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Hilo Shore Excursion: Volcanoes National Park, Rainbow Falls and Highlights

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

Hilo Hotel Guests: Meeting location is Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

Tour grade: Easy

Highlights of this tour include Black Sand Beach, Rainbow Falls, Liliuokalani Japanese Garden, Drive through Down Town Hilo, Big Island Candies,
Volcanoes National Park - Steam Vents, Sulfur Banks Thurston Lava Tube, Kilauea Visitor Center & Exhibits Kilauea Iki Crater lookout.

Lunch: Stop will be made by a local vendor
City: Big Island of Hawaii
Mon 24 Jun
You can choose the date already on the booking website
Starting at $153.34
Mon 24 Jun
Starting at $153.34
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What's Included
Professional guide
Bottled water
National Park fees
Port / Hilo Hotel pickup and drop-off
Additional Info
  • Infants are required to sit on an adult’s lap
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Vehicle: 11-14 passenger van or mini bus max 16-25 pass mini bus
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  • HOTEL : You can meet us at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel to join this tour.
  • CRUISE PASSENGERS : We have special permits to pick up directly from Hilo port
  • We will ensure your timely return back to the ship in Hilo Pier for this activity. If your ship is delayed and you are unable attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details
  • DEPARTURE TIMES: Because we are a shore excursion company we schedule our departure times around a ships arrival and departure.
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Easy tour - Involves walking over relatively level terrain, possible gravel or uneven ground in some areas. Lava tube is .4 of mile long with descending and ascending steps. Comfortable walking shoes & light jacket recommended
  • WALKER / WHEEL CHAIR: We must be informed before you arrive if you are bringing a walker or foldable wheelchair in order allow space.
What To Expect
Banyan Drive
Our first path drives us down Banyan Drive known as the "Hilo Walk of Fame" for the banyan trees planted by celebrities, such as Babe Ruth and Franklin Roosevelt and many others. These trees have withstood several tsunamis that have devastated the town of Hilo
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.
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.
Big Island Candies
Big Island Candies was established in 1977 to manufacture and market fine quality macadamia nut candies and cookies using 100 percent Hawaii-grown macadamia nuts and Kona coffee, island eggs, real butter, and high-grade chocolate. Since its founding, Big Island Candies has continuously introduced new and imaginative products that "wow" both the eyes and taste buds of its growing legion of fans.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
We will then make our way to the summit of Kilauea volcano at the Volcanoes National Park, the most highly regarded and revered volcanic area on Earth. The Park highlights two of the world's most active volcanoes--Kilauea and Mauna Loa--and offers insights on the birth of the Hawaiian Islands and views of dramatic volcanic landscapes. At the park, you will stop at the Visitor Center, witness the spectacular collapsed caldera, steam vents, sulfur banks, and fascinating scenic lookouts. No trip to Hawaii is complete without a trip to Volcanoes National Park.
Nahuku - Thurston Lava Tube
We will walk through a lava tube and the guide will share information with you on how it was formed by lava. This lava tube is .4 of a mile loop trail with low lighting. Gradual stairs descending into the tube ascending stairs coming out. Not all passengers may be physically fit in which they may stay in the vehicle or outside natural scenery for this portion of the tour.
Richardson Beach Park
Richardson Black Sand Beach, where sea turtles are usually spotted. The Black Sand Beach is a local favorite, and is a great way to see how the ocean and volcanoes make fine black sand.
Manono Street Marketplace
Local Deli for a lunch stop
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Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.
Traveler Photos
Reviews (260)
Dec 2022
The views were fantastic. Got to see the craters even though volcano wasn’t erupting anymore. Our guide Donna was wonderful as well.
Dec 2022
A really knowledgeable driver who was born and raised in Hawaii. Learned a lot We saw steam crevices and lava tube. Garden was more of a drive by park —too wet to have been a stop Longer tour than we expected. Would recommend it to others. Really wanted to see hot lava fields
Response from Host
Dec 2022
Aloha, sorry we do not advertise molten lava as most of the time it cannot be seen. I know so many people who wanted to see all the lava from Mauna Loa however there is no longer any lava to be seen. Sorry, I wish we had lava to show our customers all the time. Nature just doesn't seem to work that way 😊 Thank you for the review
Dec 2022
We were unable to book a tour through the cruise ship so I found one with Vivitar which was excellent. We toured in a small buss with about twenty people and the driver Donna was just wonderful. As you can imagine the Volcano National park visit was thrilling as we were there while Kilowea was erupting, and Mona lea was starting to rumble. We saw the Rainbow falls and several other points of interest as the trip from the hip to the National Park was almost an hour. This was probably the most exciting day of our Hawaiian Island cruise. Don't miss this opportunity of a lifetime.
Response from Host
Dec 2022
Wow Carl what an awesome compliment for guide Donna! So glad we were able to accommodate and you got to see Kilauea volcano and Mauna Loa volcano! 😊

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