Oahu to Hilo: Volcano Adventure Tour
Witness the destructive and creative power of volcanoes firsthand!
This hassle-free, island-hopping adventure will show you the rugged beauty of the Big Island's volcanic landscape all in one fun filled day!
You'll visit the island's main attractions, including Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Akaka Falls, and historic Hilo town. You'll peer into Kilauea's active crater, explore an ancient lava tube, climb over lava strewn fields and stroll through a lush rainforest to view a thundering 442-ft waterfall.
Get a good night's sleep so you can rise bright and early for a full day of exploring.
You'll fly direct from Honolulu to Hilo (airfare included). Upon arrival, you'll be greeted at the airport by your tour guide and welcomed aboard a comfortable air-conditioned tour vehicle.
Next, you'll drive from Hilo to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, arriving long before the crowds. You'll enjoy a full morning of exploring all the park's most popular attractions, including:
- Halema’uma’u Crater Overlook - This overlook offers dramatic views of the crater, located within Kilauea’s main caldera, and the results of the massive collapse that occurred during a recent eruption.
- Kilauea Visitor Center - The Visitor Center houses a small bookstore and an exhibit area that provides visitors with information about volcanoes and the natural flora and fauna found on Hawaii island. Interpretive rangers are also available to answer any questions you may have and to stamp your national parks passport.
- Steam vents - Watch the vapor escaping through the cracked surface as the groundwater is heated by molten magma deep underground.
- Iki Crater Overlook- A smaller pit crater located next to Kilauea’s main caldera that has become a solidified lava lake.
- Nahuku Lava Tube- You’ll be given the opportunity to walk through Nahuku, a massive lava cave left behind by a river of molten lava more than 500 years ago.
- Chain of Craters Road - Your guide will take you down this winding scenic road that travels along the coastal portion of Hawaii Volcanoes N.P.
- Kealakomo Overlook - Enjoy panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and the jagged remnants of lava that has flowed into it.
- Lunch - A deli-style picnic lunch is included with the tour. Time and location can vary depending on the weather and guest preferences.
After a full tour of the park, you'll head back towards Hilo and make the following stops:
- Akaka Falls: A short stroll through a lush rainforest will take you to the viewing platform for the thundering 442-foot-tall Akaka Falls. The route to the waterfall is a paved half-mile loop with some stairs along the way, but the view is worth it!
- Rainbow Falls: When the sunlight hits the mist below this waterfall just right it creates a stunning rainbow. Though Rainbow Falls is much smaller than Akaka Falls, you can get closer to it, and it is more accessible (no walking required).
- Hilo Town: The tour winds down with a drive through Hilo’s historic district and along its famous Banyan Drive, past the statue of King Kamehameha the Great, Richardson’s black sand beach, and the beautifully landscaped Lili’uokalani Gardens. If time permits, your guide may stop at any (or all) of these locations plus a local business or two to give you the opportunity to purchase some local goods before you return to Oahu.
Once the tour has concluded your guide will drop you off at the airport in time for your return flight to Oahu. You'll be back in Waikiki by 9pm with many new and unforgettable memories from your day on the Big Island!
Know before you book:
- Transportation to/from the Honolulu airport is not included.
- Inter-island flights are subject to the same laws and regulations of all commercial air transportation. You must present valid, government-issued photo ID for your flights (passport or local ID)
- All other TSA regulations apply, including the liquids ban.
- Moderate walking on uneven surfaces required.
- Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing, bring along a light jacket.
- Routes and stops may be modified based on weather, traffic, and National or State Park advisories.
- The presence of lava cannot be predicted or guaranteed.