Hawaii Volcanoes National Park And Hilo Highlights Small Group Tour

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Lowest Price Guaranteed
  • 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 :
    329 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Upon disembarking the cruise ship in Hilo, head through the passenger terminal and look for.. read more
    As you disembark the airplane head towards Baggage Claim “D”. Look for the tour operator parking area near the restrooms. Our vans are marked with the logo "Mauka Makai Adventures".
    We provide pick up service at Hilo Hotels along Banyan Drive only. Please meet your tour guide near the front entrance to the lobby, our vans are marked with the logo "Mauka Makai Adventures." We may also contact you prior to the tour to make arrangements for a meeting location.
    If you are driving from Kona, Waikoloa, or another part of the island, please confirm that you will meet us at the Hilo Mo'oheau Bus Terminal (329 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, HI 96720). There is free parking adjacent to the bus terminal. Look for our van parked in the parking lot with the "Mauka Makai Adventures" logo on it.
    Hilo Intl Airport, 2450 Kekuanaoa St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
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  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable 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 Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Learn the history, culture and geology of the Hawaiian islands with your personal guide. Take a walk along the crater rim as you feel the heat of the volcano from steam vents. Explore an ancient lava tube in the midst of the lush Hawaiian rainforest. Enjoy the sights around Hilo including Liliuokalani Gardens and Rainbow Falls with a stop for local chocolates and coffee along the way.


  • 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

Private transportation

Bottled water - Help protect our island environment and bring your own refillable water bottle!

Hotel Pick-up for Select Hotels (all others please plan to meet at the Hilo Mo'oheau Bus Terminal)

Hilo Harbor Port pick-up and drop-off

Hilo Airport pick-up and drop-off

Entry/Admission - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Entry/Admission - Nahuku - Thurston Lava Tube

Entry/Admission - Chain of Craters Road


Lunch - We are sorry there are no options for meal purchases along the way. You are welcome to bring your own snacks for the trail, however we do not allow eating in our vans.


We DO NOT provide transportation from Kona or Waikoloa. Please meet us in Hilo at the bus terminal.

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

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

Covered walking shoes are required and a jacket is highly recommended.

Participants must be able to walk a minimum of 1 mile on uneven rocky terrain.

We do not guarantee you will see molten lava on this tour.

HOTEL pick-up is offered for select HILO HOTELS ONLY. If you are staying outside of Hilo, please plan to meet at the Hilo Mo'oheau Bus Terminal (please confirm at time of booking).

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.

Not wheelchair accessible

Near public transportation

Not recommended for travelers with back problems

Not recommended for pregnant travelers

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

For a one DAY TRIP to the Big Island, please make your travel arrangements to and from the Hilo International Airport. Please provide your flight details at time of booking.

Kilauea volcano is an active volcano, you may be exposed to volcanic gas on this tour.

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

All guests MUST PROVIDE PROOF OF FULL COVID-19 VACCINATION upon check-in for the tour. All guests are REQUIRED TO WEAR A FACE MASK covering the mouth and nose when traveling in the vehicle for the duration of the tour (regardless of State mandates being lifted).

This experience requires good weather. If its canceled due to poor weather, youll be offered a different date or a full refund

This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If its canceled because the minimum isnt met, youll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for travelers

COVID-19 vaccination required for guides

All guests MUST PROVIDE PROOF OF FULL COVID-19 VACCINATION upon check-in for the tour. All guests are REQUIRED TO WEAR A FACE MASK covering the mouth and nose when traveling in the vehicle for the duration of the tour (regardless of State mandates being lifted).

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  • 10-Nov-2022

    Our tour guide had very clever stories about each stop. He personalized the tour and made us feel part of the family. He was able to contour the descriptions to fit our specific tour demographics.

  • 09-Nov-2022

    Amazing trip to Volcanoes National Park. Jill did an excellent job telling us stories and facts about the volcanoes. We saw an active lava flow!

  • 30-Oct-2022

    Great trip to the volcano with Josh. Josh was a great guide and shared with us lots of stories and information about the volcano the Hilo The telescope was a great addition as it allowed us to see the bubbling lava.

  • 21-Oct-2022

    Jill was our driver and outstanding guide. Love being in a small group and supporting a family business. Jill grew up in Hawaii and that really showed. She was so knowledgeable about the island and Volcanoes National Park. She shared so many native stories, which made it really special. I can’t say enough great things about her tour.

  • 15-Oct-2022

    Enjoyed the tour. Josh was a wonderful guide. There was a long hot walk to the volcano rim. Enjoyed the stop at the garden and the waterfall.

  • 12-Oct-2022

    My entire family had a wonderful time on this tour! Absolutely loved our tour guide. She was very knowledgeable and was so fun to share the day with. I would highly recommend this tour!

  • 29-Sep-2022

    Great to be in a small group. Josh has lots if local knowledge. It was very cool to see an an active eruption.

  • 14-Sep-2022

    Our guide lived through the volcano eruptions and shared stories that were so personal and enjoyable. Made the viewing seem so much more important to see and understand. I loved this trip! It was the best.

  • 13-Sep-2022

    We really enjoyed our tour! Josh was very knowledgable and helped us see everything we hoped to! Highly recommend!

  • 04-Sep-2022

    Our favorite part was seeing an active volcano. Jill had binoculars and a telescope for us to use. She is very knowledgeable of the area and the culture. It is a definite must do!

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