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: Jen the traveler
This Tour is a must see! Our guide was informed and funny, while telling us island history. The park was amazing. We got there on a day when it was erupting and could see and even feel the heat from the lava. So beautiful. Bring binoculars! Rainbow falls was also spectacular, a definite must see!
Reviewer: Robert Furtado
Amazing experience! The tour was very informative and covered everything we had hoped to see with plenty of time at each location.
This was an exceptional day. The driver was wonderful. He was a Hilo native who was so knowledgeable. We were fortunate to see volcano activity at the National Park. We never felt rushed and enjoyed every minute. Highly recommended.
Reviewer: Roma Klicius
We enjoyed the trip very much ! The driver was excelent, extremely knowlegible, well organized : she timed our stops perfectly between scattered showers, so we could fully enjoy beautiful views of the vulcano, and of the Rainbow falls ( we got to the falls at about 10:30 AM, just after the rain stopped, but it was a bit too late to see rainbow in full beauty , although we still cought a faint glimps of it ! ) Unforgettable trip! Great pictures !
Reviewer: Nancy Kizielewicz
Ou bus driver, whose name escapes me was phenomenal. She shared a weath of information with pictures. She had a great sense of humor and should be commended. I highly recommend this tour with saw so much of this part of the big island. Loved it!