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.