Hilo
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Our most recommended Hilo Cruises & Boat Tours

Hilo: Sea Turtle Lagoon and Black Sand Beach Snorkel

1. Hilo: Sea Turtle Lagoon and Black Sand Beach Snorkel

This is your opportunity to swim in a lagoon full of abundant sea life. Join your hosts on a fully guided and narrated beach snorkel tour along the pristine Hilo coastline. Make 2 snorkeling stops and also enjoy island snacks and juices. The volcanic beaches are renowned for their abundant sea turtle population, and the brackish water bays and lagoons are home to a wealth of sea life including octopus, eagle and manta rays, eels, corals, and tropical reef fish. Your experienced snorkel guide will teach you about the beautiful and lush surroundings, how the beaches and volcanic islands are made, and about the abundant marine world which lies below. Newcomers to snorkeling and children are welcome. Your trained guide will teach you the basics and be with you every step of the way to make sure you feel safe and comfortable. Children will be introduced to nature in a spectacular way.

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Hilo: Small-Group Humpback Whale Expedition

2. Hilo: Small-Group Humpback Whale Expedition

Prepare for an awe-inspiring whale watching trip offering you intimate wildlife encounters off Hilo's shoreline. Begin your journey at Wailoa Boat Harbor where you will set sail aboard the Moana Mea a'a (Hawaiian for "Ocean Adventurer").  Venture out of Hilo’s breakwall in search of these majestic creatures for an up-close and personal, once in a lifetime experience. Throughout your tour catch glimpses of Hawaii’s gentle giants and its winter visitor, the Humpback Whale. These fascinating mammals come to the warm Hawaiian waters every year to breed and give birth to new calves. While in search of whales, be delighted by pods of dolphins following and frolicking near your vessel. Before you know it, you will see one of these 40-ton giants breach the water for an unforgettable sight. Learn from your knowledgeable captain about the nonstop 6-8 week and 6,000-mile migration from Alaska, while encountering a few of the 12,000 North Pacific Humpbacks that arrive in the Hawaiian Islands each year for a season of mating, birthing, and nurturing their newborns.

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Hilo: Dolphin Adventure and Tropical Reef Snorkel Boat Tour

3. Hilo: Dolphin Adventure and Tropical Reef Snorkel Boat Tour

Make the most of your time in Hilo and discover Hawaii’s abundant coastline, bursting with diverse sea life including sea turtles, octopus, manta rays, eels, tropical reef fish, and much more. Meet your crew and board the vessel in Wailoa Boat Harbor, then venture onto the open waters where scenic views and coral reef await. Enjoy a guided adventure along the coastline and explore coves where pods of dolphins hideaway and often play in the wake of the boat. Stop off in one of these idyllic coves and snorkel in search of colorful marine life as you swim through untouched reef structures and sand patches. Continue your tour to your second snorkeling location and learn about the exotic sea creatures that lurk within the reef's ecosystem and along Hilo's coastlines including tropical reef fish, eels, and manta rays. Take in the breathtaking views of the ocean as you ride along the Hamakua Coast. Discover a hidden world under the surface of the water as you snorkel, raft, and lookout for dolphins. Throughout the trip, listen to your captain and crew share information about Hawaii’s sea life and underwater world.

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Hilo Bay: Myths & Legends Waterfall & Lagoon Raft Adventure

4. Hilo Bay: Myths & Legends Waterfall & Lagoon Raft Adventure

Step aboard a 6-passenger inflatable boat and explore Hilo's culturally rich coast within the calm of the protected Hilo Bay. Take a peek at the mysterious jungle waterfall and traverse upstream on Hawai'i's longest river.   Travel back in time to when Polynesian explorers discovered this volcanic island and gave meaning and stories to the land. Pass by Coconut Island, a small isle that was a refuge for warriors in ancient times. Visit popular sites on the bay including the ice ponds and bayfront black sand beach.  Have the chance to swing from the banyan trees over the lagoon. Enjoy views of historic Hilo Town and learn about its history of thriving sugar plantations and a large sampan fishing fleet before 2 major tsunamis in 1946 and 1960 changed the nature of the town. Keep an eye out for sea turtles swimming in the lagoon as you pass under the Singing Bridge on your way to the falls on Wailuku River.

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Hilo: 2-Hour Historic Hawaii Hamakua Cruise

5. Hilo: 2-Hour Historic Hawaii Hamakua Cruise

Grab your camera and get ready for a sightseeing cruise that will provide you with stunning photographs and beautiful memories for years to come. During this small and intimate tour, spend 2 hours viewing lush tropical landscapes, secret coves, beautiful waterfalls, and visiting ancient Hawaiian villages. You will see the remains of Hilo's plantation-era sugar mills including the 1900s-era Papaikou Mill that is now a popular spot with surfers. Be sure to capture majestic photos of Mauna Kea, the world's largest volcano, as well as Kilauea, the world's most active one. The two tallest and most active volcanoes in the world, all visitors should be sure to make time to see these mountains of fire, which are both located in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. While on the waters keep an eye out for playful spinner and bottle-nose dolphins; these crowd favorites love to put on an acrobatic show next to the boat. Throughout the tour, your guides will share insightful stories and fascinating facts about the history and culture of Hilo and Hamakua. Reserve your spot in the boat today.

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Hilo: Hilo Bay and Coconut Island Guided Kayak Adventure

6. Hilo: Hilo Bay and Coconut Island Guided Kayak Adventure

Head out on a 2-hour guided kayak tour around Hilo to experience the history and natural beauty of old Hawaii. After your safety briefing as per PADI/NAUI regulations, be shown to your kayak, where your life jacket and paddle are waiting. Departing from Reeds Bay, kayak around the coast, with the majestic snow-capped peaks of the Maunea Kea crater in the distance. Hear fascinating stories from your local guide and learn more about the unique history of Hilo Bay. Learn about the history of the last Hawaiian monarch at Queen Liliuokalani Japanese Gardens. Discover secluded coves, witness marine life that gathers in tidal pools, and enjoy a stop at Coconut Island.

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Hilo: Two Tank Boat Dive for Certified Divers

7. Hilo: Two Tank Boat Dive for Certified Divers

Make the most of your time in Hilo and discover East Hawaii’s abundant coastline, bursting with diverse sea life including sea turtles, octopus, manta rays, eels, tropical reef fish, and much more. Meet your guides and board the vessel in Wailoa Boat Harbor, then venture beyond the break wall where scenic views and coral reef await. As you sail towards the dive destination, admire the luscious coastline of Hilo and watch pods of dolphins play in the wake of the boat. Get kitted out with the necessary gear, then stop at two idyllic coves for a spectacular dive down to explore untouched reef walls and epic rock formations.

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Hilo: Introductory Boat 2-Tank SCUBA Diving Course

8. Hilo: Introductory Boat 2-Tank SCUBA Diving Course

Learn the basics of SCUBA diving from one of our professionally-trained instructors. You’ll then be taken on an introductory tour of the reef to experience the marine life underwater.  Take a tour that includes a 45-minute course, where you'll get a safety briefing, learn underwater breathing techniques, and gain insight on how your equipment works from an expert SCUBA instructor. Enjoy a light snack and fruit juice alongside two 45 minute SCUBA diving sessions. Then, head to two different dive spots, where you'll see double lava arches, sea turtles, parrotfish, manta rays, and more. This experience is perfect if you have wanted to try SCUBA diving but have not been certified yet, or for those who have already been certified, but have family members who haven't been.

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What people are saying about Hilo

Didnt get to see the turtles that day but still had an amazing tour of the coral reefs at the beach. Our tour guide would dive down and carefully pick up different organisms for close up viewing (we saw sea urchins and sea cucumbers!) Our group all got along super well and we had a lot of fun together. Made for some great memories! The location is also insane! Very beautiful and worth it.

Our snorkeling excursion was excellent! Our guide was knowledgeable and extremely nice. She helped us along with two kids (7 & 9). We snorkeled, she pointed out key items in the ocean and kept us away from danger (because we had two novice swimmers). I recommend this trip for other families and people who want to snorkel in an area where there is great marine life, with great people.

I had a great time! My guide was super sweet and informative. She had a lot of information about the island and its history. It was just me but we went the full tour time and we had plenty of snacks. I loved my time kayaking and highly recommend them!

The snorkeling tour was amazing! Guides were super friendly and very accommodating. We saw coral, tons of fish, and a couple turtles. I would 100% go back next time we are in Hilo!

The guide was excellent and so informative. It was so fun, and we saw a sea turtle, which was on my bucket list. Love sitting on the front of the boat.