Big Island of Hawaii
Hilo Shore Excursion Volcanoes National Park and Rainbow Falls

Cruise Ship Excursion: Volcanoes National Park - Hilo

Big Island of Hawaii, USA
  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket


When you’re in port in Hilo, see two of the Big Island’s top natural attractions with a shore excursion to Rainbow Falls and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. From the lush landscape of Wailuku River State Park to the 13,667-foot (4,165-meter) summit of Mauna Loa volcano, this tour provides the opportunity to experience the geological wonders and diverse natural beauty of the Hawaiian Islands.
  • Big Island shore excursion from Hilo
  • See Rainbow Falls at Wailuku River State Park
  • Marvel at two of the world's most active volcanoes, Mauna Loa and Kilauea
  • Port pickup and drop-off included
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What's Included

  • Port pick up and drop-off
  • Professional guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Food and beverages
  • Souvenirs
  • Gratuities

Meeting and Pickup

Pickup point

  • Port of Hilo
    80 Kuhio St, Hilo, HI 96720, USA

Start time

08:30 AM

Pickup details

Departure point: Hilo Pier (Only Norwegian Cruise Line ship passengers may book this shore excursion) Dates: Tuesday Depart point 8:30 am Return point: 1:00pm

What To Expect

Liliuokalani Gardens (Pass By)

Big Island Candies

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

2 hours 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Halemaumau Trail

40 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Can only be booked by cruise passengers
  • Exact departure time may vary depending on the cruise ship's disembarkation time.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Moderate tour - Involves walking over relatively level terrain, possible gravel, lava or uneven ground. Comfortable walking shoes & light jacket recommended.
  • This shore excursion can be booked by Norwegian Cruise Line Pride of America passengers only
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 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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111 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
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Great for handicap persons.
Peggy_B, Jun 2023
My husband is wheelchair bound. Our bus driver was wonderful. I think his name was Carl. Went above and beyond helping me with him. World highly recommend.
Response from Host, Jun 2023
Aloha Peggy, Happy to hear you had a wonderful experience with us. I appreciate your review and compliments. Mahalo again,
emma_s, Apr 2023
Chris was an excellent guide and really showed us some truly beautiful points of the island! Thanks Chris!
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Aloha Emma, Thank you for sharing your tour experience and your compliments about your guide Chris. We appreciate your review. Enjoy the rest of your Cruise. Mahalo,
Excellent tour
Laurel_O, Jan 2023
Oscar was a great tour guide! He was very knowledgeable and made it an amazing day! We loved learning about the island and the volcanoes.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Aloha Laurel, Mahalo for your review. I'll be sure that Oscar get's your compliments. Kauren, Enjoy the diversity the Big Island has to offer. Mahalo,
Suzanne_R, Nov 2022
We took this tour with a small group and visited Rainbow Falls and Volcanoes National Park. It was informative, impressive and at a good pace. I’d recommend this tour.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Aloha Suzanne, We appreciate your wonderful review and recommendation. Mahalo,
This excursion was not how it was...
deanettetroyer, Sep 2018
This excursion was not how it was presented. I understand that they tour company had to come up with another sight since the Volcanoes National Park was closed, but the majority of this excursion was spent in a full sized charter bus driving. We maybe spent only 20 minutes at each stop. The first stop was the Mauna Loa factory to get lunch/snacks, it was 9:30 in the morning. We then went to the Black Sand Beach, then to the Orchid Farms, then to the Rainbow Falls. I was unable to see any rainbows the main reason I wanted to go on this excursion since it had started raining. We then went to a statue and the final stop was a candy/cookie store, so the bus driver could get a cup of coffee. The passengers were standing outside waiting for the driver to finish his coffee. This driver also refused to engage with any of the passengers. He apparently had the history of Hilo memorized and would not deviate from his script. He also talked down to the passengers. I would not recommend this excursion to anyone. I was very disappointed and felt like I wasted my time.
going through the lava cave was fun...
David W, Mar 2018
going through the lava cave was fun. wish we had more time at each stop
nice tour, a few extra stops like a...
Brian_O, Mar 2018
nice tour, a few extra stops like a local cookie/candy store which was expensive. The waterfall is beautiful and the volcano is amazing. Very informative and a good price for this tour.
Started a little slow with first two...
Leland W, Feb 2018
Started a little slow with first two stops in Hilo, but driver had lots of good information and the variety of stops was very good.
Went on this tour because my bucket...
Linda H, Jan 2018
Went on this tour because my bucket list includes seeing all the National Parks. Really didn't get a long time in the park, we passed some things I would have liked to see, but the bus driver made a special stop for me because I told him I wanted a photo of the official National Park sign. The Lava tube was interesting but beware of the mud, be careful of what shoes you wear. Rainbow falls was also pretty and we seemed to have ample time for photos there. There was also a short stop at Akatsuka orchid gardens which was interesting.
The trip overview does not tell the...
Randy H L, Dec 2017
The trip overview does not tell the whole story. While we were aware that no food was provided by the tour, what we did not realize was that we needed to bring food/lunch with us. There were no stops for food from the start of the tour until 2:30 p.m. This meant that we did not have anything substantial to eat since breakfast at 8:30 a.m. The result was my wife becoming ill with a migraine!! As well, the tour was done in reverse of what is listed on the website and also started with a lengthy stop at a candy factory that was not listed in the itinerary. Our tour guide, Hank, while knowledgable of the Big Island, talked non-stop the whole time we were on the bus. Unfortunately about 70 of this related to his personal life and was unrelated to the tour itinerary. We would have enjoyed some time just to look at the scenery and reflect on the beauty of the Island and to have access to food other than candy. People need to be aware that there is no opportunity for food on this tour, until near the end, unless they bring their own. This is most definitely a health issue, particularly for people who need to eat at regular times. This ruined our day, of what should have been an enjoyable and informative outing.
Great excursion! Driver was very...
Janet M, Nov 2017
Great excursion! Driver was very knowledgeable and entertaining!
This was a good way to cover several...
Nancy T, Nov 2017
This was a good way to cover several sights in one day. Our guide Sun was informative and attentive to the group's needs and he has a great sense of humor. I had thought that we'd be in a small group on a van, but the tour was by full size motor coach, so the experience was not as useful as it might have been. We did see all the places that were promised and we had a very nice time.
We had booked the Hilo Shore...
Tracy S, Sep 2017
We had booked the Hilo Shore Excursion to Volcanoes National Park and Rainbow Falls ahead of our cruise. When we got off the ship we were greeted by Roberts Hawaii and their wonderful driver Derek. He was more than a bus driver. Through out the whole day he was humorous and shared his knowledge of the Big Island, Hawaii. Derek made many stops along the way and even fit in a few extras. There was appropriate time to see everything. This was a superb excursion and we would highly recommend it!! If your lucky too, you may even get Derek Bus 688. He certainly made our trip, thumbs up to him!
This was also a great tour , the...
Susan D, Sep 2017
This was also a great tour , the guide was very informative, and we have loved learning about the Hawaiian Culture. The visit to the volcanoes was amazing n never enough time to absorb all the information in the centre there.
Great tour, way cheaper than booked...
Anthony M, Jun 2017
Great tour, way cheaper than booked from the ship and most efficient. On tours from ship we had to wait up to an hour, but with Viator we walked off the ship and onto a comfortable bus. Great tour guide and not rushed.
Even thought it rained, it was still...
Crystal C, May 2017
Even thought it rained, it was still a great trip and our tour guide did the best he could in rearranging some stops. Great!
A great day with a great tour guide...
Peter O, May 2017
A great day with a great tour guide and Jeffrey even entertained us with his ukulele playing and singing! Could not have been better.
This was a great tour and I would...
Patty_B, Feb 2017
This was a great tour and I would highly recommend it. If I could give it 10 stars I would! Our tour consisted of touring Volcanoes National Park which included the museum, a walk through lava tube, walking onto a lava field and the steam vents, Rainbow Falls, the Moana Loa Macadamia Nut Processing facility, Big Island Candies, a tea garden in downtown Hilo as well as downtown Hilo. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. He kept everyone involved on the bus. He told us about the history of Hilo, including the Tsunami from the 1940's and the volcano eruption that could be seen from Hilo because the eruption shot the length of 2 Empire State Buildings into the air in the 1980's. After visiting the museum and returning to the bus, we found our guide as well as another guide sitting on the half wall playing a ukulele and singing. They were great. As we approached the volcano, he advised us that we may or may not see lava and explained why, to our amazement, we saw the lava bubbling pretty clearly. He got us back to our ship exactly when he said he would, which was plenty of time for our departure.
Actually got to see the crater and the...
Bhagwan B, Dec 2016
Actually got to see the crater and the red hot lava coming out of the volcano
This excursion could be scaled down...
Marion_W, Oct 2016
This excursion could be scaled down to Two hours Other than going to see the active volcano with a stop of half an hour there wasn't much else on this tour the Rainbow falls were a bust and I saw more falls in Maui than on this trip. THe tour guide was excellent and very knowable and friendly

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