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Hilo Shore Excursion: Volcanoes National Park, Rainbow Falls and Highlights

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    What to Expect
    Spend the day enjoying an adventure in paradise during this 6-hour shore excursion exploring the giant volcanoes, beautiful waterfalls, rare plants and tasty treats of the Big Island. If you’re looking for a great way to sample all the amazing scenery Hawaii has to offer, this is a great way to do it.

    Start your trip from the Hilo Port in the morning, heading to Hilo for a glimpse of this historic town before moving on to Rainbow Falls, a picturesque waterfall that looks straight out of a movie. After Rainbow Falls, your adventure really kicks into high gear as you journey into Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and up to the summit of its massive Kilauea Volcano.

    Continue your day by stopping to view some of the Big Island’s most beautiful rare orchids at the Akatsuka Orchid Garden, where more than 500 of this gorgeous plants (some worth more than $20,000!) are on display. If you’re feeling hungry, have no fear because your next stop is at one of the state’s largest producers of macadamia nuts. Learn about the harvesting of these uniquely Hawaiian nuts, and then sample some tasty snacks or food such as sandwiches, hot dogs or coconut macadamia nut ice cream.

    Cap off your epic Hawaiian adventure by stopping at Richardson Black Sand Beach. This unique dark-colored seashore is produced by the slow erosion of the local volcanic rock. Keep your eyes peeled on the beach for the resident sea turtles that like to hang out on shore. You’ll be returned back to the Hilo Port in the afternoon.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    1: Port of Hilo, 80 Kuhio St, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
    2: Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, 71 Banyan Dr, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Port pickup and drop-off
    • National Park fees
    • Bottled water
    • Snacks
    • Professional guide
    • Entry/Admission - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
    • What to bring/wear: Walking shoes, light sweater, camera, hat, sunglasses
    • Souvenirs
    • Gratuities
    • Stop is made to purchase food
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Exact departure time may vary depending on the cruise ship's disembarkation time
    • Rainbow Falls
    • Black Sand Beach
    • Liliuokalani Japanese Garden
    • Macadamia Nut Farm
    • Down Town Hilo,King Kamehameha Statue
    • Orchid Flower Nursery
    • Volcanoes National Park
    • Steam Vents
    • Sulfur Banks
    • Kilauea Visitor Center & Exhibits
    • Kilauea Iki Crater look out
    • NOTE: The Thurston lava tube and Jaggar museum are currently closed we have added the Liliuokalani Japanese Garden and King Kamehameha Statue
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    • CRUISE PASSENGERS : Arriving to Hilo Port including the following: Norwegian Cruise Line Pride of America, Norwegian Jewel, Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Sea, Carnival Spirit , Carnival Splendor, Carnival Legend, Carnival Miracle, Grand Princess, Emerald Princess, Star Princess, Golden Princess, Celebrity Solstice, Eurodam, MS Regatta, Crystal Serenity, Eurodam, Insignia, Oosterdam and all other ship docking in Hilo.
    • HOTEL : You can meet us at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel to join this tour.
    • Free Infant rates apply provided they do not occupy a seat - Considered to be a lap child
    • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide ship name
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Easy tour - Involves walking over relatively level terrain, possible gravel or uneven ground in some areas. Comfortable walking shoes & light jacket recommended
    • We will ensure your timely return back to the ship in Hilo Pier for this activity. If your ship is delayed and you are unable attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details
    • DEPARTURE TIMES: Regular departure time is 10:00 am, however because we are a shore excursion company we schedule our departure times around a ships arrival and departure.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    Great time visiting several beautiful sights on the excursion. Was about 6 hours long and went fast. Our tour guide was named Dre; get on his bus / coach if you can. He was very knowledgeable, accommodating and always in a good mood. We went...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank ccwinner
    Oletocbig, Owner at C Big Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

    Thank you for the wonderful review! So glad you enjoyed all the highlights around Hilo and the Volcanoes National Park. Dre is such a wonderful guide and we are happy to have him part of the team!

    Reviewed 1 week ago

    One of the best tours. Our Tour guide Dre made the tour fun and very interesting, It was very economical and lots to see. Thank you for making my 1st trip to Hawaii a memorable one.

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank HawaiiDeitra
    Oletocbig, Owner at C Big Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    First trip to Hawaii ! Wow, so glad Dre could make it special to you and share the beautiful Big Island of Hawaii. Many thanks for you review..really means a lot to us and the guides. :)

    Reviewed 1 week ago

    The tour was everything we thought it would be and then more. Our tour guide, Dre, was extremely knowledgeable, loves the islands, and even changed up the schedule a little in order to keep us in good weather. You travel in a small group and...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank Chuck C
    Oletocbig, Owner at C Big Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    Yep, welcome to Hilo...the rainforest :) We really try to put as many highlights as possible for customers to see since they only have so many our with us then the ship leaves. Thank you for the review on your guide Dre

    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    Chris was our host and guide for this excellent tour. Knowledgable guide and a natural for the job, he kept us informed and entertained for the entire tour. Learned he will be our guide in Kona for a tour tomorrow. Looking forward to it.

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank 636iane
    Oletocbig, Owner at C Big Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    We are so happy to have Chris part of our team. So glad you enjoyed your tour with him to hawaii volcanoes national park!

    Reviewed 1 week ago

    We went on this tour during our Hawaiian honeymoon and it was the best kick off to our trip. Dre was the bomb as our tour guide and kept us laughing even during dull moments of the drive. I would highly recommend this tour. We...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank Bkg5332
    Oletocbig, Owner at C Big Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    You two are awesome customers! Thank you for the reviews on Dre and the hawaii volcano park.

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    Response from Kim G | Reviewed this property |
    Yes, I was on the Pride of America cruise and the timetable was catered for on this tour. Book yourself before you go - booking on the cruise ship will cost you MORE 🤑
    17 July 2019|
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    Response from BobcatJax | Reviewed this property |
    Our tour bus did not stop to pickup any other passengers.
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