Lava Forest and Falls
Indulge yourself on this exclusive, upscale Hawaii tour of the Big Island's natural waterfalls and rainforest. Climb aboard your luxury transportation with your guide and head to the 80-ft. Rainbow Falls.
Known in the Hawaiian language as Wai?nuenue ("rainbow water"), the falls flows over a natural lava cave, the mythological home to Hina, an ancient Hawaiian goddess. Rainbow Falls is well named. On sunny mornings around 10 a.m., rainbows can be seen in the mist thrown up by the waterfall.
Next, go down onto the older back roads of Hawaii that wind along mango groves and trees of the Nanawale Rainforest. Afterward, you'll go into Lava Tree State Park, where long ago lava burst out of fissures onto Ohia trees, leaving incredible and indelible lava molds. Visit Ahalanui's warm springs, with its volcanically heated water.
Along the way and during brief stops, view the dramatic and beautiful scenery formed when hot lava met the cool sea. Kaimu was once the site of a famous black sand beach and a small town, both destroyed by a 1990 lava flow. Walk on the old lava flows and view the active volcanic vent in the distance. View a photo exhibit and see how the area looked prior to 1990 and the rainforest that is now taking it back.
Your tour ends with a drive through a macadamia nut orchard and a sampling of the multiple combinations of flavored mac nuts.
PLEASE NOTE: Participants must wear closed-toe shoes and be able to walk short distances unaided. Please be assured that both Hilo and Kona remain largely unaffected by the current eruption of Kilauea volcano and that it is still safe to travel to the Big Island of Hawaii (Hawaii Island). The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is now open; however, this tour will continue to operate with a modified itinerary since there are still several areas blocked off on the eastern rift zone of the volcano. The modified itinerary is as follows: Black Sand Beach, Rainbow Falls, Liliuokalani Japanese Garden, Down Town Hilo, Macadamia Nut Farm, King Kamehameha Statue, Orchid Flower Nursery, Volcanoes National Park, Steam Vents, Sulfur Banks, Kilauea Visitor Center & Exhibits, Kilauea Iki Crater look out.
Reviewer: Mariceil Bergerson
Trip was xlnt. Paul (local hilo resident) knew things from personal experience. Small group so we could allask questions
Reviewer: Colleen & Jack, Ottawa, Canada
We initially signed up for the Hilo Lava Forest and Falls tour, but there was only the 2 of us; so, the bus tour organizer in Hilo moved us to another tour where we went to Volcano National Park and then to Rainbow Falls. Although we had seen Volcano National Park before during a previous trip to the Big Island, we're really glad we were switched as we got to take pictures of small lava bubbling in the Kilauea caldera just a few days before there were earthquakes and then a major eruption of the volcano where the entire National Park ended up closing because of the huge amount of fiery lava spewing from the volcano. Kind of cool being part of history! Rainbow Falls was beautiful. Our bus driver/tour guide, Paul, was funny and shared so much of his knowledge and love for his Hawaiian home and Hawaiian folklore as we drove throughout the Hilo area. We really enjoyed the tour and highly recommend it to other people!
Great and like it very much.
Reviewer: Linda Gawthrop
This is an interesting trip that puts the awesome power of nature on display and the amazing resilience of the residents to cope and survive. The lava landscape looked like what I would imagine a visit to another planet might present - very other worldly!
Reviewer: Linda Sayers
This was a great tour. Guide was great and really knew his stuff.