Cruises on the Big Island

Perfect for family or romantic getaways!

A handful of stylish cruise ships offers visits to ports on the major Hawaiian Islands: O‘ahu (Honolulu port), Maui (Kahului or Lahaina), Kaua‘i (Lihue) and the Big Island (Hilo and/or Kailua-Kona).

Most ships on an interisland route depart from Honolulu, but some originate from Maui. Choose from 7-, 10- or 11-day interisland cruises year round, with longer stays in port for exploration and adventure.

As one of the oldest towns in the state, Hilo offers a rich mix of contemporary and historical attractions. Special places to visit include the Pacific Tsunami Museum (tsunami in 1946 and 1960 largely destroyed Hilo Town), fish auctions, street markets, fabulous gardens, and a renovated downtown area with cafes, shops, and a historic theater. 

The Hilo area, second in population to Honolulu, is also home to the University of Hawaii-Hilo and records more than 130 inches of rain annually, possibly making it one of the wettest cities in the United States. 

Built on layers of lava, hot, dry Kailua-Kona is the Kona Coast’s busiest visitor destination. The town features Victorian-style structures, new shopping malls, condominiums, a few hotels, boutiques and restaurants strung out along its waterfront and a bit farther south on Ali‘i Drive.

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