Top Adventures in Hilo

  • Explore Rainbow Falls

    Rainbow Falls is a gorgeous and easily accessible pull-off from Highway 11. This is not really a hike - just a short walk from the parking lot to a gorgeous 80 foot waterfall (making this fun for all ages!). Hit up Cafe Pesto in Hilo for a meal af...

    0.1 miles 0 ft gain

  • Run at Liliʻuokalani Park and Gardens

    Within walking distance of downtown Hilo, jog around Liliʻuokalani Park and Gardens for beautiful views of Mauna Kea, the Pacific, and Eastern art! A loop around the park, including Coconut Island, is approximately 1 mile. On your jog, you will se...

    1 miles

  • Hike and Swim in Narnia

    Narnia is a hidden gem of beautiful waterfalls and swimming holes in Hilo. The area is commonly known as Narnia because of how secluded and beautiful it is (and also, how difficult it is to get to!). To get there, follow signs for Boiling Pots as ...

    3 miles

  • Surf at Honoli'i Beach

    Honoli'i Beach Park is a favorite spot among locals for surfing, especially if you are a good surfer! Park along the street and walk down the stairs to the shower area. To the left leads to the black sand beach where surfers will leave from, but i...

  • Swim at Carlsmith Beach

    A beautiful beach for swimming less than 10 minutes from downtown Hilo! Because Hilo is more rocky and jungly than the western side of the island, this beach is more of a swimming hole than a traditional beach. Carlsmith is also frequented by big ...

  • Hike to 'Akaka Falls

    Akaka Falls is a big tourist place so make sure to arrive early for parking! Definitely take the time to snap pictures, none of them will turn out bad.From what I remember, the hike up wasn't bad at all. The majority of it was gravel or boardwalk,...

  • Explore the Old Mamalahoa Hwy

    Running or biking on Old Mamalahoa Hwy is a treasure! The path is marked as a 'Scenic Drive' but you can park your car along the way and run, or bike through. This area is north of Hilo's downtown so you'll follow Mamalahoa Hwy north (the only hig...

    3 miles

  • Drive Chain of Craters Road

    Starting at the Kilauea Visitor Center, this 18.8 mile drive begins its 3,700 foot elevation change by meandering through the rainforest. Follow signs from the visitor center (near the entrance of the park) to Crater Rim Drive. Chain of Craters Ro...

    37.6 miles

  • Hike The Kilauea Iki Trail

    The trail begins at the Kīlauea Iki parking lot on Crater Rim Drive. You may go either way from the trailhead. Going left will take you to the Thurston Lava Tube parking lot and then down to the floor of Kīlauea Iki. Going right will take hikers t...

  • Swim at Kehena Black Sand Beach

    This beach lives up to Hawaii’s stunning fame. You can park in the curved area that is set away from the road, or along the street. Follow the little signs down the trail to the beach. It’s a bit of a scamper down some lava rocks to get there, so ...

  • Explore the Halema‘uma‘u Crater

    Everyone knows that Hawaii was formed from a series of volcanoes over millions of years. But did you know that you can experience one of them up close? Well, as close as you can while staying safe, obviously. The Halema'uma'u Crater has been activ...

    0.5 miles

  • Bike to the Kalapana Lava Flow

    When we chose to visit the volcanic big island of Hawaii, we knew that seeing an active lava flow was a must do. We decided to go at sunset and into the evening, as the lava flow would be spectacular under the dark night sky - we were right.  Star...

    13.2 miles 150 ft gain

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