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Hilo Shore Excursion: Active Volcano Waterfall Black Sand Beach

Hilo, United States

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icon7 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
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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. After an included picnic lunch, you’ll see Rainbow Falls and visit a black sand beach known for its green sea turtles.
  • 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
  • View Hawaii's green sea turtles on a black sand beach
  • Includes a picnic lunch
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Professional guide
Bottled water
Hilo Harbor Port pickup and drop-off
Hilo Airport pick-up and drop-off
Hilo area Hotel pick-up and drop-off (we will contact you directly if we need to arrange a meeting location)
Air-conditioned vehicle

Departure Point

1: Hilo Harbor, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
2: Hilo International Airport, 2450 Kekuanaoa St, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
3: Hele-On Mo'oheau Bus Terminal, 329 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, HI 96720, USA

Traveler pickup is offered
We provide pickup at the Hilo International Airport. Please provide your flight information at time of booking.
If you are staying in Kona or outside of Hilo, we will meet you at the Hilo Mo'oheau Bus Terminal (329 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo). Please confirm that you will meet at the bus terminal at time of booking.


  • Hilo Harbor

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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 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’ll also 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 for an included picnic lunch, continue to Hilo, where you’ll stop by a chocolate factory and visit Rainbow Falls. You’ll finish the day by exploring a black sand beach that’s frequently visited by ‘Honu,’ Hawaii’s resident green sea turtles. Finish the day with a drop-off back at your original pickup location.
Stop At:  
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Explore Hawaii Volcanoes National Park including a visit to Kilauea caldera where you will witness the dramatic changes from our recent eruption, experience the steam vents and other volcanic formations from past lava flows.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Nahuku - Thurston Lava Tube
Enjoy a walk through the Hawaiian rainforest to Nahuku (Thurston Lava Tube). Explore the 500 year old underground tube where hot molten lava once rushed through.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Chain of Craters Road
Explore frozen fields of lava from past volcanic eruptions and peer down into once active volcanic craters. Learn about the history, culture and geology of Kilauea volcano.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Rainbow Falls
View the majestic 80 foot waterfall of Waianuenue or Rainbow Falls. Enjoy the tropical landscape as you learn the legends of Hawaii.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Big Island Candies
Get your pep in your step with tasty hand-made chocolates, locally grown macadamia nuts and island fresh coffee!
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Liliuokalani Gardens
Immerse yourself in tranquility with a short stroll around Liliuokalani Gardens as you enjoy the fishponds, pagodas and picture perfect landscaping along Hilo bay.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Richardson Beach Park
Touch your toes in the black sand of Wai'uli beach and as you scout for Hawaiian green sea turtles along the rocky coastline.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately (be prepared for sun, wind and rain)
  • Covered walking shoes are required and a rain jacket is recommended
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required and a maximum of 12 passengers per departure
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult and must have proper safety seats as required by Hawaii state law through age 7 (seats will be provided only upon request at time of booking). No lap children are allowed. Please confirm if you will be bringing a safety seat for your child.
  • We highly recommend ACCOMMODATIONS in the Hilo area to get the most out of your tour. We provide pick-up service in the Hilo area or will arrange a meeting point if needed.
  • For 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 International Airport.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Please contact us if you are traveling with a wheelchair or scooter (they must be collapsible). All passengers must be able to step up on a stool and into a 15-passenger van on their own. Some stops are not wheelchair accessible.
  • Please let us know of any food allergies.
  • Kilauea volcano is an active volcano, you may be exposed to volcanic gas on this tour.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Mauka Makai Adventures

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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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What is the maximum group size during Hilo Shore Excursion: Active Volcano Waterfall Black Sand Beach?
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

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Great Tour
, Nov 2019
Jill was our tour guide and did an excellent job. We had a fun, educational, interesting tour. Hilo is beautiful. Would definitely do this again.
Great tour
, Oct 2019
Josh was so funny and knowledgable about all the sites we visited. My favorite was the lava fields, but the whole tour was great.
Mauka Makai Adventures Tour
, Aug 2019
Thanks to Josh with Mauka Makai Adventures for a fantastic tour. Josh is a born and raised local of Hilo, and his knowledge and great stories made this tour special. He makes you feel like family! Check him out on Mahalo lui noa to Josh and Jill!
Mauka Makai Adventures Tour
, Aug 2019
We absolutely loved our Volcano, and Black Sand Beach tour. Josh with Mauka Makai Adventures made is really special. Josh was born and raised in Hilo, and his knowledge and great stories made this trip one to remember. Check them out on Thanks again Josh & Jill! Mahalo! You guys rock!
Best Excursion Of Our Whole Trip!
, May 2019
This was hands down, our best day on our week long cruise. Josh is so great, personable and knowledgeable. He wasn't in a hurry at any stop. He gave everyone as much time as they wanted to explore each area while filling us in on important information about each spot. Lunch was great, much better than I expected. Not just a plain turkey sandwich but a nice deli made one. If you are thinking about this excursion, I would encourage you to just do it. You won't be disappointed!
Great Tour, absolutely recommended. Tour guide was awesome.
, Mar 2019
Our group was large and we had our own bus and guide (12 of us). We did get up to the crater (National Park) park which had many trails closed due to past volcanic activity but I still recommend the trip to see the trails that were open. Our guide was very informative and walked with us several miles to see key features of the crater (steam and sulfur vents, crater etc). Thereafter we actually agreed to modify our trip because we had all by that time seen black sand already. Tour guide accommodated and added a visit to some of the more recent but inactive lava flows and fissures, specifically flows from fissure #8. Unbelievable to see it in person and will change your perspective forever. Highly recommended!!
Great excursion!
, Oct 2018
This covered a lot in Hilo. We went to the Volcano National Park which was breathtaking. Then on to the Lava tubes which was unbelievable. Josh our guide made sure we had head lamps on as it is pitch black inside of these tubes. He made sure everyone was comfortable based on their physical limitations. We stopped at the Big Island Chocolate store which was delicious. Then onto the Black Sand beach which the size of the beach was a little disappointing but we did get to see 4 sea turtles on the rocks.
We had a great experience on this...
Larry W
, Mar 2018
We had a great experience on this tour! Jill did a great job explaining in detail all of the points of interest. She is a Hilo native and so is very knowledgeable about the island. She planned out our stops so that we didn't stop at the sites at the same time with the big tour buses. There were only 9 people in our group which was the perfect size, especially when going through the lava tube. She provided delicious sandwiches for our lunch that we ate at an orchid greenhouse. She kept us moving at a comfortable pace so that we could see everything on the itinerary. And she got us back to our ship in plenty of time before the ship left.
Great trip. Jill was an excellent...
Larry M
, Jan 2018
Great trip. Jill was an excellent tour guide and gave us everything. Even found huge sea turtles on rocks at the black sand beach.
Great tour with a great guide, Josh was...
Damian L
, Dec 2017
Great tour with a great guide, Josh was great, friendly and knowledgeable.

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