Hilo Water sports

Our most recommended Hilo Water sports

Hilo: Sea Turtle Lagoon and Black Sand Beach Snorkel

1. Hilo: Sea Turtle Lagoon and Black Sand Beach Snorkel

This is your opportunity to swim in a lagoon full of abundant sea life. Join your hosts on a fully guided and narrated beach snorkel tour along the pristine Hilo coastline. Make 2 snorkeling stops and also enjoy island snacks and juices. The volcanic beaches are renowned for their abundant sea turtle population, and the brackish water bays and lagoons are home to a wealth of sea life including octopus, eagle and manta rays, eels, corals, and tropical reef fish. Your experienced snorkel guide will teach you about the beautiful and lush surroundings, how the beaches and volcanic islands are made, and about the abundant marine world which lies below. Newcomers to snorkeling and children are welcome. Your trained guide will teach you the basics and be with you every step of the way to make sure you feel safe and comfortable. Children will be introduced to nature in a spectacular way.

Hilo: Dolphin Adventure and Tropical Reef Snorkel Boat Tour

2. Hilo: Dolphin Adventure and Tropical Reef Snorkel Boat Tour

Make the most of your time in Hilo and discover Hawaii’s abundant coastline, bursting with diverse sea life including sea turtles, octopus, manta rays, eels, tropical reef fish, and much more. Meet your crew and board the vessel in Wailoa Boat Harbor, then venture onto the open waters where scenic views and coral reef await. Enjoy a guided adventure along the coastline and explore coves where pods of dolphins hideaway and often play in the wake of the boat. Stop off in one of these idyllic coves and snorkel in search of colorful marine life as you swim through untouched reef structures and sand patches. Continue your tour to your second snorkeling location and learn about the exotic sea creatures that lurk within the reef's ecosystem and along Hilo's coastlines including tropical reef fish, eels, and manta rays. Take in the breathtaking views of the ocean as you ride along the Hamakua Coast. Discover a hidden world under the surface of the water as you snorkel, raft, and lookout for dolphins. Throughout the trip, listen to your captain and crew share information about Hawaii’s sea life and underwater world.

Hilo: Two Tank Boat Dive for Certified Divers

3. Hilo: Two Tank Boat Dive for Certified Divers

Make the most of your time in Hilo and discover East Hawaii’s abundant coastline, bursting with diverse sea life including sea turtles, octopus, manta rays, eels, tropical reef fish, and much more. Meet your guides and board the vessel in Wailoa Boat Harbor, then venture beyond the break wall where scenic views and coral reef await. As you sail towards the dive destination, admire the luscious coastline of Hilo and watch pods of dolphins play in the wake of the boat. Get kitted out with the necessary gear, then stop at two idyllic coves for a spectacular dive down to explore untouched reef walls and epic rock formations.

Hilo: Wailoa River to King Kamehameha Guided Kayaking Tour

4. Hilo: Wailoa River to King Kamehameha Guided Kayaking Tour

Experience Hilo from a new perspective as you journey up the river. Cruise underneath the dragon arches of the Japanese-style bridges. Loa, or "long water," includes an easy entry from a boat ramp that travels up Wailoa River and into Hilo Bay. See unique birds and fish throughout your excursion.  Take a break and enjoy the King Kamehameha Statue. Learn more about the History of the Big Island and the Tsunamis that have cleared the area and created an arboretum of trees, recognized by the Tree Association as "The Largest of Tree Species outside of Africa." 

Hilo: 1-Tank Certified Beach Dive at Sea Turtle Cove

5. Hilo: 1-Tank Certified Beach Dive at Sea Turtle Cove

After gathering at the meeting point, you will begin your one-tank shore dive along the lush and iconic East Hawai‘i coast. Your tour departs from the Hilo Ocean Adventures shop, ventures a few miles along the beautiful shore to the breathtaking dive site. Hilo is especially unique as the cool fresh water springs that enter the sea along the coast regulates ocean temperatures and prevents coral bleaching. You can dive the untouched reef walls and spectacular rock formations, and immerse yourself in East Hawaii's thriving and diverse sea life. The coastline is renowned for the abundant sea turtle population, and the brackish water is home to a wealth of diversity including octopus, eagle and manta rays, eels, coral, and tropical reef fish. Your dive master will guide you on an incredible journey through the abundance of sea life below, and will ensure you have a fun and memorable experience. Leave your gear at home and dive using top-of-the-line equipment which includes 2018 Atomic Z3 regulators and Oceanic BCD's.

Hilo: Hilo Bay and Coconut Island SUP Guided Tour

6. Hilo: Hilo Bay and Coconut Island SUP Guided Tour

Unlike anywhere else on the islands, Hilo Bay captures the feeling of going back in time. Join this guided 2-hour tour paddling with the majestic snow-capped peaks of Mauna Kea in the distance. Learn about the history of the last Hawaiian monarch at Queen Liliuokalani Japanese Gardens. Discover secluded coves, marine life that gathers in the tide pools, and Coconut Island.

Hilo: Introductory Boat 2-Tank SCUBA Diving Course

7. Hilo: Introductory Boat 2-Tank SCUBA Diving Course

Learn the basics of SCUBA diving from one of our professionally-trained instructors. You’ll then be taken on an introductory tour of the reef to experience the marine life underwater.  Take a tour that includes a 45-minute course, where you'll get a safety briefing, learn underwater breathing techniques, and gain insight on how your equipment works from an expert SCUBA instructor. Enjoy a light snack and fruit juice alongside two 45 minute SCUBA diving sessions. Then, head to two different dive spots, where you'll see double lava arches, sea turtles, parrotfish, manta rays, and more. This experience is perfect if you have wanted to try SCUBA diving but have not been certified yet, or for those who have already been certified, but have family members who haven't been.

Hilo: Night Dive for Certified Divers

8. Hilo: Night Dive for Certified Divers

Explore unseen worlds and discover how our ocean comes to life under the night sky. You will begin the tour by meeting your dive master at the local partner’s shop. Then you will take a short drive to a nearby dive location.  Your dive master will guide you on an incredible illuminated journey through the abundance of sea life below. They will ensure you have an exciting and memorable experience.  Experience coral spawning, bioluminescence, and have the opportunity to see nocturnal sea creatures that only make their appearance at night.

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What people are saying about Hilo

Great please to see turtles. We saw plenty before snorkeling. Went to 2 locations. The first was my favorite, on a black sand beach. The second was a bit colder temp for the water and very shallow. We saw turtles at both locations

It was a great time! The captain & guide we mellow & knowledgeable about the island & the wildlife. The tour isn’t rushed & the conversation is great. Would definitely recommend.

Small group. Kelsey was super accommodating to any of our needs. The experience was like being inside an aquarium. Very meaningful time we’ll spent!

Our tour was amazing. Our guide is extremely knowledgeable and made us feel very comfortable through the entire trip. He is great!

Our guide, Brooke, was friendly, helpful and patient. We enjoyed our experience!