Hilo, Hawaii Luxury 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 Atolls, Falls & Fauna - San Francisco To Papeete
01 November 2019 - 16 nights

San Francisco | Honolulu, Oahu | Kahului | Hilo | Nuku Hiva | Moorea | Papeete more

Fly Cruise£3799pp
Cruise Only£2249pp
2 Hawaii & Tahiti
05 January 2020 - 18 nights

Los Angeles, California, USA | Hilo | Maui (Lahaina) | Honolulu, Oahu | Kauai (Nawiliwili) | Bora Bora | Papeete | Moorea | Papeete more

Fly Cruise£4749pp
Cruise Only£2599pp
3 Miami to Miami
06 January 2020 - 131 nights

Miami | Cartagena, Colombia | Colon, Panama | Puntarenas, Costa Rica | San Juan Del Sur | Puerto Quetzal | Zihuatanejo, Ixtapa | Cabo San Lucas | San Diego, California | San Francisco | San Francisco | Honolulu, Oahu | Honolulu, Oahu | Kahului | Hilo | Nuku Hiva | Fakarava | Moorea | Papeete | Papeete | Bora Bora | Pago Pago | Apia | Lautoka | Auckland | Auckland | Rotorua (Tauranga), New Zealand | Napier | Wellington | Sydney, Australia | Sydney, Australia | Sydney, Australia | Brisbane, Australia | Airlie Beach, Australia | Cairns | Cooktown | Darwin & Moraleda Canal Passages | Bali, Indonesia | Bali, Indonesia | Surabaya | Singapore | Singapore | Kuala Lumpur | Penang, Malaysia | Langkawi (Malaysia) | Phuket (Thailand) | Colombo, Sri Lanka | Colombo, Sri Lanka | Cochin | Mangalore | Mormugao (Goa) | Mumbai | Mumbai | Muscat | Fujairah | Dubai | Abu Dhabi | Khasab | Salalah (Oman) | Aqaba (for Petra) | Luxor (Safaga) | Luxor (Safaga) | Jerusalem (Haifa) | Jerusalem (Haifa) | Ephesus (Kusadasi) | Athens (Piraeus), Greece | Taormina (Sicily) | Sorrento/Capri, Italy | Civitavecchia, Italy | Livorno, Pisa | Monte Carlo | Barcelona | Barcelona | Alicante | Granada (tours From Malaga) | Ponta Delgada | Hamilton | Hamilton | Miami more

Fly Cruise£55939pp
Cruise Only£55939pp
4 San Francisco To San Francisco
24 January 2020 - 131 nights

San Francisco | Honolulu, Oahu | Honolulu, Oahu | Kahului | Hilo | Nuku Hiva | Fakarava | Moorea | Papeete | Papeete | Bora Bora | Pago Pago | Apia | Lautoka | Auckland | Auckland | Rotorua (Tauranga), New Zealand | Napier | Wellington | Sydney, Australia | Sydney, Australia | Sydney, Australia | Brisbane, Australia | Airlie Beach, Australia | Cairns | Cooktown | Darwin & Moraleda Canal Passages | Bali, Indonesia | Bali, Indonesia | Surabaya | Singapore | Singapore | Kuala Lumpur | Penang, Malaysia | Langkawi (Malaysia) | Phuket (Thailand) | Colombo, Sri Lanka | Colombo, Sri Lanka | Cochin | Mangalore | Mormugao (Goa) | Mumbai | Mumbai | Muscat | Fujairah | Dubai | Abu Dhabi | Khasab | Salalah (Oman) | Aqaba (for Petra) | Luxor (Safaga) | Luxor (Safaga) | Jerusalem (Haifa) | Jerusalem (Haifa) | Ephesus (Kusadasi) | Athens (Piraeus), Greece | Taormina (Sicily) | Sorrento/Capri, Italy | Civitavecchia, Italy | Livorno, Pisa | Monte Carlo | Barcelona | Barcelona | Alicante | Granada (tours From Malaga) | Ponta Delgada | Hamilton | Hamilton | Miami | Cartagena, Colombia | Colon, Panama | Panama Canal | Puntarenas, Costa Rica | San Juan Del Sur | Puerto Quetzal | Acapulco | Mazatlan | Cabo San Lucas | San Diego, California | San Francisco more

Fly Cruise£56189pp
Cruise Only£52799pp
5 San Francisco to Papeete
24 January 2020 - 18 nights

San Francisco | Honolulu, Oahu | Honolulu, Oahu | Kahului | Hilo | Nuku Hiva | Fakarava | Moorea | Papeete | Papeete more

Fly Cruise£8729pp
Cruise Only£7259pp
6 San Francisco to Singapore
24 January 2020 - 54 nights

San Francisco | Honolulu, Oahu | Honolulu, Oahu | Kahului | Hilo | Nuku Hiva | Fakarava | Moorea | Papeete | Papeete | Bora Bora | Pago Pago | Apia | Lautoka | Auckland | Auckland | Rotorua (Tauranga), New Zealand | Napier | Wellington | Sydney, Australia | Sydney, Australia | Sydney, Australia | Brisbane, Australia | Airlie Beach, Australia | Cairns | Cooktown | Darwin & Moraleda Canal Passages | Bali, Indonesia | Bali, Indonesia | Surabaya | Singapore | Singapore more

Fly Cruise£26589pp
Cruise Only£25289pp
7 Pacific Wanderlust - Papeete to San Francisco
14 April 2020 - 18 nights

Papeete | Bora Bora | Rangiroa | Nuku Hiva | Hilo | Kahului | Honolulu, Oahu | Nawiliwili | San Francisco more

Fly Cruise£4299pp
Cruise Only£2539pp
8 Hawaii And West Coast
20 April 2020 - 13 nights

Honolulu, Oahu | Honolulu, Oahu | Lahaina | Hilo | Kailua Kona | Astoria, Oregon | Seattle | Victoria | Vancouver more

Fly Cruise£5169pp
Cruise Only£3859pp
9 Hawaii
11 May 2020 - 10 nights

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

Fly Cruise£4799pp
Cruise Only£3949pp
10 Around the World in 180 Days
09 January 2021 - 180 nights

Miami | Key West | Cartagena, Colombia | Panama Canal | Puntarenas, Costa Rica | Corinto | Puerto Quetzal | Acapulco | Cabo San Lucas | Ensenada, Mexico | Los Angeles, California, USA | Nawiliwili | Honolulu, Oahu | Hilo | Nuku Hiva | Papeete | Bora Bora | Bora Bora | Pago Pago | Suva | Bay Of Islands | Auckland | Sydney, Australia | Brisbane, Australia | Whitsunday | Cairns | Cairns | Thursday Island | Darwin & Moraleda Canal Passages | Komodo Island | Bali, Indonesia | Bali (Celukan Bawang), Indonesia | Kota Kinabalu | Manila | Kaoshiung | Keelung, Taiwan | Ishigaki | Okinawa | Hong Kong | Hong Kong | Hue | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | Sihanoukville, Cambodia | Bangkok, Thailand | Bangkok, Thailand | Koh Samui | Singapore | Singapore | Kuala Lumpur | Penang, Malaysia | Phuket (Thailand) | Yangon | Yangon | Yangon | Cochin | Mangalore | Mormugao, Goa | Mumbai | Mumbai | Dubai | Dubai | Fujairah | Muscat | Salalah (Oman) | Aqaba (for Petra) | Safaga (Egypt) | Safaga (Egypt) | Jerusalem (Haifa) | Jerusalem (Haifa) | Alanya | Rhodes | Santorini (Greece) | Kusadasi | Mitilini (Lesbos) | Istanbul | Istanbul | Istanbul | Kavala | Mykonos (Greece) | Athens (Piraeus), Greece | Dubrovnik, Croatia | Venice, Italy | Venice, Italy | Taormina (Sicily) | Sorrento/Capri, Italy | Civitavecchia, Italy | Livorno, Pisa | Saint-Tropez, France | Barcelona | Alicante | Almeria | Gibraltar | Seville | Seville | Lisbon | Lisbon | Oporto | La Coruna | Bilbao | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Saint-Malo | Southampton | Dublin | Belfast | Lerwick (Shetland Islands) | Torshaven | Akureyri, Iceland | Isafjordur | Reykjavik, Iceland | Nuuk | Paamiut (Frederikshab) | Qaqortoq | Gulf Of St. Lawrence | Sydney, Canada | Halifax, Nova Scotia | Bar Harbor, Maine | Boston, Massachusetts | New York more

Fly Cruise£46729pp
Cruise Only£45059pp
11 Honolulu to Papeete
15 January 2021 - 15 nights

Honolulu, Oahu | Kuhului | Hilo | Nuku Hiva | Fakarava | Bora Bora | Bora Bora | Raiatea | Moorea | Papeete | Papeete more

Fly Cruise£7399pp
Cruise Only£5349pp
12 Odyssey of the Stars
25 January 2021 - 164 nights

Los Angeles, California, USA | Nawiliwili | Honolulu, Oahu | Hilo | Nuku Hiva | Papeete | Bora Bora | Bora Bora | Pago Pago | Suva | Bay Of Islands | Auckland | Sydney, Australia | Brisbane, Australia | Whitsunday | Cairns | Cairns | Thursday Island | Darwin & Moraleda Canal Passages | Komodo Island | Bali, Indonesia | Bali (Celukan Bawang), Indonesia | Kota Kinabalu | Manila | Kaoshiung | Keelung, Taiwan | Ishigaki | Okinawa | Hong Kong | Hong Kong | Hue | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | Sihanoukville, Cambodia | Bangkok, Thailand | Bangkok, Thailand | Koh Samui | Singapore | Singapore | Kuala Lumpur | Penang, Malaysia | Phuket (Thailand) | Yangon (Rangoon) | Yangon (Rangoon) | Yangon (Rangoon) | Cochin | Mangalore | Mormugao, Goa | Mumbai | Mumbai | Dubai | Dubai | Fujairah | Muscat | Salalah (Oman) | Aqaba (for Petra) | Safaga (Egypt) | Safaga (Egypt) | Jerusalem (Haifa) | Jerusalem (Haifa) | Alanya | Rhodes | Santorini (Greece) | Kusadasi | Mitilini (Lesbos) | Istanbul | Istanbul | Istanbul | Kavala | Mykonos (Greece) | Athens (Piraeus), Greece | Dubrovnik, Croatia | Venice, Italy | Venice, Italy | Taormina (Sicily) | Sorrento/Capri, Italy | Civitavecchia, Italy | Livorno, Pisa | Saint-Tropez, France | Barcelona | Alicante | Almeria | Gibraltar | Seville | Seville | Lisbon | Lisbon | Oporto | La Coruna | Bilbao | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Saint-Malo | Southampton | Dublin | Belfast | Lerwick (Shetland Islands) | Torshaven | Akureyri, Iceland | Isafjordur | Reykjavik, Iceland | Nuuk | Paamiut (Frederikshab) | Qaqortoq | Gulf Of St. Lawrence | Sydney, Canada | Halifax, Nova Scotia | Bar Harbor, Maine | Boston, Massachusetts | New York more

Fly Cruise£45719pp
Cruise Only£43169pp
13 Pacific Pazzazz
25 January 2021 - 30 nights

Los Angeles, California, USA | Nawiliwili | Honolulu, Oahu | Hilo | Nuku Hiva | Papeete | Bora Bora | Bora Bora | Pago Pago | Suva | Bay Of Islands | Auckland | Sydney, Australia more

Fly Cruise£5859pp
Cruise Only£4829pp
14 Papeete to Los Angeles
01 March 2021 - 16 nights

Papeete | Raiatea | Bora Bora | Hilo | Honolulu, Oahu | Nawiliwili | Los Angeles, California, USA more

Fly Cruise£6919pp
Cruise Only£5219pp
15 Papeete to San Francisco
04 April 2021 - 18 nights

Papeete | Bora Bora | Bora Bora | Rangiroa | Nuku Hiva | Hilo | Honolulu, Oahu | Kahului | San Francisco more

Fly Cruise£4519pp
Cruise Only£2589pp
16 Tahiti, Bora Bora & Hawaii
15 April 2021 - 18 nights

Sydney, Australia | Bay Of Islands | Auckland | Moorea | Papeete | Papeete | Bora Bora | Hilo | Lahaina | Honolulu, Oahu more

Fly CruiseCall
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17 World Cruise - Roundtrip San Francisco
05 January 2022 - 120 nights

San Francisco | Honolulu, Oahu | Honolulu, Oahu | Kahului | Hilo | Nuku Hiva | Fakarava | Moorea | Papeete | Papeete | Raiatea | Bora Bora | Pago Pago | Apia | Suva | Lautoka | Port Vila | Auckland | Auckland | Bay Of Islands | Rotorua (Tauranga), New Zealand | Napier | Wellington | Akaroa | Dunedin | Burnie | Melbourne | Sydney, Australia | Sydney, Australia | Brisbane, Australia | Brisbane, Australia | Airlie Beach, Australia | Townsville | Cairns | Thursday Island | Darwin & Moraleda Canal Passages | Komodo Island | Bali, Indonesia | Bali, Indonesia | Surabaya | Semarang, Java (Indonesia) | Singapore | Singapore | Koh Samui | Laem Chabang (for Bangkok) | Laem Chabang (for Bangkok) | Sihanoukville, Cambodia | Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) | Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) | Nha Trang, Vietnam | Da Nang, Vietnam | Da Nang, Vietnam | Ha Long Bay, Vietnam | Ha Long Bay, Vietnam | Hong Kong | Hong Kong | Xiamen | Xiamen | Shanghai, China | Shanghai, China | Nagasaki, Japan | Naze (Oshima Island), Japan | Naha, Okinawa | Kyoto, Japan | Kyoto, Japan | Tokyo, Japan | Tokyo, Japan | Hakodate | Petropavlovsk | Dutch Harbour | Kodiak | Seward (Anchorage) | Sitka | Ketchikan | Vancouver | Vancouver | San Francisco | San Francisco more

Fly Cruise£52299pp
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