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Fly to the Big Island of Hawaii for a full-day tour from Oahu. With a local guide, travel by minivan past black sand beaches, rainforest, steam vents and lava flows. Visit the Thurston Lava Tube, the Kilauea Volcano and Hilo's nearby Ranbow Falls. See one of the world's most active volcanoes and learn about what it's like to live on an island with a volcano-fueled ecosystem. Round-trip flights, round-trip hotel transportation on Oahu and all transportation between activities on Hawaii is included.

Highlights

  • Full-day tour of Hawaii’s Big Island, by air from Oahu
  • Visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site and International Biosphere Preserve
  • See the Kilauea volcano, which has been active since 1983 and is home to Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of fire
  • Marvel at the otherworldly sight of vents steaming throughout the immense Halemaumau crater of Kilauea
  • Stroll through a native rainforest to see the Thurston Lava Tube
  • Stop at Rainbow Falls to see the spectacular waterfall and its lush surroundings
  • Includes round-trip flight from Oahu and all ground transportation

What You Can Expect

Hawaii Volcano Eco-Adventure Day Trip from Oahu

The Thurston Lava Tube is a 400-year-old lava tube and is 600 feet long with ceilings between 10 and 30 feet high.

Following early morning pickup at your hotel on Oahu, head for the airport to catch your 45-minute flight to the Big Island of Hawaii. Meet your experienced local guide at the airport and set off to explore in you comfortable minivan.

Get an introduction to Hilo as you cruise down Banyan Drive past Liluokalani Gardens, a botanical garden named after Hawaii's last monarch. Then explore an orchid nursery, a macadamia nut farm and stop at a black sand beach. Stop at Wailuku River State Park to view the 80-foot (24-meter) Rainbow Falls, one of the island's most beautiful.

Pause for a filling lunch at a local restaurant (own expense), then embark on the approximately 60-minute drive to Volcanoes National Park. Once there, enjoy stunning views of the gigantic Kilauea Caldera and the Halemaumau crater. Mauna Loa and Kilauea are two of the world's most active volcanoes, so be sure to look for recent volcanic activity and fresh lava flows. Your guide will talk about the volcanic ecosystem and the plant and animal life it fosters in the area.
Visit Thurston Lava Tube, reached via an easy trek on a rainforest path. Walk right in to the illuminated 600-foot (183-meter) tube, formed by molten lava centuries ago. Visit the Thomas A. Jaggar Museum to view the informative displays and learn more about volcanoes and their geology.
At the end of your day exploring the unique ecosystem and natural features of Hawaii, return to the airport for your flight back to Oahu and transport back to your hotel.

Itinerary

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