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  • Location:Waikiki, Oahu
  • Duration:15 hours (approx.)
Discover the sights of the Big Island on this guided day trip from Oahu. Inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, a UNESCO-listed site, hike along a crater rim, step inside a lava tube and witness the glowing red embers of Kilauea Volcano. Walk on Hilo’s black sand beach, see the misty Rainbow Falls, stroll through Akatsuka Gardens and snap a pic of a $20,0000 orchid. This Oahu Volcano tour includes a visit to Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory, where you’ll learn first-hand how the nuts are roasted to golden perfection.

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

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This day trip from Oahu lets you get up close and personal with the Big Island's active Kilauea Volcano and includes fun extras like a visit to a macadamia nut factory and orchid nursery. It's a long, active day, so be prepared!

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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.

After early morning hotel pickup in Waikiki (if option selected), you’ll fly from Oahu to the Big Island of Hawaii for a full day packed with beautiful sights. Throughout the tour, learn about the history and geology of the Big Island from your guide's informative commentary, before returning to Oahu. See Itinerary below for details.

Itinerary

Start off in Hilo at Liliuokalani Gardens, named after Hawaii's last reigning monarch, Queen Liliuokalani. Follow your knowledgeable 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 teahouse 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).

Ever wanted to visit a black sand beach? 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 day of wondrous sights, fly back to Oahu and enjoy drop-off at your Waikiki hotel (if option selected) at night.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Very fun and full day of learning about how the Hawaiian Islands were formed. Our guide Walter was wonderful.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent tour for those interested in volcanoes, it was a long day, make sure you take some food with you. The tour guide/driver was great Sharon, very informative and happy to answer questions. Great tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Awesome tour, we would love to have a closer view of the crater but we understand that is a matter of safety. Our Guide John was amazingly kind and knowledgeable. It was a long day but a pleasant experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Another great trip through Viator! Our trip was seamless. We drove to the airport and were met by a tour guide who helped us get our boarding pass. We took a 40 min flight to the Big Island where we were met by our Driver/Guide Walter, who was one of the best guides we've ever had. He grew up on Hawai'i so he gave us a local's perspective and knowledge. He kept us on task in a non-rushed way. We saw so much more than was on our itinerary. We walked on old lava flows and a black sand beach. We saw water falls, an orchid farm, and the Mauna Loa Macademia nut farm. There were plenty of gift shops, bathroom stops, and picture taking stops. We stopped at a restauant for optional lunch purchase, which was not made clear in the itinerary. We brought sandwiches but had them for dinner instead as food at the airport on the return trip was limited. Volcanoes National park is awesome! Overall, a fabulous trip through Viator, the local tour company and our Guide Walter, and one we highly recommend!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. The volcano was amazing! Highly recommend this tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Long day but fantastic! Our guide Walter was so knowledgeable and informative

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The tour was more than amazing I am so happy that I use Viator.com to help me put it together I highly recommended

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Can't rate this tour highly enough. Amazing to see something we may never see again.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great tour- will do it again.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed our adventure day. Our guide was very pleasant, humorous, and knowledgeable. Wish we had more time at the Jagger museum. Other than that the day was perfect. Good selection for the lunch meal. The food was delicious. We are 70 years old but did not find the day to be too strenuous even though we went to many sites. Would definitely go on another tour.

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