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Volcanoes National Park & Rainbow Falls

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TRAVEL ADVISORY: Due to the eruption of the Kilauea volcano, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is currently only partially open. This tour is continuing to operate under a modified itinerary until further notice.
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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 partially open; as a result, this tour will continue to operate with a modified itinerary until the park has reopened completely. The modified itinerary includes the following stops/views: Liliuokalani Gardens (Drive-By), Rainbow Falls, Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory, Akatsuka Orchid Nursery, Board Mini Coach, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Drive Past Steam Vents, Pu'u Pua'i Crater, Luamanu Crater, Puhimau Crater, Big Island Candies.

Shore Excursion Size
Standard
Shore Excursion Type
Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration
6 Hours 30 Minutes
Activity Level
Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From
Ship Pier. (Full details will be provided in your electronic ticket upon confirmation.)
Food/Beverage Provided
Not Included
Recommended Dress
Comfortable, lightweight, layered clothing that will keep you warm and closed-toed walking shoes are recommended.
Restrictions
This tour is ADA accessible with limited access at some stops. If you require any special accommodations due to disability, please request an ADA accessible vehicle at least 48 hours prior to taking the tour. Electric wheelchairs and scooters can be accommodated on this tour. In order to bring your electric wheelchair or scooter, please ensure the combined weight of the guest and electric wheelchair or scooter does not exceed 500 pounds. Please also include the model, size and weight of the wheelchair you would be bringing in your request. Volcanic fumes can be hazardous. This tour is not recommended for visitors with heart or breathing problems and infants, young children, and pregnant women. Guests must be able to walk over gravel as well as paved surfaces to visit sites listed. The lava tubes are reached by a path with inclines. Smoking is not permitted in the National Park.
4.5 Stars4.5Based On 136 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsVolcano National Park and Rainbow FallsMay 22, 2018

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

5 StarsVolcanoes National Park & Rainbow Falls May 21, 2018

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.

5 StarsVolcanoes National Park Shore ExcursionMay 21, 2018

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.

4 StarsInterestingMay 21, 2018

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.

4 StarsCloudy dayMarch 24, 2018

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.

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