Hilo Shore Excursion:

Botanical Gardens, Waterfalls, Farmers Market

A breathtaking journey through lush botanical gardens, stunning waterfalls, and vibrant farmers markets of the Big Island!

Lush botanical gardens, majestic waterfalls, and vibrant farmers markets await your exploration! Experience nature’s finest treasures on this private Hilo shore excursion tour! Wander through vibrant gardens bursting with a kaleidoscope of colors and fragrances. Venture to awe-inspiring waterfalls where cascading rainwater plunges into shimmering pools surrounded by lush tropical vegetation. Indulge your senses at the local Hilo farmers market, where fresh produce and local delicacies await. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a photography aficionado, or simply seeking solace in the beauty of the natural world, this Hilo shore excursion promises an unforgettable journey through some of Big Island’s most captivating landscapes!

Tour Highlights

Book an unforgettable private tour that will take you to some of the most scenic destinations on the Big Island of Hawaii:

  • Iconic waterfalls in the North Hilo area
  • Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden
  • Wailuku River State Park
  • Akaka Falls State Park
  • Hilo Farmers Market

$1,295 For up to 4 Guests

$125 per Additional Guest 

Full Tour Details:

7 Hours

7 Hour Tour Time


  • Start Time: 9:00 AM

  • Embark on your Hilo shore excursion with convenient pickup from right at the cruise ship terminal. Our first stop is at the iconic Wailuku River State Park, where you’ll be captivated by the majestic beauty of Rainbow Falls and Boiling Pots. With the right water flow in the river, and angle of the sun, hopefully we can catch a glimpse of the famed rainbow created in the mist of the falls and see why the ancient Hawaiians called this place Waianueanue. Just about mile upstream, stop at Pe’epe’e Falls, or Boiling Pots. This feature of the Wailuku River was shaped by years of rainwater eroding the ancient lava flows. Gain insights into Hawaii’s geological wonders and volcanic legacy as you immerse yourself in the natural splendor of these iconic sites.
  • Next we will head up the coast to Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Gardens, home to over 2,500 different species of plants. Walk the trails through lush rainforest observing many rare orchids, towering tropical trees, and a wide variety of other colorful tropical flowers. The Reserve is also home to a few cascading waterfalls, including Onomea Falls, and unique views of Onomea Bay that can only be seen from inside the Reserve. Learn about intricacies of Hawaiian biodiversity and conservation efforts aimed at preserving these precious ecosystems as you explore these beautiful gardens.
  • Discover more of lush rainforest and rugged coastline while cruising along Onemea scenic route. Stop along the way to capture the beauty and magic of the beautiful waterfalls. Savor a delicious included lunch at a local restaurant along this route that will offer you a taste of the region.
  • Take a guided exploration through Akaka Falls State Park, where your naturalist guide will tell you about the diverse botanical life that is inside the park. The trail wanders through lush rainforest and provides the opportunity to witness two waterfalls. Kahuna Falls is a cascading waterfalls that is slightly obscured but worth the short walk for a look. The main highlight is Akaka Falls, boasting a remarkable 442-foot free fall down a vertical cliff face adorned in vibrant green vegetation. The falls is an incredible spectacle and an essential highlight of any Hilo shore excursion.
  • Before returning back to the Hilo cruise ship terminal, explore the Hilo Farmers Market, a bustling hub of local flavors and artisanal crafts. Discover an array of fresh produce, locally produced products, and other cultural delights while immersing yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Hawaii’s culinary scene.
Rainbow Falls
Guests enjoying water time at Kulaniapia Falls
Scenic view point in Hawai'i Tropical Bioreserve
Botanical Gardens Hilo
Akaka Falls State Park
Waterfalls along Onomea Scenic Route

What’s Included

Tour Inclusions

Guests looking at waterfall flowing through lava tube on big island waterfall tours.
  • Admission into all venues and parks
  • Pick up and drop off at the Hilo Cruise Ship Terminal
  • Fully guided naturalist tour with educational materials and commentary provided by our top of the line tour guides
  • Complementary Photo package: 20-25 professional, edited photos shared via Adobe Cloud for easy accessibility while traveling

Food & Drink

Gold dust day gecko eating nectar from flower on waterfall hikes Hilo.
  • Lunch: a delicious locally sourced meal at a local restaurant on the Hilo coast
  • Snacks: trail mix, fruit snacks, granola bars, chips, beef jerky, chocolate
  • All non-alcoholic beverages: water, juice, soda, hot tea, coffee and hot chocolate

Tour Gear

Boiling Pots at Wailuku River State Park Hilo
  • Patagonia rain jacket and Nano puff
  • Nikon ProStaff binoculars
  • Hiking Poles
  • Umbrellas
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Tours can be adapted to accommodate all ages and abilities. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have specific needs.
  • Assuming no modifications to this tour, guests should be able to walk at least 1-2 miles with some steps included.
  • Guests must be able to walk on uneven or rocky terrain and we may encounter cool, wet, or muddy conditions.

Customizing Your Tour

Upon booking your tour, one of our guides will contact you to discuss custom options we have available for your tour, we’re here to make this experience memorable and most importantly – ALL ABOUT YOU!

Want a custom tour? Give us a call: (808) 315-9278

Ready to Book a Tour?

We look forward to taking you on an amazing adventure!