Hawaii Volcanoes National Park And Big Island Highlights Small Group Tour

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 7 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    8:30 AM Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time
  • Departure Details :
    1: Hele-On Mo'oheau Bus Terminal, 329 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
    2: Hilo Harbor, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
    3: Hilo International Airport, 2450 Kekuanaoa St, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
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  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


See two of the worlds most active volcanoes, Kilauea and Mauna Loa, on asmall group tour that features the natural wonders of the UNESCO-listed Hawaii volcanoes national park, including a walk along the crater rim and into the Thurston Lava Tube. If you select an afternoon departure, you can even view the red glow of the Halemaumau crater at dusk. In addition, visit the Liliuokalani Gardens in Hilo, Rainbow Falls and the Keaukaha coast.
Please provide your sandwich option in the special requirements field at check out. Deli-style sandwich options include, ham, turkey, pastrami or veggie.


  • Close encounter with wildlife
  • Family friendly
  • Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver

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Start your day in Hilo with a look at the towns highlights, including Liliuokalani Gardens. The Japanese-style botanical garden features a variety of tropical plants and fantastic views of Hilo Bay. Stroll along a black sand beach while looking for Hawaiian green sea turtles.
A few minutes from downtown Hilo, stop at Wailuku River State Park to see Rainbow Falls, an easily accessible 80-foot-tall (24-meter) waterfall that tumbles into a large pool encircled by lush vegetation and sparkling mist.
Next experienceHawaii Volcanoes National Park, one of the islands star attractions and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire the immense Kilauea caldera and Halemaumau crater. Snap photos of volcanic steam vents and hike along the crater rim to look for recent volcanic activity in this ever-changing landscape. The timing of the afternoon tour allows you to visit Volcanoes National Park until sundown when you can see the red glow of lava at the active Halemaumau crater.
You also drive along Chain of Craters Road to view other volcanic formations. Stop for an easy walk through native rainforest to the Thurston Lava Tube, a 600-foot-long (183-meter) tube that was formed centuries ago by molten lava. Step into the spacious, illuminated tube to see it from the inside.
Throughout the day, you learn about the sights, history and geology of the Big Island from your guide's informative commentary.
Volcano Update:
Hawaii volcanoes national park is open as of September 22, 2018.
We are closely monitoring volcanic activity and your safety is our top priority. Please be assured we only operate in areas deemed safe by the national park and local county government. Volcanic activity changes frequently and we reserve the right to adjust or cancel tours to ensure the safety of all our guests. The proposed tour itinerary is subject to change as public access is allowed. We do not guarantee that you will see active lava on this tour.


Professional guide

Bottled water

Lunch/Early Dinner

Hilo Harbor Port pickup and drop-off

Hilo Airport pick-up and drop-off

Hilo area Hotel pick-up (we will contact you directly if we need to arrange a meeting location)

Entry/Admission - Nahuku - Thurston Lava Tube

Entry/Admission - Rainbow Falls

Entry/Admission - Mt. Kilauea

Entry/Admission - Wailuku River State Park

Entry/Admission - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Entry/Admission - Hilo Coffee Mill

Entry/Admission - Mauna Loa Scenic Drive



Additional Info

Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately (be prepared for sun, wind and rain)

Covered walking shoes are required and a rain jacket is recommended

A minimum of 2 people per booking is required and a maximum of 12 passengers per departure

Children must be accompanied by an adult and must have proper safety seats as required by Hawaii state law through age 7 (seats will be provided only upon request at time of booking).

We highly recommend ACCOMMODATIONS in the Hilo area to get the most out of your tour. We provide pick-up service in the Hilo area or will arrange a meeting point if needed.

For CRUISE SHIP passengers, we pick-up directly at Hilo Harbor and will adjust the tour time as needed to accommodate your ships time in port.

For a one DAY TRIP to the Big Island, please make your travel arrangements to and from the Hilo International Airport.

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

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  • 05-Dec-2019

    Charged for a modern travel van but was changed out to a Ford Van that can not be used in other states. At 71 I do not care to climb over seats to get to my seat. John was a very good guide . Viator over sold and went to subcontractors to fill the request.

  • 27-Nov-2019

    Josh is an excellent tour guide. He is very personable and gave a great tour. He provided great information everywhere we went and answered every question we had from the history, culture, folk lore, legends, animals, trees, and everything else. We were able to spend time at the various places as long or as little as we wanted to stay. Highly recommend.

  • 11-Nov-2019

    This was one of the best tours we've been on. Our guide, Josh was very personable and knowledgeable. The smaller vehicle was comfortable and so much better than being on a huge bus tour. There were only 8 of us and it was a great group! We saw so much in about 7 hours, but never felt rushed.
    Volcanoes National Park was amazing and Josh made several stops that gave a great overview. At every stop he shared his knowledge and very interesting information. The Hilo highlights included a lovely park with Japanese gardens, a black sand beach, orchid farm (beautiful!) and chocolate factory.
    The pace was steady and moderately active. Some areas were over uneven surfaces (lava).
    That we had a perfectly beautiful day was icing on the cake!
    We would highly recommend this tour!

  • 14-Oct-2019

    Our tour was awesome. Josh was our guide and he gave us a great, in depth tour of the Hilo’s popular spots as well as Volcanoes NP. I really enjoyed how he catered the tour to all the participants and we weren’t on a tight/rigid timeline the whole time. Definitely recommend this tour!

  • 31-Jul-2019

    When traveling we always start with a tour around the city to help us set our points of interest for our itinerary. This tour was great but what made it the best was our tour guide and owner Josh. He was very friendly, funny, personable, knowledgeable and just made us feel very comfortable. It was raining but he modified the tour as needed and we never felt short changed on anything. We thoroughly enjoyed the small group and we were very comfortable in the Mercedes van. Josh also had umbrellas handy for us and took us to a local eatery that served pure deliciousness! Overall, I would highly recommend this tour but more than anything Josh really made it great! We really appreciated everything about our excursion!!!

  • 03-Apr-2019

    The tour is run by Mauka Makai Adventures, and our guide was Josh, who owns it with his wife.
    Josh picked us up at our hotel at the arranged time and we were immediately off to Rainbow Falls. Josh proved to be a knowledgeable and personable guide, providing a lot of local and historical information about what we were visiting or the areas we were passing through.
    We were able to update the tour on the fly to skip a destination we were not interested in, and to delay another, which ended up a very good idea since we got to see Volcanoes before it started to rain. Josh never hurried us along allowing us to visit all the attractions for as long as we wanted

  • 26-May-2017

    Josh, as a native Hawaiian islander, provided extensive history and insight on all of the areas we explored as well as the Hawaiian culture. We will certainly tour with him on our next visit!

  • 20-Nov-2016

    My partner and I booked a tour with Mauka Makai tour named Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Big Island Highlights Small Group Tour through Viator. The entire experience was excellent! They offered very personalised service from confirmation of booking through hotel drop-off. Joshua our guide was very nice and knowledgeable. Being a native born Hawaiian, he offered very unique insight throughout the entirety of the tour. Josh allowed us to personalise the tour based on our interests i.e., seeing more of the volcanoes. He also offered to stop at anytime along the journey for us to take pictures which we took advantage of. Furthermore, we were staying near Kona and our guide made the trek out from near Hilo to pick us up and drop us off at our hotel. I definitely recommend this tour for anyone visiting the Big Island for the first time or someone who is familiar with the Big Island and is looking to learn new things.

  • 31-Jul-2016

    Josh was a great source of info on history, customs, legends as well as the highlights of the national park sites. He always had a little extra to add whether it was about the local flora or where to get great chocolate.

  • 03-Jul-2016

    This tour was great! Our tour guide, Josh of Mauka Makai Adventures is very knowledgeable and very nice and accommodating. He was flexible enough to adjust the pace and itinerary of our tour based on our interest and energy. It was like we had our very own private tour of the island. Thanks Josh!

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