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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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Volcanoes National Park & Rainbow Falls

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. The Akatsua Gardens are closed on December 25, 2018. The tour will still operate on this day, however, the Akatsua Gardens will not be visited.

Shore Excursion Size
Shore Excursion Type
Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration
6 Hours 30 Minutes
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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.
This tour may be ADA accessible upon request, accommodating electric wheelchairs and scooters, with limited access at some stops. ADA accessibility is dependent upon the availability of ADA accessible vehicles on the day of your tour. If you require any special accommodations due to disability, please request an ADA accessible vehicle at the time of booking. 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. The width of the wheelchairs or scooters cannot exceed 29 inches.
4.5 Stars4.5Based On 142 Reviews Review This Tour
4 StarsGreat tourFebruary 01, 2019

Reviewer: Alfred Rice
Roberts tour personnel were great ! What we saw was also great but we were disappointed we did not get to see ll of the park because of the government "shut down" . This was not your fault but it was a disappointment. The driver was very informative and entertaining.

5 StarsFun and InterestingDecember 30, 2018

Reviewer: Darlene Lemmo
Our driver really went the extra mile to give us a great experience.

5 StarsGreat TourDecember 18, 2018

Reviewer: LeaAnn
We enjoyed the tour. The guide was knowledgeable and answered questions patiently. The orchid farm was gorgeous. I wish we could have gotten a little closer to the new volcanic action but acknowledge the safety problem. The macadamia farm was very interesting and the fruits were tasty. We got a wonderful overview of the island.

5 StarsBest price and servi├že for this great excursion!November 30, 2018

Reviewer: Patrice Oligny
We arrived in Hilo on the Star Princess and had decided to give this provider a try by booking before we left LA.. Well it was excellent. The guide was great, very interesting and knowledgeable. The fare was almost half the price for a longer experience and a much smaller group compared to what Princess was charging. No worries at all. Would use this provider again without any doubt. The tour is excellent and really worth doing!

5 StarsRainbow FallsNovember 29, 2018

Reviewer: Valerie Kellerman
What a great day this was. The Rainbow Falls co operated and we got to see the rainbow beautifully. Walking on formed lava rock was an experience you'll never forget. The bus ride was comfortable and the driver was friendly and informative. Stopped and was able to get some great photos.

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