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

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Hilo Shore Excursion: Active Volcano, Lava Tube, Waterfall and Gardens
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icon5 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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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 sense in the beauty of Hilo including a visit to Rainbow Falls and stops to indulge in local chocolates and orchids.
  • 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
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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.
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
329 Kamehameha Ave , 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.

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This activity will end right where it started.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: 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". HOTEL PICKUP INSTRUCTIONS: Please meet your tour guide near the front entrance to the lobby, our vans are marked with the logo "Mauka Makai Adventures." ALL OTHERS: If you are driving from Kona or another part of the island, please 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.
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.
Itinerary
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 Included
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 Included
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: 20 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: 15 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
  • 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
  • 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 International Airport. Please provide your flight details at time of booking.
  • All guests MUST PROVIDE PROOF OF FULL COVID-19 VACCINATION upon check-in for the tour. All guests are REQUIRED TO WEAR A FACE MASK covering the mouth and nose when traveling in the vehicle for the duration of the tour (regardless of State mandates being lifted).
  • Kilauea volcano is an active volcano, you may be exposed to volcanic gas on this tour.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Mauka Makai Adventures
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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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Hilo Shore Excursion: Active Volcano, Lava Tube, Waterfall and Gardens?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Hilo Shore Excursion: Active Volcano, Lava Tube, Waterfall and Gardens.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Hilo Shore Excursion: Active Volcano, Lava Tube, Waterfall and Gardens?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Hilo Shore Excursion: Active Volcano, Lava Tube, Waterfall and Gardens.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Hilo Shore Excursion: Active Volcano, Lava Tube, Waterfall and Gardens?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Hilo Shore Excursion: Active Volcano, Lava Tube, Waterfall and Gardens.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Hilo Shore Excursion: Active Volcano, Lava Tube, Waterfall and Gardens?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Hilo Shore Excursion: Active Volcano, Lava Tube, Waterfall and Gardens.

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star-5
Fun tour
Hazel_R
, Aug 2022
Good tour and great time! Will let family and friends know if they ever go to Hilo for a visit. Clean van, great tour guide and nice group of people on our tour. Would go again.
star-4
Awesome volcanoes
Roger_A
, Aug 2022
The park is breathtaking! The transportation was good and the areas that we stopped at were great. Josh is very knowledgeable and friendly. Only improvement I would make is to shorten it a bit. Half day should be about 4 hours.
star-5
A fantastic day out!
greggfrog
, Aug 2022
Josh, our guide, was really knowledgable and brought to life a fun-filled day exploring the volcanic national park. I’d definitely recommend to anyone coming to the Hilo area to visit.
star-4
Best tour ever
Patricia_C
, Aug 2022
Visiting the active volcano site and Of course the narrative by the tour guide throughout the entire tour. She was very informative.
star-5
Josh is a fun and caring...
Hui_S
, Aug 2022
Josh is a fun and caring tour guide. We enjoyed the trip. We got to see the lava and we’re very excited
star-5
Great Tour 🙂
Keri_A
, Jul 2022
We had a really good experience on this tour. Josh was very knowledgeable and friendly. He made us feel welcomed and was very accommodating to everyone in the group. I definitely recommend this tour!
star-5
Excellent
JORGE_M
, Jul 2022
This tour is amazing, excelent information by our guide. Great experience in the active volcano, beautiful waterfall and delicious chocolates to finish de day.
star-5
Fantastic day with Josh!...
Leni_M
, Jul 2022
Fantastic day with Josh! So knowledgeable and had a ton of very interesting facts! Weather was a little rainy, but the sun came out at times which was great. Loved everything about the day and will definitely go back to the park to explore more when we are back on the island.
star-5
Fantastic Tour
Nancy_D
, Jul 2022
This was an amazing tour packed full but not so much that we were exhausted. Jill was excellent as our guide and very knowledgeable and passionate about the island. She was very patient with our questions and gave good information about not only what we were seeing but also local legends, customs and culture. I would highly recommend taking this tour. Note: pack a lunch as food to buy options were limited.
star-5
Wow!
Andi_R
, Jul 2022
What an awesome adventure! Jill is an excellent storyteller as well as tour guide, and this tour takes you to some fantastic locations. Pick a time early in the day to beat the crowds (and the heat) and be prepared to walk about a mile each way on flat road. This tour is a Hilo must do!
star-5
Fabulous experience
Shannon_H
, Jun 2022
Our tour guide was knowledgable and wonderful! Jill shared stories of the local culture and legends, and was very patient with any questions anyone had! The whole experience was amazing.
star-5
Jill is amazing with great stories
Kristin_D
, Jun 2022
Amazing experience and Jill is very knowledgeable of the area. Learned a lot more than if I had seen the sites without the tour
star-5
Wonderful experience
Janet_A
, Jun 2022
The tour was great. We were taken to very beautiful places. The tour guide went above and beyond. He was a terrific guide, told us stories and folklore. I would highly recommend this tour.
star-5
Amazing!!
Tina_K
, Jun 2022
Josh was so great. He was full of amazing information and was able to answer everyone’s questions with fun and informative stories. Highly recommend!
star-5
Wicked cool! Beautiful! Informative!
CarolAnn_M
, Jun 2022
We really enjoyed this tour. It was so unique and Jill, a native of the island, was so knowledgeable about the volcanoes, the mythology, and history of their activity. Great for my two boys, 20 and 17, who found the lava fields really cool. Lavatube was amazing too! All around awesome day! They also picked us up right at the port. Was glad to so this tour rather than NCL, it also saved us some $$
star-5
Great experience
Patricia_J
, May 2022
We really enjoyed our tour guide, Josh. He had great stories & really made us feel like friends, rather than just customers. It was a fun way to learn the history of the land.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fabulous tour
blfaassen
, May 2022
The owner and tour guide, Josh was a wealth full of knowledge about the Hawaiian Islands and it’s history! Our tour was fabulous to say the least. He delivered the best of the best! Thank you Josh for your amazing adventure! Plus our group of tourists were fantastic group!
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Hawaii excursion 22
Karen_C
, Apr 2022
Jill did a SUPER job as tour guide, we loved her stories!! The falls were awesome, but the Kilauea crater and eruption occurring was absolutely amazing! The caves and lava trees were outstanding too! We loved the chocolate factory too! Yum!!
star-5
Wonderful Company, Wonderful Experience
Tena_P
, Mar 2022
Our guide, Jill, was wonderful. She is a native of the island and gave so much insight on the history of what we saw. This is a family owned company and it felt great to support them.
star-5
Lava Flowing
Carla_S
, Mar 2022
Actually seeing the lava flowing from the dormant volcano. Wow, wow, wow. The operator (Josh & Wife) of this tour was very professional and enlightening. They have nice, clean, and comfortable vehicles. I would definitely use them again when I return in November.

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