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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.


  • 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.


Customer Reviews

Kathryn Ann F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Amazing Day! Well worth it if you can spare the extra time 15 hr day and expense. Our tour guide, Jane, did an outstanding job showing us everything she could with the time we had together. We visited parks, black sand beaches saw giant sea turtles!, macadamia nut factory, orchid farm, several craters, several lava fields, waterfalls, steam vents, and visited the active volcano day and returned at dusk. WOW! We were lucky enough to witness bubbling lava! Simply amazing!

I cannot say enough good things about Jane. She even took a photo or two of us together, something hard to get sometimes while on vacation. She was extremely accommodating and pleasant. Jane never rushed us but kept us on schedule at the same time....there is no way we could have experienced, learned and witnessed what we did on our own!

Jane alerted us when we approached the last rest stop for a while, she also alerted us to snack/souvenir opportunities, and gave us information/history about the island.

My only minor complaint is I feel the lunch should be included in the price. Lunch was served at the Volcano House and while tasty with ample serving size, a bit pricey at 17 for a burger.

DO NOT miss the opportunity!!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Fantastic trip, and awesome views. We could've probably dealt with a few less scrambles over previous lava flows, but to end the day looking at the active crater was amazing.

Steven G S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

All the other reviews I read before booking this trip said it was excellent. Those people didn't lie, and it was even better than I imagined it would be. Thank you!

GinnyB United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The sights we saw on the Big Island were astounding and our tour guide did a great job of explaining the sights while blending in interesting stories of the Hawaiian gods and myths. We had great weather and were able to see the lava bubbling out and shooting high into the air. There were people from a variety of countries on our tour and we enjoyed talking to them and sharing our experience with them.

Joanne T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

A once in a lifetime opportunity and so glad we took the tour. Saw beautiful scenery and waterfalls and very interesting volcano sights.

Sarah B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Wonderful trip. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a day trip.

Steve R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

My wife and I enjoyed the tour very much, we wish we would have had more time to visit the Big Island. The tour guide was FANTASTIC! We loved it.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016


Wendy Dee L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to the Big Island. Loved all of the stops. The best part of the tour was our guide, Jane. She was awesome! We loved her commentary. I learned so much about The Big Island. It was like a classroom on wheels. The highlight was her stories about Pele. She was kind, thoughtful, funny and informative.

Mark S United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This excursion to the Big Island to see the volcanoes and area around Hilo was very enjoyable despite the weather from a passing tropical depression and the resulting closed roads limiting what we could see. It is a very long day and we traveled with an infant who was probably better than most teenagers. The departure time is about 5:00 AM from the Waikiki area and return is about 9:30 PM. It is a shame Viator does not include these sorts of times in their advertising. Of course, if booking directly with Polynesian Adventure Tours would have made questions easier to answer before booking.

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