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Your Guide to the 7 Best Beaches in Hilo

While Hilo is typically known for verdant and lush botanical gardens, there are plenty of beaches to explore too. So get ready to enjoy snorkeling, swimming, scuba diving, beachcombing, a day out with family, and even some small-scale cliff diving! Below, you’ll find our guide to the top seven beaches on the Hilo side of Hawaii’s Big Island. Note: Lifeguard schedules are subject to change. Check the Hawaii Ocean Safety website for the most recent info on lifeguarded beaches in Hawaii. #1: Moku Ola / Coconut Island Facilities: Restrooms and showers Lifeguards: None You’ll find this little island right in Hilo Bay, just north of […]

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Top 10 Things to Do, Attractions and Activities in Hilo

On the eastern side of the Big Island, you’ll find Hilo, the Hawaii County seat of government. It’s one of the biggest population centers in the state. The town lays claim to an estimated over 43,000 residents, putting it in Hawaii’s top 5. Hilo also hosts a number of attractions and activities to enjoy during your leisure time on the Orchid Isle. In this article, we’ll run down our top 10 list of things to do in and near Hilo. Enjoy the island’s natural beauty, explore its history, admire the work of its artists, and taste the bounty of the aina (land). Let’s dive into […]

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Explore Hilo’s Beautiful and Bountiful Botanical Gardens

The Big Island’s steady, year-round temperatures and rich, volcanic soil make it a particularly fertile ground for all kinds of plants and flowers—some of which you won’t find anywhere else. Additionally, the eastern side of the island is an exceptionally welcoming environment for growth. As the predominant northeast/east-northeast trade winds blow across the Big Island, they hit the considerable slopes of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. This pushes the air upward, causing it to cool, and, ultimately, delivering plenty of precipitation to the windward side of the Big Island. The result? A wet and humid environment that’s perfect for cultivating plant life, which is why […]

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