Big Island Volcano and Waterfalls Tour

Best of the Big Island!

You don’t want to miss this adventure! Our most popular customization is now offered as one of our standard tours! Experience two of our most requested destinations on our Big Island volcano and waterfalls tour. On our volcano and waterfalls tours, visit the waterfalls of the North Hilo coast and then venture down to Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park in the afternoon. With lush rainforests, towering waterfalls, and stunning active volcanoes, this guided lava and waterfalls tour of the Big Island takes you to these spectacular destinations.

We offer two versions of this tour: a Full Day adventure leaving at 9am that spends more time exploring the North Hilo coast’s waterfalls and an included sit down dinner in the town of Volcano; and a Half Day adventure leaving at 8am for those looking for a shorter adventure day.

Tour Highlights

On this best of the Big Island adventure, visit these amazing destinations:

  • Guided interpretation throughout the day as you learn all about the natural wonders, endemic wildlife, and rich cultural history.
  • Rainbow Falls, Wailuku River State Park
  • Pe’epe’e Falls/Boiling Pots, Wailuku River State Park
  • Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park
  • Picnic lunch in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park (Half Day Tour)
  • Akaka Falls State Park  (Full Day Tour)
  • Onomea Scenic Route  (Full Day Tour)
  • Lunch in historic downtown Hilo (Full Day Tour)
  • Enjoy a sit-down dinner in the town of Volcano just outside Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. (Full Day Tour)

Starting at $1445 for up to 4 Guests

Starting at $145 per Additional Guest

** Please note route map is for reference purposes only. Guests will be picked up at their place of lodging so actual tour routes may vary. **

Full Tour Details:

8-12 Hours

8-12 Hour Tour Time

Itinerary:

  • Full Day Adventure Start Time: 9:00AM

  • Half Day Adventure Start Time: 8:00AM

  • After pickup from your place of lodging, travel over Saddle Road between two of the largest volcanoes on Earth, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, to the lush east coast of the Big Island. During the winter, snow caps the summits of these two stunning volcanoes.
  • Visit iconic Wailuku River State Park and take in the majestic beauty of Rainbow Falls. A rainbow often forms in the waterfall’s mist in the early morning hours. Rainbow Falls cascades over a cave that legend states is the home of the goddess Hina, mother of the demigod Maui.
  • Enjoy the lush rainforest and rugged coastline as you cruise along Onomea’s scenic route. This is the most famous scenic road on the Big Island, and you’ll enjoy beautiful views as the drive unfolds. Stop for photos and views at beautiful waterfalls along the way. (Full Day Tour)
  • Take a guided tour of Akaka Falls State Park. As you travel through the park, your naturalist will tell you all about the rich botanical life found there. You’ll also have the opportunity to view two spectacular waterfalls. Akaka Falls, cascading 442 feet down a vertical cliff face carpeted in vibrant green, is truly an incredible site to behold on a volcano and waterfall tour of Big Island Hawaii. (Full Day Tour)
  • Continue to Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. This iconic park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an International Biosphere Reserve, boasts the summit of two of the world’s most active volcanoes. It extends from sea level up to the summit of Mauna Loa at 13,677 feet. See critically endangered wildlife and some of the most unique geological, biological, and cultural landscapes you can find on Earth.
  • Upon entering the park on our crater hike and Hilo waterfalls tour, enjoy a walk along the rim Halema‘uma‘u Crater for unique views of the current eruption. Collapses at Halema’uma’u in 2018 nearly doubled the crater’s size. The crater is the legendary home of Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of fire and volcanoes.
  • See the natural steam vents at Wahinekapu Steaming Bluff. Here, heated groundwater escapes from cracks in the earth as steam.
  • Our guided lava and waterfall tours of the Big Island will allow you to experience the massive Thurston lava tube which is 600 feet long and over 20 feet tall in some places.
  • Additional stops in the Park can include: Devastation Trail, Kilauea Iki, Ha’akulamanu sulphur banks, Maunaulu, and upper portions of Chain of Craters road. These fascinating locations are fun to explore in your Big Island volcano and waterfalls tour.
  • If there is currently an active eruption in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, hike out to the best lava viewing location along the rim of Halema’uma’u crater after dark to witness the spectacular “glow” at night! (Full Day Tour)
  • Sit and relax, and enjoy a meal with locally sourced ingredients and Hawaiian infused cuisine dinner in the town of Volcano before departing back to your place of lodging feeling happy, full, and filled with exciting new memories. (Full Day Tour)
Rainbow Falls
Akaka Falls
Kilauea Crater
Lava Flows
Rainbow over lava field.
Lava at Night

What’s Included

Tour Inclusions

Women pointing at rainbow over lava field.
  • Admission into all venues and parks
  • Pick up and drop off at your place of lodging 
  • 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

Pauahi Crater

We offer different food and beverage options depending on tour start times:

  • Lunch along the Hilo coastline
  • Dinner: Sit, relax, and enjoy a meal sourced with local ingredients and Hawaiian infused cuisine at a local restaurant just outside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
  • Snacks: trail mix, fruit snacks, granola bars, beef jerky, chips, chocolate
  • All non-alcoholic beverages: water, juice, soda, hot tea, coffee and hot chocolate
  • Picnic style lunch in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park
  • Snacks: trail mix, fruit snacks, granola bars, beef jerky, chips, chocolate
  • All non-alcoholic beverages: water, juice, soda, hot tea, coffee and hot chocolate

Tour Gear

Maunaulu Lava Field
  • Patagonia rain jacket and Nano puff
  • Nikon ProStaff 7S binocular
  • Headlamps & Flashlights
  • Umbrellas
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Comfortable walking/hiking shoes
  • Camera
  • Warm layers: At the start of the tour you can expect temperatures of 75-85 Fahrenheit during the day and drop to the mid 50’s Fahrenheit in the evening.
  • 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. 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!