drive from Hilo, the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is an adventure like no other. Home to two of the most active volcanoes, Kilauea and Mauna Loa, dramatic landscapes and unique flora and fauna. Plan a day trip or stay overnight for backcountry hiking and camping. Hike the Kilauea Summit Trails, drive the Chain of Craters Road, or go cruise along Crater Rim Drive. Park is open 24 hours a day. Kilauea Visitor Center open daily, 9am – 5pm. Jaggar Museum open daily, 10am – 8pm.

Read More
29 mi

Snorkeling

Beginning snorkelers can explore Hilo’s Leleiwi Beach and Richardson Beach Park to get a taste of the pristine waters and marine life. For those looking to explore along the Kohala Coast, Hapuna Beach, Anaehoomalu Beach and Samuel Spencer Park are popular sites. On the Kona Coast, Honaunau Bay’s calm and clear waters make for the perfect entry point just along the shoreline where volcanic rock has gradually worn away.

Read More
3.9 mi

Coconut Island

Legend says that anyone sick or ill would be healed by swimming around the Moku Ola, or Coconut Island, three times. In ancient times, the island was revered as pu‘uhonua – a place of refuge, where warriors would find themselves saved. Today, the small park in Hilo Bay is a popular site to spend afternoons cooling off. .

Read More
0.4 mi

Waipio Valley

Once the capital and permanent residence of early Hawaiian Kings, the magnificent and sacred Waipio Valley is more than just tropical beauty – it’s a place of history and culture. Spanning one-mile wide and five-miles deep, the valley is enclosed by cliffs as high as 2000 feet. This popular attraction is also home to taro fields and Big Island’s tallest waterfall, Hiilawe Falls.

Read More
51.7 mi

Farmers Markets

Experience a variety of flavors, cuisine and locally grown fruits and vegetables at the world-famous Hilo Farmers Market. From local-style plate lunches and ‘ono (delicious) desserts to handmade arts and crafts, jewelry and clothing, the farmers market is a must-do for both locals and returning visitors. Just two miles from the Naniloa Hotel. Open 7 days a week. For the full experience, visit on Wednesdays and Saturdays to see more than 200 vendors.

Read More
1.8 mi

Mauna Kea Science Reserve

As one of the world’s premier observatories, the Mauna Kea Science Reserves includes 13 observations facilities and 9 telescopes located on the peak. A must-see for visitors, the telescopes boast a combined light-gathering power 15x greater than the Palomar Telescope and 60x greater than the Hubble Space Telescope. Views of snow-capped Mauna Kea can be seen from the Naniloa Hotel. Visitors may drive up to the summit and hike or star gaze. Open 7 days a week, 9am – 10pm.

Read More
44.7 mi

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center

Only a 10-minute drive from the Naniloa, the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center merges Hawaii’s past with today’s modern technology. Located just above the University of Hawaii, Hilo, the center spans 40,000 square feet of planetarium and exhibition space with more than 100 displays presented in both English and Hawaiian. Learn about Hawaiian voyaging canoes, explore the origins of the cosmos and immerse yourself between earth and sky. Open Tuesday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm.

Read More
3.9 mi

Pacific Tsunami Museum

Read the powerful stories of past tsunami survivors and learn about what Hawaii is doing today in the museum’s mission to educate the public and saving lives in the event of a tsunami. Exhibits include a model of Hilo pre-1946, the Story of Hilo and rebuilding communities, the Science of Tsunamis and amazing rescue stories from survivors. Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm.

Read More
2.1 mi

Liliuokalani Park

Named after Hawaii’s last reigning monarch, Queen Liluokalani, the beautifully landscaped and lush Liliuokalani Park is located just one block from the Naniloa Hotel along Hilo’s iconic Banyan Drive. Spanning across 30 acres, a Japanese-style garden sits within the park featuring signature red bridges over fishponds, tranquil pagodas and rock gardens, and breathtaking vistas of Hilo Bay and Moku Ola, known as Coconut Island.

Read More
0.5 mi

KapohoKine Adventures

For more information on tours and activities, please stop by the KapohoKine Adventures on-site store or call (808) 964-1000.