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Hilo, Hawaii Cruises

As the largest city in Hawaii, Hilo is a natural landing point for those enjoying a luxury cruise around the Hawaiian islands. Located on Hawaii - also known as ‘The Big Island' to avoid confusion - Hilo has a diverse landscape which is rich in beaches, volcanic mountains, waterfalls and lush vegetation. Most luxury cruise lines make the most of this, offering a good choice of excursions which showcase the best of its natural wonders.

Hilo has been settled since 1100AD, though it didn't get its name until 1794, when Kamehameha I, King of the Hawaiian islands, celebrated there after gaining control of Hawaii and used a special braid to secure his canoe. The name of that braid, when translated, was ‘Hilo'. What was then a village became the king's governmental seat but as well as being a political base, it expanded thanks to a burgeoning sugar trade. Hilo has suffered two devastating tsunamis in its history, in 1929 and 1960, which took the lives of 160 and 61 people respectively, though since then has continued to expand as popular tourist destination.  Both its many surrounding natural wonders and its cultural centre continue to draw many visitors, year on year.

Sightseeing in Hilo

If you decide to explore some of Hilo's landscape during your visit, then Akaka Falls State Park is the perfect place to start. It's a short drive from the city itself, so relatively easy to get to. The 442-foot falls are of course the star of the show and a truly dramatic sight, but the lush jungle landscape which surrounds them makes the journey even more rewarding. In contrast, a visit to the Volcanoes National Park will showcase the island's more rugged wonders, namely its fantastic lava formations and volcanic craters. For a taste of the outdoors a little closer to downtown, be sure to visit Liliuokalani Gardens, which offers a tranquil escape in the simple surroundings of a well-tended Japanese garden.

The cultural attractions within Hilo itself offer a different kind of experience, but one which is just as rewarding. The Pacific Tsunami Museum is fittingly located in downtown, an area which was destroyed by the previous devastating tsunami. The building it's housed in was one of the few which survived and it's a great place to learn about tsunamis in general as well as the effect they've had on Hilo itself. The Lyman Museum, meanwhile, enjoys an affiliation with the Smithsonian, so expect a particularly well-informed account of the history of the Hawaiian Islands and its people when you visit. Other notable cultural attractions include the Palace Theatre, which offers a wealth of back-in-time charm and St Joseph's Catholic Church, which is as popular for its architecture as it is for the warm welcome offered by its parishioners.

Shopping in Hilo

For a more traditional shopping experience, be sure to head to the downtown areas Bayfront. It's a great place to browse as well as the larger stores on the front, there's a wealth of smaller stores to be found in the myriad side streets. Downtown's also the place where you'll find the Hilo Farmers Market. The altogether more modern Prince Kuhio Plaza is where you'll find all your larger American-style retail shops.

Eating out in Hilo

Hilo's a great place to eat out, no-matter what you fancy. There's plenty of opportunity to sample traditional Hawaiian cuisine and there's an impressive choice of Eastern-style restaurants too, such as specialist Thai and Japanese outlets. The island's proximity to the mainland USA means of course that you'll have no trouble finding a burger, either.

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1 Hawaiian Holidays (Round-trip Los Angeles) - Crystal Cruises - Crystal Serenity

21 December 2018 - 16 nights

Los Angeles | Catalina Island, USA | Maui (Lahaina) | Honolulu | Kauai (Nawiliwili) | Kailua Kona | Hilo | Ensenada | Los Angeles more

Includes direct flights, private overseas transfers and 1 night pre-cruise hotel stay

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Lahaina

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Honolulu, Hawaii

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Nawiliwili

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Hilo

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Ensenada

Fly Cruise£6589pp
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2 Los Angeles to Papeete - Regent Seven Seas - Seven Seas Navigator

04 January 2019 - 20 nights

Los Angeles | Kauai (Nawiliwili) | Honolulu | Kahului | Hilo | Nuku Hiva | Fakarava | Bora Bora | Bora Bora | Raiatea | Papeete , Tahiti French Poly more

Exclusive offer | Save up to £2,540 per couple. Includes flights, private overseas transfers and a FREE 1 night pre-cruise luxury hotel stay in Los Angeles. Receive up to 38 FREE shore excursions. EXCLUSIVE $500 FREE to spend on-board per couple

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Nawiliwili

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Honolulu, Hawaii

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Hilo

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Bora Bora

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Fly Cruise£7519pp
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3 Los Angeles to New York City - Regent Seven Seas - Seven Seas Navigator

04 January 2019 - 131 nights

Los Angeles | Kauai (Nawiliwili) | Honolulu | Kahului | Hilo | Nuku Hiva | Fakarava | Bora Bora | Bora Bora | Raiatea | Papeete , Tahiti French Poly | Rangiroa | Pago Pago | Apia | Lautoka | Suva | Noumea | Noumea | Brisbane | Sydney, Australia | Sydney, Australia | Mooloolaba, Australia | Whitsunday | Cairns | Cairns | Thursday Island | Darwin | Komodo Island (Indonesia) | Bali, Indonesia | Bali, Indonesia | Makassar (Sulawesi), Indonesia | Puerto Princesa, Pulawan, Philippines | Boracay | Manila | Hong Kong | Hong Kong | Da Nang, Vietnam | Nha Trang | Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) | Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) | Sihanoukville, Cambodia | Bangkok (Laem Chabang) | Bangkok (Laem Chabang) | Ko Samui | Singapore | Kuala Lumpur | Penang | Phuket | Yangon | Yangon | Yangon | Cochin | Mangalore | Goa (Mormugao) | Mumbai (Bombay) | Mumbai (Bombay) | Muscat | Abu Dhabi | Dubai | Fujairah | Salalah | Aqaba | Luxor (Safaga) | Luxor (Safaga) | Jerusalem/Bethlehem (Ashdod) | Jerusalem (Haifa) | Jerusalem (Haifa) | Heraklion | Sorrento | Civitavecchia | Monte Carlo | Barcelona | Malaga | Azores Islands (Ponta Delgada) | Horta, Azores, Portugal | St Georges, Bermuda | St Georges, Bermuda | New York more

Includes FREE Business Class flights, FREE exclusive shoreside experiences and FREE pre-cruise Gala, FREE unlimited laundry, FREE unlimited WiFi and FREE phone time per suite

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Nawiliwili

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Honolulu, Hawaii

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Hilo

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Papeete

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Rangiroa

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Noumea

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4 Polynesian Lullaby - Oceania Cruises - Oceania Regatta

16 March 2019 - 16 nights

Papeete , Tahiti French Poly | Rangiroa | Nuku Hiva | Hilo | Honolulu | Kauai (Nawiliwili) | San Diego

NEW REDUCED PRICES | Includes flights, overseas transfers, 1 night pre-cruise hotel stay in PLUS ALL of the following: FREE gratuities, $800 FREE to spend on-board per couple, FREE beverage package, 8 FREE shore excursions and FREE internet for one device

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Papeete

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Rangiroa

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Hilo

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Honolulu, Hawaii

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Nawiliwili

Fly Cruise£4659pp
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29 April 2019 - 10 nights

Honolulu | Kailua Kona | Kilaeua Volcano | Lahaina, Maui | Hilo | Vancouver

Best available fare! Selling out fast - call us now to tailor make your dream holiday

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Honolulu, Hawaii

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Hilo

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30 April 2019 - 10 nights

Honolulu | Hilo | Kailua Kona | Lahaina, Maui | Lahaina, Maui | Vancouver

Book an Ocean View or above and receive FREE drinks and savings up to £700 per stateroom!*

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Honolulu, Hawaii

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Hilo

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Lahaina

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05 January 2020 - 18 nights

Los Angeles | Hilo | Hilo | Maui (Lahaina) | Honolulu | Honolulu | Kauai (Nawiliwili) | Bora Bora | Moorea , French Polynesia | Papeete , Tahiti French Poly | Papeete , Tahiti French Poly more

New itinerary for 2020! Includes flights, private overseas transfers and 1 night pre-cruise hotel stay in Los Angeles.

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Lahaina

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Honolulu, Hawaii

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06 January 2020 - 131 nights

Miami | Georgetown (Grand Cayman) | Cartagena, Colombia | Puntarenas, Costa Rica | San Juan Del Sur | Puerto Quetzal | Zihuatanejo (Ixtapa) | Cabo San Lucas | San Diego | San Francisco, California | San Francisco, California | Honolulu | Honolulu | Kahului | Hilo | Nuku Hiva | Fakarava | Moorea , French Polynesia | Papeete , Tahiti French Poly | Papeete , Tahiti French Poly | Bora Bora | Pago Pago | Apia | Lautoka | Auckland | Auckland | Tauranga | Napier | Wellington | Sydney, Australia | Sydney, Australia | Sydney, Australia | Brisbane | Airlie Beach, Australia | Cairns | Cooktown | Darwin | Bali, Indonesia | Bali, Indonesia | Surabaya | Singapore | Singapore | Kuala Lumpur | Penang | Langkawi | Phuket | Colombo | Colombo | Cochin | Mangalore | Goa (Mormugao) | Mumbai (Bombay) | Mumbai (Bombay) | Muscat | Fujairah | Dubai | Abu Dhabi | Khasab | Salalah | Aqaba | Luxor (Safaga) | Luxor (Safaga) | Jerusalem (Haifa) | Jerusalem (Haifa) | Kusadasi (Ephesus) | Piraeus | Sicily,(Catania) | Sorrento | Civitavecchia | Livorno | Monte Carlo | Barcelona | Barcelona | Alicante | Malaga | Azores Islands (Ponta Delgada) | Hamilton | Hamilton | Miami more

Includes FREE upgraded pre-cruise 1 night hotel stay and dinner, FREE Lord of the Rings Dinner in Auckland, FREE Singapore Gardens by the Bay event in Singapore, FREE revival at Tuscan Estate in Livorno, FREE unlimited shore excursions, FREE Visa package, FREE unlimited laundry including dry cleaning and pressing, FREE phone time per suite, FREE commemorative gift and FREE on board medial service

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Cartagena, Colombia

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San Juan Del Sur

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Honolulu, Hawaii

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Hilo

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Papeete

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Bora Bora

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Tauranga

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Napier

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9 San Francisco To San Francisco - Regent Seven Seas - Seven Seas Mariner

24 January 2020 - 131 nights

San Francisco, California | Honolulu | Honolulu | Kahului | Hilo | Nuku Hiva | Fakarava | Papeete , Tahiti French Poly | Moorea , French Polynesia | Papeete , Tahiti French Poly | Bora Bora | Pago Pago | Apia | Lautoka | Auckland | Auckland | Tauranga | Napier | Wellington | Sydney, Australia | Sydney, Australia | Sydney, Australia | Brisbane | Airlie Beach, Australia | Cairns | Cooktown | Darwin | Bali, Indonesia | Bali, Indonesia | Surabaya | Singapore | Singapore | Kuala Lumpur | Penang | Langkawi | Phuket | Colombo | Colombo | Cochin | Mangalore | Goa (Mormugao) | Mumbai (Bombay) | Mumbai (Bombay) | Muscat | Fujairah | Dubai | Abu Dhabi | Khasab | Salalah | Aqaba | Luxor (Safaga) | Luxor (Safaga) | Jerusalem (Haifa) | Jerusalem (Haifa) | Kusadasi (Ephesus) | Piraeus | Sicily,(Catania) | Sorrento | Civitavecchia | Livorno | Monte Carlo | Barcelona | Barcelona | Alicante | Malaga | Azores Islands (Ponta Delgada) | Hamilton | Hamilton | Miami | Cartagena, Colombia | Colon | Panama Canal | Puntarenas, Costa Rica | San Juan Del Sur | Puerto Quetzal | Acapulco | Mazatlan | Cabo San Lucas | San Diego | San Francisco, California more

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Honolulu, Hawaii

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Hilo

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Papeete

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Bora Bora

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Tauranga

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Napier

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Sydney

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10 San Francisco to Papeete - Regent Seven Seas - Seven Seas Mariner

24 January 2020 - 18 nights

San Francisco, California | Honolulu | Honolulu | Kahului | Hilo | Nuku Hiva | Fakarava | Moorea , French Polynesia | Papeete , Tahiti French Poly | Papeete , Tahiti French Poly more

World cruise sector - Includes flights, transfers, 1 night pre-cruise hotel stay and up to 28 FREE shore excursions

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Honolulu, Hawaii

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Hilo

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Papeete

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11 San Francisco to Singapore - Regent Seven Seas - Seven Seas Mariner

24 January 2020 - 54 nights

San Francisco, California | Honolulu | Honolulu | Kahului | Hilo | Nuku Hiva | Fakarava | Moorea , French Polynesia | Papeete , Tahiti French Poly | Papeete , Tahiti French Poly | Bora Bora | Pago Pago | Apia | Lautoka | Auckland | Auckland | Tauranga | Napier | Wellington | Sydney, Australia | Sydney, Australia | Sydney, Australia | Brisbane | Airlie Beach, Australia | Cairns | Cooktown | Darwin | Bali, Indonesia | Bali, Indonesia | Surabaya | Singapore | Singapore more

World cruise sector - Includes flights, transfers, 1 night pre-cruise hotel stay and up to 111 FREE shore excursions

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Honolulu, Hawaii

HiloHilo

Hilo

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Papeete

Bora BoraBora Bora

Bora Bora

TaurangaTauranga

Tauranga

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Napier

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Sydney

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Brisbane

Fly Cruise£24429pp
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12 Honolulu to Papeete - Regent Seven Seas - Seven Seas Navigator

15 January 2021 - 15 nights

Honolulu | Kuhului | Hilo | Nuku Hiva | Fakarava | Bora Bora | Bora Bora | Raiatea | Moorea , French Polynesia | Papeete , Tahiti French Poly | Papeete , Tahiti French Poly more

Includes flights, overseas transfers and 1 night pre-cruise hotel stay in Honolulu. Receive up to 43 FREE shore excursions

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Honolulu, Hawaii

HiloHilo

Hilo

Bora BoraBora Bora

Bora Bora

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Papeete

Fly Cruise£7049pp
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