Volcanoes National Park & Rainbow Falls
Sale Price: $115.00
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 a portion of the 11-mile Crater Rim Drive. The road 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.
Witness the amazing Thurston Lava Tube discovered in 1913 by Lorrin Thurston, a local newspaper publisher. Hike down on a 20 minute walk for a third of a mile through a tree fern forest and lighted, prehistoric, cave-like lava tube. It is an excellent place to stop and listen to the birds.
At Hawaii's renowned Jaggar Museum, you'll see plumes of sulfuric smoke with vast evidence of lava destruction, steam vents, and fascinating scenic lookouts. The museum features displays of equipment used by scientists in the past to study volcanoes, and 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. Your time in the park is approximately 2 hours.
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.
Then head to the Akatsuka Orchid Gardens, which has been the prominent grower of Cattleya orchids for over 40 years. View over 500 varieties of blooming orchids and learn how best practices of successful orchid growing.
As you make your return to the ship, end with a drive by the gardens named in honor of the Queen in 1917, Liliuokalani Botanical Gardens. Throughout the gardens are stone lanterns, gazebos, and torii gates, recalling the Japanese immigrants who came to Hawaii.
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. 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 currently closed, however, this tour will continue to operate with a modified itinerary until the park has reopened. The modified itinerary includes the following stops/views: Mauna Loa, Punalu'u Black Sand Beach, Akatsuka Orchid Nursery, Rainbow Falls, King Kamehameha Statue, Big Island Candies, and Liliuokalani Gardens (Drive by).
Reviewer: Lynda Matthews
Great trip. We enjoyed it. The guide was knowledgeable and fun. We were there two days before it erupted on 5/2. Thankful we got to go and didn’t miss this awesome view
Reviewer: Dianne Cummings
Our trip to Volcanoes National Park was guided by Derek, who was exceptional. He had the entire bus laughing. He was very informative and courteous. The tour also included a few stops for shopping. Our view of the volcano was as close as we could get. We would highly recommend this excursion.
Reviewer: Patricia Campbell
We were very pleased with this excursion. The driver of the bus was an excellent guide who gave us lots of information about the route, all of the stops and some history of the island. While waiting for all of the group to return to the bus, he kept us entertained with stories and legends and sang some Hawaiian songs while playing his ukulele. There was a good variety of stops on the tour with Kilauea Volcano, the Lava Tube, Jaggar Museum, Rainbow Falls, Macadamia Nut Factory and the Orchid Gardens. The bus was comfortable and clean. I would highly recommend this tour.
Reviewer: Andrea Granata
As our visit was right befor the eruption we were able to see the lava splashing in the pool. It is unfortunate that much of what we saw is now destroyed by lava.
Reviewer: Verla Meints
We enjoyed seeing Rainbow Falls and walking on the lava bed. We were disappointed that we couldn't see the volcano because of the weather. Our walk through the lava tube was wet and muddy, but quite an adventure. Tour guide was great.