Hilo Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Excursion Reviews

Explore the unique volcanic landscape of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Containing both Mauno Loa, the world's largest volcano, and Kilauea, among its most active, this park offers a fascinating glimpse into a world rarely seen.
We rented a car from the local airport and drove to Volcanoes National Park ($25 per car admission ...
We rented a car from the local airport and drove to Volcanoes National Park ($25 per car admission fee) and toured the areas that were open. We did a bit of hiking as well from the visitor center to the steam vents and crater views. We ... Read More
We rented a car from the local airport and drove to Volcanoes National Park ($25 per car admission fee) and toured the areas that were open. We did a bit of hiking as well from the visitor center to the steam vents and crater views. We also drove to the lower level of the volcano and various vantage points. The drive offers some amazing views of solid lava rock that is vast across various areas of the park. The drive down to the Sea Arch area is well worth it as the rock formation is spectacular, as well as, the views looking up at the lava flow. If you decide to stop at the petroglyph area to hike, beware that it says .7 miles each way, but it does require some effort and don't forget your water. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
I booked this tour because of my interest in seeing the volcano and lava flows first hand.
I booked this tour because of my interest in seeing the volcano and lava flows first hand. The weather was rainy with low cloud cover so it wasn't possible to see the crater. All of the areas of recent activity were closed off for ... Read More
I booked this tour because of my interest in seeing the volcano and lava flows first hand. The weather was rainy with low cloud cover so it wasn't possible to see the crater. All of the areas of recent activity were closed off for safety reasons. We got to tour the visitor center and see videos but I could have seen more on YouTube at home. Very disappointing. Another complaint was that our very first stop was at an orchid farm with, of course, a shopping opportunity. When I book a tour called "Hawaii Volcanoes National Park", I do not expect nor want to see orchids. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Small group, very informative tour guide.
Small group, very informative tour guide.
Small group, very informative tour guide. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
This tour was disappointing.
This tour was disappointing. Our bus went to the Volcanoes Nat'l Park visitors center and to a couple of overlooks, but, unfortunately, many areas of the park are closed due to last year's major eruption. The rest of the time, ... Read More
This tour was disappointing. Our bus went to the Volcanoes Nat'l Park visitors center and to a couple of overlooks, but, unfortunately, many areas of the park are closed due to last year's major eruption. The rest of the time, the bus went on a Hilo city tour that wasn't awful, but wasn't what we had hoped for. In retrospect, we should have taken the Volcanoes bicycle tour. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
long bus ride but worth it
long bus ride but worth it
long bus ride but worth it Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Underwhelmed by our tour guide but it was interesting to see the still-steam-venting volcano and ...
Underwhelmed by our tour guide but it was interesting to see the still-steam-venting volcano and the orchid garden. We were in Hilo on a Saturday and our favorite part was the taxi ride we took on our own to the Hilo Farmers' Market. ... Read More
Underwhelmed by our tour guide but it was interesting to see the still-steam-venting volcano and the orchid garden. We were in Hilo on a Saturday and our favorite part was the taxi ride we took on our own to the Hilo Farmers' Market. We bought a bag of key limes for our drinks and literally an armload of spectacular orchids and antheriums (for $5) for our cabin. We had glasses of orchids everywhere and they were still stunning at the end of the cruise when, sadly, we had to leave them behind. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Poring rain.
Poring rain. Never saw one bit of the volcano. Tour should have been cancelled. Paid for a bus ride in the rain while being shown photos of what we should see if it weren't raining and low cloud cover. They gave us a bonus stop of a ... Read More
Poring rain. Never saw one bit of the volcano. Tour should have been cancelled. Paid for a bus ride in the rain while being shown photos of what we should see if it weren't raining and low cloud cover. They gave us a bonus stop of a Macadamia Nut store...wow. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The only downside is that it did pour all day, so the volcano excursion was not as visible as it ...
The only downside is that it did pour all day, so the volcano excursion was not as visible as it could be on a clear day!
The only downside is that it did pour all day, so the volcano excursion was not as visible as it could be on a clear day! Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We were so excited to see the Volcano national park only to get there to see the steam vents and a ...
We were so excited to see the Volcano national park only to get there to see the steam vents and a quick glance of the park. It was a lot of money for 2 quick stops. They also took you to a random orchid farm/gift shop which had nothing to ... Read More
We were so excited to see the Volcano national park only to get there to see the steam vents and a quick glance of the park. It was a lot of money for 2 quick stops. They also took you to a random orchid farm/gift shop which had nothing to do with what you wanted to see on this tour. Waste of money ! Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Have been the National Park many times.
Have been the National Park many times. Had limited time there. Wish we had more time there
Have been the National Park many times. Had limited time there. Wish we had more time there Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
ship was extremely disorganized getting you off the boat and excursion was expensive but the ...
ship was extremely disorganized getting you off the boat and excursion was expensive but the overall excursion was very good
ship was extremely disorganized getting you off the boat and excursion was expensive but the overall excursion was very good Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Although we knew the lava had stopped flowing, we decided to take the helicopter tour.
Although we knew the lava had stopped flowing, we decided to take the helicopter tour. It was exciting to fly over the craters and steam vents. It was amazing to see how the lava had wiped out entire neighborhoods. The shoreline was ... Read More
Although we knew the lava had stopped flowing, we decided to take the helicopter tour. It was exciting to fly over the craters and steam vents. It was amazing to see how the lava had wiped out entire neighborhoods. The shoreline was beautiful where the lava met the water. It was a great ride! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Everything is closed or blocked off.
Everything is closed or blocked off. Nothing to see in the Park. Guide was not helpful. Best part of the trip was the stop at the orchid farm - which wasn't on the itenerary.
Everything is closed or blocked off. Nothing to see in the Park. Guide was not helpful. Best part of the trip was the stop at the orchid farm - which wasn't on the itenerary. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Great local tour guide who provide information and local in-sight.
Great local tour guide who provide information and local in-sight. Never felt rushed. Visited more places that expected.
Great local tour guide who provide information and local in-sight. Never felt rushed. Visited more places that expected. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Nice tour.
Nice tour. We saw the volcano the week before the eruption. When we were at Kilauea there were only two small pockets of Lava bubbling and the tour guide said we were luck to see them, as the last few weeks there was only a couple steam ... Read More
Nice tour. We saw the volcano the week before the eruption. When we were at Kilauea there were only two small pockets of Lava bubbling and the tour guide said we were luck to see them, as the last few weeks there was only a couple steam vents. She said they were no big deal to worry about. . . boy was she wrong! The Lava tube was interesting also. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We did the taste of Hawaii and Volcano National Park tour in Hilo.
We did the taste of Hawaii and Volcano National Park tour in Hilo. The tour was excellent and we actually got to see lava as the caldera was erupting. I think our tour guide was more excited than we were!
We did the taste of Hawaii and Volcano National Park tour in Hilo. The tour was excellent and we actually got to see lava as the caldera was erupting. I think our tour guide was more excited than we were! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Disappointed because the bus driver and guide took us everywhere like the nut factory and the lava ...
Disappointed because the bus driver and guide took us everywhere like the nut factory and the lava tube before he went to the Jaggar museum and the nice sunny day had turned to rain and fog by then with no view of the lava crater.
Disappointed because the bus driver and guide took us everywhere like the nut factory and the lava tube before he went to the Jaggar museum and the nice sunny day had turned to rain and fog by then with no view of the lava crater. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
The tour driver was very informative but the restroom on the motor coach was out of order.
The tour driver was very informative but the restroom on the motor coach was out of order. The tour was from 10:00 until 2:30 and there was no lunch or snack offered. The only place where food was available was the Mauna Loa Macadamia nut ... Read More
The tour driver was very informative but the restroom on the motor coach was out of order. The tour was from 10:00 until 2:30 and there was no lunch or snack offered. The only place where food was available was the Mauna Loa Macadamia nut factory but there was only time to eat or view the factory - not both. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Walked through the Thurston Lava Tube
Walked through the Thurston Lava Tube
Walked through the Thurston Lava Tube Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Our travel agent arranged this excursion for us and neglected to pick the one with the waterfall ...
Our travel agent arranged this excursion for us and neglected to pick the one with the waterfall tour. Although everything we saw was interesting, we would of loved to have seen the waterfalls. But again, at the end there was a stop at ... Read More
Our travel agent arranged this excursion for us and neglected to pick the one with the waterfall tour. Although everything we saw was interesting, we would of loved to have seen the waterfalls. But again, at the end there was a stop at the candy factor which was fine, we just didn't have 30 minutes there. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We stayed off the ship overnight to be able to hike out to see lava up close (as close as you can ...
We stayed off the ship overnight to be able to hike out to see lava up close (as close as you can stand it...we poked sticks into the flowing lava)! The NP at the summit has cool stuff too!
We stayed off the ship overnight to be able to hike out to see lava up close (as close as you can stand it...we poked sticks into the flowing lava)! The NP at the summit has cool stuff too! Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
excellent guide.
excellent guide. tough walk up..... beautiful. recommend
excellent guide. tough walk up..... beautiful. recommend Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Silversea Cruises
poor tour guide.
poor tour guide. lava tube walk and crater showed aftermath of volcano.volcano museum and movie shown on bus explained what we saw
poor tour guide. lava tube walk and crater showed aftermath of volcano.volcano museum and movie shown on bus explained what we saw Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We did the Lava Field Expedition with Kapohokine Adventures.
We did the Lava Field Expedition with Kapohokine Adventures. Ken and Wade were our guides. Terrific guys and terrific guides. They searched the fields and found fresh lava flows. It was worth the 8 mile round trip hike to see flowing lava ... Read More
We did the Lava Field Expedition with Kapohokine Adventures. Ken and Wade were our guides. Terrific guys and terrific guides. They searched the fields and found fresh lava flows. It was worth the 8 mile round trip hike to see flowing lava before my eyes. The rocks were so hot it melted the bottom of our sneakers. This hike is difficult if you don't exercise. Also, you must wear closed toe shoes with good soles. Ken was also our driver and gave a great history of the island before and after the hike. We were lucky to have both Ken and Wade. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Too much time at botanical garden, not enough city sightseeing
Too much time at botanical garden, not enough city sightseeing
Too much time at botanical garden, not enough city sightseeing Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises