Hilo Hawaii Cruise Port

Guide to Cruise Ports and Terminals

Hilo Hawaii Cruise Port

The Port of Hilo is situated on the east coast of Hawaii's Big Island.  It is very near the Hilo International Airport and approximately 2 miles (3 km) from the Hilo Town Center.

The walk to town takes 50 minutes, however, much of the route is through an industrial district. 

Keaukaha Beach Park is located just east of the cruise port.

Public Transportation

Port Shuttle

There is a free shuttle bus that travels between the cruise ship dock and Walmart in Hilo. Walmart, however, is quite far from the city centre.

There is also a free shuttle that runs to Hilo, however, the last return journey leaves Hilo at 12:30

Some cruise lines offer a free shuttle service between the cruise terminal and Hilo.

Bus Service

The County Mass Transit bus (Hele-On Bus) picks up passengers just outside the bus terminal on Kalanianaole Street.

The "Keaukaha" bus will drop passengers off at the Keaukaha Market in downtown Hilo. 

The cost of a ticket is $1 and free for seniors.  Buses depart hourly starting at 7:50.  They then return hourly starting at 1:25 PM.  There are no buses on Sundays.

There is also a "Hattie Bus" that shuttles cruise passengers to Hattie's Shopping Centre.

Tax Service

Taxi service to downtown Hilo costs $12 to $16.

Port of Hilo, Hawaii
Port of Hilo Hawaii (Cruise Port)

Visitor Information

Hilo Hawaii

  • Shops along Kamehameha Avenue
  • Historic buildings (wooden storefronts)
  • Hilo Farmer's Market (open Wednesday and Sundays)
  • Pacific Tsunami Museum
  • Lyman Museum (natural history)
  • Lyman Mission (oldest wooden house on the island)
  • Panaewa Rain Forest Zoo and Gardens
  • Nani Mau Gardens
  • Hilo Hula Days at Aloha by the Bay 11 AM until 1 PM

Hawaii Island (aka "The Big Island")

  • Volcanoes National Park
  • Mount Kea Summit
  • Black sand volcanic beaches
  • Mauna Loa Plant self-guided tour

Map of Hilo Hawaii Cruise Port

View map of the Port of Hilo, Hawaii.

View map of the "Big Island" of Hawai.

Weather on the "Big Island"

Due to the enormous mountains and volcanos on the Big Island, the temperature and precipitation amounts vary tremendously across the island.  The weather is Hilo, however, is warm throughout the year.

Month Minimum Maximum Precipitation
Jan 64 79 9.3
Feb 64 79 9.6
Mar 65 79 13.4
April 65 79 11.5
May 67 81 8.1
June 68 82 7.4
July 69 83 10.8
Aug 70 83 9.9
Sept 69 83 9.9
Oct 69 83 9.8
Nov 67 81 15.6
Dec 65 79 11.6

Free Wifi Service

There is no Wi-Fi service available at the Port of Hilo in Hawaii.

Free Wi-Fi access is available, however, at the McDonald's Restaurant and the Public Library in Hilo Hawaii.


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