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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Big Island Highlights Small Group Tour

  • 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
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Big Island Highlights Small Group Tour
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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.
What to Expect
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.
Reviews (19)
1 - 5 of 10 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were on a Cruise and decided to tour with Mauka Makai for our stop on the big Island, we were traveling with our friends and the tour had 10 people total, Pick up was easy at the Pier. We took the Volcano tour in...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Peter R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Excellent day!

We toured with Josh and he was FANTASTIC--my husband and I joined another family of 6. We had a fantastic day. Started at the national park and got to walk and see a ton of the new features since the eruption in May. Learned so...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Mary R
Reviewed 2 November 2018
Excellent - personal, thoughtful and wonderful tour of Volcanoes Park.

We got a call early in the day - Jill was calling because we weren’t out to meet the tour - the company we booked through hadn’t conveyed that we were due out at 8:30AM rather than 10AM. It was 8:10 and she was being...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Tobias V
Reviewed 4 September 2018
A Local's Perspective of the Beauty Hilo Offers

We visited Hilo on the POA cruise ship during the Kilauea eruption. Unfortunately, Volcano Nat'l Park was closed so we weren't able to venture there, but Jill (our guide) had a full, fun day planned for us. Not only were the sites beautiful (Rainbow Falls,...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Christopher R
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

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Joel D
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