10 Best Hotels near Big Island Cruise Ports

The Big Island is truly big. There's accommodations virtually hours from the cruise port in Hilo, which sheds light on the fact that it's quite useful to have a guide to great places to stay not far from the port. Accommodations within close range from the port vary greatly. There's budget hotels nicely placed along the ocean, there's resorts, and there's plenty of vacation rentals offering the comforts and beauty of a private home. So whether searching for a private home for a family, or a budget room to explore town, look no further than 10Best's list.

Budget travelers are in luck near the port. There's two highly affordable hotels that have pools and are located right above the ocean. Hilo Seaside Hotel and Uncle Billy's are located side by side on Banyan Drive, just a short drive from the port. These two hotels are just a few minutes from the attractions, restaurants and shopping Downtown Hilo has to offer.

For a highly unique and liberal resort a bit further away from the port, Kalani Oceanside Resort is a lovely place to stay. Located along the gorgeous Puna Coast, Kalani has a spa and pool and offers unique classes and gatherings. For private homes, there's an array of vacation rentals. The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls and the Hilltop Legacy are great options. The former has it's own waterfall and natural pool, while the latter is located high above Hilo with panoramic views.



Located along the lush Kamaili Road, otherwise known as the Opihikao area in Puna, Plumeria Hill Bed & Breakfast is a private estate offering privacy, beauty, and peace. Children 13 years of age and older are welcome, and there's a selection...  Read More

The Palms Cliff House Inn
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Found on top of an ocean cliff on the Big Island, Honomu, the Palms Cliff House Inn offers a breathtaking view of the ocean. The Akaka Falls State Park and the Kolekohe Beach Park are only two miles from the area. Private lanais and complete...  Read More



Nestled along the beautiful Puna Coast surrounded by lush jungle, Kalani Oceanside Resort is a unique and alternative resort. Private bungalows as well as a vast camp ground offer overnight accommodations, and a communal kitchen and restaurant...  Read More



Just 10 minutes from Hilo, once you arrive at The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls you'll feel far from the town. There's a waterfall and natural pool in the backyard, that you can swim in if you sign a waver, and it's a must do. The owners travel all...  Read More



The Hilltop Legacy at the highest spot in town that allows you to look down on beautiful Hilo Bay. At this bed and breakfast you can enjoy the privacy of the peaceful Hilltop Retreat, a pair of over one hundred years old Banzai trees, koi pond,...  Read More



The Hilo Seaside Hotel is one of the top two affordable hotels in Hilo. It's clean, simple and modest with a traditional Hawaiian theme. There's no frills, but for a budget hotel it's pretty beautiful as it's located right on the water in Hilo...  Read More



Halana Lodge is a unique property with five bedrooms. Lodge offers a large living room, complete kitchen, family room, covered lanai, laundry room and dining room that can seat 20. All rooms are located on one floor. The lodge rents individual...  Read More



HIlo's most classic hotel, the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel manages to offer the most upscale accommodations in Hilo, but for a large hotel it's still without resort like bells and whistles. There's a pool which can be wonderful on those hot and humid...  Read More



The oceanfront property is located on the shores of Hilo Bay. There are 317 renovated guestrooms and eight ocean front suites featuring original artwork by local artists, new furniture, spacious marble tile bath, refrigerator, 32-inch flat TV,...  Read More



Uncle Billy's is an "old school" hotel located right on the water in Hilo Bay. Uncle Billy's is modest with a Hawaiian decor throughout the hotel. There's a pool on site, along with a restaurant and gift shop. There's no frills, but it's clean,...  Read More


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