Highlights Of Hilo And Volcanoes National Park...A Shoretrips Premium Shared Van Tour
The best way to spend a day in Hilo -- active volcanoes, lush waterfall, and black sand beach.
ShoreTrips' PREMIUM shared van tours are a perfect choice if you are looking for a deluxe tour that's economical but without the crowds of a big bus.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park stands as one of the most unique locations in the world and you have pulled into the spot that marks the gateway. From Yosemite to Acadia, the National Park system spans the mainland, but many rarely get the chance to see Hawaii's geographic claim to fame--The Kilauea Volcano. Don't pass up on your chance!
After being met by your local guide, travel to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park for an early morning visit to one of the world's most active volcanoes, Kilauea. Witness the effects of Kilauea's recent volcanic eruption where the summit caldera has grown in size and drastically changed the landscape. Learn of the Hawaiian fire goddess Pele, who makes her home within Halema'uma'u crater. Feel the heat from the natural steam vents and experience the native rain forest. Explore the lava landscape and view volcanic formations including and ancient lava tube. Optional hiking trails are available based on your group's interest.
After a nice picnic lunch, make your way back to Hilo with a stop at a local chocolate factory for chocolate and coffee sampling. Now that you have a little pep in your step, pay a visit to Wailuku River State Park and the majestic Rainbow Falls well known for the beautiful rainbows cast in the mist of the waterfall.
Continue your afternoon tour through historic downtown Hilo with a stop at Liliuokalani Gardens for sweeping views of Hilo Bay and the two massive volcanic mountains that stand above Hilo town, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. Learn of the Hawaiian culture and way of life as you enjoy a coastal drive through the old community of Keaukaha. Conclude your day with your toes in the sand at Wai'uli black sand beach while scouting for Hawaiian green sea turtles foraging along the shoreline.
- The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has reopened as of September 22, 2018 after closure due to the recent eruption of the Kilauea volcano. We are closely monitoring volcanic activity and your safety is our top priority. We only operate in areas deemed safe by the national park and local county government. Please understand that volcanic activity changes frequently and any alterations to the itinerary will be made with your best interest in mind. We do not guarantee that you will see lava on this tour.
- Please wear covered walking shoes and bring a rain jacket in case of changing weather. Umbrellas will be provided when needed. Bring insect repellent.
- Bottled water and a light lunch are included in the price of the tour.
- This tour requires a minimum of 2 passengers.
- The van holds a maximum of 14 people, but we typically have group sizes of 10 or under.
- Child safety seats are required by Hawaii law for children under the age of four and booster seats are required for children ages four through seven. Seats are available upon request. You will be asked for this at the time of booking.
- This tour does not operate on Christmas day or New Years day.
Days offered: 7 days a week