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

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

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icon6 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Sample a cross-section of outdoor sights on the Big Island during this shore excursion exploring Volcanoes National Park, waterfall, black sand beach and more. Discover the postcard-perfect Rainbow Falls before visiting the amazing volcanic steam vents and unique geology around Kilauea Volcano. Before your day is done, check out an ornamental Japanese garden, snack on treats at a local candy shop, and visit a gorgeous black sand beach. A guide, park entrance fees, and round-trip port transport are included.
  • Explore the Big Island's top scenic sites and volcanoes on a shore excursion
  • Volcanic steam vents, lava tubes, smoking calderas and unique geology of Volcanoes National Park
  • Visit the ornamental Japanese garden, Liliuokalani Gardens
  • Scout for sea turtles on the gorgeous Richardson Black Sand Beach
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
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Port / Hilo Hotel pickup and drop-off
National Park fees
Bottled water
Professional guide
What to bring/wear: Walking shoes, light sweater, camera, hat, sunglasses
Souvenirs
Gratuities
Stop is made to purchase food
  • Port of Hilo , 80 Kuhio St, Hilo, HI 96720, USA

    CRUISE SHIP PASSENGERS MEETING LOCATION: When departing the ship you will enter a large terminal building. As you walk towards the exit please look for your guide holding the sign "C Big Island Tours." If you have exited the building, you've gone too far. ________________________________________________________________________ MEETING TIME: Please plan to be at the designated departure location at least 15 to 20 minutes before the tour departure time. We will email you your departure time. Due to every ship having a different itinerary there is no exact set time. You are also welcome to call us at 1-800-901-0468 _______________________________________________________________________ PLEASE NOTE - Tour must depart at set departure time. We are unable to wait for any late passengers. ___________________________________________________________________________

  • Hilo Hawaiian Hotel , 71 Banyan Dr, Hilo, HI 96720, USA

    HOTEL GUESTS: Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel located at 71 Banyan Dr. Hilo HI There is free parking at this hotel. Please wait in lobby for pick up. The lobby also has a cafe lounge if needing something to drink.

  • This activity will end right where it started.
    Spend the day enjoying an adventure in paradise during this shore excursion exploring the giant volcanoes, beautiful waterfalls, rare plants and tasty treats of the Big Island. If you’re looking for a great way to sample all the amazing scenery Hawaii has to offer, this is a great way to do it.

    Start your trip from the Hilo Port in the morning, heading to Hilo for a glimpse of this historic town before moving on to Rainbow Falls, a picturesque waterfall that looks straight out of a movie. After Rainbow Falls, your adventure really kicks into high gear as you journey into Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and up to the summit of its massive Kilauea Volcano.

    Continue your day by stopping to view some of the Big Island’s most beautiful rare orchids at the Akatsuka Orchid Garden, where more than 500 of these gorgeous plants (some worth more than $20,000!) are on display. If you’re feeling hungry, have no fear because your next stop is at a local candy shop where you will get to snack on tasty locally made high quality chocolate and treats

    Cap off your epic Hawaiian adventure by stopping at Richardson Black Sand Beach. This unique dark-colored seashore is produced by the slow erosion of the local volcanic rock. Keep your eyes peeled on the beach for the resident sea turtles that like to hang out on shore. You are returned back to the Hilo Port in the afternoon.
    Itinerary
    Pass By:  
    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
    Stop At:  
    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.
    Duration: 15 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Pass By:  
    Hilo Downtown Improvement
    Pass through the historic town of Hilo and see the King Kamehameha Statue learning the story how he has conquered Hawaii.
    Stop At:  
    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.
    Duration: 15 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    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.
    Duration: 15 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    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.
    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Nahuku - Thurston Lava Tube
    LAVA TUBE NOW OPEN! We will walk through a lava tube and the guide will share information with you on how it was formed by lava.
    Duration: 20 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    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.
    Duration: 20 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Manono Street Marketplace
    Local Deli for a lunch stop
    Duration: 35 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Vehicle: 11-14 passenger van or mini bus max 16-25 pass mini bus
    • _________________________________________________________
    • 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. Comfortable walking shoes & light jacket recommended
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
    • OPERATED BY C Big Island LLC
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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    • "There is ample time to see everything without feeling rushed." See review
    • "excursion started on time, stoped to early for lunch (11.30)no coffee option available, rainbow falls nothing to get excited about.excellent guide" See review
    • "If you can avoid a cruise ship day I would highly recommend." See review

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    star-4
    Worthwhile Tour
    Leslie_M
    , Aug 2022
    It helps to visit some sights with a tour guide born and raised on the island. Want to give a shout-out to Kelvin, our “Jack all trades”. He had the back story and extensive knowledge of the area and events. He provided the necessary alternatives and shortcuts to navigating the surroundings. He has “been there, done that”. The black sands beach was beautiful and the volcano/steam vents were fascinating. We were disappointed the Thurston Lava Tube was closed, but understand the safety issues involved.
    icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
    Thank you Leslie for the review. They shut the lava tube down without notice. They said they dont have a date yet of when they will reopen it. They are assessing the 2 new cracks. Our other tour, VOLCANO SAFARI still is able to go to a lava tube but requires a climb down a steep set of stairs.
    star-5
    Relaxing and great sight seeing!
    Sandra_S
    , Aug 2022
    Driver was very knowledgeable and learned a lot about the Hawaiian Language! Driver was also good getting us back to the airport on the way back so we didn’t miss our flight going back to Oahu!
    icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
    Aloha Sandra, thank you for taking the time to leave a review. Happy to hear you enjoyed your guide and our beautiful sights here in Hilo ❤
    star-5
    History of Hilo
    Nicole_A
    , Aug 2022
    You get to experience so much on this excursion. You will learn so much history about the Hawaiian islands and see historical monuments . You will see the beautiful climates that Hawaii has to offer. The volcano is breath taking and an absolute must see!
    icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
    Aloha Nicole glad you enjoyed your tour of the Volcanoes National Park with us! Thank you for the review
    star-5
    Great trip from Hilo
    Andrew_H
    , Jul 2022
    Bus driver/ tour guide Billy was friendly, helpful, flexible, knowledgeable. We went at tourist pace, took time but not excessive time at stops, went to priority locations (black sand beach, volcanoes park) and received background and current information.
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
    Aloha Andrea, thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review :) Glad to hear you enjoyed all the sights and your guide Billy
    star-5
    Loved it!!
    Suzie_H
    , Jul 2022
    Volcano Bill was an amazing, fun, and knowledgeable tour guide. I was very excited to check the national park off my bucket list and loved all the other stops along the way.
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
    Hey Suzie, so glad you enjoyed Volcano Bill! We are so happy to have him part of our C Big Island team :) Thank you for taking the time to write a review❤
    star-3
    Just ok
    M_T
    , Jun 2022
    Bill, our tour guide, was great - very personable and the right amount of talking vs silence. But, this tour wasn’t exactly as advertised - we stopped at a black sand beach, gardens, and a candy shop that we didn’t know were included. Not sure if this was because due to the pandemic there isn’t as much to do at the Park or the waterfalls, but we would’ve appreciated more the chance to walk on our own at the park instead. Also, we were not given bottled water so had to buy some. Next time I’d just go to Volcanoes National Park on our own so we could walk and see things more.
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Aloha, yes the guide added a stop since the macadamia nut farm is still closed. Unfortunately, we are not able to let you go off on your own for several different reasons. We spend a lot of time in the Volcano park going to look outs, lava tube, steam vents etc. Yes this tour includes many stops out side the national park as well. Not sure what your saying "exactly as advertised" Glad you enjoyed your guide Bill
    star-5
    Fantastic tour guide,...
    Matt_M
    , Jun 2022
    Fantastic tour guide, extremely knowledgeable. Would definitely recommend this trip to anyone. Great job
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Aloha Matt for the awesome review! So glad you enjoyed ❤
    star-5
    Kelvin was a rockstar!! Great time.
    Mark_C
    , Jun 2022
    Amazing trip with a fantastic driver Kelvin. He was very attentive to my elderly mother and aunt. Not easy to do with a full van. Thanks!
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Thank you Mark for taking the time to leave a review. Happy to hear you enjoyed Kelvin and that he assisted with the elders in the group 😊
    star-5
    Great day trip to see Hawaii Island
    Stacy_L
    , Jun 2022
    Really great tour of the island! Had a local guide that shared so much knowledge of the volcanos and island history. Enjoyed it!
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Aloha Stacy so glad you enjoyed our amazing sites here in Hilo and enjoyed your guide. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review :)
    star-5
    Our guide Bill was...
    Bobby_B
    , May 2022
    Our guide Bill was excellent. Personable and knowledgeable he brought many of the stops to life with the history and Hawaiian story or each. Ample time allowed at each stop for exploration. Highly recommend this tour.
    icon Response from Host , May 2022
    Aloha Bobby, thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review. So glad to hear you enjoyed your guide Bill 😊
    star-4
    Guide/driver was...
    Ronald_W
    , May 2022
    Guide/driver was informative but rambling. Weather wasn’t the greatest All in all it was a good tour.
    icon Response from Host , May 2022
    Aloha Ronald, so glad to hear you enjoyed the tour sorry about the weather... unfortunately it's out of our control. I will inform the guide of your recomendation.
    star-4
    Worth it
    Susie_M
    , May 2022
    Great guide (Edmond). Excellent knowledge of the volcanos! Clean car and smooth ride. Happy we were able to get on this excursion.
    icon Response from Host , May 2022
    Aloha Susie, glad we were able to accommodate. Thank you for taking the time to write a review :)
    star-5
    Dreamy day trip!
    Marissa_L
    , May 2022
    I wish I could give this tour 10 stars. It was so well paced and the tour guide was such a great story-teller and communicator. Each stop was very special and the ride in the bus was comfortable. This was hands down the best way to see these island hi-lights.
    icon Response from Host , May 2022
    10 stars!!! Wow thank you so much for the wonderful review. This really means so much to us ❤
    star-5
    Relaxing Scenic Tour
    carolynw62014
    , Mar 2022
    Edmond our guided host was great! He is even tempered, polite, thoughtful, and very knowledgeable about the sites we visited. There was no rush, rush. It was a very peaceful and enjoyable day. We are seniors so not being rushed and having a kind soft-spoken guide who could answer our questions was important.
    icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
    Thanks Carolyn, yes Edmond is one of our bests for sure. So glad you enjoyed your excursion. ❤
    star-5
    Very informative tour....
    GREGORY_R
    , Feb 2022
    Very informative tour. Edwin did an excellent job. I would highly recommend him. He was on time and got us back to the ship on time
    icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
    Aloha Greg, yes we are a shore excursion company so getting customers back in time for ship departure :)
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-4
    Hilo
    Lilian_C
    , Feb 2022
    Our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable of his surroundings in each stop we have a bit of education Tour crew was very accommodating
    icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
    Aloha Lilian, we were happy to accommodate your pick-up at the hotel. Glad to hear you enjoyed your guide :) Thank you for taking the time to leave a review
    star-5
    Great Island Experience!!
    David_N
    , Feb 2020
    This excursion was so much more than we expected. We had just the right amount of time at each location. Our tour guide was knowledgeable about the locations and history of the islands. I would highly recommend this tour!
    icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
    Aloha David, thank you for taking the time to leave a review. So glad you fully enjoyed your guide and volcano excursion!
    star-4
    7 hour tour day
    Ryan_C
    , Feb 2020
    5 hour tour turned into a 7 hour tour. Our guide Giovanni was very friendly and welcoming. We saw the Volcano Park, Rainbow Falls, Mauna Loa factory, black Sand Beach and an Orchid nursery. We could of went without the Orchid stop as it was like visiting a Home Depot nursery. It was a long day but worth our while.
    icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
    Aloha Ryan, we advertise a 6 hr tour. However we were notified last minute that the Thurston Lava Tube opened. We didnt want customers to miss out on an awesome sight. From now on the Liliuokalani Garden will be a drive by sight instead of a stop so that we can incorporate the much requested Thurston lava tube. :) Thank you for your review and sorry it was a bit long but we were happy to show you all the great sights.
    star-5
    Great tour on Hilo
    Edie_P
    , Feb 2020
    If you take this excursion, and I highly recommend it, make sure you sign up with Giovanni as your guide. He is very knowledgeable and shares well researched and interesting facts about the island. He also has a very personal connection to the island, which you will discover when you take the tour. The tour is a lot of on-and-off the bus but it is a great way to see a lot of highlights... Rainbow Falls, orchid farm, macadamia nut farm where you can purchase lunch and shop at the same time. BTW you can have purchases shipped home for you. Two different volcano craters and a stop at a black sand beach made it a very enjoyable day! Highly recommend this tour and most especially Giovanni!
    icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
    Thank you Eddie for the wonderful review! Glad to hear you enjoyed all the great stops and your guide Giovanni. Its much appreciated that you took the time to leave a review. Mahalo!
    star-5
    Hilo 6 hrs
    donsandyloughry
    , Feb 2020
    We were very pleased with the tour our driver was a gem bus “me” with Edmund He was sure a good driver/tour guide
    icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
    Aloha Don so glad you enjoyed all the wonderful sights and your guide Edmund. We are so lucky to have him part of our team. Thank you for the review, its much appreciated :)

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