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When you’re in port in Hilo, see two of the Big Island’s top natural attractions with a shore excursion to Rainbow Falls and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. From the lush landscape of Wailuku River State Park to the 13,667-foot (4,165-meter) summit of Mauna Loa volcano, this tour provides the opportunity to experience the geological wonders and diverse natural beauty of the Hawaiian Islands.


  • Big Island shore excursion from Hilo
  • See Rainbow Falls at Wailuku River State Park
  • Marvel at two of the world's most active volcanoes, Mauna Loa and Kilauea
  • Explore colorful orchids and other tropical flowers at Akatsuka Orchid Nursery
  • Port pickup and drop-off included
  • 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

Richard T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

A must see when in Hilo. Great experience. Well worth the cost,. Excellent narration along the way to and from both sites.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

It was awesome! Our tour guide was great and made it pleasurable! He was extremely knowledgable which made the trip great. Thank you!

David S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Lots of picture taking opportunities and driver Tito added lots to the experience.

Melvin H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

A very enjoyable day

Wayne United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

A real enjoyable tour with a lot of sight coverage for one day. Did not summit Mauna Loa. Our driver, Cousin Jeff, was informative, friendly, knowledgeable and professional. Always kept the tour fun and interesting for the entire day. Recommend bug spray. Trek through a part of the forest to the Lava tunnel can get a bit buggy, but still a great tour for the day. Lucky for us, Cousin Jeff hit up the Rainbow Falls last so there wasn't a lot of other tourists blocking our shots. Definitely recommend for Hawaii first timers like me and my wife.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Miles was a great guide!

Thomas K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

A fabulous tour and an even more impressive tour guide. Jeffrey Lagramis I'm sure that last name is misspelled. He was knowledgable, friendly, very funny and made the tour great!

Adrienne H

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!

Bonnie W

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!

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