Destination guide

Be amazed by nature on a Hilo vacation

Experience the culture of Hawaii while staying in scenic Hilo vacation rentals. Located on the Big Island, Hilo features tranquil black sand beaches where you can work on your tan or dive into the transparent waters. Embrace nature by hiking one of the many waterfall trails that offer panoramic vistas. From biking up to an active volcano, to taking in the natural beauty at the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, you’ll never be at a loss for something exciting to do in Hilo, the ‘City of Rainbows.’


Experience the culture of downtown Hilo

If you stay in Hilo vacation rentals in the downtown area, you’ll be able to partake in a number of activities near Hilo, such as meditation classes, board game parties, and more. You can also check out the historic district for a look into the past or for an authentic Hawaiian meal. Indulge in a cultural activity with a visit to the Palace Theater, where you’ll experience the traditions of Hawaii through the performing arts. The Imiloa Astronomy Center is also a good place for the whole family to learn something new about astronomy. It offers interesting exhibits, stargazing, and shows in its planetarium.


Embrace the sun in Hilo

Hilo is an island paradise that offers visitors a balmy, semitropical climate, where rain usually falls at night and the sun shines during the day. Hilo weather in June through August make it the opportune time to visit, as temperatures stay in the low 80s and you’ll miss the rainy season that occurs in December through March. However, because it’s warm all year round, you can truly stay in Hilo vacation rentals anytime for a dose of vitamin D and to get that sun kissed glow you want.

Natural features

Take an adventure in Hilo

The tropical climate of Hilo brings an abundance of rainfall that creates a lush green landscape as well as many waterfalls. One such waterfall is the Pe’epe’e Falls, which offers hiking trails, water holes, and wading pools. The Liliuokalani Gardens and Panaewa Rainforest Zoo are blooming with Hilo nature, where you can see some of the area’s most exotic plants and animals in a fertile rainforest setting. Kilauea is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and is less than 30 miles from Hilo. Channel your wild side and take a trip to the volcano with Vavoom Volcano Tours.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Hilo

Fly into Hilo, HI (ITO-Hilo Intl.), the closest airport, located 3.2 mi (5.2 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Kamuela, HI (MUE-Waimea-Kohala), which is 42.5 mi (68.4 km) away.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Hilo?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Hilo:

  • Volcano Village: 158 vacation rentals
  • Ohia Estates: 53 vacation rentals
  • Kehena Beach Estates: 32 vacation rentals
  • Royal Hawaiian Estates: 39 vacation rentals
  • Puna Palisades: 50 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Hilo?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Hilo. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Hilo Municipal Golf Course: 660 vacation rentals
  • Richardson's Ocean Park: 528 vacation rentals
  • Honoli'i Beach Park: 521 vacation rentals
  • Wailoa Center: 534 vacation rentals
  • Hilo Farmers Market: 532 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Hilo listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Hilo?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 430 Houses in Hilo. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Hilo include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 49 rentals available
  • Cottages: 94 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 94 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Hilo?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 109 vacation rentals with pool available in Hilo. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.