|Hilo Cruise Port Shuttles|
|Hilo, Hawaii can take some hard knocks, and so can its people. In the 1900s the city was almost completely wiped out tsunamis. It has since been rebuilt on higher ground, leaving parks and beaches along the shore.|
|About the Hilo Cruise Port|
The cruise ship will dock in Hilo, Harbor, which is protected by a large breakwater after all of the tsunami damage. This port is also used by cargo and container ships, so it’s best to clear out and see what the rest of the island has going on. With 120 inches of rain, this is the wettest city in the United States. That makes it less popular for many tourists, which is a shame because the area is simply stunning.
For disembarking passengers, Hilo Airport is only ten minutes away. For port of call passengers, there is more than enough to do until the ship is ready to sail. There are a lot of attractions to see on the island, but don’t rush off right away. Historic downtown Hilo has plenty of its own charm that shouldn’t be missed.
Downtown is within easy walking distance of the port, and the scenery is so beautiful that it is well worth the extra time that it takes. The Pacific Tsunami Museum is an excellent place to go to learn more about the disaster that reshaped Hilo. Many of the staff at the museum are tsunami survivors.
For a more lighthearted tour, visit the Lyman Museum and Mission House. This attraction explores the social and natural history of Hawaii. The mission house is the oldest wooden house on the island and still contains some of the original furniture from the 1830’s.
Things to do on The Big Island
The black sand beaches of Hilo are popular for their volcanic origins. Ocean Park is the most popular beach on the island. While it is safe for swimming, the waters do get dangerous just a short distance down the coast. Onekahakaha Beach is smaller but safer, particularly for tourists with children. Akaka Falls State Park features beautiful tropical vegetation, as well as Akaka Falls and Kahuna falls. For an easier waterfall to view, Rainbow Falls is much closer to downtown Hilo.