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Hilo Shore Excursion: Active Volcano, Lava Tube, Waterfall and Gardens

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Hilo Shore Excursion: Active Volcano, Lava Tube, Waterfall and Gardens

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icon5 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Experience some of the Big Island’s top attractions during this day trip to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the sights around Hilo. Learn all about volcanoes as you marvel at Halema'uma'u crater and explore the massive Kilauea Volcano. Immerse your sense in the beauty of Hilo including a visit to Rainbow Falls and stops to indulge in local chocolates and orchids.
  • Explore Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the sights around Hilo
  • Get an up-close look at Hawaii's volcanic activity during stops at Halema'uma'u Crater and Thurston Lava Tube
  • See historic lava flows along the 'Chain of Craters’ Road
  • Visit a local chocolate factory and tour Rainbow Falls during stops in and around Hilo
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Professional guide
Private transportation
Bottled water
Hilo Harbor Port pick-up and drop-off
Hilo Airport pick-up and drop-off
Hilo area Hotel pick-up and drop-off (we will contact you if we need to arrange a meeting location)
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.
Lunch
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
CRUISE SHIP PICKUP INSTRUCTIONS:
Upon disembarking the cruise ship in Hilo, head through the passenger terminal and look for your guide standing to the left near the pre-arranged tour operators with a sign that reads "Mauka Makai Adventures". Please check in with your guide 10-15 minutes prior to tour start time.

HILO AIRPORT PICKUP INSTRUCTIONS:
As you disembark the airplane head towards the baggage claim. Look for the tour operator parking area to the right of the escalator. Our vans are marked with the logo "Mauka Makai Adventures" your guide will be waiting with the vehicle.

HOTEL PICKUP INSTRUCTIONS:
Please meet your tour guide near the front entrance to the lobby, our vans are marked with the logo "Mauka Makai Adventures."

ALL OTHERS:
If you are driving from Kona or another part of the island, please 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.

Airports

  • Hilo Intl Airport, 2450 Kekuanaoa St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720


Ports

  • Hilo Harbor


Departure Time

8:30 AM
Receive a morning pickup from your Hilo hotel, Hilo Airport, or Hilo Port. You’ll continue on a drive through some of the Big Island’s historic sugar plantation towns as you make your way to Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Explore this unique volcanic area with your group, stopping to visit attractions like the steam vents and Halema'uma'u Crater. You may even witness a volcanic eruption! Trek through the nearby rainforest to visit Thurston Lava Tube, where you can learn more about how volcanoes form, erupt and cool. You will see additional lava flows as you continue on a drive along the ‘Chain of Craters’ Road.

After stopping to enjoy the beauty of locally grown orchids, continue to Hilo, where you'll sample island treats at a chocolate factory and visit Rainbow Falls. Finish the day with a drop-off back at your original pickup location.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Explore Hawaii Volcanoes National Park including a visit to Kilauea caldera where you will witness the dramatic changes from our recent eruption, experience the steam vents and other volcanic formations from past lava flows.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Nahuku - Thurston Lava Tube
Enjoy a walk through the Hawaiian rainforest to Nahuku (Thurston Lava Tube). Explore the 500 year old underground tube where hot molten lava once rushed through.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Chain of Craters Road
Explore frozen fields of lava from past volcanic eruptions and peer down into once active volcanic craters. Learn about the history, culture and geology of Kilauea volcano.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Akatsuka Orchid Gardens
Immerse your senses in the beauty of Akatsuka Orchid Gardens, browse the elaborate display of award winning orchids with friendly staff eager to share their knowledge of caring for these delicate flowers.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Rainbow Falls
View the majestic 80 foot waterfall of Waianuenue or Rainbow Falls. Enjoy the tropical landscape as you learn the legends of Hawaii.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Big Island Candies
Get your pep in your step with tasty hand-made chocolates, locally grown macadamia nuts and island fresh coffee!
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Liliuokalani Gardens
Immerse yourself in tranquility with a short stroll around Liliuokalani Gardens as you enjoy the fishponds, pagodas and picture perfect landscaping along Hilo bay.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Kilauea volcano is an active volcano, you may be exposed to volcanic gas on this tour.
  • 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
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Mauka Makai Adventures
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Hilo Shore Excursion: Active Volcano, Lava Tube, Waterfall and Gardens?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Hilo Shore Excursion: Active Volcano, Lava Tube, Waterfall and Gardens.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Hilo Shore Excursion: Active Volcano, Lava Tube, Waterfall and Gardens?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Hilo Shore Excursion: Active Volcano, Lava Tube, Waterfall and Gardens.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Hilo Shore Excursion: Active Volcano, Lava Tube, Waterfall and Gardens?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Hilo Shore Excursion: Active Volcano, Lava Tube, Waterfall and Gardens.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Hilo Shore Excursion: Active Volcano, Lava Tube, Waterfall and Gardens?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Hilo Shore Excursion: Active Volcano, Lava Tube, Waterfall and Gardens.

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star-5
Great Tour
Kamal_R
, Nov 2019
Jill was our tour guide and did an excellent job. We had a fun, educational, interesting tour. Hilo is beautiful. Would definitely do this again.
star-5
Great tour
Jona_H
, Oct 2019
Josh was so funny and knowledgable about all the sites we visited. My favorite was the lava fields, but the whole tour was great.
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Mauka Makai Adventures Tour
Reginald_L
, Aug 2019
Thanks to Josh with Mauka Makai Adventures for a fantastic tour. Josh is a born and raised local of Hilo, and his knowledge and great stories made this tour special. He makes you feel like family! Check him out on maukamakaiadventures.com Mahalo lui noa to Josh and Jill!
star-5
Mauka Makai Adventures Tour
reglang2019
, Aug 2019
We absolutely loved our Volcano, and Black Sand Beach tour. Josh with Mauka Makai Adventures made is really special. Josh was born and raised in Hilo, and his knowledge and great stories made this trip one to remember. Check them out on maukamakaiadventures.com Thanks again Josh & Jill! Mahalo! You guys rock!
star-5
Best Excursion Of Our Whole Trip!
Janis_K
, May 2019
This was hands down, our best day on our week long cruise. Josh is so great, personable and knowledgeable. He wasn't in a hurry at any stop. He gave everyone as much time as they wanted to explore each area while filling us in on important information about each spot. Lunch was great, much better than I expected. Not just a plain turkey sandwich but a nice deli made one. If you are thinking about this excursion, I would encourage you to just do it. You won't be disappointed!
star-5
Great Tour, absolutely recommended. Tour guide was awesome.
Larry_B
, Mar 2019
Our group was large and we had our own bus and guide (12 of us). We did get up to the crater (National Park) park which had many trails closed due to past volcanic activity but I still recommend the trip to see the trails that were open. Our guide was very informative and walked with us several miles to see key features of the crater (steam and sulfur vents, crater etc). Thereafter we actually agreed to modify our trip because we had all by that time seen black sand already. Tour guide accommodated and added a visit to some of the more recent but inactive lava flows and fissures, specifically flows from fissure #8. Unbelievable to see it in person and will change your perspective forever. Highly recommended!!
star-5
Great excursion!
NeeNee21
, Oct 2018
This covered a lot in Hilo. We went to the Volcano National Park which was breathtaking. Then on to the Lava tubes which was unbelievable. Josh our guide made sure we had head lamps on as it is pitch black inside of these tubes. He made sure everyone was comfortable based on their physical limitations. We stopped at the Big Island Chocolate store which was delicious. Then onto the Black Sand beach which the size of the beach was a little disappointing but we did get to see 4 sea turtles on the rocks.
star-5
We had a great experience on this...
Larry W
, Mar 2018
We had a great experience on this tour! Jill did a great job explaining in detail all of the points of interest. She is a Hilo native and so is very knowledgeable about the island. She planned out our stops so that we didn't stop at the sites at the same time with the big tour buses. There were only 9 people in our group which was the perfect size, especially when going through the lava tube. She provided delicious sandwiches for our lunch that we ate at an orchid greenhouse. She kept us moving at a comfortable pace so that we could see everything on the itinerary. And she got us back to our ship in plenty of time before the ship left.
star-5
Great trip. Jill was an excellent...
Larry M
, Jan 2018
Great trip. Jill was an excellent tour guide and gave us everything. Even found huge sea turtles on rocks at the black sand beach.
star-5
Great tour with a great guide, Josh was...
Damian L
, Dec 2017
Great tour with a great guide, Josh was great, friendly and knowledgeable.

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