Tour code: 2360H2
Stroll the black sand beaches in Hilo and feel the cool spray of Rainbow Falls on this full-day trip to the Big Island from Oahu. See an orchid valued at $20,000 USD at Akatsuka Gardens, and visit the UNESCO-listed Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where you'll hike along the rim of a crater and step inside a lava tube. Admire the embers of the active Kilauea Volcano, then learn how macadamias are roasted at the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory. Round-trip airfare and all on-island ground transportation are included.

Highlights

  • Full-day guided trip to see the top sights of the Big Island of Hawaii, from Oahu
  • Explore Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, a UNESCO site, and see Jaggar Museum, Kilauea Volcano, steam vents and more
  • Visit Hilo Bay Beachfront Park, hike to Rainbow Falls and tour Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory
  • See the Japanese-style beauty of Liliuokalani Gardens and exotic blooms at Akatsuka Orchid Gardens
  • Learn about the history and geology of the sights you visit from an informative guide
  • Round-trip coach-class air travel to the Big Island included
  • Upgrade to add pickup and drop-off from Waikiki hotels

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What You Can Expect

Big Island Day Trip: Volcanoes National Park from Oahu

Visit the Thurston Lava Tubes on this all day adventure.

Following pickup in the early morning from your Waikiki hotel (if option selected), head to the Honolulu airport to catch your flight bound for the Big Island. Spend the day learning about the geology and history of the island from your local guide while visiting attractions like Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory, Akatsuka Gardens and Kilauea Volcano. See Itinerary section below for a detailed list of activities.

Itinerary

Start off in Hilo at Liliuokalani Gardens, named after Hawaii's last reigning monarch, Queen Liliuokalani. Follow your guide into the sprawling 30 acres (12 hectares) of a Japanese-style garden, dedicated in 1917 to the Japanese immigrants who worked on the island’s sugar cane fields. Meander through rock gardens and over red bridges, noting the stone lanterns, a tea house and ponds along the way. Your guide takes you to ideal spots where you can admire views of Hilo Bay and Moku Ola (Coconut Island).

Your next stop takes you to Hilo Bay Beachfront Park, stretching nearly 3,000 feet (914 meters) along the coastline. As you walk the beach popular for picnics, surfing and canoeing, learn about the sand’s formation from lava.

Next, drive through the coastal town of Hilo and the tree-lined street of Banyan Drive. As you pass classic old buildings and wooden storefronts, learn about the history of the Big Island’s largest settlement.

Arrive at Wailuku River State Park and follow your guide into a tropical forest. Reach Rainbow Falls, an 80-foot-tall (24-meter) cascade over a lava cave. Hear about local legends and watch for rainbows misting over the waterfall.

Then, drive through the orchards of Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory and disembark for a tour of the factory. Learn how these nuts are harvested and roasted, and discover dozens of ways to prepare and consume them. In the gift shop, pick up scrumptious samples and purchase boxes of the goodies to take home. 


Travel into the mountains and stop at the greenhouse enclave of Akatsuka Orchid Gardens, boasting more than 1,000 exotic orchids and tropical plants. Take a look at an orchid valued at a whopping $20,000, due to its symmetry and singular characteristics.

Finally, enjoy ample time in the island’s star attraction, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After seeing the exhibits of Jaggar Museum, marvel at the Kilauea Iki caldera, a massive collapsed crater.

Click away with your camera to capture volcanic steam vents and hike along the crater rim to watch for recent volcanic activity. Drive along the Chain of Craters Road to view other volcanic formations. The timing of your afternoon visit to the park allows you to witness the red glow of lava at the active Halemaumau crater at dusk.

You’ll also walk through a fern tree jungle and reach Thurston Lava Tube, a 600-foot-long (183-meter) tube formed centuries ago by molten lava. Follow your guide into the spacious, illuminated tube.

After a full day of sightseeing, fly back to Oahu and enjoy drop-off at your Waikiki hotel (if option selected) at night.

Customer Reviews

Teri M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This was a great day. Our drive Jane was great at pointing out all the interesting sights. The only problem was the weather which was out of everyone's control.

William M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

All travel connections went as scheduled and the tour guide was excellent. We learned a lot, saw a lot, and had a lot of fun.

Bruce J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Excellent experience. Learn a lot about the island, it's history, horticulture and volcanos. Our guide John was very knowledgeable and had a lot of great stories. He kept the tour moving along quite smoothly and got us to the airport on time.

BRENDA G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Auntie Sharon was fabulous, humorous and knowledgeable at the same time.

Patricia A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

5/5

Kim B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Captain Rob was fantastic! He was very informative and personable. He was extremely entertaining. Kept everyone's attention.

Carmel P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

A very long day but well worth it. Our driver /guide was Jane, she was very informative,entertaining and a pleasure to spend the day with.We feel we have covered most of the Big Island in one day,especially loved staying to twilight to watch the crater change colour.

Larry E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Our guide Walter was amazing. He has unbelievable knowledge about the Volcano National Park and had the ability to share his information in a very easy to understand and interesting way. The entire day was very enjoyable and I highly recommend this day long trip.

Jean Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Fantastic. Transportation impeccable from our hotel to the big island and back to our hotel.
Great tour including full of happy surprises. The tour guide/driver Sharon was great and very informative.
We highly recommend this tour!

Waltraud M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Simply great - very impressive - super organized - worth the money

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