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Volcanoes National Park & Rainbow Falls
Hilo | USA |
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TRAVEL ADVISORY: Due to the eruption of the Kilauea volcano, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is currently partially open. This tour is continuing to operate under a modified itinerary until further notice.
Standard Price: $215.00
Special Price: $175.00
You save: $40.00
Special Instructions: H-2 - Hilo Volcano Special Tour
Custom Field 4: USD
Custom Field 5: 12/20/18 MT - temp hid due to tour changes

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Tour Details

This exciting excursion includes a 4,000-foot trip up to view all the magnificent glory of Volcanoes National Park. 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. 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 90 feet below. You will also stop at the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory, where you will have the opportunity to purchase a snack and get a taste of the island.

Then it's time to head to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. 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. Explore the summit of Kilauea volcano, one of the most active volcanoes in the world via the Crater Rim Drive. This 11-mile drive encircles the summit caldera and passes through desert, lush tropical rain forest, traverses the caldera floor, and provides access to many well-marked scenic stops and short walks.

Experience the spectacular mix of fire and water as this tour takes you as close as possible to explore plumes of sulfuric smoke, vast evidence of lava destruction, and active lava flows that are constantly shifting. Witness spectacular lava tubes, steam vents, sulfur banks, and fascinating scenic look outs. Your time in the park is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.

You will also make a stop at the renowned Jaggar Museum, featuring displays of equipment used by scientists in the past to study volcanoes. The museum offers a sheltered view, through large picture windows, of the caldera and the main crater of Halema'uma'u. The overlook outside the museum also has a spectacular view of the volcano with interpretive displays about Kilauea. You will also have the chance to stroll through the Thurston Lava Tube, a 500-year-old lava tube where molten lava once flowed. You'll spend about 25 minutes at the museum before heading back to your hotel at the end of the day.

Please Note: Refreshments are not included on this tour. Guests with special dietary needs may wish to bring along a snack of some type, as tour is over six hours long. Please be assured that both Hilo and Kona remain largely unaffected by the current eruption of Kilauea volcano and that it is still safe to travel to the Big Island of Hawaii (Hawaii Island). The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is currently partially open; as a result, this tour will continue to operate with a modified itinerary until the park has reopened completely. The modified itinerary includes the following stops/views: Liliuokalani Gardens (Drive-By), Rainbow Falls, Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory, Akatsuka Orchid Nursery, Board Mini Coach, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Drive Past Steam Vents, Pu’u Pua’i Crater, Luamanu Crater, Puhimau Crater, Big Island Candies. The Akatsua Gardens are closed on December 25, 2018. The tour will still operate on this day, however, the Akatsua Gardens will not be visited.

Tour Size
Tour Type
Cultural, Scenic
Tour Duration
8 Hours 30 Minutes
Tour Departs From
Custom pick-up is provided for this tour. Please enter your desired pick-up location above.
Activity Level
Food/Beverage Provided
Not Included
Recommended Dress
Comfortable clothing and sturdy, closed-toe walking shoes are recommended. A light jacket is also recommended for Volcanoes National Park.
This tour is ADA accessible with limited access at some stops. Guests must be able to walk over gravel and paved surfaces to visit sites listed. The lava tubes are reached by a path with inclines. If you require any special accommodations due to disability, please request an ADA accessible vehicle at least 48 hours prior to taking the tour. Please also include the model, size, and weight of the wheelchair you would be bringing in your request. The combined weight of the wheelchair and guest cannot exceed 500 pounds, and the maximum width of the wheelchair cannot exceed 29 inches. Volcanic fumes can be hazardous. This tour is not recommended for visitors with heart or breathing problems and infants, young children, and pregnant women. Smoking is not permitted in the National Park.

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