There are so many things to do in Hilo. It’s the Big Island of Hawaii’s most populous town with over 100,000 residents. Although the Kona side has more tourism there’s still plenty to do here for a few days. It’s on the windward (eastern) side of Hawaii island which means it’s quite wet. It also often has rougher water than the Kona side which is on the leeward (western) side. Hilo is a great place to shop and eat. There are quite a few unique spots there but to get adventure you often need to head out of town a ways. Here are some things to do in Hilo you and the family might enjoy. Some are more adventurous like the zipline big island and some are a bit easier requiring less adventurous spirit like the Onomea Bay trail.

Things to do in Hilo:

  1. Kaumana Caves
  2. Onomea Bay Trail
  3. Akaka Falls
  4. Zipline Big Island


These experiences are rated 1-10 with 1 being equivalent of going to a grocery store and 10 being you’re risking your life unnecessarily for a thrill. A level five would require some exertion but most people could easily handle it. A 1 is wheelchair accessible and a 10 requires specialty gear.


Kaumana Caves

Adventure Level: 9

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This is actually a cave that goes a long way back. Watch the video to learn more about this great adventure close to Hilo town. A must see free thing to do in Hilo.


Onomea Bay Trail

Adventure level: 3

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This is an easy thing to do because it’s paved most of the way and only requires a small elevation climb of a few hundred feet. It’s also a great thing to do with Kids in Hilo. The drive to get there is scenic and it’s a relatively quick stopover. A good place to visit before or after zipline Big Island or Akaka falls.


Akaka Falls

Adventure level: 2

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This is an extremely popular stop on the Hamakua side of Hilo. It’s the tallest waterfall in the united states and definitely worth a stop. The trail is easy but has many stairs and level changes. There are some beautiful gardens surrounding the trail. Check out the video for more detail. To read more about Akaka falls check out the blog.


Umauma Zipline Big Island

Adventure level: 8

If your idea of adventure is dangling from a cable a hundred feet above waterfalls and jagged rocks below this is the one for your. Of all of the things to do in Hilo this is possibly one of the most popular and extreme paid experiences. There are several ziplines on the Big Island but the Umauma Zipline Big Island is the best. If you’re only going to do one this is it.

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These are just a few of the things to do in Hilo. If you’re looking to spend considerable amount of time in Hilo swing by and talk story with us. We would be happy to help you find the right activities for you. Whether an extreme adventurer or tame family group we can help you hone in on whats best for your style of adventuring. Of the things to do in Hilo we love the Zipline Big Island and atv tour. There’s also lot’s of great places to eat in Hilo. We hope to cover those elsewhere but for now we’ll just stick with the adventures.

Hilo encompasses a large part of the Big Island. Of the things to do on Big Island Hilo has many great attractions but many are in the surrounding areas of Puna, Hamakua, and Volcano and do require a bit of a drive. Umauma zipline Big Island is possibly one of the more popular experiences on Hilo side and many people will drive from Kona to experience the Umauma zipline Big Island. Akaka falls is also possibly one of, if not THE most popular attraction on the Hilo side of the Big Island. Both of these activities are great for the whole family and can be easily done in one day with plenty of time to spare. Most people stay on the Kona side of the Big Island only occasionally venturing over to the Hilo side for a day. If you are going to spend just a day there you can easily fit several of these recommendations in in one day. Be sure to leave early though 🌄.

There are so many things to see and do on the Big Island of Hawaii. When it comes to adventure Alii Adventures has you covered. We love to adventure and explore our big island. We recognize your time is limited so we’ve gone and done the work of finding those experiences you might like the most. We can make recommendations for just about any activity. We’ve spent much of our lives exploring our island and we still have yet to see it all! That’s just how much there is to see and do here! 🤯 Ali’i Adventures is located in Kona, Hawaii. We book activities and rent adventure gear like paddle board rentals, Kona kayak rental, bike rental kona, and snorkel rental kona. We are also a Kona surf shop with lots of great outdoor wear and swim suits and apparel. We can book activities like zipline big island, volcano tours, manta ray snorkel Kona, swim with dolphins Kona, and much more! We can also direct you to the most suitable best beaches Big Island. Since we have beach rental equipment and Kona umbrella’s we can get you outfitted for just about any activity under the Kona sun!

Alii adventures has a youtube channel filled with activities that highlight things to do on Big Island of Hawaii. It’s one thing to read about them and another to see them for yourself! Visit the Hawaiian petroglyph parks or soar on a helicopter above active lava fields and waterfalls. We have it all on film! If there’s an adventure that you want to see let us know and we will try to highlight it. When it comes to things to do on Big Island, Alii Adventures knows them all!