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Hilo Shore Excursion: Exclusive Volcanoes National Park and Rainbow Falls

  • Explore the Big Island's top scenic sites and smoking volcanoes on this sightseeing shore excursion
  • Discover the lava tubes, smoking calderas and unique geology of Volcanoes National Park
  • Snap photos of the postcard-worthy Rainbow Falls
Hilo Shore Excursion: Exclusive Volcanoes National Park and Rainbow Falls
From $120.00
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Hilo Shore Excursion: Exclusive Volcanoes National Park and Rainbow Falls
From $120.00
Sample a cross-section of outdoor sights on the Big Island during this 6-hour shore excursion exploring Volcanoes National Park, waterfalls, orchids and more. Discover the postcard-perfect Rainbow Falls before visiting the amazing lava tubes and unique geology around Kilauea Volcano. Before your day is done you’ll also check out a botanical garden filled with rare orchids, snack on macadamia nut treats at a local farm and visit a gorgeous black sand beach. A guide, park entrance fees, snacks and round-trip port transport are included.
What to Expect
Spend the day enjoying an adventure in paradise during this 6-hour shore excursion exploring the giant volcanoes, beautiful waterfalls, rare plants and tasty treats of the Big Island. If you’re looking for a great way to sample all the amazing scenery Hawaii has to offer, this is a great way to do it.

Start your trip from the Hilo Port in the morning, heading to Hilo for a glimpse of this historic town before moving on to Rainbow Falls, a picturesque waterfall that looks straight out of a movie. After Rainbow Falls, your adventure really kicks into high gear as you journey into Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and up to the summit of its massive Kilauea Volcano.

You’ll have a chance to peer into the smoking expanse of this stark volcanic site before heading to the famous Thurston Lava Tube to walk through a volcanic cave. Before leaving the park, spend time at the Jaggar Museum, where you can learn the science and history behind this fascinating geological area.

Continue your day by stopping to view some of the Big Island’s most beautiful rare orchids at the Akatsuka Orchid Garden, where more than 500 of this gorgeous plants (some worth more than $20,000!) are on display. If you’re feeling hungry, have no fear because your next stop is at one of the state’s largest producers of macadamia nuts. Learn about the harvesting of these uniquely Hawaiian nuts, and then sample some tasty snacks or food such as sandwiches, hot dogs or coconut macadamia nut ice cream.

Cap off your epic Hawaiian adventure by stopping at Richardson Black Sand Beach. This unique dark-colored seashore is produced by the slow erosion of the local volcanic rock. Keep your eyes peeled on the beach for the resident sea turtles that like to hang out on shore. You’ll be returned back to the Hilo Port in the afternoon.
Reviews (36)
1 - 5 of 17 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago
Big Island Tour was fantastic

I recently did a Big Island Tour From Hilo on Hawaii Island,, as a shore excursion from the Pride of America Cruise ship, on November 13th 2018. Our Driver was 'Paul' from 'Kamahele Tours'. It was a group of 12 people on the 6 hour...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank _bpnourse
cbig, Owner at C Big Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Aloha and thanks for the fantastic review! Paul has been a great addition to the team and so glad to hear you enjoyed your Hilo Shore excursion off the NCL Pride of America.

Reviewed November 2, 2018
Excellent Tour

C Big picked us up at the Hilo pier where POA was docked. Edmond was very good. Would have liked to spend more time at Volcanoes National Park than at some of the more commercial stops.More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Fred G
cbig, Owner at C Big Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Aloha Fred thank you for the excellent review on your Hilo Shore trip of the Pride of America. Yes currently our time is cut a bit shorter in the Volcanoes National Park rather than before since the volcanic eruption has shut down many areas. I...More

Reviewed October 13, 2018
Excellent Tour

We booked this tour as we usually don't take ships tours and it did not disappoint! Our driver/guide was fantastic! Very fun and knowledgeable about the Big Island and it's history! We would use the company again when we visit Hawaii!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank waysho
cbig, Owner at C Big Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded October 30, 2018

Thank you dearly for the great review and so glad you enjoyed our Big Island shore excursions!

Reviewed May 1, 2018 via mobile
Very fun tour!

We had a group of 12. We enjoyed a great day seeing the volcano national park and waterfalls. Walk through the wet lava tube. Your shoes may get wet, come prepared. We had requested Edmund as our tour guide. We were so very lucky to...More

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cbig, Owner at C Big Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded May 14, 2018

I am so very glad to hear you enjoyed your Hilo Shore excursion and Kailua Kona Shore excursion with Edmond. You were all such a fun wonderful group and we enjoyed having you. Thanks again for the wonderful compliment!

Reviewed April 7, 2018
So glad we signed up for this excursion!

When we could not get on the ship's excursion, we researched others for Hilo, and found this one with C Big Island Tours. It was great. Our driver/guide, Paul, was wonderful. His insights, his information, his sharing, his singing (yes, he led us in the...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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cbig, Owner at C Big Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded April 8, 2018

Thanks so much for the wonderful review! Paul is a great addition to the team and I will be sure to share this review with him. So glad to hear you enjoyed the tour and guide. We were happy to have you and hope come...More

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June 4, 2018|
Response from paulaP6136LY | Reviewed this property |
I would check with the tour company to see if the transportation will work. Most of the venues would be okay.
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