Big Island of Hawaii

Hilo Shore Excursion: Volcanoes National Park, Rainbow Falls

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Hilo Shore Excursion Exclusive Volcanoes National Park and Rainbow Falls

From $153.34

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up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 6 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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

What's Included

  • 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

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What To Expect

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.

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.

Banyan Drive (Pass By)

Liliuokalani Gardens (Pass By)

Hilo Downtown Improvement (Pass By)

Rainbow Falls

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Big Island Candies

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Nahuku - Thurston Lava Tube

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Richardson Beach Park

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Manono Street Marketplace

35 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Vehicle: 12-14 passenger van or mini bus max 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 does not come into port , your money will be refunded. If is is delayed we will adjust our departure time to the ships itenerary. 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.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 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 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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892 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
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Very well organized shore excursion. Recommended!
k8c899, Apr 2024
This was the first non-cruise excursion I used that had the same day port departure and I was concerned about getting back on time, but we came back well before all aboard time. Our guide/driver Donna was very pleasant and informative. She really keep everyone engaged and on schedule. Though I knew prior to the excursion that the Lili’uokalani Gardens was a drive by on the bus visit. However, looking at the timing of the entire excursion, I felt we had more than enough time to do at least a 20-30 minute visit for photos.
HOWARD_C, Apr 2024
Eddie was great. Made it very interesting. Explained everything. Took us to all the best spots. Highly recommend.
Great trip - would recommend
Samantha_C, Apr 2024
Edmond was very knowledgeable and made the tour engaging and fun! You could tell he is passionate about teaching people about Hilo and especially the volcano.
Best time
Shahina_M, Apr 2024
Tour guide was best. We had wonderful time. Well planed and right on time. We started the day with black sand beach, rainbow water fall and active volcano. Amazing.
A Must Do On Hawaii
DAVE_T, Apr 2024
The entire tour was excellent. The stop at the black beach and then the waterfalls was great. The driver gave excellent dialog throughout the day (both informative and with jokes). There is a stop to purchase a lunch sandwich if you like. Can eat on the bus or wait to get to the Volcano National Park. Crater and Volcano House were interesting, but the stop at the steam vent was eye opening. I highly recommend this tour. Well worth the money.
A lot packed into a great day
Laura_M, Apr 2024
This was a fantastic day, filled with beautiful sights and a healthy but manageable dose of walking. Donna was a terrific guide, sharing both the history of the island as well as its legends. It was a nice small group, so no waiting for 50 people to get on and off the bus. Even the picnic lunch was kind of fun.
Volcano and Rainbow Fall tour
WENDY_G, Apr 2024
Our guide was very nice, informative and patient . It was a really nice day, beautiful views of the volcano and the rainbow falls. It was also nice meeting other people.😀
Enjoyed Volcanoes National Park
Cecilia_L, Apr 2024
Enjoyed the tour. Volcanoes National Park is impressive. Lava tube and tropical rain forest were interesting. Rainbow falls is okay. Not exactly breathtaking! The stop at the nut store did not interest us. From reading other cruise ship iteneraries most tours stop there. It is just a bunch of expensive nuts. The tour stopped for lunch at a place that did not have a bathroom! Renovations were underway and there was a Port-a-Potty off to the side of the ordering counter. YUCK.
Great tour and amazing tour guide!
Melissa_W, Apr 2024
Our transportation driver was such a delight. Hanibel was a fabulous comedian to. He most certainly lightened up the drive to our locations. The locations we visited we very interesting. I was unable to make the journey thru the Lava tunnel due to my mobility issue so I stayed on the bus and was given my own personal view of another caldera as the bus waited for the others to return from the lava tube. We appreciated Hanibel!
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a 5-star rating – it's much appreciated! I will be passing on this detailed review to our team it always motivates us. We are glad your guide exceeded your expectations ALOHA!
Great Sightseeing Adventure
Michael_E, Apr 2024
A most enjoyable excursion. Edmon was just great. Could not have asked for a better time. Looking forward to using Viator for my next trip.
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Dear Michael, Thank you so much for this 5-star review. We really appreciate you being a customer and helping to share the word about us ALOHA!
Great tour
Gary_H, Apr 2024
Great tour. Hannibal is the bomb. Crater is great experience not to be missed national parks are the best
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Our team is so happy to hear this thank you for leaving us a 5-star rating we appreciate it a lot. This motivates us to keep doing what we do safe travels ALOHA!
Lava tubes were cool !!
Sonia_C, Apr 2024
Gio was great and shared a lot of interesting facts and information. We made nice stops along the way… Rainbow falls, a black sand beach and the Big Island Candies. The volcano and lava tubes were very nice. The weather wasn’t cooperating but that happens sometimes. My husband and I really enjoyed the tour. We’d like to come back. Hopefully soon.
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Dear Sonia, We’re so happy to hear you had a great experience at our tour with Gio. Your review made our day! Our whole team works very hard to keep our customers happy, but we can only do it thanks to amazing customers like you. Thanks again, and we hope to serve you again soon. Safe travels Aloha :)
Would recommend
Zina_G, Apr 2024
Rainbow falls were nice, but the highlight was the lava tube! Volcano national park - very impressive. The tour was great, long enough to see everything we wanted to see but not too long. And Hannibal was a great guide! Pick up at port was very organized, on time and easy
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Dear Zina, We’re so happy to hear you had a great experience at our tour with Hannibal. Your review made our day! Our whole team works very hard to keep our customers happy, but we can only do it thanks to amazing customers like you. Thanks again, and we hope to serve you again soon.
Ruined experience
Richard_S, Apr 2024
This was an excellent tour, hitting all the sites described. The volcano was the highlight and we felt that we had achieved sufficient exposure to it. The driver/guide was very thorough and enthusiastic…we thought, at times, too enthusiastic, but most people seemed quite happy with him. So why only 3 stars? …this tour could easily have been 5. For five hours, the first half dozen rows of seats where like sitting in a blast freezer. I was so cold and achy by the end, I went straight to bed for the remainder of the day. The bus did not seem to have a good system…either off or blasting, and the only vents appeared to be over the front seats. The guide seemed oblivious to the fact people were freezing and uncomfortable. When asked to adjust it, he did seem able to find a halfway point, but eventually flipped it to blast again. I only wanted the tour to be over.
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Im glad to hear you enjoyed all the sights...and happy to hear the A/C works but will inform the guides that this may be too cold
Fun tour!
Kresha_A, Apr 2024
Great tour…Hannibal was awesome and told great stories! Enjoyed very much!!!!!! Great sites included.
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Seeing your 5-star review made our day at C Big Island tours! Thank you so much for sharing your experience with Hannibal. Aloha!
A Five Star trip!
mgfchatt, Apr 2024
Our guide Donna was excellent! She narrated the entire trip giving us a lot of information throughout the trip. She engaged with all of us, even taking pictures of us at each significant stop. She shared her in-depth knowledge of volcanoes with all of us! A very memorable trip!
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Hello Customer, We’re so grateful that you took the time to share your feedback with us. Our team will be extremely happy to hear this.It’s our pleasure to serve customers like you. Have a wonderful day Aloha!
Best of Hilo
Susan_O, Apr 2024
Hannibal lectures 😀he was very personable and informative. He was courteous and helpful with my limited mobility. I would definitely recommend. The rest of my party walked the lava tube and around the rim where possible.
Response from Host, Apr 2024
We’re so happy to hear you had a great experience at our tour. Your review made our day! Our whole team works very hard to keep our customers happy, but we can only do it thanks to amazing customers like you. Thanks again, and we hope to serve you again soon. I will be sharing with Hannibal thanks for giving him credit. Aloha
Great time with Maggie
Marie_M, Apr 2024
Maggie was a great tour guide, who shared excellent stories about the island. She was friendly and kind, took great pictures, and provided ample time to explore each stop.
Response from Host, Apr 2024
We’re always happy when customers like you enjoy your time in Hawaii. Thanks for sharing your experience with the community. Come back anytime!
Black sand beach, Rainbow...
Bobby_B, Apr 2024
Black sand beach, Rainbow Falls were beautiful. Lava tube, incredible! This is a great trip. Our guide, Gio, was knowledgeable, personable, funny and made the tour even more fun.
Response from Host, Apr 2024
I will make sure to pass on this awesome 5-star review with the C Big Island Team. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. Aloha!
One of Our Best Tours in the Islands
David_K, Apr 2024
Gio was great! Great visit at Rainbow Falls, the Volcanoes Nat’l Park, and the walk through the lava tube was amazing.
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Dear David, I’m happy to hear that our team provided you with excellent service and amazing tour. I’ll make sure that they receive your feedback. I’m sure it will make their day! Hope to see you back soon sometime safe travels ALOHA.

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