On the Big Island, the east side town of Hilo, and the west side town of Kailua Kona are where the cruise ships come in to dock. In both locales visitors can find and abundance of great restaurants that offer delicious food, and in close proximity to the ports. In Kona, these eateries can all be reached on foot, but in Hilo most are just a few minute drive away.But we've put together of the ten best restaurants near the ports, and narrowed it down to five in Kona and five in Hilo for your convenience.
In lush Hilo visitors will find gems such as Cafe Pesto, located right across from the ocean in the town's hottest neighborhood, Bayfront. The gourmet eatery offers Italian dishes, but with a unique Pacific Rim flare to them. A new place in the neighborhood offering Pacific Rim Asian fusion is Pineapples, a classy a fun place. A few minutes away you'll find another of Hilo's best restaurants, Miyo's home style Japanese food.
Over in Kailua Kona, walk just a few short minutes to island style delights such as Huggo's and Bubba Gump's Shrimp facorty. Both offer fresh local seafood in an ocean side setting. A real gem is the Kona Brewing Co., with locally brewed seasonal beers and tons of great food. It's also a good place for nightlife.
So enjoy the time on land, and explore what the Big Island has to offer in a culinary tour in Hilo and Kona.