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  • Location:Hilo, Hawaii
  • Duration:6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Hilo Shore Excursion: Volcanoes National Park and Rainbow Falls

On your day in port in Hilo, explore two of the Big Island’s most spectacular sites on a shore excursion. First, discover Hawaii’s scenic Rainbow Falls amid the lush foliage of Wailuku River State Park. Then head to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and ascend from sea level to the 13,667-foot (4,165-meter) summit of Mauna Loa, one of the world’s largest volcanoes. This Hilo shore excursion allows you to enjoy the best of Hawaii’s natural beauty - from active volcanoes to cool waterfalls.


  • Hilo shore excursion to Rainbow Falls and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • Experience the powerful, rushing Rainbow Falls at Wailuku River State Park
  • See two of the world's most active volcanoes - Mauna Loa and Kilauea
  • Delight in the colorful and fragrant orchids and tropical flowers at Akatsuka Orchid Nursery
  • Free port pickup and drop-off
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

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What You Can Expect

Hilo Shore Excursion: Volcanoes National Park and Rainbow Falls

Volcanoes National Park

Start your day in port on the Big Island of Hawaii at Wailuku River State Park, where you’ll see Rainbow Falls. This 80-foot (24-meter) waterfall drops over a natural lava cave. Legend says the lava cave was the mythological home to Hina, an ancient Hawaiian goddess. On sunny mornings, you can see rainbows in the mist over the waterfalls and get a taste of tropical forest wonder.

Your Hilo shore excursion continues to Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory, where you’ll get a special tour of Mauna Loa’s nut and chocolate processing plant and watch the nut-husking and drying process. Learn how a macadamia nut is grown and processed, and be sure to try a few samples of chocolate-covered macadamia nuts!

Continue to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, one of the Big Island’s most popular attractions. The park is home to two of the world’s most active volcanoes – Mauna Loa and Kīlauea.

Walk through the Thurston Lava Tube, where a river of red lava rushed through hundreds of years ago. Get up close to the enormous Halemanumau Crater, which measures 3,000 feet (915 meters) across and 280 feet (85 meters) deep, and watch it come alive with hisses and steams. Stop by Jagger Museum to learn more about Kīlauea, and then step outside on the overlook to get a fantastic view of the crater.

Finish your day at the Akatsuka Orchid Nursery. Step inside a colorful and fragrant paradise of orchids, and learn about the different orchids and tropical flowers native to Hawaii.

This tour can only be booked by cruise passengers

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
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.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our tour guide was informative. Beautiful scenic drive to Volcano. Enjoyed walk on old lava and especially lava tube. Area around lava tube was like a rainforest.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Absolutely recommend this trip, loved it, loved it, loved it. Bus driver was fantastic and the scenery was beautiful. Thank you so much for the memories!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This tour was great! Rainbow Falls was one of the most beautiful places I have ever been-wish we could have stayed just a bit longer. Volcanoes National Falls was superb! We also stopped at the steam pots which was interesting. Our guide Jamie was very informative and pleasant. No hassles at the ship pier. Transportation was waiting for us. Will use Viator again!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Well organised and well paced tour with plenty of information along the way. Amazing sites including Rainbow Falls, active volcano, lava tube and walking on old lava. Very unique experience - highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great trip. We went to so many places and our driver was really good. The only problem we had was not knowing where to pick up our ride or who it was with. Once we got that straightened out all went really good. Would do it again through viator. This was the first time we booked through viator.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Our driver and tour guide went above and beyond to make our trip the best. He was so knowledgeable about the island and its history.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This was a great trip, the driver was awesome with just the right amount of talking.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Driver was informative and friendly. Beautiful scenic ride to the volcano. Falls aren't as impressive as we expected. They are in town not in the mountains.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Great excursion

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