Hilo Volcano National Park & Hilo Waterfall Tour Excursion Reviews
Started with a drive thru Banyon tree drive in Hilo. Short ride to Rainbow Falls then to the Orchid Gardens. Many varieties of orchids. One smelled just like chocolate. Took a (1) hour ride to Volcanoes National Park. Kilauea was erupting at this time, but we did not see any flowing lava. Saw old lava everywhere. Walked thru Thurston Lava tube, like a cave. Last stop was at the Mauna Loa Macadamia nut Factory. Here you can sample all the varieties before purchasing. Boxed lunch was provided.
This was a pretty neat tour of a caldera, steam holes and finally a volcanic tube. It gave a pretty good feel for a volcano without actually seeing one erupting. The tube was the neatest part of the tour. It was a walk down several steps surrounded by fern woods. Then we went into the actual tube which is a big cave followed by a walk up more steps. I was disabled on this trip but I made this excursion anyway and it was fine. As long as you can walk, you just take it slow.
Some of my fellow roll call members had booked a Volcanoes National Park tour with Big Island Aina Tours and it was wonderful. There were maybe six of us in a van, and after a brief stop at Rainbow Falls and the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory to pick up a sandwich for lunch, we spent the majority of the day in the park. We walked on the lava fields, walked through Thurston’s Lava Tube, visited the steam vents, traveled down Chain of Craters road and saw the sea arch, and had a scenic picnic on the oceanside cliff. We viewed the Kilauea Caldera and the Kilauea Iki Crater, and wrapped up the day with a visit to an orchid garden/store. The pacing was great and it was much more beautiful than I could have imagined!
VOLCANO & RAINBOW FALLS - disappointed that we had rain and didn't get to see much and the Rainbow Falls was not worth all of the hype.
Saved a lot by booking with Roberts Of Hawaii. First class tour very informative driver. Went to Rainbow falls and Volcanoes National Park Saw Kilauea and walked through the lava tube and finished up at the orchid outlet. Ships tour did not go to the orchid outlet.
The tour included the macadamia nut company tour. There was no manufacturing going on that day and the company was closed. The videos that they had running did not work properly. Every time you pressed the English button the Chinese language video came on. But the Volcanos were good, and the Rainbow Falls were good. Would have liked more time to walk around. 15 min each place was not enough.
Laurence of c-big island took us on a private tour of the Volcanoes National Park. It was a wonderful tour and highly recommended. We visited the steam vents, the Kilauea Caldera where you can view the steam plume shooting up out of the Halama'uma'u crater. We also watched a short film at the visitors centre showing footage of the volcanic eruption of Kilauea Iki, and afterwards we walked through the Thurston Lava tube (Nahuku). We also visited Rainbow Falls and the Macadamia farm where we stocked up on goodies to bring home. A great way to do this tour.
Cousin Jeff took to Volcanoes National Park, Rainbow falls, Mona Loa nut factor, coffee farm and orchid farm. opportunity to take a lot of pictures and do some shopping. He gave us a lot of information about the culture and what we were seeing.