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Hilo Shore Excursion: Volcano Safari Lava Caves, Falls & Highlights Small Group

Approx 6 hr long. Explore the places less traveled among Hawaii's back roads of Kilauea volcano. Explore exciting Lava Caves, waterfalls, and Lava trees in a lush volcanic rainforest. See the 2018 lava destruction and the newly formed Black Sand Beach just created. A truly amazing experience!

Cruise Ship Guests: We have special permits to pick up directly from Hilo port of call. Departure times may be adjusted to fit your ship's arrival & departure.

Hilo Hotel Guests: Meeting location Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
City: Big Island of Hawaii
Sat 20 Jul
You can choose the date already on the booking website
Starting at $133.34
Sat 20 Jul
Starting at $133.34
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What's Included
Bottled water
Professional guide
Port pickup and drop-off / Hilo Hotel pickup and drop-off
Additional Info
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness
  • Moderate tour - Involves walking over relatively unlevel terrain, possible gravel, lava, uneven ground and steep steps. Comfortable walking shoes recommended.
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately; light rain jacket or poncho
  • A stop is made to purchase food
  • Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee
  • Exact departure time may vary depending on the cruise ship's disembarkation time
  • Not recommended for those who cannot walk over uneven ground or with poor health
  • Lava Tube: The steps to get into the lava tube are steep and the ground is uneven. You do not have to go into the lava tube if you feel it is too much for you.
What To Expect
Liliuokalani Gardens
This is the largest Japanese garden outside of Japan donated by Queen Liliʻuokalani in 1917. Throughout the gardens are stone lanterns, gazebos, and torii gates, recalling the Japanese immigrants who came to Hawaii.
Drive through the historical downtown Hilo as you will learn about the devastating tsunamis of the past
Rainbow Falls
Breathtaking 80 ft waterfall, Rainbow Falls. These beautiful falls get their name from the rainbow that is often visible in the mist that rises as the water cascades to the rocks 80 feet below.
Kaumana Caves Park
Time to explore lava caves is next! We walk you down into a lava cave through a skylight, also locally known as a lava tube. Kaumana Caves was created by one of our largest volcanoes, Mauna Loa. The guide will explain how molten lava makes these spectacular lava tubes and the fascinating colors inside.
On our drive we will drive through a quaint town called Pahoa. Once a booming plantation town and now a laid-back hippie town with old school artistry charm and wood-plank boardwalks. You will see the current lava flow that nearly wiped this town off the map.
Lava Tree State Park
We will walk a trail among lava trees that looks somewhat of a petrified forest and look down into a deep fissure. This unusual volcanic sight is one stop that shouldn’t be missed.
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Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.
Traveler Photos
Reviews (45)
Dec 2022
Ellen was awesome highly recommended. We saw more than expected. I love small Group tours and highly recommend this tour
Response from Host
Dec 2022
Thank you for the wonderful review. We are so happy to have Ellen as part of our team 😊 Glad you enjoyed
Nov 2022
Great trip. Our guide Junior provided a great experience on the trip. Interesting stops along the way.
Response from Host
Dec 2022
Aloha Darren, so glad you enjoyed Hawaiian guide Junior! thank you fro the review!
Nov 2022
Junior was a great guide. He took time to point out points of interest along the tour. I never felt rushed on this tour and he was very patient. He told some funny and interesting stories along the way. Here's some pics of our tour at the black sand beach, lava tubes and Junior serenading us at one of our stops. We also had a stop at one of the 2018 eruption sites where the lava was still smoldering underneath the ground. I would recommend this tour to anyone young or old.
Response from Host
Nov 2022
Wow Mary what a wonderful compliment for your guide Junior! So glad you enjoyed all the sights off the beaten path :)

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