Hilo Shore Excursion: Active Volcano, Lava Tube, Waterfall And Gardens - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
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  • Duration: 7 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    8:30 AM Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup 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.


A day trip to Hilo is not complete without a visit to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, home to one of the world's most active volcanoes. Witness the current volcanic eruption at the summit of Kilauea volcano, learn of past geologic events and the effects on this ever changing landscape. Feel the heat of steam vents, then traverse an ancient lava tube nestled in the cool mist of the Hawaiian rainforest. Conclude your day indulging your senses around Hilo town including the majestic Rainbow Falls, Liliuokalani Gardens, and tasty locally made chocolates and coffee on this small group tour.


  • Fully narrated tour
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Lunch included
  • All entrance fees included

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Begin your day with a drive through old sugar plantation towns on your way up the mountain slope to Kilauea Volcano.  Explore Hawaii volcanoes national park including a visit to the steam vents and viewing of the active Halema'uma'u crater where molten lava is brewing just under the crater floor.  Take a walk along the crater rim and through the rainforest to Thurston Lava Tube.  View other volcanic formations and older lava flows along the Chain of Craters Road.  

Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch before heading back to Hilo town.

Highlights of Hilo including a stop at a local chocolate factory, a drive through downtown Hilo to Rainbow Falls, and visit a black sand beach to scout for Hawaiian green sea turtles.

Learn about the Hawaiian culture, history and geology of the islands on this small group tour.  Your personal guide will provide narration throughout the tour.  This is a day in Hilo not to be missed!

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 (be prepared for sun, wind and rain).

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

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

Participants must be able to walk a minimum of 1.5 miles on uneven 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.

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.

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).

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

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

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

    Josh was an amazing guide with so much knowledge and humor. We had a fantastic time exploring volcano park thanks to him. He also does a great job managing a group.

  • 08-Nov-2022

    Very interesting trip, lot of beautiful spots and excited storries which were telling by very nice driver Sam (Nov.7th.22)

  • 07-Nov-2022

    Our driver and tour guide Josh was very knowledgeable about his Hawaiian history and a joy to share his stories. He absolutely made us feel welcome as his guests here on Big Island.

  • 31-Oct-2022

    I can't recommend this trip ENOUGH!! Josh was super! He knew exactly where to take us to get the best views, provided us with a telescope and binoculars to see the lava, brought us snacks and water, and was full of great information. The people on our cruise ship were so jealous that we got a FAR better excursion at a fraction of the cost.

  • 31-Oct-2022

    It was very enjoyable trip. The driver (sorry forgot his name) was very knowledgeable of the area and volcanic activities. What made it even better was that driver also provided telescope to watch the active part of volcano. Thanks for lovely trip.

  • 22-Oct-2022

    Josh was very knowledgeable about the sights he took us to, and was prompt, had water and snacks for us and did an awesome tour!

  • 18-Oct-2022

    Communication was perfect. Very well organized, Josh had a great personality and was very knowledgeable. Van was clean and comfortable. Local snacks a bonus and tasty. Tour was moderate but not difficult for our 60-80 year old tour group. 1 person stayed back at the 2 mile walk. 2 headed back a little before the others. Paved road mostly. Happy to get to see all the sights. Candy store at end was a nice treat. Mahalo!

  • 15-Oct-2022

    Nice tour! Plenty of walking in nature. Jill told legends of Hawaiian gods in the bus! Note: The participants were mostly cruise-ship passengers.

  • 12-Oct-2022

    We were on a NCL cruise and were picked up and dropped off at the Harbor which was a plus. From there we drove to Rainbow Falls for a stop and photo opportunity. Then on to historic sugar plantation towns heading to Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. We explored the volcanic area plus stopped to visit the steam vents and Halema'uma'u Crater. Went through the rainforest to Thurston Lava Tube, where the tour guide explains how volcanoes form, erupt and cool. There are more lava flows on the drive along the ‘Chain of Craters’ Road. We ended our tour in Hilo, at Big Island Candies which has wonderful chocolates and you will be able to sample coffee too. Then we were dropped off at the harbor. Perfect day, tour was wonderful, Jill was our guide and she was an absolute terrific guide. So knowledgeable and made our tour fun and exciting. You won't be disappointed in this tour. Sign up, go, have fun.

  • 08-Oct-2022

    Volcano park and lava tube were interesting with tour guide Enjoyable day and recommend this tour through Viator

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