The cruise ports in both Hilo and Kona are centrally located near many things to see and do in both Hilo and Kona. Being in close proximity to the piers allows visitors arriving by cruise ship for the day to explore beaches and historic sites. Since the ports are close to the airports, visitors can rent a car, or even easier, book a taxi for the short drive into town. A day off the ship can be spent snorkeling, watch surfers, shopping, and relaxing in parks and secluded temples.
If you're looking to take a refreshing dip in the ocean, Coconut Island or Honoli'i is the place for you. Families will have fun relaxing at Coconut Island, while those who'd like to watch surfing will enjoy Honoli'i. For a picturesque beach experience, Hapuna Beach State Park along the Kohala Coast provides white sand and pavilions.
History buffs and travelers intrigued by culture will love the Mo'okini Heiau. This sacred Hawaiian temple is three stories, and was crafted to worship the god Ku, the most revered by Hawaiian. This a place to take in history and serenity in this secluded place.
Visitors from cruise ships will have plenty of options for things to do, and can see and do a lot in Hilo and Kona in just a few hours off the ship. Just remember to bring a towel, bathing suit, and camera when reaching land.