Hilo Cruise Ship Guest Special:

Big Island Waterfalls and Volcanoes

Most Requested Destinations

on the Big Island!

This Hilo cruise ship guest special tour is an awesome way for guests arriving to the Big Island by boat to see some of the volcanoes and waterfalls of the Big Island! Visit Wailuku River State Park and Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park on this custom tailored adventure! Volcanoes National Park is home to critically endangered wildlife, two of the world’s most active volcanoes, and some of the most unique geological, biological and cultural landscapes on earth. The Wailuku River State Park is home to Rainbow Falls and the lesser know Boiling Pots. With our outstanding naturalist leading your tour, learn about all the natural wonders, endemic wildlife, and rich cultural history this Big Island volcanoes and waterfalls tour!

Tour Highlights 

Experience some of the Best of Big Island on this tailored cruise ship guest tour!

  • Rainbow Falls, Wailuku River State Park
  • Boiling Pots, Wailuku River State Park
  • Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park
  • See the main highlights of Volcanoes National Park including: Kilauea Overlook, Wahinekapu Steaming Bluffs, and the Thurston Lava Tube
  • Enjoy a picnic style lunch surrounded by the beauty of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park
  • Guided interpretation throughout the day as you learn all about the natural wonders, endemic wildlife, and rich cultural history

$1,295 For up to 4 Guests

$125 per Additional Guests

Kilauea erupting at night.

Full Tour Details:

7 Hours

7 Hour Tour Time

Itinerary:

  • Start time: 9:00 AM

  • Following pickup at the Hilo Cruise Ship Terminal, take a short drive through historic downtown Hilo while your exceptional tour guide tells you about the rich history and culture of this area. Our first stop will be at the Wailuku River State Park to see both Rainbow Falls and Boiling Pots. Rainbow Falls, called Waianueanue Falls in Hawaiian, received its name by a rainbow created by the morning sunlight in the mist of the Falls. Boiling Pots, called Pe’epe’e Falls in Hawaiian, is a lesser visited location in Wailuku River State Park but equally worth the stop. While at these two locations, learn about the legend of great battle that took place here between the demi-god Maui and Mo’okuna.
  • After stopping at the waterfalls, we will venture South to Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. Volcanoes National Park is not only home to the world’s most active volcano, Kilauea, and the world’s largest volcano, Mauna Loa, but also home to critically endangered wildlife and some of the most unique geological formations on Earth! We will begin our adventure inside the Park at the top of Kilauea at the Halema’uma’u crater. Not only will you be standing at the edge of the world’s most active volcano but you will also learn about the vast changes that have happened here after the 2018 eruption! Next, we will continue to the Wahinekapu steaming bluffs to feel the hot steam seeping out of the ground. Here ground water percolates down to rocks that are heated by the underground lava and is released back to the surface as steam. We will then venture down to the Thurston lava tube, or Nahuku in Hawaiian. Here, your guide will talk you on a short walk through the native forests and long lava tube talking about the different plants, animals, and lava tube formations.  The Thurston lava tube is over 500 years old, 600ft long, and over 25ft in diameter in some places!
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch at one of our various stops inside Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.
  • Additionally, we may have more time to explore another location inside the Volcanoes National Park that can include but are not limited to: Kilauea Iki, Devastation trail, Ha’akulamanu sulphur vents, Waldron Ledge, upper portions of Chain of Craters Road, and Kipukapuaulu bird trail. Following your tour, we will return you back to the Hilo Cruise Ship Terminal filled with exciting new memories!
Rainbow Falls, Waianueanue, Wailuku River State Park
Boiling Pots, Pe'epe'e, Wailuku River State Park
Guests walking through lava field
Guests walking into Thurston lava tube, Nahuku, Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park
Woman taking photo of steam vents
Guest examines lava in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

What’s Included

Tour Inclusions

Nene goose
  • Admission into all Parks and venues
  • Pickup 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 or iCloud for easy accessibility while traveling

Food & Drink

Banyan trees at Rainbow Falls
  • Lunch: Enjoy a picnic style lunch surrounded by the beauty of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • Snacks: trail mix, fruit snacks, Clif bars, chips, chocolate 
  • All non-alcoholic beverages: water, juice, soda, hot tea, coffee and hot chocolate

Tour Gear

Steam Vents along Chain of Craters Road
  • Patagonia rain jacket and Nano puff
  • Nikon ProStaff binocular
  • Flashlight
  • Umbrella
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Comfortable walking/hiking shoes
  • 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 0.5-1 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. Whether you’d like to spend more time star gazing, enjoy more time at our private waterfall location, or enjoy an extended guided hike, 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!