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Hilo Volcano National Park & Hilo Waterfall Tour Excursion Reviews

Pass through lush rainforest and explore a fascinating world of active volcanism, biological diversity, and Hawaiian culture, past and present.
You can't get very close to the waterfall.
You can't get very close to the waterfall. Park was not much to see.
You can't get very close to the waterfall. Park was not much to see. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Very interesting tour.
Very interesting tour. Would recommend to anyone
Very interesting tour. Would recommend to anyone Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
An Amazing experience to see & smell the scent of the active volcano.
An Amazing experience to see & smell the scent of the active volcano. The steam from the overall area. A must excursion in Hilo.
An Amazing experience to see & smell the scent of the active volcano. The steam from the overall area. A must excursion in Hilo. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
I was expecting lots of fire, smoke and lava, but there was none of that.
I was expecting lots of fire, smoke and lava, but there was none of that. Despite it not being what I expected, this was a winner! The views were spectacular and our pilot gave us great history and facts about the volcanos and the island.
I was expecting lots of fire, smoke and lava, but there was none of that. Despite it not being what I expected, this was a winner! The views were spectacular and our pilot gave us great history and facts about the volcanos and the island. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Rented a car and drove to Volcanoes National Park, the Chain of Craters Road, and to Akaka Falls.
Rented a car and drove to Volcanoes National Park, the Chain of Craters Road, and to Akaka Falls. Definitely better to go explore on your own than a tour bus. I brought my National Parks annual pass so admission was free.
Rented a car and drove to Volcanoes National Park, the Chain of Craters Road, and to Akaka Falls. Definitely better to go explore on your own than a tour bus. I brought my National Parks annual pass so admission was free. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
really awesome, informative, different experience.
really awesome, informative, different experience. Would recommend if you want to get a little bit of exploration on/learn about plants/enjoy walking a bit. Definitely not good for those who have mobility issues.
really awesome, informative, different experience. Would recommend if you want to get a little bit of exploration on/learn about plants/enjoy walking a bit. Definitely not good for those who have mobility issues. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Too many lava fields visited.
Too many lava fields visited. Macadamia nut factory yummy.
Too many lava fields visited. Macadamia nut factory yummy. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Tour led by local Hawaiian.
Tour led by local Hawaiian. Very knowledgable in history and lor. would highly recommend
Tour led by local Hawaiian. Very knowledgable in history and lor. would highly recommend Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Bus for pickup was an hour late, so tour was cut short, but no discount was offered.A lot of areas ...
Bus for pickup was an hour late, so tour was cut short, but no discount was offered.A lot of areas of park were closed do to construction, this shou,d have been disclosed. We did complain back on ship and where given 40% off.
Bus for pickup was an hour late, so tour was cut short, but no discount was offered.A lot of areas of park were closed do to construction, this shou,d have been disclosed. We did complain back on ship and where given 40% off. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Great tour but missing the lava tube portion we did the last time we were here.
Great tour but missing the lava tube portion we did the last time we were here. Amazing to see the difference in the terrain since the last eruption.
Great tour but missing the lava tube portion we did the last time we were here. Amazing to see the difference in the terrain since the last eruption. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Small cramped bus.
Small cramped bus. Many stops for photos. Need longer time at primary attraction - Volcano NP. Grab Macadamia Nut Fact tour rather than eating lunch.
Small cramped bus. Many stops for photos. Need longer time at primary attraction - Volcano NP. Grab Macadamia Nut Fact tour rather than eating lunch. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Spencer was the best tour guide of the trip.
Spencer was the best tour guide of the trip. So glad I got to see Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Rainbow Falls and Akaka Falls were gorgeous!
Spencer was the best tour guide of the trip. So glad I got to see Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Rainbow Falls and Akaka Falls were gorgeous! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
The tour was wonderful!
The tour was wonderful! The guide was great and the scenery was beautiful. The lava flows were really super interesting. The coffee mill was fun but, whatever the guide says, the chocolate dipped cuttlefish at Big Island Candies ... Read More
The tour was wonderful! The guide was great and the scenery was beautiful. The lava flows were really super interesting. The coffee mill was fun but, whatever the guide says, the chocolate dipped cuttlefish at Big Island Candies didn't taste all that wonderful. We really enjoyed this tour! Only gripe was that the van, (a standard passenger van) was too small for some of us to get in and out comfortably.. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
First day opened since the volcanoes erupted in the spring.
First day opened since the volcanoes erupted in the spring. A must see.
First day opened since the volcanoes erupted in the spring. A must see. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
This was awesome!
This was awesome! We booked through our travel agent! Our guide, John, was so knowledgeable!! He took us to all kinds of secret spots in Hilo because he lives in Hilo!!
This was awesome! We booked through our travel agent! Our guide, John, was so knowledgeable!! He took us to all kinds of secret spots in Hilo because he lives in Hilo!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We booked our day in Hilo with Ricky's Tours.
We booked our day in Hilo with Ricky's Tours. He is an excellent tour guide. He took us along Banyon Drive, made a stop at a very pretty park, took us to Volcano National Park, lava tubes, steam vents, lava fields, Jagger Museum and ... Read More
We booked our day in Hilo with Ricky's Tours. He is an excellent tour guide. He took us along Banyon Drive, made a stop at a very pretty park, took us to Volcano National Park, lava tubes, steam vents, lava fields, Jagger Museum and the visitors center. We laso went to an orchid farm (could have skipped this) the nut factory and a black sand beach. He narrated along the drive and also provided chips and water. Great tour! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Our tour guide was great.
Our tour guide was great. We went first to the Volcano and we were able to see some lava bubbling up. Then went to the Lava Tube which was interesting. We went to a macadamia nut farm and then to an orchid grower and shop. Beautiful. ... Read More
Our tour guide was great. We went first to the Volcano and we were able to see some lava bubbling up. Then went to the Lava Tube which was interesting. We went to a macadamia nut farm and then to an orchid grower and shop. Beautiful. Our last stop was the waterfall which was amazing. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
this was maybe my favorite we were told that it had been over a year since the lava pool had not ...
this was maybe my favorite we were told that it had been over a year since the lava pool had not been this high
this was maybe my favorite we were told that it had been over a year since the lava pool had not been this high Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The driver was outstanding.
The driver was outstanding. He was worth the tour alone. The steam and old lava were fascinating. It was only 3 weeks ago we were there and currently it is erupting again, lucky for us.
The driver was outstanding. He was worth the tour alone. The steam and old lava were fascinating. It was only 3 weeks ago we were there and currently it is erupting again, lucky for us. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
A great tour given to our group of 12 by Edmund.
A great tour given to our group of 12 by Edmund. We certainty enjoyed seeing the waterfalls and volcano and walking thru the lava tube.
A great tour given to our group of 12 by Edmund. We certainty enjoyed seeing the waterfalls and volcano and walking thru the lava tube. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Terrible and expensive.
Terrible and expensive. We were given 10 to 15 minutes per stop and most people decided they really wouldn't have too much time so they barely got off minibus to look at sites.
Terrible and expensive. We were given 10 to 15 minutes per stop and most people decided they really wouldn't have too much time so they barely got off minibus to look at sites. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
It rained and was a wash out.
It rained and was a wash out. We were cold and wet, though, got lucky to be able to see some though, could not get good pictures. Lava tube was also wet with water and many hit their heads, shoes got wet and dirty in the red mud. The ... Read More
It rained and was a wash out. We were cold and wet, though, got lucky to be able to see some though, could not get good pictures. Lava tube was also wet with water and many hit their heads, shoes got wet and dirty in the red mud. The park's bird songs were lovely. It did not rain by the port but, did heavily in the park and everywhere else we went! We were fortunate to be able to see without much fog. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We went to Volcanoes National Park, viewed the crater, walked through the Thurston Lava Tube, went ...
We went to Volcanoes National Park, viewed the crater, walked through the Thurston Lava Tube, went to the Macadamia nut factory, had a great lunch and went to the orchid growers. The flowers were beautiful! Great trip, great guide.
We went to Volcanoes National Park, viewed the crater, walked through the Thurston Lava Tube, went to the Macadamia nut factory, had a great lunch and went to the orchid growers. The flowers were beautiful! Great trip, great guide. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Best Part of the Trip.
Best Part of the Trip. Drove to VNP and saw the lava spurting up in the distance. Really loved the lava fields and the chain of craters road. Went though the Thurston Lava Tube, nice walk ending in a rain forest. Fabulous Day. At ... Read More
Best Part of the Trip. Drove to VNP and saw the lava spurting up in the distance. Really loved the lava fields and the chain of craters road. Went though the Thurston Lava Tube, nice walk ending in a rain forest. Fabulous Day. At night, saw the lava flowing into the ocean from our balcony. Amazing. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Great tour.
Great tour. Informative bus driver. Went to Rainbow Falls, Volcano National park, orchid plantation and Macadamea Nut factory.
Great tour. Informative bus driver. Went to Rainbow Falls, Volcano National park, orchid plantation and Macadamea Nut factory. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line