Prepare for a thrilling day exploring volatile volcanoes, volcanic craters and lava tubes on Hawaii’s enchanting “Big Island.” The highlight of this daylong adventure is a trek to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to come face to face with Kilauea and Mauna Loa, two of the most famous active volcanoes on the planet. The adventure kicks off at Hilo’s popular black sand beach, then heads to Rainbow Falls State Park for a glimpse of an 80-feet waterfall breaking over a natural lava cave.
Tour Overview (*denotes stops made)
- Rainbow Falls State Park* – This breathtaking waterfall cascades from 80 feet over a natural lava cave, the mythological home to Hina and ancient Hawaiian goddess. The waterfall gets it name from the spectacular rainbows frequently seen here.
- Hawaii Volcanoes National Park* – Home to Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes and Mauna Loa, the world’s most massive subaerial volcano. Witness dramatic volcanic landscapes, rare flora and fauna and visit lava tubes, volcanic craters, and much more!
- Steam Vents – Witness the steam coming out of the cracks in the ground in a grass field.
- Thurston Lava Tube* – Experience walking through a 500-year-old lava tube where molten lava once flowed. You will exit into a beautiful lush tropical rainforest, an excellent place to stop and listen to the birds of the island.
- Richardson’s Black Sand Beach* – This is the only beach in Hilo and one of the few on the island with black sand. Here, you will see ancient Hawaiian fish ponds and enjoy a spectacular view to Mauna Kea.
- Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory* – Learn more about Hawaii’s favorite nut from the world’s largest processor of macadamia nuts. Mauna Loa Mac nut factory is closed on weekends and holidays.
- Kilauea Visitor’s Center – Here you can view all the fascinating exhibits, constructed based on consultations with Hawaiians and the island’s leading biologists, ornithologists, entomologists, botanists, and volcanologists.
- Jaggar Museum* – In this museum on volcanology you can see displays of types of lava, equipment used from past to present to study the volcanic action and even learn about Pelehonuamea, the Hawaiian deity of volcanoes.
- Kilauea Iki Crater – One of the most spectacular views in the entire park is from this 400 foot high crater.
About the Tour
After a foray to the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory, you will take a trip to the tour’s sensational finale, the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where continuous seismic activity keeps things more than intriguing. Here, you will encounter Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, and Mauna Loa, which holds the distinction as the largest volcano on Earth. While there is no guarantee for a red-hot lava flow sighting, you definitely will gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of the island’s magical volcanoes. Visit the Jaggar Museum where you will get acquainted with the island’s volcano culture and legends and stroll through the Thurston Lava Tube, a 500-year-old lava tube where molten lava once flowed.
- IMPORTANT: If you are coordinating same day flights to take this tour, please contact us, 808-800-4733, for estimated tour departure and return times before booking your air tickets. The Hilo Volcano Special tour is subject to time changes as we adjust for the seasons. Tour timings are also subject to traffic conditions.
- Your safety and comfort are our #1 priority. Tour highlights are subject to change without notice and may vary at tour driver discretion in order to take into account National Park Service advisories, weather advisories, traffic advisories, road closures and detours, venue hours of operations, etc. Tour features can change daily as we cannot predict weather and lava viewing conditions.
- We do not guarantee sighting of lava flows. Surface lava flows may be present but may not be visible due to environmental conditions or time constraints. If conditions permit, walking/hiking on rough, uneven lava surfaces is involved.
- Volcanic fumes can be hazardous. This tour is not recommended for visitors with heart or breathing problems and infants, young children, and pregnant women.
- Wear sturdy, covered walking shoes. Please bring a light jacket as it may rain.
- Dinner is available for purchase.
- Tour highlights are subject to change without notice and may vary at tour driver discretion in order to take into account National Park Service advisories, weather advisories, traffic advisories, road closures and detours and venue hours of operations.
Please arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled departure time. The buses will leave promptly.
Pick up schedule:
10:20am Hilo Hawaiian Please meet us in the lobby.
10:25am Hilo Naniloa Hotel Please meet us in the lower lobby.
10:30am Hilo Seaside Hotel Please meet us roadside in front of the hotel.
10:45am Hilo Airport Please meet us at the designated bus parking stalls.