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This tour begins when you’re picked up from your Hilo area hotel, and meet your knowledgeable local guide for a day of exploring the volcanoes. Riding around in an air-conditioned vehicle, you’ll begin the day in town of Hilo by visiting a number of highlights, including the Liliuokalani Gardens that honor Hawaii’s former Queen. You’ll also have the chance to look for sea turtles on the outskirts of Hilo Bay, and see a beautiful black-sand beach that’s formed by eroded black lava. 

Outside of Hilo, make a stop at Wailuku River State Park and marvel at Rainbow Falls, where occasionally it’s possible to spot a rainbow when the light hits the curtain of mist. Later, upon entering Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, your guide will make sure you have ample time to experience the most popular sights, including the rim of Kilauea and Haleama’uma’u Crater. If you begin the tour in the afternoon, there’s the chance you could experience the orange glow of the crater’s sunken lava lake, which casts an eerie glow on the sky when the sun goes down each night. 

Throughout the park, you’ll notice steam vents rising from the rock and land that’s just recently been formed, and when driving the famous Chain of Craters Road, the barren black landscape in every direction is a reminder this Earth is still raw. In the section of park that’s covered by rainforest, hike inside the Thurston Lava Tube that was formed by a river of magma, which has left behind a massive cavern, now illuminated with a long string of lights. 

At every stop throughout the tour, your guide is there to answer questions and elaborate on the history and geology, and since the tour itinerary is completely flexible, you’re free to spend enjoy a little more time at the places that interest you the most.

Finally, having scoured this UNESCO listed National Park and witnessed Earth being formed, this Big Island volcano tour finishes back at your Hilo area hotel.
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Mt. Kilauea
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Nahuku - Thurston Lava Tube
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is unlike anywhere else on the planet, where one of the world’s most active volcanoes sends lava dripping towards the sea, and a towering mountain lies dormant and ready to pop. On this private tour of the National Park, hear the legends of Madame Pele, the mythical Hawaiian fire goddess, and tour from Hilo to the eastern coastline and the rim of Kilauea volcano. Because it’s a completely private tour, your guide can customize the pace and number of sights. When you book, note your lunch requirements in the checkout field.
  • Small group full-day tour of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Hilo
  • See active volcanoes, steaming lava fields, Thurston lava tube and lush rainforest in the UNESCO World Heritage site
  • View the Halemaumau crater, said by native Hawaiians to be the home of Pele, goddess of fire
  • Get great views of Hilo Bay from Liliuokalani Gardens
  • Taste fresh coffee and Big Island style treats at a local chocolate factory
  • Take an easy walk to Rainbow Falls and look for sea turtles at a black-sand beach on the Keaukaha coast
  • Includes private vehicle and guide, bottled water, snacks, and hotel pickup and drop-off
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Reviewed 20 April 2018
Great historical adventure among the volcanic landscape.

Jill was a most personable and knowledgeable guide on our tour providing information about the big island that only an experienced local can provide. You could tell that she not only loves her home in Hawaii, but enjoys sharing it with her clients. Lunch was...More

Thank Joel D
Reviewed 26 March 2018
Hilo Tour

Josh was an excellent guide....very knowledgable of the Big Island. Clean vehicle. Wonderful picnic lunch provided. Appreciated the small group. Would highly recommend this company to friends and family!

Thank Linda S
Reviewed 26 March 2018
Awesome experience 推薦

Josh is an excellent tour guide. He knew that we are not English speakers. So he patiently guided with many different words and sentences to let us understand. We had a great day in Hilo. If you plan to go Hilo, we recommend Josh to...More

Reviewed 24 March 2018
Outstanding Small Group Tour!

My wife and I had an outstanding day with owner operator Josh on their small group tour of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and much more! This is a full day tour and perfect for those arriving on the Hilo side of the island by Cruise...More

Thank Robert T
Reviewed 8 March 2018
Review of Josh from Mauka Makai Adventures

Josh was great! He took us on a tour of Hilo, from Volcanoes National Park to Rainbow Falls, with several sightseeing stops in between. His stories, facts, and guidance at the various stops and during the travel in-between was informative and interesting. He was always...More

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