Hilo Flights:

Flights to Hilo

image of HiloHilo is the second largest city in the state of Hawaii and is the largest city on the island of Hawaii. Though the city may not be as well known as Honolulu it’s still a popular tourist destination and has a good variety of attractions on offer.

The Hilo International Airport (airport code: ITO) is one of the main points of entry for the Big Island. There is a taxi service to and from the airport, but it’s fairly typical for tourists to rent a car while on the Island. There are regular flights to Hilo from Johannesburg, but not many of them. You can get a flight to Hilo with Delta Airlines that connects in Atlanta and then in Honolulu. The other choice is a flight to Hilo with United Airlines, whose route stops first in London before going through Honolulu.

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The Tourist Attractions in Hilo:

Swimming and Surfing

For many tourists, a holiday in Hawaii conjures thoughts of swimming and surfing, and Hilo is definitely one of those places where you can do both. There’s a strong surfer culture here and numerous great spots for surfing. Ask the locals if you’re interested or pop in to one of the surf shops where you can get some information and rent a board.

For a beach and swimming Richardson’s Ocean Park is a popular destination. This combines park with beach and is a nice place to spend a relaxing afternoon.

Pacific Tsunami Museum

As well as being a general museum dedicated to tsunamis in the Pacific this museum is also a memorial to two devastating tsunamis that took place right here in Hilo, in 1946 and again in 1960. The museum is an interesting visit to find out more about these phenomenon as well as the affect they had on Hilo itself.

Hilo Art Museum

Hilo’s other top museum is the Hilo Art Museum. This is the only general art museum on the island of Hawaii and is growing in stature with its increasing collection of art from around the world. Even if you’re not interested in seeing the art the building and location are worth visiting. The museum is housed within the old Hilo Iron Works and benefits from a spectacular view of Hilo Bay.

Rainbow Falls

Away from the urban development of the city there are several lovely natural spots nearby to Hilo too, of which Rainbow Falls is one of the most popular. These falls are so popular because they’re very accessible, even for visitors in wheelchairs, and are best visited in the morning if you want to see the rainbow that gives the falls their name! A short hike will also bring you to another sight, the Boiling Pots.

Lili’uokalani Gardens

Named in honour of the last reigning monarch of Hawaii, Queen Lili’uokalani, these botanical gardens are very beautiful and worth the visit. The gardens are an authentic Japanese style and were built in the early 1900’s as a memorial to the immigrant Japanese workers who developed the Waiakea Sugar Plantation.

When Should You Visit?:

Hilo has fairly constant temperatures throughout the year, but it’s probably best known for being the wettest city in the United States! Some months are wetter than others though with rain falling on an average of 277 days a year it’s inevitable that you will experience some rain while visiting Hilo! September is the hottest month with an average high of 28.7C, and although February is the coolest month, with an average high of 26C it’s hardly cold.

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