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Volcanoes National Park Sightseeing Tour on Motorcoach (from Hilo)

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Mark Twain called it, "a scene of wild beauty." Just as it was for Twain over a century ago, this is truly the experience of a lifetime!

Description

The recent eruptions of Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano in Volcanoes National Park have captured the world's imagination. This narrated Volcano Adventure features a hike over the lava flow that covered the village of Kalapana and famous Kaimu black sand beach in the 1980's.

You will go on a short walk out to the newest accessible black sand beach which takes you over an area that was once the ocean. Look to the east and see the slopes of Volcanoes National Park where, if there is any surface lava flow, you may see steam or lava coming down towards the sea.

You will explore Volcanoes National Park, Jagger Museum, Thurston Lava Tube, Kilauea Iki Crater and Lava Tree State Park. This excursion continues on to majestic Rainbow Falls* where the rushing water interacts with the golden sunshine to create rainbows.

You will visit a colorful anthurium and orchid nursery where you will discover these exotic blooms.

Itinerary / Activity Schedule

  • Tour Hilo along Banyan Drive

  • See glorious waterfalls

  • Explore Volcanoes National Park (admission included)

  • Jagger Museum and no-host lunch at Volcano House

  • Thurston Lava Tube and Kilauea Iki Crater

  • Visit a macadamia nutfactory or Big Island Candies (depending on day and season)

  • Orchid and anthurium nursery

Includes

  • Guide

  • Admission
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Gold Package with Lunch

Tour the Big Island in comfort and style with a tasty lunch and preferred seating at the Volcano House Restaurant.

Lunch Menu:*subject to change

  • Appetizers: Fresh Green Salad with Lilikoi Vinaigrette and Rolls with Sweet Cream Butter.
  • Entree Choices: Grilled Herb Chicken with Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Kale Stir Fry, Coconut Crusted Mahi Mahi, Gluten Free Vegetarian Coconut Veggie Stir Fry with Jasmine Rice, and a Volcano Bacon Cheeseburger with French Fries.
  • Drink Menu: Soda, Juice, Coffee, Tea.

Duration: 10 - 11 hour(s)
Available: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri and Sat
Pick-up: Available
Inclusions: Guide / Lunch / Admission

Schedule

  • 07:45

    Pick-up from Hilo Hotels

  • Drive Through Hilo Town

    Cruise along scenic Banyan Drive as you travel through this quaint historic town.

  • Stop at Rainbow Falls

    Experience the wonder of this 80-foot waterfall as it cascades into a natural pool below—a perfect spot to take beautiful pictures!

  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

    Visit the hands-on Jagger Museum & Observatory, the tremendous Halema'uma'u and Kilauea Iki Craters and the wondrous Thurston Lava Tube.

  • 18:30

    Drop-off at Hilo Hotels

Adult ( Age & over ) From Child ( Age & over ) From Infant ( Age & over ) Free
Standard Package

Tour the Big Island in the comfort of a luxury charter coach, visiting the biggest attractions of the East side of the island.

Duration: 10 - 11 hour(s)
Available: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri and Sat
Pick-up: Available
Inclusions: Guide / Admission

Schedule

  • 07:45

    Pick-up from Hilo Hotels

  • Drive Through Hilo Town

    Cruise along scenic Banyan Drive as you travel through this quaint historic town.

  • Stop at Rainbow Falls

    Experience the wonder of this 80-foot waterfall as it cascades into a natural pool below—a perfect spot to take beautiful pictures!

  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

    Visit the hands-on Jagger Museum & Observatory, the tremendous Halema'uma'u and Kilauea Iki Craters and the wondrous Thurston Lava Tube.

  • 18:30

    Drop-off at Hilo Hotels

This was fun because we were able to go see different things along the tour and learn about the island. Thank you.

Mr. Anonymous

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Schedule

  • 07:45

    Pick-up from Hilo Hotels

  • Drive Through Hilo Town

    Cruise along scenic Banyan Drive as you travel through this quaint historic town.

  • Stop at Rainbow Falls

    Experience the wonder of this 80-foot waterfall as it cascades into a natural pool below—a perfect spot to take beautiful pictures!

  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

    Visit the hands-on Jagger Museum & Observatory, the tremendous Halema'uma'u and Kilauea Iki Craters and the wondrous Thurston Lava Tube.

  • 18:30

    Drop-off at Hilo Hotels

  • (For Pick-Up) Hilo Airport (Hilo International Airport, Hilo, HI 96720, United States) Time: 07:45:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel (71 Banyan Drive, Hilo, HI 96720, United States) Time: 08:15:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Uncle Billy's Hilo Bay Hotel (87 Banyan Drive, Hilo, HI 96720, United States) Time: 08:15:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Naniloa Volcanoes Resort (93 Banyan Drive, Hilo, HI 96720, United States) Time: 08:15:00

  • (For Drop-Off) Hilo Airport (Hilo International Airport, Hilo, HI 96720, United States) Time: 18:30:00

  • (For Drop-Off) Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel (71 Banyan Drive, Hilo, HI 96720, United States) Time: 18:00:00

  • (For Drop-Off) Uncle Billy's Hilo Bay Hotel (87 Banyan Drive, Hilo, HI 96720, United States) Time: 18:00:00

  • (For Drop-Off) Naniloa Volcanoes Resort (93 Banyan Drive, Hilo, HI 96720, United States) Time: 18:00:00

Pick-up Time & Location

  • (For Pick-Up) Hilo Airport (Hilo International Airport, Hilo, HI 96720, United States) Time: 07:45:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel (71 Banyan Drive, Hilo, HI 96720, United States) Time: 08:15:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Uncle Billy's Hilo Bay Hotel (87 Banyan Drive, Hilo, HI 96720, United States) Time: 08:15:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Naniloa Volcanoes Resort (93 Banyan Drive, Hilo, HI 96720, United States) Time: 08:15:00

Drop-off Time & Location

  • (For Drop-Off) Hilo Airport (Hilo International Airport, Hilo, HI 96720, United States) Time: 18:30:00

  • (For Drop-Off) Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel (71 Banyan Drive, Hilo, HI 96720, United States) Time: 18:00:00

  • (For Drop-Off) Uncle Billy's Hilo Bay Hotel (87 Banyan Drive, Hilo, HI 96720, United States) Time: 18:00:00

  • (For Drop-Off) Naniloa Volcanoes Resort (93 Banyan Drive, Hilo, HI 96720, United States) Time: 18:00:00

Price & Options

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Notes

Restriction(s)
All Packages
  • Participants must be in good health and capable of comfortably walking one mile on uneven natural paths with ascending and descending slopes.

  • For Hilo Airport pick-ups, if your flight is delayed, we will not be able to hold the tour until your arrival.

  • Wheelchair Accessibility: All stops other than Thurston Lava Tube are wheelchair accessible. A transfer vehicle equipped with a lift is available with prior notification of at least 4-7 days. Please indicate during booking to secure arrangements.

  • Each child under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian 18 years old or over.

  • Guests with asthma or other respiratory problems are not permitted to participate in this activity.

  • Guests who are pregnant are not permitted to participate in this activity.

  • This activity is wheelchair accessible.

  • Children of all ages can participate in this activity.

Required Items to Bring & Attire
All Packages
  • Closed toe shoes

  • Comfortable clothing

  • Hat

  • Sunglasses

  • Camera

  • Sunscreen

  • Sweatshirt / light jacket

Additional Note(s)
All Packages
  • Dress warmly due to air conditioning.

  • Lava viewing is not guaranteed.

  • Often, hiking over rough, uneven lava surfaces is required to view lava. Volcanic fumes are hazardous to your health. Persons with breathing difficulties or heart complications, pregnant women, infants and young children are especially at risk and should not participate in this tour to avoid potential health problems from exposure to fumes. All passengers are required to sign a release of liability form.

  • The stop at the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory is time-dependent and is not guaranteed.

  • The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.

  • The activity provider does not assume any responsibility for your valuables and/or personal belongings.

  • Gratuity is not included in the price.

Gold Package with Lunch
  • The menu is subject to change without notice.

Standard Package
  • Meals are not included in the price.

Standard Package
  • Drinks and meals are available for purchase

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I see molten lava?

Weather and lava viewing conditions are unpredictable and can change hourly. Surface lava may be present but may not be viewable due to environmental conditions or time constraints. Sighting of active lava flows is not guaranteed.

How long do you generally stop at each location

General photo taking stops are about 10-15 minutes each. You will spend a majority of the tour, approximately 2.5-3 hours, in Hawaii Volcano National Park.

What is the difficulty level of this activity?

This adventure is not strenuous but you will be experiencing a moderate amount of walking.

Does the price include airfare?

No, airfare is not included in the price of this tour.

How far in advance should I book this activity?

We recommend booking at least 1-2 weeks in advance. If you have very specific schedule requirements and are not flexible, please book sooner. Last minute availability is often possible, but limited.

Are there any health restrictions for this tour?

Participants with asthma or other respiratory problems should consider taking the Hawaii Circle Island Tour instead, to avoid potential health problems from exposure to fumes (volcanic gases).

What stops are included on this tour?

Highlights include Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Jaggar Museum, Thurston Lava Tube, Kilauea Iki Crater, Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory Gift Shop (time permitting) and more.

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Reviews

This was fun because we were able to go see different things along the tour and learn about the island. Thank you.

Mr. Anonymous

I went on this tour alone and found it very informative with lots to do even if you have nobody to share it with. The other touri...sts were very friendly and helped me take plenty of pictures and the tour guide was a sponge of information! more

Erin

It was great! We could hear the earth's heart beat here. My five year old wanted to know more about the volcano after the t...rip, he didn't stop asking me questions! more

Mr. Anonymous

Our tour guide Sharon was wonderful!! She was very informative and knew the history and tour sites very well. She was also funny a...nd entertaining even though our group was not very responsive at first. She made us laugh in the end. more

Beverly Quek

The tour is very informative and enjoyable. The guide is very patient and expalined in detail.

Sindhu

We had a wonderful time. Our driver, Hugh, was great. He was very nice, friendly, informative and patient. We saw a lot of beautif...ul things and he watched the time for us. We were with a good group, too. He allowed the proper amount of time at each stop. Tha lunch that was included with our package was great. The view from our table was fantastic and so was the service. Hugh waited patiently with us for one of our passengers to find and retrieve her phone. It was a wonderful day and it exceeded our expectations. We were very happy we chose this tour and would highly recommend it. more

St. Louis family

I enjoy the tour very much. In addition to National Volcano Park, we also visit other interesting places, such as Black Sand Beach... and Rainbow Falls. Our tour guide, Walter, helps us a lot and shares much information and living experience and makes this tour so knowledgeable. But there is one thing to remind. If you don't want to have lunch at Volcano House, you should buy your lunch earlier. more

Chun-chieh Wang

Our tour guide Denis, (spelling?) was fabulous - I wanted to take him home with us. He is very knowledgeable and entertaining. Thi...s tour was more than we expected and would do it over and over again! Especially because of our guide! He is so patient and kind....the BEST! more

Vicki2West

Tourguide was very kind for me.and interesting guide.
volcano house lunch is awesome located.meal was nice.I had special ti...
me .thank you more

ATSUKO

Polynesian Adventure Tours has very knowledgeable staff members. They share information freely during the tour, which is a great ...asset in learning more about Hawai'ian history and the volcanoes specifically.

The only problem my wife and I had was how much talking went on. While the information was welcome at times, it seemed the talking never stopped. For some this may be perfect, but it was a little overwhelming/annoying for us.

Overall, the tour went well and the sites were spectacular.
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Brad Handy

Great way to see the highlights of Hilo and the volcano. Good price for it too.

Mr. Anonymous

The tour was OK. There was a lot of bus riding just picking folks up and dropping them off. I think were the only folks staying in... Hilo. There were a couple of stops at commercial sites that could be left off the tour. The guide was good and knew a lot about the area. This tour could be streamlined and only take half a day. more

Gene From Texas

Overall the tour was enjoyable, but it could have been better. The driver forgot to pick me up at my hotel and I had to call to re...mind them. The driver/guide gave a great deal of information about everthing, so much so that the constant talk became a blur after a while. The sights we saw were great for a first timer to the island, but if I were to come back, I would stay on the west coast and drive over to see the volcano. more

Mr. Anonymous

Relaxing, simple but enough to know about the island and the driver was very courteous, informative.

Cindy m

I flew from Honolulu to Hilo early for trip which was scheduled for 8:30 AM. We were delayed starting by about one hour for other ...guests who took a later flight. My main reason for this tour was to see the volcano. Because of air quality, the observation area was closed. Because of cloud cover, we could not see the top of the volcano. We were able to visit the National Park Visitors Center which was worthwhile.

The tour guide was just fair. We visited several commercial sites.
He tried to make up for the closing of the observation area by stopping at other volcanoes in the park & a lava tube.
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Mary Liz

The trip took too long time for nothing, visiting some stores which mean wasting time & money! also you can't see that mu...ch Lava in the morning!!! only the smoke! The guide was too knowledge but talking a lot which cause me headache! Since the tour started till finished he was talking no relaxing! after we finish the park he took us to the mall for 45 min!! It's totally wasting time, I prefer to go by car alone and see a lot of sight rather than this tour!! more

Dona

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