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Hilo Shore Excursion: Volcanoes National Park and Rainbow Falls

Explore Volcanoes National park, home to Kīlauea, the most active volcano in the world. Learn how volcanic events have impacted the landscape and the lives of the people that live here. Highlights of the tour include a stop at Rainbow Falls, a waterfall with an 80-foot drop, known for the many rainbows formed in its surrounding mist. Sit back and relax as you are transported in your air-conditioned motor coach to Volcanoes National Park where 70 million years of volcanic history are on display.
Should their be volcanic activity, route's may be altered with out notice due to safety concerns for guest and employee's.
0830              Leave Hilo

City: Big Island of Hawaii
Mon 26 Feb
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Starting at $119.00
Mon 26 Feb
Starting at $119.00
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What's Included
Port pick up and drop-off
Professional guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Additional Info
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Can only be booked by cruise passengers
  • Exact departure time may vary depending on the cruise ship's disembarkation time.
  • Moderate tour - Involves walking over relatively level terrain, possible gravel, lava or uneven ground. Comfortable walking shoes & light jacket recommended.
  • This shore excursion can be booked by Norwegian Cruise Line Pride of America passengers only
What To Expect
Liliuokalani Gardens
The park’s site was donated by Queen Lili’uokalani. Built 1917-1919, and largest such gardens outside Japan.
Rainbow Falls
A majestic waterfall that cascades 80 feet over a lava cave and where rainbows are often seen in the rising mist.
Halemaumau Trail
Home to one of the world’s most active volcano – Kīlauea, volcanic craters and more o Steam Vents Look Out* Feel the heat as you witness volcanic steam seeping out of fissures in the ground along the Kīlauea Caldera. o Visitor Center *Features exhibits covering the park’s environment, history and culture. Here you will learn about the volcano and volcanic activity. o Halema’uma’u* Halema’uma’u is a pit crater within the much larger Kīlauea Caldera at the summit of Kīlauea volcano.
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.
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Reviews (107)
Nov 2022
We took this tour with a small group and visited Rainbow Falls and Volcanoes National Park. It was informative, impressive and at a good pace. I’d recommend this tour.
Response from Host
Nov 2022
Aloha Suzanne, We appreciate your wonderful review and recommendation. Mahalo,
Sep 2018

This excursion was not how it was presented. I understand that they tour company had to come up with another sight since the Volcanoes National Park was closed, but the majority of this excursion was spent in a full sized charter bus driving. We maybe spent only 20 minutes at each stop. The first stop was the Mauna Loa factory to get lunch/snacks, it was 9:30 in the morning. We then went to the Black Sand Beach, then to the Orchid Farms, then to the Rainbow Falls. I was unable to see any rainbows the main reason I wanted to go on this excursion since it had started raining. We then went to a statue and the final stop was a candy/cookie store, so the bus driver could get a cup of coffee. The passengers were standing outside waiting for the driver to finish his coffee. This driver also refused to engage with any of the passengers. He apparently had the history of Hilo memorized and would not deviate from his script. He also talked down to the passengers. I would not recommend this excursion to anyone. I was very disappointed and felt like I wasted my time.

Apr 2018

James did a fantastic job narrating our excursion and truly made a difference! The excursion itself consisted of a number of stops. Rainbow Falls, macadamia nut factory, Volcanoes National Park the crater, heat vents, lava field, and lava tube, orchid farm and candy factory. Each stop provided it's own unique experience and gave us a chance to see the area while James narrated along the way. Each stop provided the right amount to time to see/experience the location without being rushed which made the day go really fast. We would have missed the interesting information James shared if we would have tried to see these sights by ourselves.

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