Hilo Backpackers Hostel

69 Waianuenue Ave., Hilo, Hawaii, 96720, United States
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tours in Hilo

by onthego43

We are on a cruise that will dock in Hilo Oct 1 from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm. Are there tours at that time that we can take? Any independent tours available at dock?

Re: tours in Hilo

by dl3424

We went on NCL Pride of America in December 2006. During our stop in Hilo, we booked the "Rainbow Falls & Volcano" bus tour. We very much enjoyed this excursion. I assume that your cruise ship offers excursions? I do not recall any independant tours at the dock. My experience on my Hawaii cruise was that for excursions like this one, if there is an operator on the dock, then that operator offers it for essentially the same price as if you booked through the cruise ship. This makes sense. The cruise ships bring in thousands of customers so these operators don't want to upset the cruise ship by under cutting the price on the ship. If you want to get a better price, my guess is that you would have to get out of the dock area. I do recall some shops that looked like tour operators within 10 minutes walk of the ship (but I can't guarantee it because, as I said, I was already on a bus leaving the docks). Enjoy your cruise.

Re: tours in Hilo

by J.L.Johnson

I was there also on October 1, 2006, coincidentaly. There are numerous tours that you may take. You will find some operators just inside the dock area,
note; these operators will be just inside a large warehouse type area, which is
also your security checkpoint. Possibly a few will be in the area just outside of this same warehouse area. If you are a first time cruiser, your options are to either pre-book the excursion from home online or, in your room before arrival(though the closer you get to your actual cruise date, availability of some excursions decrease, so keep tabs online). Most tours last between 2 and 1/2 to 6 hours. This means a moderate, easy terrain walk or drive tour will not be as long as a full fledged hike (See my travelpage on Volcanoes National Park for this type of hike). You'll have plenty of time therefore to enjoy at least 1 excursion, and possibly have time to shop, depending upon the excursion, length and time of the excursion you choose. So Have Fun and, Live Life

Re: tours in Hilo

by hairnazi1965

there are always taxi's to take you anywhere..but they may be expensive if you venture out of town..check on bus tours @ the pursers office on board

Travel Tips for Hilo

Visit Akaka Falls and Rainbow...

by kahiwa

Visit Akaka Falls and Rainbow Falls, just north of Hilo town. They're beautiful waterfalls, and easily accessible. I don't know if this is a 'fond' memory or not, but I was visiting a friend in Hilo over Christmas one year, and it was raining. Not the drizzle, off and on type of rain I was used to, but a moderate downpour. It kept on raining at that rate all day long. Apparently this is par for Hilo, and they're used to the wetness.

The statue of King Kamehemeha....

by doolemma

The statue of King Kamehemeha. This statue is the original one that while being transported from Boston it was lost at sea near the Falkland Islands. Later recovered and brought to Kohola, King Kamehemeha home district.

Shaka Bruddah

by triplehelix

Wha?? What's that hand/thumb/pinky thing they're doing??? Don't be scared! It's just a local (not necessarily Hawaiian in origin) greeting we call, shaka! Many of our local customs came from the sugar plantation days. This was a way for immigrants to signal to each other that the day had come to an end (or so I was told). Now, it just means a friendly greeting... a physical form of aloha!

gecko lizards

by Kodi01

Gecko lizards are everywhere in Hawaii.

So much that it seems to be a 'motto' for many of the tee shirts you can buy. The gecko is even a brand of clothing there.

This one was on the balcony of the room we rented. They are harmless to humans I believe.

See trees covered with lava

by kyoub

At the Lava tree State Park you will experience the destruction that can be caused by lava flow.
This ohia forest was engulfed with lava during the 1790 destruction.
Moisture from the trees caused the rock to harden around the tree trunks.
All that was left was a hollow shell of lava rock.

There is a one-hour nature loop walkway that takes you through the park.
It makes for an interesting stop.
The park is open daily year around. Entrance is free.

n front of the park the beautiful stretch of road is called the tree tunnel because of the arched monkey pod trees that arch overhead.
At night when you pass by there is a loud choir of tree frogs.


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