This exciting excursion to Volcanoes National Park and Rainbow Falls includes a 4,000-foot trip up to view all the magnificent glory of Volcanoes National Park. The Park highlights two of the world's most active volcanoes--Kilauea and Mauna Loa--and offers insights on the birth of the Hawaiian Islands and views of dramatic volcanic landscapes. Explore the summit of Kilauea volcano, one of the most active volcanoes in the world, via the 11-mile Crater Rim Drive. It encircles the summit caldera and passes through desert and tropical rainforest, traverses the caldera floor, and provides access to many well-marked scenic stops and short walks.
Experience the spectacular mix of fire and water as this tour takes you as close as possible to explore plumes of sulfuric smoke, vast evidence of lava destruction, as well as active lava flows that are constantly shifting. Witness spectacular lava tubes, steam vents, sulfur banks, and fascinating scenic lookouts. Your time in the park is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.
You will also make a stop at Hawaii's renowned Jaggar Museum, featuring displays of equipment used by scientists in the past to study volcanoes. The Museum offers a sheltered view, through large picture windows, of the caldera and the main crater of Halema'uma'u. The overlook outside the Museum also has a spectacular view of the volcano with interpretive displays about Kilauea. The total time at the museum is approximately 25 minutes.
As you descend the Volcano you will also explore some of Hilo's most interesting surrounding areas, including Rainbow Falls. These beautiful falls get their name from the rainbow that is often visible in the mist that rises as the water cascades to the rocks 80 feet below. You will also stop at the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory, where you will have the opportunity to purchase a snack and get a taste of the island.
Please Note: Refreshments are not included on this tour. Guests with special dietary needs may wish to bring along a snack of some type, as tour is over six hours long. Smoking is not permitted in the National Park.
Reviewer: Ron Harrison
This was an amazing tour and well worth the money. Being from the local the tour guide was very knowledgable and friendly and this made the tour that much more enjoyable. With the visit to the volcano and to rainbow falls we saw nature at it's best and beauty. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone.
Reviewer: Judith Richter
The tour was very interesting, our guide was funny, kept us entertained all day. Rainbow Falls had no rainbows(no sun)....a bit disappointing. Volcanos National Park was super, so was the visit to the orchid farm🌺🌸
Reviewer: Lori Nolan
Loved the motor coach bus and the tour guide. He knew a lot about the culture and was humorous. We saw a lava tube, nut factory, candy shop, volcanoes, lava, steam vents, and a beautiful waterfall!
Reviewer: Wes Daily
The tour was fantastic but the driver Derek made it outstanding. His intimate knowledge of Hawaii as a native prove to be thoroughly entertaining and historically factual. I would recommend this tour to anyone. The volcano was spewing a little lava too.
Would take this tour again in a heartbeat. Guide dealt with rain in an informative and creative way.