Big Island of Hawaii

Hilo Shore Excursion: Active Volcano, Lava Tube, Waterfall and Gardens

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Hilo Shore Excursion Active Volcano Waterfall Black Sand Beach
  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Experience some of the Big Island’s top attractions during this day trip to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the sights around Hilo. Learn all about volcanoes as you marvel at Halema'uma'u crater and explore the massive Kilauea Volcano. Immerse your senses in the beauty of Hilo including a visit to Rainbow Falls and a stop to indulge in local chocolates and island fresh coffee.
  • Explore Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the sights around Hilo
  • Get an up-close look at Hawaii's volcanic activity during stops at Halema'uma'u Crater and Thurston Lava Tube
  • See historic lava flows along the 'Chain of Craters’ Road
  • Visit a local chocolate factory and tour Rainbow Falls during stops in and around Hilo

What's Included

  • Professional guide
  • Private transportation
  • Bottled water
  • Hotel Pick-up for Select Hotels (all others please plan to meet at the Hilo Mo'oheau Bus Terminal)
  • Hilo Harbor Port pick-up and drop-off
  • Hilo Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
  • We DO NOT provide transportation from Kona or Waikoloa. Please meet us in Hilo at the bus terminal.

Meeting and Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • 329 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, HI 96720, USA

    Meet your tour guide at the Hilo Mo'oheau Bus Terminal (329 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, HI 96720). There is free parking adjacent to the bus terminal. Look for our van with the "Mauka Makai Adventures" logo on it in the parking lot. Please be waiting for your driver we may be picking up other guests.

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

CRUISE SHIP PICKUP INSTRUCTIONS: Upon disembarking the cruise ship in Hilo, head through the passenger terminal and look for your guide standing to the left near the pre-arranged tour operators with a sign that reads "Mauka Makai Adventures". Please check in with your guide 10-15 minutes prior to tour start time. HILO AIRPORT PICKUP INSTRUCTIONS: Please schedule your flight to arrive at the Hilo Airport a minimum of 30 minutes prior to the tour start time. We require your airline flight number and arrival time to schedule pickup at the airport. As you disembark the airplane head towards Baggage Claim “D”. Look for the tour operator parking area near the restrooms. Our vans are marked with the logo "Mauka Makai Adventures". HILO HOTEL PICKUP INSTRUCTIONS: We provide pick up service at Hilo Hotels along Banyan Drive only. Please meet your tour guide near the front entrance to the lobby, our vans are marked with the logo "Mauka Makai Adventures." We may also contact you prior to the tour to make arrangements for a meeting time and location. ALL OTHERS MEET AT HILO MOʻOHEAU BUS TERMINAL: If you are driving from Kona, Waikoloa, or another part of the island, please confirm that you will meet us at the Hilo Mo'oheau Bus Terminal (329 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, HI 96720). There is free parking adjacent to the bus terminal. Look for our van parked in the parking lot with the "Mauka Makai Adventures" logo on it.

What To Expect

Receive a morning pickup from your Hilo hotel, Hilo Airport, or Hilo Port. You’ll continue on a drive through some of the Big Island’s historic sugar plantation towns as you make your way to Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Explore this unique volcanic area with your group, stopping to visit attractions like the steam vents and Halema'uma'u Crater. You may even witness a volcanic eruption! Trek through the nearby rainforest to visit Thurston Lava Tube, where you can learn more about how volcanoes form, erupt and cool. You will see additional lava flows as you continue on a drive along the ‘Chain of Craters’ Road.

After stopping to enjoy the beauty of locally grown orchids, continue to Hilo, where you'll sample island treats at a chocolate factory and visit Rainbow Falls. Finish the day with a drop-off back at your original pickup location.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Nahuku - Thurston Lava Tube

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Chain of Craters Road

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Rainbow Falls

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Big Island Candies

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Liliuokalani Gardens

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions (be prepared for sun, wind and rain).
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Covered walking shoes are required and a jacket is highly recommended.
  • Participants must be able to walk a minimum of 1.5 miles on uneven terrain.
  • We do not guarantee you will see molten lava on this tour.
  • HOTEL pick-up is offered for select HILO HOTELS ONLY. If you are staying outside of Hilo, please plan to meet at the Hilo Mo'oheau Bus Terminal (please confirm at time of booking).
  • CRUISE SHIP passengers, we pick-up directly at HILO HARBOR and will adjust the tour time as needed to accommodate your ships time in port.
  • For a one DAY TRIP to the Big Island, please make your travel arrangements to and from the HILO AIRPORT. Schedule your flight arrival a minimum of 30 minutes prior to the tour start time AND provide your flight details at time of booking.
  • Children ages 8 years and up may participate in tour. All participants must have a paid seat. We do not allow any "lap" children.
  • Kilauea volcano is an active volcano, you may be exposed to volcanic gas on this tour.
  • This tour cannot accommodate guests with wheelchairs, scooters or oxygen tanks.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

Cancellation Policy

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 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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Hilo tour
Misty_G, Apr 2024
We fly in from Honolulu, this tour picked us up at the airport and it was a comfortable ride and amazing tour. It was hands down the best experience ever. Our tour guide Josh was the best!!!
Stunning Views
Susan_F, Apr 2024
Our favorite tour. Our guide/ driver Joey, Aja Adam Sandler was the perfect host. His knowledge, personality and sense of humor was infectious!! And the island landscapes, with all its beauty and history were stunning!!
Fun/entertaining learning experience
Darlene_L, Apr 2024
We had an excellent tour guide. I believe her name was Jill. She was a local and grew up on the volcano. She told stories about experiencing eruptions. She told traditional Hawaiian stories about he of different areas we visited. She was a great storyteller, enough to make me want to buy a children’s book of legends. She explained different types of lava. I was so glad to have visited each of the areas with her and not on my own.
We had a wonderful time. ...
JodiLapetina, Apr 2024
We had a wonderful time. Jill was an amazing guide. Since she was born and raised on the island she was able to share her experiences growing up. She took us to many beautiful places. I highly recommend using her as a tour guide.
Going to Volcano National...
Dorothy_G, Apr 2024
Going to Volcano National Park and the interesting facts and stories Josh told us. He was an awesome guide on our adventure 👍😎
Must Do Volcano Tour!
Scott_T, Mar 2024
Jill was the best tour guide I’ve ever had; she actually lives in Hilo and has personal experience with the island that she related to the tour. She speaks the language and knows the native history, this is not just a driving tour. The maximum 12 person Mercedes van was comfortable and easy riding. The tour had plenty of stops for walking around and bathroom breaks if needed. Bring a jacket for the elevation temp difference and a lunch to eat at the visitor center. Great Tour! I definitely recommend!!
Wonderful Hilo tour
Lisa_M, Mar 2024
Excellent tour in Hilo! Our guide gave us a great inside look at the area. One of our favorite excursions!
Small group and great timing
TERYL_D, Mar 2024
Rainbow falls, Volcano Park and candy- what a great day! We felt safe and enjoyed all the knowledge our tour guide shared. The timing felt just right and we had great opportunities for photos.
Can't Miss Tour!
Gail_G, Mar 2024
Jason was a terrific, thoughtful and engaging personality. We were kept informed of everything we saw both on the tour and along the way and he kept it fun for all of us. The cost was just right, and I love smaller groups since they feel much more personal. Highly recommended!
Great Experience
Tony_C, Mar 2024
Josh did a fantastic job of showing us the sites. He is very knowledgeable and provided us with a lot of information about the history of what we saw. This was a great way to see several things in 1 day. From pickup to drop-off at the cruise ship, Josh was a great guide.
Great way to see the sights
Katie_G, Mar 2024
Josh was a great guide and host. Extremely knowledgeable, friendly, approachable and helpful - with a great sense of humour. We all really enjoyed the amazing sights and beautiful landscape. Highly recommended.
The world of lava
Denise_C, Mar 2024
Loved all the lava formations, the vegitation, birdsong. Our guide Josh was friendly and very knowledgeable
Small group tour, family...
Nathaniel_P, Mar 2024
Small group tour, family operated. Great stories from our guide Jill. The Volcano National park is a must have.
Very good logistics from a family business
David_F, Mar 2024
Pick up at ship, airport or hotel. Owners are your tour guides and are both natives with lots of local knowledge. Genuinely fun people who the whole van felt were terrific.
Top notched with highly professional guide.
Jonathan_L, Feb 2024
This was the most professional tour we have been on in our four months, worldwide cruise. our tour guide was professional, knowledgeable and friendly. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and would highly recommend this outfit for anybody interested in a tour of Hilo, Hawaii.
Great tour!
Sandra_P, Feb 2024
The tour was awesome. Very informative and interesting. Would recommend this tour to everyone. The guide helped us understand the culture and diversity of Hilo
Volcano day for the win!
Angie_A, Jan 2024
The sights were breathtaking! Jill was a fantastic tour and clear loves her island! The lava tube was spectacular. The vehicle was in good working order and very clean!
Amazing experience start to finish
98bsvvr6r7, Jan 2024
Seeing the beauty of landscape was only made better by our incredible guide Jill. She have wonderful commentary and insight. Being a local that grew up here was a plus as well.
Great Tour
Debraulston, Jan 2024
Exceptional tour. Guide was informative and friendly. Viewing active volcano from edge of caldera was highlight.
It is a waste of time and money.
Yiu_C, Jan 2024
Pouring rain all over with nothing to see except it was all wet. It should be cancelled from the beginning.
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