Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Big Island Day Trip: Volcanoes National Park from Oahu. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.
It was a really long day, but totally worth the day trip to the Big Island. It made me want more adventure though! A couple of stops were so beautiful or made me want to venture deeper, but were too short of a stay. I guess I will have to make another vacation for the Big Island to hike the volcano and hang out at Black Sand Beach longer.
Also, I don't know if it's just me wanting to know the plan, but I felt out of the loop from the pick-up at the hotel, to the airport heading to the Big Island. We waited for the bus to pick us up at 5 am, so we were out there at 4:50am, but that's when the bus STARTED pick-ups. We were the last to be picked up.. Then after going through security at the airport, I felt lost on where we were heading. I would've felt comfortable having a guide because I was nervous that we'd miss the plane.
Tip: Bring a jacket! It rained on and off the entire day (September).
Tip: Eating at Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory is cheaper than the restaurant they take you before the volcanoes. The restaurant wasn't too bad though, just a little expensive.
In the end, I would recommend this tour because we did A LOT in one day! I would totally look for another tour like this for future vacations.
Very well organised from the time we got picked up from our hotel and dropped off again. Well worth doing this tour . Our tour guide was very informative.
We were tossing up whether to pay the big bucks and do this or not, but wow.. so glad we did.
Definitely a highlight. The tour was wonderful. Our guide Sharon was just awesome, and so patient with us and was so knowledgable about the island and the culture and how the volcanoes worked. Fantastic day.
Excellent! Would recommend it to anyone. Well organized and an excellent driver/guide.
We were not staying at a hotel so drove to the airport ourselves, but one of the guides had already checked us in and made sure we got our boarding passes. On the big island we were met by our guide, James, and the tour bus. It is a very busy day, but you see a lot! The macademia nut factory and orchid center are enjoyable. The guide was very knowledgable about the island as a whole and all the places we visited. We did not go to the Volcano House as it was closed due to the sulfur emissions. There was no lava flow accessible to us since we were informed you can only see it by helicopter so don't have high expectations on that front. Lunch was at the lava cafe, which was pretty good. It was a bit rainy so the tour finished early, since we did not stay in some places too long (by choice), so James took us to a local mall for dinner before our flight, which was considerate. If you want to get an idea of the big island and hit all the highlights this is the tour to pick.
The best adventure of our week-long trip to Hawaii was Volcanoes National Park. Most of our time was spent on Oahu but the one-day tour to the Big Island will always hold special memories for us. Both my husband and I enjoyed it immensely. If you are on the fence and deciding whether to take the trip, you will not regret it. For those that love history and geography, it is truly an amazing adventure. Just fyi, I have asthma and did not experience any problems at all.
This was a great trip! Great, knowledgable guide, fantastic sights and just a little bit of walking. I highly reccomend it!
Dennis, our tour guide was very knowledgeable and had a great sense of humour. Thoroughly enjoyed the tour.
Really enjoyed our day and our driver/guide John was so entertaining and informative.
This trip was amazing. It was well run and organized. We'd recommend it to anyone travelling to Hawaii.
It was a great deal for the price and very organized for the number of hours it involved. the driver was very nice and informative about the flowers, trees and the island.
Outstanding! Every part of the day went smoothly. Our guide for the volcanos tour was amazing! So many interesting things we learned. We thoroughly enjoyed our day! 10-21-11