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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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, Sep 2018

This excursion was not how it was presented. I understand that they tour company had to come up with another sight since the Volcanoes National Park was closed, but the majority of this excursion was spent in a full sized charter bus driving. We maybe spent only 20 minutes at each stop. The first stop was the Mauna Loa factory to get lunch/snacks, it was 9:30 in the morning. We then went to the Black Sand Beach, then to the Orchid Farms, then to the Rainbow Falls. I was unable to see any rainbows the main reason I wanted to go on this excursion since it had started raining. We then went to a statue and the final stop was a candy/cookie store, so the bus driver could get a cup of coffee. The passengers were standing outside waiting for the driver to finish his coffee. This driver also refused to engage with any of the passengers. He apparently had the history of Hilo memorized and would not deviate from his script. He also talked down to the passengers. I would not recommend this excursion to anyone. I was very disappointed and felt like I wasted my time.

, Apr 2018

Great scenery and driver

, Apr 2018

James did a fantastic job narrating our excursion and truly made a difference! The excursion itself consisted of a number of stops. Rainbow Falls, macadamia nut factory, Volcanoes National Park the crater, heat vents, lava field, and lava tube, orchid farm and candy factory. Each stop provided it's own unique experience and gave us a chance to see the area while James narrated along the way. Each stop provided the right amount to time to see/experience the location without being rushed which made the day go really fast. We would have missed the interesting information James shared if we would have tried to see these sights by ourselves.

, Mar 2018

going through the lava cave was fun. wish we had more time at each stop

, Mar 2018

nice tour, a few extra stops like a local cookie/candy store which was expensive. The waterfall is beautiful and the volcano is amazing. Very informative and a good price for this tour.

, Feb 2018

Started a little slow with first two stops in Hilo, but driver had lots of good information and the variety of stops was very good.

, Jan 2018

Went on this tour because my bucket list includes seeing all the National Parks. Really didn't get a long time in the park, we passed some things I would have liked to see, but the bus driver made a special stop for me because I told him I wanted a photo of the official National Park sign. The Lava tube was interesting but beware of the mud, be careful of what shoes you wear. Rainbow falls was also pretty and we seemed to have ample time for photos there. There was also a short stop at Akatsuka orchid gardens which was interesting.

, Dec 2017

The trip overview does not tell the whole story. While we were aware that no food was provided by the tour, what we did not realize was that we needed to bring food/lunch with us. There were no stops for food from the start of the tour until 2:30 p.m. This meant that we did not have anything substantial to eat since breakfast at 8:30 a.m. The result was my wife becoming ill with a migraine!! As well, the tour was done in reverse of what is listed on the website and also started with a lengthy stop at a candy factory that was not listed in the itinerary. Our tour guide, Hank, while knowledgable of the Big Island, talked non-stop the whole time we were on the bus. Unfortunately about 70 of this related to his personal life and was unrelated to the tour itinerary. We would have enjoyed some time just to look at the scenery and reflect on the beauty of the Island and to have access to food other than candy. People need to be aware that there is no opportunity for food on this tour, until near the end, unless they bring their own. This is most definitely a health issue, particularly for people who need to eat at regular times. This ruined our day, of what should have been an enjoyable and informative outing.

, Nov 2017

Great excursion! Driver was very knowledgeable and entertaining!

, Nov 2017

This was a good way to cover several sights in one day. Our guide Sun was informative and attentive to the group's needs and he has a great sense of humor. I had thought that we'd be in a small group on a van, but the tour was by full size motor coach, so the experience was not as useful as it might have been. We did see all the places that were promised and we had a very nice time.

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