Hilo Holidays

United States
As the largest city on the Big Island, Hilo is equally famous for its geo-active and richly colorful land as it is for its university, museums, and one of the most celebrated Polynesian dance festivals in the world, the Merrie Monarch Festival (held in April each year). Visit the only …

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How to get to Hilo

Here's what you need to know about getting to Hilo. You can see the cheapest month to fly and a snapshot of flight prices for the following month. Also, don't forget to factor in your travelling time - the typical flight from London Heathrow to Hilo takes 1 day, 3 hours, 25 minutes.

When to go to Hilo

Typical Holiday Price

£1850 per person

The average price of hotels and apartments in Hilo varies according to the time of year. To help you plan when to go, we've looked at the hotels available on our site, then worked out the average price per night for the quietest and the busiest months.

Cheapest Month to Visit


Based on a typical 1 week holiday - adding together the cost of flights and accommodation - October is the cheapest month to go to Hilo.

Where to stay in Hilo

Whatever your travelling style, we can help find you the perfect place to stay. From luxurious hotels to practical apartments, these are our most popular places in Hilo, according to other travellers.

Things to see and do in Hilo

Tom & Missy P | Trip by SkyscannerAkaka Falls State Park
Akaka Falls State Park
Carolina Girl sees the World | Trip by SkyscannerRainbow Falls
Rainbow Falls
Kat and Derry | Trip by SkyscannerHilo Farmers Market
Hilo Farmers Market
Darryl H | Trip by SkyscannerKapoho Tide Pools -- CLOSED
Kapoho Tide Pools -- CLOSED
Jamie | Trip by SkyscannerLiliʻuokalani Park and Gardens
Liliʻuokalani Park and Gardens
Liz DiCicco | Trip by SkyscannerMauna Kea State Recreation Area
Mauna Kea State Recreation Area
Matthew Starrett-Bigg | Trip by SkyscannerMauna Kea Observatory
Mauna Kea Observatory
Yogic Traveler ❀ | Trip by SkyscannerPanaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens
Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens
Bob Linsdell | FlickrMauna Kea Visitor Information Station
Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station
Richard S | Trip by SkyscannerLeleiwi Beach Park and Richardson Ocean Center
Leleiwi Beach Park and Richardson Ocean Center

Reviews of Hilo

Yogic Traveler ❀
Yogic Traveler ❀Puerto Vallarta

Hilo is small and quaint but manageable much better for living in than touring. I've spent much of the past year that I've been in Hawaii living in Hilo. I love the warm days sprinkled with intermittent rain to keep the temperatures from getting unbearably hot. For me the weather is perfect!

Fran V.
Fran V.South San Francisco

Took a quick stop at downtown Hilo to checkout the small shops and the water. The downtown area is pretty busy, especially around the farmer's market area.

Ryan @ OnyxHotels
Ryan @ OnyxHotelsAustin

This is town on the green side of the island. The drive north to the Hamakua Coast is amazing, and you can also easily access the volcano from here via boat, plane, or helicopter.


The downtown area is quaint and right out of the 60s / 70s. Home to a number of mom and pop businesses, including coffee shops and restaurants. Parking is easy and the area is easily navigated on foot.

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