Hawaii Island- Hilo Volcano Special Tour
Departure Time: 11 AM
Hotel Pick-Up Available at selected hotels
Tour Operator: Roberts Hawaii
Just a 45-minute flight from Oahu is Hawaii’s Big Island. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is home to Mauna Loa, the world’s largest active volcano, and Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcano. This day tour puts you right in the middle of all of the action! A picturesque ride gives way to the vistas of dormant volcanoes, lava beds, steam vents and craters. Hear legends of Pele, the ancient Hawaiian goddess of the volcano, whose home is believed to be the crater of Halemauma‘u in the summit of Kilauea. By the tour’s end you will know exactly how and why volcanoes form. You will also have the opportunity to take in some unique scenery along the way!
About the Tour
Your safety and comfort are our #1 priority. Tour features can change daily as we cannot predict weather and lava viewing conditions. We do not guarantee sighting of lava flows. Surface lava flows may be present but may not be visible due to environmental conditions or time constraints. If conditions permit, walking/hiking on rough, uneven lava surfaces is involved. Wear sturdy, covered walking shoes. As weather is unpredictable, prepare for both sun and rain conditions.
Tour Overview (*denotes stops made)
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park* – Home to Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes and Mauna Loa, the world’s most massive subaerial volcano. Witness dramatic volcanic landscapes, rare flora and fauna and visit lava tubes, volcanic craters, and much more!
Steam Vents – Witness the steam coming out of the cracks in the ground in a grass field.
Thurston Lava Tube* – Experience walking through a 500-year-old lava tube where molten lava once flowed. You will exit into a beautiful lush tropical rainforest, an excellent place to stop and listen to the birds of the island. Please note: We have been notified by Hawaii Volcanoes National Park that the Thurston Lava Tube and its rainforest loop will be closed to repair the electrical and lighting system beginning September 5, 2017 for approximately two weeks. Due to these repairs, there will be limited access to the Thurston Lava Tube.
Richardson’s Black Sand Beach* – This is the only beach in Hilo and one of the few on the island with black sand. Here, you will see ancient Hawaiian fish ponds and enjoy a spectacular view to Mauna Kea.
Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory* – Learn more about Hawaii’s favorite nut from the world’s largest processor of macadamia nuts. Mauna Loa Mac nut factory is closed on weekends and holidays.
Kilauea Visitor’s Center – Here you can view all the fascinating exhibits, constructed based on consultations with Hawaiians and the island’s leading biologists, ornithologists, entomologists, botanists, and volcanologists.
Jaggar Museum* – In this museum on volcanology you can see displays of types of lava, equipment used from past to present to study the volcanic action and even learn about Pelehonuamea, the Hawaiian deity of volcanoes.
Kilauea Iki Crater – One of the most spectacular views in the entire park is from this 400 foot high crater.
Rainbow Falls State Park* – This breathtaking waterfall cascades from 80 feet over a natural lava cave, the mythological home to Hina and ancient Hawaiian goddess. The waterfall gets it name from the spectacular rainbows frequently seen here.