Hilo Cruise Port
Hilo Cruise Port

Hilo Cruise Port

If you're on a cruise through the Hawaiian islands and have a stop on the big island, you may find yourself at the Hilo Cruise Port in Kuhio Bay, just east of downtown. If you book a shore excursion to Hilo, expect to be met by a tour representative or shuttle.

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Kailua-Kona, HI

The basics

The largest and southernmost island in Hawaii is home to active volcanoes, secluded beaches, rainforests, and island-grown coffee. Shore excursions include a Kona coffee tour, a trip to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, or ziplining over waterfalls. If you don’t want to take an organized tour, a rental car is the best way to get around, as the island’s most popular features are outside the villages and there is little public transportation.

While Hilo is often used as a base for exploring other parts of the island, such as the Thurston Lava Tube, the Kilauea Volcano, the Maunu Kea Observatory, and Kilauea Iki Overlook, this little city offers plenty to do and see within its limits. Don't miss the daily farmers market, with its abundance of fresh, tropical fruits, the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, and the Lyman Museum.

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Things to know before you go

  • Check your cruise to see where you disembark. Some cruises stop on the western side of the big island, at Kailua-Kona.
  • The port area is wheelchair accessible.
  • Be mindful of your port return—cruises don’t generally wait around for tardy passengers.
  • The Big Island is most popular in summer and over winter holidays, so expect a crowd then.
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How to get to downtown Hilo from the Hilo Cruise Port

The Hilo cruise port, on the east side of the Big Island, is about two miles (3.2 kilometers) from downtown. Taxis and rental car shuttles pick up at the port for trips to downtown Hilo or the airport to pick up rental cars. There's also a bus that runs from the cruise port, except on Sundays, and a free shuttle to the daily Hilo Farmers Market.

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Trip ideas

Port information

The currency in Hawaii is the US dollar and there are ATMs in downtown Hilo. Both English and Hawaiian are the official state languages, although you may also hear Spanish, Tagalog, and Japanese.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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