This tour begins when you’re picked up from your Hilo area hotel, and meet your knowledgeable local guide for a day of exploring the volcanoes. Riding around in an air-conditioned vehicle, you’ll begin the day in town of Hilo by visiting a number of highlights, including the Liliuokalani Gardens that honor Hawaii’s former Queen. You’ll also have the chance to look for sea turtles on the outskirts of Hilo Bay, and see a beautiful black-sand beach that’s formed by eroded black lava.
Outside of Hilo, make a stop at Wailuku River State Park and marvel at Rainbow Falls, where occasionally it’s possible to spot a rainbow when the light hits the curtain of mist. Later, upon entering Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, your guide will make sure you have ample time to experience the most popular sights, including the rim of Kilauea and Haleama’uma’u Crater. If you begin the tour in the afternoon, there’s the chance you could experience the orange glow of the crater’s sunken lava lake, which casts an eerie glow on the sky when the sun goes down each night.
Throughout the park, you’ll notice steam vents rising from the rock and land that’s just recently been formed, and when driving the famous Chain of Craters Road, the barren black landscape in every direction is a reminder this Earth is still raw. In the section of park that’s covered by rainforest, hike inside the Thurston Lava Tube that was formed by a river of magma, which has left behind a massive cavern, now illuminated with a long string of lights.
At every stop throughout the tour, your guide is there to answer questions and elaborate on the history and geology, and since the tour itinerary is completely flexible, you’re free to spend enjoy a little more time at the places that interest you the most.
Finally, having scoured this UNESCO listed National Park and witnessed Earth being formed, this Big Island volcano tour finishes back at your Hilo area hotel.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Nahuku - Thurston Lava Tube
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