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Maui to Big Island - Black Sand Beach, Rainbow Falls & Volcanoes National Park

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Fly from Maui to the Big Island to visit attractions at Hilo and Volcanoes National Park. An all-day, round-trip tour you won't forget!


Get ready for an all day adventure including a 40-minute nature walk with views of the most active volcano in the world. Be awed by the fury of Hawaii's volcano goddess, Pele and the beauty of her creations which include extensive lava flows and Hawaii's unique black sand beaches. Walk among lush tropical rain forests and waterfalls while learning all about Hawaii's history and culture. You will never forget the incredible experiences that fill this all-day Hawaiian adventure!


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Maui to Big Island - Black Sand Beach, Rainbow Falls & Volcanoes National Park

Duration: 13:30 hour(s)
Available: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu and Sat
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The entire day was very interesting. Our tour guide was very knowledgable and freindly. The places we stopped to eat were very good, plus the singing and dancing show during our lunch was an unexpected treat! If one is interested in volcanos, this tour is a must.

Ed E.

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  • 09:00

    Check-in at Kahului Airport

  • 09:15

    Maui to Big Island Flight [Hawaiian Airlines] (45 mins)

    Hilo Airport arrival at 10:00

  • 10:30

    Visit Hilo Town & Rainbow Falls

    ・Visit the famous Rainbow Falls
    ・Drive through the historic Banyan Dr.
    ・See the beautiful Liliuokalani Gardens
    ・Stop at Richardson's Black Sand Beach

  • Visit the Volcanoes National Park

    Sights Include: Halemaumau Crater Overlook, Kilauea Iki Overlook, Kilauea Caldera & Steam Vents, Jaggar Museum, Visitor's Center, Thurston Lava Tube

  • 19:30

    Check-in at Hilo Airport

    Approximate wait time at airport is 1 - 1.5 hrs

  • 20:30

    Big Island to Oahu Flight [Hawaiian Airlines] (2 hrs)

    Important! This is a connecting flight from Big Island - Oahu - Maui. Oahu flight leaves at 21:45 back to Maui.

  • 22:30

    Return to Kahului Airport

  • (For Check-In) Kahului International Airport (1 Lanui Circle Kahului, HI 96732) Time: 09:00:00

  • (For Check-Out) Kahului International Airport (1 Lanui Circle Kahului, HI 96732) Time: 22:30:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Kahului International Airport (1 Lanui Circle Kahului, HI 96732) Time: 09:00:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Kahului International Airport (1 Lanui Circle Kahului, HI 96732) Time: 22:30:00

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  • Due to health hazards associated with exposure to volcanic fumes, this tour is generally not recommended for persons with asthma.

  • Participants must be in good health and capable of comfortably walking one mile on uneven natural paths with ascending and descending slopes.

  • Tour dates may be fully booked at the price listed due to the limited availability of airline tickets. However, the date may be available for an additional fee. Additional fees vary depending on availability and are subject to change without notice.

  • Should the tour itinerary, route or schedule change due to unforeseen circumstances, services are non-refundable.

  • Wheel Chair Accessibility: Transfer vehicles are not equipped with a lift so some mobility is necessary to climb 3 steps. Collapsible wheelchairs can be stored on the vehicle.

  • Guests may not fly within 24 hours of a two-tank scuba dive due to the high risk of decompression sickness.

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

  • This activity is not wheelchair accessible.

Required Items to Bring & Attire
  • Dress warmly due to air conditioning.

  • Passport required for non-US nationals

  • A valid government-issued photo ID

  • Closed toe shoes

Requirement(s) - Others
  • For all island flights or day trips, the name should appear as it is on picture ID (license or passport). The airlines will deny boarding if the passenger's legal name, as shown on their valid government-issued ID does not match the name on their E-Ticket. If a passenger is denied boarding, there will be no refunds.

  • All passengers 18 years old and above must present government-issued photo ID (Passport for non-US nationals ) for airline check-in.

  • Children 2 years old and above are required to have their own airfare and seat on the tour. Children under 2 may sit on a parent's lap on the flight and the tour with no seat allocated at no charge.

  • Participants are required to sign a liability waiver at the time of check-in.

Additional Note(s)
  • DHHT cannot guarantee the viewing of active lava flow. Often, hiking over rough, uneven lava surfaces is required to view lava. Volcanic fumes (VOG) are hazardous to your health. Persons with breathing and heart difficulties, pregnant women, infants, and young children are especially at risk should not consider this tour to avoid potential health problems from exposure to fumes. All passengers are required to sign a release of liability form.

  • Flight delays of less than three hours will not cause cancellation of the tour. Delays of more than three hours will result in tour cancellation and refund or reschedule when possible. Delays in return flights are not eligible for compensation of any kind.

  • Tours are subject to change without notice and may be affected by variations in departure and arrival times due to weather or mechanical issues.

  • We will not extend financial reimbursement to compensate for flight or traffic delays beyond reasonable control of the activity provider, or disappointment if circumstances make it impossible to provide services as intended. Examples may include, but are not limited to: unexpected closures, rain, or road closures.

  • Temperatures can easily drop to the low 60s depending on the season and layers of warm clothing is therefore recommended.

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

  • Gratuity is not included in the price.

  • Meals are not included in the price.

  • Drinks and meals are available for purchase

Booking Requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
  • You can book a minimum of 1.

Frequently Asked Questions

How far in advance should I book this activity?

We recommend booking inter-island tours at least 3-4 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. Overage fees may apply for last minute reservations.

How long do you generally stop at each location

Stops outside of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park are typically 10-15 minutes. The total time spent inside the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is about five (5) hours.

What is the difficulty level of this activity?

The difficulty of the hike is easy to moderate. Lava fields are rocky and uneven terrain so sturdy shoes are recommended.

Will I see molten lava?

Molten lava sightings are not guaranteed because of the unpredictable nature of volcanic activity.

What airport will I arrive to on the Big Island?

You will fly into the Hilo airport, located on the east-side of the Big Island. This airport is closest to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

What are the highlights of this tour?

Highlights Include: Rainbow Falls and Liliuokalani Gardens, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Jaggar Museum and the Thurston Lava Tube, Kilauea Visitor Center, Black Sand Beach, Halema'uma'u Crater, Chain of Craters Road, Kilauea Iki, Steam Vents, and (time permitting) Big Island Candies and Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory. Lava viewing is not guaranteed

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The entire day was very interesting. Our tour guide was very knowledgable and freindly. The places we stopped to eat were very goo...d, plus the singing and dancing show during our lunch was an unexpected treat! If one is interested in volcanos, this tour is a must. more

Ed E.

Our trip to Hawaii would not have been complete without seing the volcano on the big island. I have loved volcanoes my whole life ...and this was a dream come true for me. Our tour was personalized to make sure we got the most out of what was admittedly a very long day. By the end, we were wet, tired, and hungry (bring plenty of snacks and water) but absolutely elated to have had this experience. We were so lucky to have made it back up to the top to view a bit of lava at sunset from the Jagger Museum and Observatory before having to make a mad dash back to the airport. But, our guide John knew what it would mean to everyone to actually get to see the glowing red caldera at night so he went out of his way to make sure that happened. The area is often rainy and although you may hear it often it is hard to believe how cold it gets up there (especially when you are wet) so layer up and bring a hat or some kind of rain gear. If you want fun and adventure this is the tour for you! more

Lisa M.

One of the things that I wanted to do when my family and I came to Hawaii was see a volcano, and oh my goodness this tour was just... perfect! It was wonderful and everything was so organized. When we went to the airport, we quickly checked in with at the airline counter and once we landed in the Big Island, we were immediately me with our guide (and he was great, but my memory for names is awful and I can't remember his! Eeek!). He showed us so many different sites and kept us entertained with many facts and stories as well. Seeing the crater was definitely the highlight of the trip and everything was very well paced so as not to seem hurried, but also not boring and slow either. If you choose one big day trip during your stay in Hawaii, THIS IS IT! Thank you again! more

Gabrielle S.

I was skeptical about an all day adventure, losing time from Maui, and coming back late at night, but boy was I wrong. The first ...part of the day was lovely and it was great to get a taste of Hilo and a taste of Big Island Candy. Our guide was knowledgable and very personable. It was clear that he loved his home and was eager to share his knowledge. Then we went to Volcano National Park. So cool!!! The tradewinds were in our favor so we were able to hike around, walk through the lava tube and the museum was GREAT. But it turned out our late flight out got us a second trip back to the crater at night. What during the day looked like an interesting moon crater landscape with a hole in the middle and smoke rising from it, really became a volcano at night. The hole glowed orange from the lava and you could see it was moving as it got brighter on one side and then the other. Everything else was pitch black. That was a treat!! I love Hawaii for great beaches, snorkeling, good food, fun activities, with a chance to really relax and, of course, it's beauty. Seeing an active volcano just added a whole other dimension. It was a great day and well worth the trip. My two teenage daughters thought so too. more

LIsa plus 3

My wife and I went on one day Volcano tour during our recent weeklong stay in Maui. Their pricing was competitive and inclusive ai...rline reservation was convenient. Tour itself was well organized and planned. Special shout out for our tour guide John. A tour guide can make or break organized tours. John was a great guy. He was very well informed and never skimped on any details. He was witty, accommodative and kept everyone in a great mood and spirits. We had a great day seeing and learning about the volcano and the islands. more


We had an excellent time on the tour! We were treated as "Specialer" guests by our guide "John" and were surpr...ised with an after dark visit to view the volcano! It was awesome. John even serenaded us at the end with his guitar and a medley of Willie Nelson and Eric Clapton songs! He made the day even more fun because he was so great! Would highly recommend this trip! more

Tim Durham

This tour was incredible! Steve was our driver, and he was great! He gave so much great information about Hawaii, its history, its... formation/landscape, etc. And, he made sure we got to see so many things, from black sand beaches, Rainbow Falls, and the Mauna Loa macadamia nut seeing the active volcano during the day and as it glowed at night. He took photos of us, and he took us to some good/affordable spots for lunch and dinner. Our honeymoon to Hawaii wouldn't have been the same without this tour. It's the perfect way to get a taste of the Big Island without having to pack all of your bags and waste time traveling back and forth between islands. It was a long day, but worth every minute and every cent. Thanks for a great experience!! more

Lynn M

Was definitely not worth the price and a lot of time wasted on travel and eating. The two meal stops were highlight of trip. The b...ig island and its Volcano are definitely worth seeing but wait until you can make a full weeks trip there. more

J & D Keller

Great tour with Steve our driver. Hit all the right spots and he did well to miss the bus tour crowds. Could have done with a lit...tle more "Fire and brimstone" !!!!!! It was however a very long day with three flights in all to and from Maui, via Honolulu on the way back. Glad we did it, having actually flown over Kilauea several years ago. more

Ruth & Ian

Excellent tour with a fantastic guide! Loved learning about the island and volcano. Our guide was amazing, I'll book with t...his company again on our next visit! more

Lisa WS

Our tour guide was very informative and the park was fantastic! The small tour bus was brand new, clean, and very comfortable. H...ighly recommend this tour! more


I t was an awesome trip to the Big Island. I can hardly wait to go back. It was our best vacation we ever had.

Lillie S.

We took the Big Island tour from Maui. It was one full day devoted to checking out the Volcano National Park including a flight Kahului to Hilo airport. Actually standing on the dry, now cool lava, seeing the place where the lava falling in to the ocean has made an interesting arch, checking out a black sand beach, seeing beautiful forests and waterfalls was gorgeous. But what stayed most in my mind was the red glow from the crater of the active volcano Mauna Loa at night: the last stop before we flew back at night. One improvement worth considering: it was a one day tour therefore some of the lunch and dinner break time allotted could be reduced to spend more time on sightseeing. But overall well organized and an unforgettable experience. more


Even with bad weather we had a fantastic experience on this trip. We saw a ton of lava flow and steam vents and just had a great ...time. more


My second time to tour the Big Island. Loved this trip. Steve was amazing. We ate at the college and military base, both great cho...ices. Very good food and reasonable prices. Unfortunately we had a rainy afternoon but we saw everything we were supposed to and he took us back at sunset to see the volcano glow. Just a special trip. He also plays wonderful music on the bus. Loved it! more


We had a great time and our guide TP was the best. He told us all that we wanted to know and jokes as well. We had the perfect w...eather day, bright sunshine and clear blue sky. Everything was good about the day and well organised and once again the guide was GREAT. more

Dennis & Barbara

YV was our guide. He was fantastic from the moment we met him till the end of our tour. I really can't say enough good about... him. He was personable, kind, knowledgeable, and fun to be around. We all felt as if we were the most important people on the tour. He showed us amazing waterfalls, volcanoes, steam vents, lava tubes, new lava flows, beautiful black beaches, and even a little flowing lava! (our flight was too early to get a better look) YV went above and beyond to make sure our trip was memorable and fun. It was easy to tell he truly loves the land and has a heart for people that most simply do not. We cannot wait to make it back!! I would happily recommend this tour to anyone with an interest in volcanoes and who can do some moderate hiking. We wouldn't trade these memories for just about anything! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU YV!!!!!!!!! more

The Gilberts

Steve was a great tour guide for our volcano park tour. He knows his stuff. Places we ate at were great too. It was a long day but... it was filled with very interesting facts and scenery. Seeing the crater glow at night was fantastic! Thanks for a wonderful day. more


I have to give credit to our driver Mel for making this tour awesome! He was so knowledgeable and I thoroughly enjoyed the history... and stories he shared. He was great at keeping everyone on track (there is always someone that is slow to leave an area!) and I feel that it was worth the money. Although you are not guaranteed to see lava, I was fortunate enough to see a little and it was amazing! My camera was not great, so the pics don't do it justice. In the hot lava photos where it is extra bright near the edge, that is the hot lava shooting up. In person it is bright red and much more detailed. It is definitely a must see...and bring a good camera!! It was a day well spent!! more


The best part of the tour was the guide. Jared was great. As a native islander he gave us an insiders perspective that added ext...ra enjoyment to the trip. Timing was perfect and the whole trip was essentially seemless more


Amazing! The experience was worth every penny. Our guide, Steve, was very knowledgable. We learned a lot and saw a lot. The only t...hing I didn't care for was the food selection for lunch and dinner, but I'm picky. more

Jen T

Steve was a great guide. The food at the lunch stop was good, however the dinner stop location and food were not good at all.


The staff were very friendly and helpful. This volcanoes were worth the visit. We took book this trip from Maui. They arranged th...e package from Maui Airport to Hilo and the staff were there to pick us up right away to the tour bus. No stress and well informed! more


we booked this not knowing that we were going to have to fly from maui to honolulu before flying to hilo. Had I known we were to spend several hours in a plane or at the airport, I wouldn't have done it. we left our hotel in maui at 7am and returned at 1130pm. it was way too long of a day - not worth it. more

Mr. Anonymous

Booked this hoping to see lava, even though they say there are no guarantees, the way the tour is conducted there is actually no w...ay for you to see active lava. The first half of the day was a total disappointment, stopped at a terrible overpriced restaurant for an hour. Once we got to the park things improved, not sure why we didn't do the lunch stop at the park there was a cheaper restaurant there with the view of Kilauea. The park is great with lots of trails that we didn't take. For four people we could have spent our money more wisely, by buying our flights directly, then hiring a driver to take us to the park the whole day, so we can hike. If you are looking for a comfortable trip and don't want to walk much this is the tour for you, otherwise, I recommend you do this on your own. more


This tour is aimed towards people that just want to ride in a bus and take pictures. If you want to get out and explore this is no...t for you. We had a good time and we did learn about the park and valcanos but we wanted to do more on the ground and not just ride around in a bus all day. We had 15 to 30min tops at each stop and 45min each for Lunch and dinner. We did get lucky and see the Lava in the lava lake during the day but the fog rolled in for the evening glow. Our next trip to the park will be solo so we can explore more of the park and hike around. more


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