Volcano & Highlights Of Hilo Adventure With Private Transportation

Witness volcanic activity at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and visit Hilo's Rainbow Falls and a black sand beach on this epic Hilo tour.

Volcano & Highlights of Hilo Adventure with Private Transportation

Visit both Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the city of Hilo on this small group guided tour, seeing the active Kilauea Caldera and exploring the volcanic formations along the Chain of Crater's Road including Thurston Lava Tube. Thereafter, you'll immerse your senses in a tropical orchid nursery, visit a local chocolate factory for samples and coffee tasting before seeing the spectacular Rainbow Falls.

Explore volcanic formations of the world renowned Kilauea volcano on a guided journey to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Experience volcanic steam vents while taking in extraordinary views of Kilauea caldera where the summit caldera has grown in size and drastically changed the landscape. Enjoy a morning walk in the cool mist of the rain forest to explore an ancient lava tube. You'll then view other volcanic formations along Chain of Crater's Road and perhaps even witness the raw power of an active eruption.

Thereafter you'll take a scenic drive through what to see in Hilo, first stopping at a local orchid nursery and heading downtown to a chocolate factory to sample locally grown coffee and Big Island treats. Then, continue on to Rainbow Falls, one of Hilo's most famous waterfalls.

Conclude the day with a stop at Liliuokalani Gardens for views of Hilo Bay and the expansive island landscape. As time permits, stroll around the tranquil Japanese gardens featuring pathways winding through fishponds and across bridges lined with pagodas and rock gardens. Book this tour to a true treasure of the Hawaiian islands!

Please Note: Volcanic activity is closely monitored as guest safety is the top priority. This tour is only operated in areas deemed safe by the national park and local county government. Please understand that volcanic activity changes frequently and we reserve the right to adjust or cancel tours to ensure the safety of all our guests. We do not guarantee that you will see active lava on this tour.

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Tour Type
Private
 
Group Size
Private
 
Activity Type(s)
Cultural, Active, Scenic
 
Tour Duration
7 Hours
 
Activity Level
Moderate
 
Tour Leaves From
Cruise Ship Pier
 
Food/Beverage Provided
Lunch and bottled water is included.
 
Special Instructions
We recommend wearing comfortable light clothing. We also recommend a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen for hot sunny weather at the coast and a jacket for possible rain and cool weather at the Volcano. Please note, closed-toe shoes are required.
 
Restrictions
Participants must be able to walk a minimum of 1 mile on uneven terrain. The current eruption viewpoint is a 2 mile hike. There is no guarantee you will see molten lava on this tour. This tour operates rain or shine. Children ages 8 years of age and up may participate. This tour can not accommodate guests with wheelchairs, scooters or oxygen tanks.
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We are experts in providing exceptional shore excursions. We understand that in today's fast paced world, vacations have become an increasingly important way to relax, reconnect with family and friends, and experience new and interesting places. With this in mind, we provide the highest quality tours by performing extensive research, and detailed reviews. While other companies also offer excursions, we strongly believe our expertise and approach set us apart. The large cruise lines sell shore excursions - typically in very large groups visiting high traffic sites. We focus on smaller groups visiting more interesting and authentic locations using more personalized local operators. While the cruise lines are experts in delivering cruises, we are experts in delivering shore excursions.

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Bradford J. Miller
Mr. Miller is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Abercrombie & Kent, the World's leading luxury travel company. In that role, Mr. Miller was responsible for contributing to Abercrombie & Kent's international growth through the development and acquisition of tour products and travel experiences around the world with a specific focus on cruising and land based experiences. Prior to joining Abercrombie & Kent, Mr. Miller held a variety of executive positions with Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises for more than a decade. These positions included Vice President of Guest Sales & Service, Vice President of Brand Development, and Vice President of Onboard Revenue (which included shore excursions). Mr. Miller also led Celebrity Expeditions, a collection of outstanding and unique tours around the World.

Michael Bonner
Mr. Bonner has over a decade of experience working in the cruise industry in a variety of roles for both Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Viking River Cruises. Most recently, Mr. Bonner was the Chief Operating Officer for The Scholar Ship, a Royal Caribbean program aimed at providing college students onboard educational programs in conjunction with enriching shore excursions around the world. Mr. Bonner also helped co-manage Viking River Cruises U.S. Operations, and he ran the corporate, strategic, and deployment planning functions at Royal Caribbean. While at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was responsible for forming Royal Celebrity Tours, Royal Caribbean's land-based tour operation in Alaska, which takes cruise passengers on multiple day tours through the interior of Alaska either before or after their cruises. Prior to working at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was a consultant for Booz Allen & Hamilton.

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