Let’s continue our Destination Friday! Each week, we’ll be sharing an awesome, under-rated, vacation destination!
Located on Hawaii’s Big Island. Hilo is the less popular side to its rival Kona. Having been to both I really believe Hilo is the most underrated city in Hawaii. While most of us think of Pristine sandy beaches, tiki torches and Mai Tais when visiting Hawaii, let me introduce you to Volcanos, Lava tubes, incredible zip lining, steep mountain cliffs and yes beautiful beaches.
So the Grand Naniloa is probably the only decent option in Hilo, only 2 miles from Hilo airport. Stunning ocean and bay views! Plus it can be had for less than 40,000 Hilton points a night! You can earn 80,000 points just for signing up for the no annual fee Hilton American Express Card.
Room tip: Get the King Corner Ocean View Room! You’ll love it, the views are stunning!
How to get there: Airport code ITO about a 3 minute taxi ride to hotel. United is the only airline that offers direct flights from LAX. The only other way to get there would be to connect in Honolulu or Maui via Hawaiian Airlines.
A round trip from mainland US to Hilo on United will run you 45,000 miles on United 60,000 on Hawaiian.
Expert Tip: Use Singapore Air miles to book on United for only 35K round trip or Korean Air Miles to book on Hawaiian for only 30K Round Trip!
American Express Membership Rewards is a Transfer Partner of Singapore Air and Chase Ultimate Rewards is a Transfer Partner for Korean.
How to book: Support us by using our Orbitz Link. Or you can sign up for the super awesome Amex Business Platinum (We’ll earn 15k points if you sign up) and use your points to transfer to Hawaiian airlines or book the hotel using American Express Travel.
My Top 5 Activities:
(Disclaimer: I can’t vouch for the safety of any of these activities. Do them at your own risk. We do NOT get commission for these activities)
- Explore Lave Tube/Caves
- Vacano National Park Go at sunset so you can actually see the lava!
- Helicopter Tour (A must do for any island in Hawaii!)
- Zipline through Paradise (Leaves straight from Grand Naniloa Hotel)
- Stargazing on Mount Kea (The world’s tallest mountain.)
Recommended amount of time to stay in Hilo? 5 days.