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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
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$419.28 per adult
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This was an amazing trip!...
This was an amazing trip! I proposed to my girlfriend in the helicopter 🚁 the pilot stopped in air for us by a water fall and jt was the most amazing thing in my life. We are very thankful and really recommend it
MahmoudAlchamaa, Jan 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Big Island of Hawaii

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Hilo Highlights!
Dan_C, Dec 2021
Big Island Tour : Hilo Tour with Waterfall
A wonderful tour of showing the highlights on the Hilo side of the Big Island! Wonderfully Fun guide and driver and really fun experience
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Very unique experience
kather1990, Dec 2021
Elite Volcano Hike From Hilo
Scott was such a great guide, very informative, patient and knowledgeable. He even helped us outline our itinerary in later trip in Hilo. I would recommend to everyone around me.
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We learned so much about Hawaii!
Elizabeth_M, Nov 2021
Maunakea Stellar Explorer HILO
Our tour guide, Crystal was a wealth of knowledge and did an amazing job. We learned a lot about the history of astronomy, constellations, island history and culture, lava caves, native plants, animals, even native folk stories. Beautiful views over in Hilo.
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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 .
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Process prior well...
Steven_R, Jan 2022
Circle of Fire Helicopter Tour from Hilo
Process prior well organized, pilot excellent , duration of tour just right, good quality for cost. Will continue to use Blue Hawaiian
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Life changing!
Vickie_M, Jan 2022
Maunakea Stellar Explorer HILO
Our Guide Rich was so nice and extremely knowledgeable about the places we visited and especially the star gazing. He is the best!!!
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Great Customer Experience
Steve_E, Dec 2021
Helicopter Lava and Rainforests Adventure from Hilo
The flight was cancelled due to weather; however, the team from Paradise were very nice and helpful. They followed up with a telephone call and text after we left to see about rescheduling or cancelling. When we said we needed to cancel, they contacted Viator directly to request the cancellation and refund our money. Paradise seems to be very focused on customer service and I would easily try them again on a next trip.
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Fun and safe tour!
Claire_T, Dec 2021
Hawaii Volcano Adventure Tour from Hilo
Tour guide was very helpful, friendly, and informative. I was able to enjoy the tour by learning a lot about the island and knowing the trip was well planned. Best way to see the big island in one day!
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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.
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Bucket list experience
Maryann_W, Nov 2021
Helicopter Lava and Rainforests Adventure from Hilo
So much fun!!!! And spectacular views. I never thought I would see the inside of a volcano in my life. So cool
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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.
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Amazing
Selina_C, Jan 2022
Circle of Fire Helicopter Tour from Hilo
Super amazing thing to do when you in a Hawaii the sat us before time everything went well saw amazing stuff from above the driving was great and will answer any questions you have I highly recommend this tour

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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