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Hilo Shore Excursion: Volcanoes National Park, Rainbow Falls and Highlights provided by C Big Island Tours

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Hilo Shore Excursion: Volcanoes National Park, Rainbow Falls and Highlights

Hilo Shore Excursion: Volcanoes National Park, Rainbow Falls and Highlights
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Duration:
6h
Group size:
24
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    6h
  • Group size:
    24
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
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Call the number below and use the product code: 22796P3
Important information
Inclusions
  • Port / Hilo Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • National Park fees
  • Bottled water
  • Professional guide
  • Entry/Admission - Nahuku - Thurston Lava Tube
Exclusions
  • What to bring/wear: Walking shoes, light sweater, camera, hat, sunglasses
  • Souvenirs
  • Gratuities
  • Stop is made to purchase food
Duration
6h
Departure details
  • Port of Hilo, 80 Kuhio St, Hilo, HI 96720, USA CRUISE SHIP PASSENGERS MEETING LOCATION: When departing the ship you will enter a large terminal building. As you walk towards the exit please look for your guide holding the sign "C Big Island Tours." If you have exited the building, you've gone too far. ________________________________________________________________________ MEETING TIME: Please plan to be at the designated departure location at least 15 to 20 minutes before the tour departure time. We will email you your departure time. Due to every ship having a different itinerary there is no exact set time. You are also welcome to call us at 1-800-901-0468 _______________________________________________________________________ PLEASE NOTE - Tour must depart at set departure time. We are unable to wait for any late passengers. ___________________________________________________________________________
  • Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, 71 Banyan Dr, Hilo, HI 96720, USA HOTEL GUESTS: Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel located at 71 Banyan Dr. Hilo HI There is free parking at this hotel. Please wait in lobby for pick up. The lobby also has a cafe lounge if needing something to drink.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Vehicle: 11-14 passenger van or mini bus max 16-25 pass mini bus
  • Sights: Rainbow Falls, Black Sand Beach, Liliuokalani Japanese Garden
  • Macadamia Nut Farm, Volcanoes National Park ( We spend approx 2 hrs inside the Volcano Park )
  • Thurston Lava Tube, Steam Vents, Sulfur Banks, Kilauea Visitor Center & Exhibits, Kilauea Iki Crater look out
  • _________________________________________________________
  • HOTEL : You can meet us at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel to join this tour.
  • CRUISE PASSENGERS : We have special permits to pick up directly from Hilo port
  • We will ensure your timely return back to the ship in Hilo Pier for this activity. If your ship is delayed and you are unable attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details
  • DEPARTURE TIMES: Because we are a shore excursion company we schedule our departure times around a ships arrival and departure.
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Easy tour - Involves walking over relatively level terrain, possible gravel or uneven ground in some areas. Comfortable walking shoes & light jacket recommended
  • Free Infant rates apply provided they do not occupy a seat - Considered to be a lap child
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
Inclusions
  • Port / Hilo Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • National Park fees
  • Bottled water
  • Professional guide
  • Entry/Admission - Nahuku - Thurston Lava Tube
Exclusions
  • What to bring/wear: Walking shoes, light sweater, camera, hat, sunglasses
  • Souvenirs
  • Gratuities
  • Stop is made to purchase food
Departure details
  • Port of Hilo, 80 Kuhio St, Hilo, HI 96720, USA CRUISE SHIP PASSENGERS MEETING LOCATION: When departing the ship you will enter a large terminal building. As you walk towards the exit please look for your guide holding the sign "C Big Island Tours." If you have exited the building, you've gone too far. ________________________________________________________________________ MEETING TIME: Please plan to be at the designated departure location at least 15 to 20 minutes before the tour departure time. We will email you your departure time. Due to every ship having a different itinerary there is no exact set time. You are also welcome to call us at 1-800-901-0468 _______________________________________________________________________ PLEASE NOTE - Tour must depart at set departure time. We are unable to wait for any late passengers. ___________________________________________________________________________
  • Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, 71 Banyan Dr, Hilo, HI 96720, USA HOTEL GUESTS: Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel located at 71 Banyan Dr. Hilo HI There is free parking at this hotel. Please wait in lobby for pick up. The lobby also has a cafe lounge if needing something to drink.
Duration
6h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Vehicle: 11-14 passenger van or mini bus max 16-25 pass mini bus
  • Sights: Rainbow Falls, Black Sand Beach, Liliuokalani Japanese Garden
  • Macadamia Nut Farm, Volcanoes National Park ( We spend approx 2 hrs inside the Volcano Park )
  • Thurston Lava Tube, Steam Vents, Sulfur Banks, Kilauea Visitor Center & Exhibits, Kilauea Iki Crater look out
  • _________________________________________________________
  • HOTEL : You can meet us at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel to join this tour.
  • CRUISE PASSENGERS : We have special permits to pick up directly from Hilo port
  • We will ensure your timely return back to the ship in Hilo Pier for this activity. If your ship is delayed and you are unable attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details
  • DEPARTURE TIMES: Because we are a shore excursion company we schedule our departure times around a ships arrival and departure.
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Easy tour - Involves walking over relatively level terrain, possible gravel or uneven ground in some areas. Comfortable walking shoes & light jacket recommended
  • Free Infant rates apply provided they do not occupy a seat - Considered to be a lap child
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
Itinerary
  • You’ll have 2 starting options
    See Important Information for details
  • Pass by
    Banyan Drive
    Liliuokalani Gardens
    Hilo Downtown Improvement
  • 1
    Rainbow Falls
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Mauna Loa Gift Store
    Stop: 40 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
    Stop: 90 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Nahuku - Thurston Lava Tube
    Stop: 20 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 5
    Richardson Beach Park
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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4.5
116 reviews
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Peter
Toronto, Canada4 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
We were scheduled to be on a Friday morning tour in Hilo, but Celebrity had to cancel this day and we went out the next day in the evening tour. Highly recommend going in the evening because you see the red cinder/ flames from the volcanoes. Edmund our guide was fantastic
Written May 10, 2022
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Oletocbig
Aloha Peter, Im so sorry your shipped skipped a day in Hilo so we did all possible in order to accommodate. Im so glad to hear you fully enjoyed your tour and guide Edmond. We are so lucky to have him be a part of our team :) Thank you for the review!
Written May 10, 2022
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illuminated2010
Canada72 contributions
We arrived on Celebrity cruise on Hilo and joined the C Big Island tours. Picked up at the port by Edwin who was a fantastic and informative guide.
The tour was great with stops at black beach, rainbow falls, volcano National Park and the lava tubes. Although on the tour booking itinerary stated Orchid gardens and macadamia nut farm, we never did visit those. Not sure why and was not informed why. But overall great tour and highly recommended.

The one thing I would change is a better stop for lunch pickup. We stopped at a corner store to pick up sandwiches which were average. If I knew earlier I would have packed sandwiches from the cruise which would have tasted better.

But again, great tour, great guide. Thanks Edwin.
Written May 3, 2022
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Oletocbig
Thank you for the wonderful review! The macadamia nut farm is under construction and will open later. They have not given us an exact date, unfortunately. The orchid nursery is now only open a few hours a day and pretty much on non cruise ship days. When we went in about 2 weeks ago there was nothing really there and they were very clear in expressing they don't want a bunch of cruise ship guests and that they are moving to more online. So that stop will be completely removed which is good because it always pressed us for time. We used to have the most fabulous lunch stop but since 2020 they shut down. We are trying our best to substitute until the new macadamia nut farm is open :)
Written May 5, 2022
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Savvy Explorer
1 contribution
Jan 2020 • Couples
We spent some time trying to find a tour that would fit our needs best during our short time in Hilo. This one was perfect. It was not too long, and we were able to see a fair amount of this part of the island. At first I thought the limited amount of time we spent at each site would be too short but it worked out well overall. You get a good flavor of a number of key spots in Hilo and beyond and, since we were not doing this as a shore excursion, had the opportunity to revisit some locations and spend more time later in the week. That said, if this is the only opportunity you have to explore Hilo I highly recommend it. There is a lot packed into this tour and it’s a good value.

By far the best part of our tour was the guide. I have done a number of tours and the guide usually makes or breaks the experience. Our guide, Dre, was fantastic. As a native Hawaiian he was able to provide a lot of unique context to the sites we saw. He was humorous, and talked just enough but not too much (sometimes guides feel they have to fill all the empty space and it becomes too much on a longer tour). He was even kind enough to share some personal photos and videos from some of the sites we visited, particularly about the 2018 eruption and the effect it had on the community. We had a great time and I cannot recommend this tour, or Dre, highly enough.
Written February 2, 2020
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Oletocbig
Wow! Thank you for the detailed review. So glad you fully enjoyed! Guide Dre is a great part of our team and we so appreciate his time with guests.
Written February 2, 2020
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BPetz5
Carol Stream, IL4 contributions
Mar 2020
Even though it was raining, but that is not unusual for Hilo, the sightseeing was breathtaking. Our guide Dre was awesome, and would highly recommend getting him if you have a choice. He went the extra mile and showed us extra sites and pictures that made the trip even more interesting. This was a last minute addition to our tours, as our original tour with a major competitor was cancelled due to lack of people. Glad it worked out this way.
Written March 14, 2020
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Oletocbig
Awww, well were were happy to have you and so glad you enjoyed Dre and all the fun sights.
Written March 15, 2020
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craigima
Newport Beach, CA3 contributions
Feb 2020
This is a good tour to view the key places on and around Hilo. Our guide was very pleasant, but could have given us a lot more information during the tour. A guide on the Kona side, the next day, told us a ton of stuff about the Hilo side and we felt like we missed a lot from our guide on this tour.
Written February 23, 2020
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Oletocbig
Aloha Craig, I am happy to hear you enjoyed your guide in Kona. As for your guide in Hilo, I will be sure this is addressed as the guides are trained with knowledge on many things.....they then must share it. Thank you for the review.
Written February 23, 2020
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Jeff G
1 contribution
Feb 2020
A lot of beautiful and interesting things to see and enough stops to keep it from feeling like a long tour. We really enjoyed Volcanoes National Park. Our guide Dre was awesome! He shared a lot of great information and interacted very well with everyone on the bus.
Written March 5, 2020
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Oletocbig
Thank you for the wonderful review!
Written March 6, 2020
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Marigold252
Coarsegold, California, United States70 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
Our tour was five stars all the way. We were only on the bus gor a few minutes when Giovanni spotted two big green sea turtles sunning themselves at our first stop. This was the beginning of our day's adventure. Giovanni is just what you want in a tour guide...knowledgeable, personable, funny, and passionate about Hawaii!
Written March 11, 2020
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Oletocbig
Mahalo for the wonderful review! Glad you enjoyed the Sea Turtles in Hilo and you guide Giovanni.
Written March 12, 2020
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jerryftm
Fort Myers, FL26 contributions
Dec 2019
The trip was awesome, and the scenery spectacular, but our guide, Giovanni, made it really special for the group. He experienced the last eruption and lava flow personally and really added dimension to what we were seeing. Take the tour. Ask for him!
Written January 9, 2020
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Oletocbig
Aloha Jerry for the wonderful review of your volcano tour and special guide Giovanni. It really means a lot to the guides hearing this feed back.
Written January 10, 2020
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Charlene W
2 contributions
Apr 2022
This excursion was fabulous! C Big Island Tours picked us up right at the port and brought us back in plenty of time to board the ship. Edmund was an excellent tour guide! He was very knowledgeable and entertaining. I wish we had had more time at a couple of stops but it was well worth the money to see everything we saw.
Written May 11, 2022
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Oletocbig
Aloha, thank you so much for the review. Edmond has been with us for so very long and we are so fortunate to have him. Glad you enjoyed all the stops
Written May 12, 2022
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jano1974
Chicago, IL96 contributions
We took this tour while in the Port of Hilo during our Hawaiian Cruise. The tour provided good information and hit the highlights around Hilo. There are two changes that would improve this tour. First, choose a better restaurant. We went to Wiki Fresh which is like a Hawaiian Chipotle. Given all of the buses stopped here, it was packed and wasted time. Also, the tour ran way over making the return to ship stressful as we were approaching final boarding time.
Written January 3, 2020
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Oletocbig
Aloha Jano, thank you for your review. Wiki Fresh is a great step up from where we used to stop at the macadamia nut farm with very limited options. Lots of customers really enjoy so its defiantly personal opinion. No worries on the return time. We work with the cruise ships for many many years now and have never had anyone back late :)
Written January 3, 2020
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