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Hilo, Hawaii

The Big Island. The Orchid Isle. The Volcano Island. You'd expect a place that has inspired so many descriptive nicknames to be a land of rare beauty and wonder. Such is the island of Hawaii. Its 4,050 square miles are home to the snow-capped, 4,267 m (14,000 ft) peaks of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, the fiery landscape of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, vast macadamia nut plantations, black sand beaches, orchid-filled forests and exclusive resorts.

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Hilo, Hawaii

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The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss

Explore the wonders of Kilauea Volcano up close on a walk through Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. You'll be amazed by the incredible beauty and power of this active volcano.

Other Fun Things to Do

  • Experience the beauty and ferocity of Hawaii's active volcano from above on a helicopter ride. You'll view skylights, volcanic cinder cones and possibly even molten lava.
  • Visit Lava Tree State Park and swim in a reef-protected coastal lagoon that is home to numerous tropical fish and the occasional green sea turtle.
  • Walk through the tropical botanical garden, where you will see native plants, giant trees, tropical vegetation and endangered plant species.

Sporting Adventures

Experience a volcano up close and personal on the Kilauea Volcano Bike Adventure. Ride through the rainforest and lava frozen in time on a 21-speed mountain bike. The tour involves 12.5 km (8 miles) of cycling over mostly level terrain with a couple of small uphill sections. Or opt for the Kilauea Lava Viewing Hike, where you can view volcanic formations and hike out to a volcanic crater. The 3-mile round-trip hike crosses pahoehoe lava, meanders through forests of lava trees and passes steaming fissures where lava once spewed hundreds of metres skywards.

Get a Taste of Local Flavour

Hawaii produces most of the world's macadamia nuts. Here on Hawaii, you'll find the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Visitor's Centre, where you can learn about the process of harvesting these delicious nuts and even sample some of the crop.

Local Currency

The official currency of Hawaii is the US dollar (USD).

Weather in Hilo, Hawaii


Temperature Fahrenheit Celsius
Average High 79° 26.11°
Average Low 64° 17.78°
Mean Temperature 72° 22.22°
Record High 92° 33.33°
Record Low 54° 12.22°
Precipitation Inches Centimetres
Average Precip. 9.74 in 24.74 cm

Before You Visit

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