25+ Essential Things To Do In Hilo Hawaii - Grand Naniloa
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Sep. 2023



Sep. 2023





Hawaii's Hidden Gem

A Destination Filled With Outdoor Adventure

Active volcanoes, picturesque waterfalls, hiking, and the most authentic Hawaiian experience on the big island, Hilo Hawaii is the fastest growing adventure destination offering authentic experiences that Costa Rica and other outdoor travel destinations cannot match!

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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.

Volcanoes National Park

See Glowing Lava from Near or Far

Located at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Mauna Loa and Kilauea provide the opportunity to see steam vents, hardened lava, and if you're really lucky, flowing lava! From wilderness adventures, short walks and scenic drives – to discovering sacred sites and legends – there's plenty to do while you wait for the lava to flow.

Farmers Market

Shop hundreds of unique vendors at Hilo's Farmers Market open Wednesday nights and Sunday morning.

Downtown Hilo

Try the many restaurant and browse the many boutique shops including candies, uke & music stores, and more.

Liluokalani Park & Japanese Gardens

Shop hundreds of unique vendors at Hilo's Farmers Market open Wednesday nights and Sunday morning.

Rip Off Road In A Polaris Razor ATV

Head up the mountain towards Mauna Kea at ride through the scenic and muddy tropical trails on this high adrenaline KapohoKine tour.

Zipline Through Waterfalls & Jungle

Experience nothing short of stunning views zip lining through above a tropical forest and waterfalls - great for all ages.

SUP - Paddle Board Through Hilo Bay

Rent kayaks, stand up paddle boards, and more right at the hotel and explore Hilo Bay.

Visit Volcanoes National Park

Explore excinct volcano craters, steam vents, former lava flow zones, and even hike through an extinct volcano.

Explore Nāhuku - Thurston Lava Tube

NOW OPEN - walk thorugh Thurston Lava Tube a long cave formed by flowing lava.

Hike Kīlauea Iki Volcano Crater

Hike down through a small jungle trail and across an extinct volcano crater along the Kīlauea Iki trail in Volcanoes Park.

Imiloa Astronomy Center

40,000 square feet of planetarium and exhibition space with more than 100 displays presented in both English and Hawaiian.

Manta Ray Diving

Encountering the mysterious manta ray is an experience of a lifetime. See these beauties at night, by boat tour, just north of Kailua-Kona.

Lava Ocean Tour

Panoramic views of Hawaii Volcanoes, dramatic volcanic activity, lush tropical rainforests, waterfalls and exotic black sand beaches.

Hilo Attractions

  • The Lyman Museum 
  • Coconut Island
  • Waipi'o Valley
  • Farmers Market (Wednesday & Sunday)
  • Mauna Kea Science Center
  • Imiloa Astronomy Center
  • Pacific Tsunami Museum
  • Park Liluokalani & Japanese Gardens

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Start Planning Your Trip

A Picturesque Tropical Adventure Getaway

1. Find Your Flight 

Fly into Hilo Airport with flights ranging from $400 to $750 from the western United States and Canada or fly into Kona International Airport and take in the scenic route to see more of the Hawaii Island on your way to Hilo. Google Flights is an easy tool to find great flights and deals as you begin planning your adventure.

2. Build Your Adventure 

Hilo is a hidden gem on Hawaii's big island. Unknown to most, Hilo is quickly becoming one of the top adventure destinations- known for thrilling experiences and a taste of authentic Hawaiian culture.

3. Book Your Room 

Grand Naniloa offers an authentic one-of-a-kind experience in Hilo. Book an ocean view room or suite overlooking Hilo Bay and get ready for the best adventure Hawaii has to offer.

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