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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Hilo Highlights Small Group Tour provided by Mauka Makai Adventures

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Hilo Highlights Small Group Tour

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Hilo Highlights Small Group Tour
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
5h 30m
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
12
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 6871PRIVVOLCANO
Important information
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Private transportation
  • Help protect our island environment and bring your own refillable water bottle!
  • Hotel Pick-up for Select Hotels (all others please plan to meet at the Hilo Mo'oheau Bus Terminal)
  • Hilo Harbor Port pick-up and drop-off
  • Hilo Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Entry/Admission - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Nahuku - Thurston Lava Tube
  • Entry/Admission - Chain of Craters Road
Exclusions
  • We are sorry there are no options for meal purchases along the way. You are welcome to bring your own snacks for the trail, however we do not allow eating in our vans.
  • Gratuities
  • We DO NOT provide transportation from Kona or Waikoloa. Please meet us in Hilo at the bus terminal.
Duration
5h 30m
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • CRUISE SHIP PICKUP INSTRUCTIONS: Upon disembarking the cruise ship in Hilo, head through the passenger terminal and look for your guide standing to the left near the pre-arranged tour operators with a sign that reads "Mauka Makai Adventures". Please check in with your guide 10-15 minutes prior to tour start time. HILO AIRPORT PICKUP INSTRUCTIONS: As you disembark the airplane head towards Baggage Claim “D”. Look for the tour operator parking area near the restrooms. Our vans are marked with the logo "Mauka Makai Adventures". HOTEL PICKUP INSTRUCTIONS: Please meet your tour guide near the front entrance to the lobby, our vans are marked with the logo "Mauka Makai Adventures." ALL OTHERS: If you are driving from Kona or another part of the island, please meet us at the Hilo Mo'oheau Bus Terminal (329 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, HI 96720). There is free parking adjacent to the bus terminal. Look for our van parked in the parking lot with the "Mauka Makai Adventures" logo on it.
  • 329 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, HI 96720, USA Meet your tour guide at the Hilo Mo'oheau Bus Terminal (329 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, HI 96720). There is free parking adjacent to the bus terminal. Look for our van with the "Mauka Makai Adventures" logo on it in the parking lot. Please be waiting for your driver we may be picking up other guests.
  • Airports:
  • Hilo Intl Airport, 2450 Kekuanaoa St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
  • Ports:
  • Hilo Harbor
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately (be prepared for sun, wind and rain).
  • Covered walking shoes are required and a jacket is highly recommended.
  • Participants must be able to walk a minimum of 1 mile on uneven rocky terrain.
  • We do not guarantee you will see molten lava on this tour.
  • HOTEL pick-up is offered for select HILO HOTELS ONLY. If you are staying outside of Hilo, please plan to meet at the Hilo Mo'oheau Bus Terminal (please confirm at time of booking).
  • CRUISE SHIP passengers, we pick-up directly at Hilo Harbor and will adjust the tour time as needed to accommodate your ships time in port.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • For a one DAY TRIP to the Big Island, please make your travel arrangements to and from the Hilo International Airport. Please provide your flight details at time of booking.
  • Kilauea volcano is an active volcano, you may be exposed to volcanic gas on this tour.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • All guests MUST PROVIDE PROOF OF FULL COVID-19 VACCINATION upon check-in for the tour. All guests are REQUIRED TO WEAR A FACE MASK covering the mouth and nose when traveling in the vehicle for the duration of the tour (regardless of State mandates being lifted).
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Private transportation
  • Help protect our island environment and bring your own refillable water bottle!
  • Hotel Pick-up for Select Hotels (all others please plan to meet at the Hilo Mo'oheau Bus Terminal)
  • Hilo Harbor Port pick-up and drop-off
  • Hilo Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Entry/Admission - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Nahuku - Thurston Lava Tube
  • Entry/Admission - Chain of Craters Road
Exclusions
  • We are sorry there are no options for meal purchases along the way. You are welcome to bring your own snacks for the trail, however we do not allow eating in our vans.
  • Gratuities
  • We DO NOT provide transportation from Kona or Waikoloa. Please meet us in Hilo at the bus terminal.
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • CRUISE SHIP PICKUP INSTRUCTIONS: Upon disembarking the cruise ship in Hilo, head through the passenger terminal and look for your guide standing to the left near the pre-arranged tour operators with a sign that reads "Mauka Makai Adventures". Please check in with your guide 10-15 minutes prior to tour start time. HILO AIRPORT PICKUP INSTRUCTIONS: As you disembark the airplane head towards Baggage Claim “D”. Look for the tour operator parking area near the restrooms. Our vans are marked with the logo "Mauka Makai Adventures". HOTEL PICKUP INSTRUCTIONS: Please meet your tour guide near the front entrance to the lobby, our vans are marked with the logo "Mauka Makai Adventures." ALL OTHERS: If you are driving from Kona or another part of the island, please meet us at the Hilo Mo'oheau Bus Terminal (329 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, HI 96720). There is free parking adjacent to the bus terminal. Look for our van parked in the parking lot with the "Mauka Makai Adventures" logo on it.
  • 329 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, HI 96720, USA Meet your tour guide at the Hilo Mo'oheau Bus Terminal (329 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, HI 96720). There is free parking adjacent to the bus terminal. Look for our van with the "Mauka Makai Adventures" logo on it in the parking lot. Please be waiting for your driver we may be picking up other guests.
  • Airports:
  • Hilo Intl Airport, 2450 Kekuanaoa St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
  • Ports:
  • Hilo Harbor
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
5h 30m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately (be prepared for sun, wind and rain).
  • Covered walking shoes are required and a jacket is highly recommended.
  • Participants must be able to walk a minimum of 1 mile on uneven rocky terrain.
  • We do not guarantee you will see molten lava on this tour.
  • HOTEL pick-up is offered for select HILO HOTELS ONLY. If you are staying outside of Hilo, please plan to meet at the Hilo Mo'oheau Bus Terminal (please confirm at time of booking).
  • CRUISE SHIP passengers, we pick-up directly at Hilo Harbor and will adjust the tour time as needed to accommodate your ships time in port.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • For a one DAY TRIP to the Big Island, please make your travel arrangements to and from the Hilo International Airport. Please provide your flight details at time of booking.
  • Kilauea volcano is an active volcano, you may be exposed to volcanic gas on this tour.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • All guests MUST PROVIDE PROOF OF FULL COVID-19 VACCINATION upon check-in for the tour. All guests are REQUIRED TO WEAR A FACE MASK covering the mouth and nose when traveling in the vehicle for the duration of the tour (regardless of State mandates being lifted).
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 25 Mar 2022
A note from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Hilo Highlights Small Group Tour
All guests MUST PROVIDE PROOF OF FULL COVID-19 VACCINATION upon check-in for the tour. All guests are REQUIRED TO WEAR A FACE MASK covering the mouth and nose when traveling in the vehicle for the duration of the tour (regardless of State mandates being lifted).
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    329 Kamehameha Ave
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    Nahuku - Thurston Lava Tube
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    Chain of Craters Road
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 4
    Rainbow Falls
    Stop: 20 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    Big Island Candies
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 6
    Liliuokalani Gardens
    Stop: 20 minutes
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Rosemarie & Jac... O
Los Alcazares, Spain8 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
What a great Tour with Josh! He was entertaining, informative, and a wonderful story teller! The tour itself was great and covered many interesting places. Thank you Josh for an amazing day!! Do not think twice about booking this tour. You won't be disappointed!!
Rosemarie & Jack
Written 2 May 2022
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Megan D
Drummoyne, Australia2 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
Guide was absolutely delightful and incredibly knowledgeable and interesting. We really felt like we understood more of the culture, the environment and some extra things to see/places to go after this tour. W the pace was perfect - we captured lots of photos but didn’t feel like we were waiting around too long in any one spot.
Written 20 June 2022
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Gr8 Travel Tips | Travel Blog
British Columbia, Canada499 contributions
Feb 2018 • Couples
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 Ship. Josh was born and raised on the Big Island and is passionate about the history and preservation of the Island.

Your day is full and complete visiting a number of very popular attractions on this side of the island. Josh loves to talk and is very knowledgeable about his homeland.

All in all a great day and so much better and personal than taking one of those slow and crowded typical full size bus tours. I highly recommend Mauka Makaii Adventures, you won't be disappointed!

For more detailed information and photos, be sure to visit My Travel Blog!
Written 23 March 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Lizbethp11
54 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
We came via cruise ship but booked our own tour instead of booking one through the ship. We visited the Volcanoes National Park including the visitors' center, a lava field, a lava tube, Rainbow Falls, and a black sand beach frequented by sea turtles. Scott was an awesome guide. He was very knowledgeable about the Volcanoes National Park. We stopped at a small place to pick up sandwiches and chips for lunch which we ate at a nice park. It was an awesome day.
Written 17 May 2019
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Beachiekeen69
Dallas, TX2,666 contributions
Nov 2019
My family took two tours with Mauka Makai during our cruise on the Pride of America, the Volcano tour in Hilo and the historic tour in Kona. We had Josh as our driver both days. The tours were lots of fun, very informative and are especially great if you enjoy learning about Hawaiian history and ancient culture.

The Hilo tour only covers a small part of the National Park, but the stops are clearly listed on the website so it's clear what you will see ahead of time. The drive to the park from Hilo alone takes 40-45 minutes. There was no active lava on our visit, so possibly the tour is also tailored depending on the presence of lava. Mauka Makai also offers a tour of the coast from Hilo which I would love to do next time.

In Kona, we did the Historical tour where we toured ancient burial grounds, the Greenwell Coffee Farm, Pu’uhonua O Honaunau State Park, and St. Benedict’s painted church. We enjoyed all of them.

The great thing about about a small group tour like this is the ability to customize the tour as you go along. We added a stop at the Volcano Winery in Hilo since everyone was wiling--you can't do this on a huge bus with 20 people. On both of our tours, we had groups of 10. We never felt rushed at any of the stops and everyone was courteous and mindful of staying on time.

We would highly recommend Mauka Makai!
Written 24 November 2019
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Trevor Sutton
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia17 contributions
Sep 2019
Our Tour Leaders Jill and Josh are clearly 'born' to work in the Hospitality Industry. They and their staff are clearly very knowledgeable, are fascinated with their Subject, and can convey complex ideas in an easily understandable form. They were an absolute pleasure to deal with all day, and their humour was infectious! They clearly 'Live' their message of respect for the amazing land they live and work on. This Tour is highly recommended!
Written 26 September 2019
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ConnieS
3 contributions
Jul 2019 • Solo
Josh was a very good tour guide and perhaps it wasn't entirely his fault but the part of the tour in the Volcano Park was much shorter than expected. It did start to rain just as we got to the view of the rim. Since it rains often on that side of the island, an alternate plan for viewing the volcano would have helped - like viewing the area where it flows into the ocean. I don't recall that we stopped at the Gardens. The stops at the candy store and orchid store were to buy stuff and didn't really add much content to the tour.
Written 3 August 2019
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vvrosen
Albuquerque, NM44 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
We did the all day tour of highlights near Hilo and then Volcano National Park. Jill did a great job of taking us around Hilo and showing us that beautiful town. We saw Rainbow Falls and then went into Kaumana lava tube. We also saw some of the shore near Hilo. She then drove us to Volcano National Park where we had a delicious picnic lunch provided by a local cafe. We walked around the Kilauea crater and Jill explained about the recent changes with the volcano. We also walked by steam vents and sulfur banks. Finally we drove part of the way down Chain of Craters road and did a nice walk out by a fissure to see the different lava formations. At the end of the day, we stopped at Big Island Candies to try some chocolate and macadamia nuts. We also bought some gifts there. It was a full day packed with information and interesting sights. We would totally do a tour with Mauka Makai Adventures again! It was a wonderful day!
Written 16 July 2019
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Liz G
4 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
Josh was friendly and very knowledgeable.
He picked us up from our vrbo, and the lunch was surprisingly great!
We had a great day!
Written 10 July 2019
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RickSisson
Lufkin, TX7 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
My wife and I chose this excursion based on past reviews and the small group size. Although we didn't have a lot of time in port (literally 7 hours), Josh made sure our day was full of excitement and wonder! First, we went to Rainbow Falls. It was so beautiful and the sun peaked out of the clouds long enough for us to get a pic of a rainbow in the spray of the falls. Then we went to the Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. It was amazing. Definitely got to check one off the bucket list!! The desolation of the lava flows is eerily beautiful and peaceful. Then we stopped by Akatsuka Orchid Gardens where we ate lunch. The lunch was sandwiches and local-made chips. It was much better than it sounds! And the orchid gardens were awesome. We bought a plant and had it shipped back home. Next we went to Big Island Candies. Here, they will let you sample any of the delicious candies and coffees. But be careful, YOU WILL INDULGE YOUR SWEET TOOTH!! We also made a couple of extra stops at parks for good pics of sea turtles and heavy surf. But what made this tour special was the care and knowledge that Josh brought to it. He had so much knowledge of the area and the culture that we truly felt immersed in it, if only for a little while. He was very personable and I could tell he takes care to make each person feel like it is their special day. All-in-all, this tour was incredible and we are so glad we found Mauka Makai Adventures!! I would recommend them to anyone visiting the Big Island!!!
Written 13 May 2019
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bjacks49
bjacks49
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Awesome experience
Our guide Jill was awesome. She is well informed and great at explaining every aspect of the tour. We loved the tal
Stephanie_864478
Stephanie_864478
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Excellent trip
Trip was so much better than through the cruise line. Such a small intimate group with husband and wife team. We ha
578andrewv
578andrewv
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Best tour ever !!!!
This was one of my favorites tours ever. So much beautiful nature to been seen. Jill was our guide. She was so kind
Z6314SQnicolew
Z6314SQnicolew
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Loved our tour guide
Such a great tour! Got to get a full volcano experience & some history about the big island. 10/10 would recommend!
L M
L M
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Excellent local Hilo guide
Jill is a friendly and attentive local who is super knowledgeable. I appreciated her stories during the drive and
gmreisling
gmreisling
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Last minute booking, great experience.
Last minute booking after another tour was cancelled. Turned out to be an enjoyable trip - the transportation and
Theresa L
Theresa L
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Excellent
Josh was wonderful! Very informative and fun! He even brought equipment to help us see the lava flows up close. Hig
Donald R
Donald R
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We “lava” this Tour!!
The tour was amazing! The tour guide was fantastic; she was a local that had been here her whole life and gave so
tw8251
tw8251
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Great Guided Volcano Tour
Despite the extra rainy weather we experienced on the tour our guide, Josh, was a great host and provided a lot of
joshwenttoaplace
joshwenttoaplace
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I'm not summarising my experience, Tripadvisor, just let me write a damn review.
It rained and was Josh's fault. 0/10. For real though, we had a great time on this tour despite the rain trying to
O960XQsharons
O960XQsharons
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Great Volcano Experience
Jill was an amazing tour guide. You could tell that she loved what she did, and loved talking about her home and cu
annasH1977CY
annasH1977CY
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Would reccomend
It was really fun and informative, and our group went at our own pace! We never felt rushed or left out.
Todd K
Todd K
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Great volcano tour!
We had a great time with Josh on the tour. Like others have stated, he is very personable and informative. Highes
DRGoupil
DRGoupil
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Highly recommended tour guide
Our guide, Josh, was fantastic. He was friendly, knowledgeable and attentive to our needs and questions. Josh add
millers308
millers308
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Great Time for Good Walkers
Josh is a fun and knowledgeable guide and the large Mercedes shuttle van was immaculate. Max 10 people which is gre
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