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Hilo Shore Excursion: Exclusive Volcanoes National Park and Rainbow Falls

  • Explore the Big Island's top scenic sites and smoking volcanoes on this sightseeing shore excursion
  • Discover the lava tubes, smoking calderas and unique geology of Volcanoes National Park
  • Snap photos of the postcard-worthy Rainbow Falls
Hilo Shore Excursion: Exclusive Volcanoes National Park and Rainbow Falls
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Hilo Shore Excursion: Exclusive Volcanoes National Park and Rainbow Falls
Sample a cross-section of outdoor sights on the Big Island during this 6-hour shore excursion exploring Volcanoes National Park, waterfalls, orchids and more. Discover the postcard-perfect Rainbow Falls before visiting the amazing lava tubes and unique geology around Kilauea Volcano. Before your day is done you’ll also check out a botanical garden filled with rare orchids, snack on macadamia nut treats at a local farm and visit a gorgeous black sand beach. A guide, park entrance fees, snacks and round-trip port transport are included.
What to Expect
Spend the day enjoying an adventure in paradise during this 6-hour shore excursion exploring the giant volcanoes, beautiful waterfalls, rare plants and tasty treats of the Big Island. If you’re looking for a great way to sample all the amazing scenery Hawaii has to offer, this is a great way to do it.

Start your trip from the Hilo Port in the morning, heading to Hilo for a glimpse of this historic town before moving on to Rainbow Falls, a picturesque waterfall that looks straight out of a movie. After Rainbow Falls, your adventure really kicks into high gear as you journey into Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and up to the summit of its massive Kilauea Volcano.

You’ll have a chance to peer into the smoking expanse of this stark volcanic site before heading to the famous Thurston Lava Tube to walk through a volcanic cave. Before leaving the park, spend time at the Jaggar Museum, where you can learn the science and history behind this fascinating geological area.

Continue your day by stopping to view some of the Big Island’s most beautiful rare orchids at the Akatsuka Orchid Garden, where more than 500 of this gorgeous plants (some worth more than $20,000!) are on display. If you’re feeling hungry, have no fear because your next stop is at one of the state’s largest producers of macadamia nuts. Learn about the harvesting of these uniquely Hawaiian nuts, and then sample some tasty snacks or food such as sandwiches, hot dogs or coconut macadamia nut ice cream.

Cap off your epic Hawaiian adventure by stopping at Richardson Black Sand Beach. This unique dark-colored seashore is produced by the slow erosion of the local volcanic rock. Keep your eyes peeled on the beach for the resident sea turtles that like to hang out on shore. You’ll be returned back to the Hilo Port in the afternoon.
Reviews (34)
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Reviewed 5 days ago
Excellent Tour

We booked this tour as we usually don't take ships tours and it did not disappoint! Our driver/guide was fantastic! Very fun and knowledgeable about the Big Island and it's history! We would use the company again when we visit Hawaii!

Thank waysho
Reviewed 2 May 2018 via mobile
Very fun tour!

We had a group of 12. We enjoyed a great day seeing the volcano national park and waterfalls. Walk through the wet lava tube. Your shoes may get wet, come prepared. We had requested Edmund as our tour guide. We were so very lucky to...More

2  Thank travgurl
cbig, Owner at C Big Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2018

I am so very glad to hear you enjoyed your Hilo Shore excursion and Kailua Kona Shore excursion with Edmond. You were all such a fun wonderful group and we enjoyed having you. Thanks again for the wonderful compliment!

Reviewed 8 April 2018
So glad we signed up for this excursion!

When we could not get on the ship's excursion, we researched others for Hilo, and found this one with C Big Island Tours. It was great. Our driver/guide, Paul, was wonderful. His insights, his information, his sharing, his singing (yes, he led us in the...More

1  Thank pat t
cbig, Owner at C Big Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2018

Thanks so much for the wonderful review! Paul is a great addition to the team and I will be sure to share this review with him. So glad to hear you enjoyed the tour and guide. We were happy to have you and hope come...More

Reviewed 26 March 2018

Wonderful tour,our driver Edmond was awesome. He was very knowledgeable & fun! Even though the rainy times we still got to see & do everything on our tour. He was very prompt on getting us back to the boat on time.

Thank suekg2017
cbig, Owner at C Big Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2018

Many thanks for the great review and happy to hear you enjoyed Edmond even on a rainy day....that's quite the compliment !

Reviewed 22 March 2018 via mobile
Volcano tour

We enjoyed a 5.5 hour tour including stops for orchids, volcanoes, macadamias, black sand beach, botanical gardens and steam vents. Our tour guide was friendly and informative (very interesting stuff on the tsunami history). You’ll like it if you like quick stops that hit the...More

1  Thank Paul A
cbig, Owner at C Big Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2018

Aloha Paul, thanks for your review and glad you enjoyed the tour. We try to include as many stops as possible for our cruise ship guests since they are only docked for one day in Hilo.

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5 June 2018|
Response from Paul A | Reviewed this property |
I would check with the tour company to see if the transportation will work. Most of the venues would be okay.
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