- 7 hours (Approx.)
- Hotel pickup offered
- Mobile ticket
A day trip to Hilo is not complete without a visit to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, home to one of the world's most active volcanoes. Witness the major geologic changes from a recent eruption at the summit of Kilauea volcano. Hike along the rim of the caldera and feel the heat of steam vents, experience the Hawaiian rainforest and traverse an ancient lava tube. Conclude your day with the beautiful sights around Hilo town including Rainbow Falls and a black sand beach on this small group tour.
- Fully narrated tour
- Informative, friendly and professional guide
- Small group ensures personal service
- See native wildlife in their natural environment
- Lunch included
- All entrance fees included
- Professional guide
- Lunch - Island Fresh Sandwiches (ham, turkey, pastrami or veggie)
- Bottled water - Help protect our island environment and bring your own refillable water bottle!
- 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
- Entry/Admission - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
1. Hilo Harbor
2. Airport Road
3. Hele-On Mo'oheau Bus Terminal
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).
Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
Returns to original departure point
This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
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
Stop At: Nahuku - Thurston Lava Tube, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
Walk through the Hawaiian rainforest and traverse an ancient lava tube.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Chain of Craters Road, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
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
Stop At: Rainbow Falls, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
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
Stop At: Liliuokalani Gardens, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
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
Stop At: Richardson Beach Park, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
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
Stop At: Big Island Candies, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
Get your pep in your step with tasty hand-made chocolates, locally grown macadamia nuts and island fresh coffee!
Duration: 20 minutes
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
- 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 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
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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!!
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 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 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 great, friendly and knowledgeable.
The best tour of Hilo's volcano, waterfall, black beach and going to the chocolate factory/store. Our tour guide Jill was absolutely fabulous. She took us to a couple extra places to see. She is the best tour guide!
This is the excursion to take if you want to see all that Hilo has to offer. John Milare was our tour guide and was excellent. He has lived Hilo his whole life and you can tell he cares about the city, surrounding areas and really enjoys showing you the sites. We visited Black Sand beaches, past lava flows, walked through lava tube, experienced Volcano National Pak, stopped at Rainbow Falls and visited a chocolate factory. This was a fun and really enjoyable tour. Highly recommend!!! Thanks John
This was totally worth the money! I haven't been to the Big Island in years so I decided to do a tour. Josh picked me up in a big comfy van right on time. There were only 2 other people in the group so we weren't crowded. He said they purposely keep the groups small. He took us out to see the sea turtles. I would never have found those on my own! Then we took off to Volcanoes National Park, stopping along the way to pick up the food we would have for lunch later. Josh is a great guy, very friendly and full of information. He is a local and injected a lot of personal insights into his tour. We got to see lava bubbling in the crater and he took us on little mini hikes to show us plants and natural wonders I would have missed had I gone on my own. We went and had a great lunch at an orchid farm and ended the day at Rainbow Falls. It was a really nice, laid back, unrushed day that was just long enough so I didn't get exhausted, especially since it was rainy. The best part was Josh. He's full of information and very knowledgeable and kind. He knows so much about the island and the wildlife. I highly recommend this tour. It's a small husband/wife company, so it's way better than a big bus tour because you're in a small group and they can cater to what you're interested in seeing or talking about. Next time I come back, I'm booking with them again to see things I missed on this trip.
This was an amazing tour. Hilo is so beautiful and beyond relaxing. Jill was the best tour guide!! You can certainly see the pride she has for her community. The tour was very organized and never rushed. We stopped at an orchid farm for lunch- beautiful setting and yummy! This tour was a highlight of our trip! Mahalo!
Josh was amazing. He was so knowledgeable about the island, Hawaiian history and culture, etc... This was a great tour. We saw everything on the Big Island. I'm so glad we did this tour. The terrain is so varied and the sights are so beautiful. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is making their first trip to the island or who want to get outside of the resort experience and be a local for a day.
This was an excellent tour of the Big Islands highlights! Josh really knew his stuff when it came to local information and the tour covered everything we expected. Great value for money and highly recommended!!
Jill was terrific. She and her husband run their business and really care about their island and showing it off. First of all, communication through Viator with them is easy. Jill picked us and another couple up at our cruise ship pier. She was driving a clean, comfortable new model van. On our way to the volcano, we stopped briefly at a small family run business to pick up our lunch which turned out to be perfectly delicious and just right for the day. We went to the Kilauea Volcanoes National Park: walked along the caldera rim in the rainforest, through a lava tube and on a lava field visited the park visitors center with great views of molten lava. The orchid farm was a beautiful spot to have our lunch. Rainbow Falls is a little tourist-y but getting there, Jill shared all sorts of information about her home city. We ended our day with a visit to a black sand beach and seeing the endangered green sea turtles basking in the sun. Throughout the tour, Jill shared her deep knowledge of geology, history, local customs, and so much more. I'd highly recommend this tour for anyone on a cruise I'm sure she'll pick up elsewhere as well who wants a day's overview of Hilo and the surrounding area. She was very accommodating, making a couple of additional extra stops so that we could take pictures and send postcards from Volcano, HI.