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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.
Get to see lava, walked through the lava tunnel thingy.
Sail Date: December 2017
Get to see lava, walked through the lava tunnel thingy. Don't really care about the rainbow fall though. But overall, a very fun experience.
Get to see lava, walked through the lava tunnel thingy. Don't really care about the rainbow fall though. But overall, a very fun experience. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Was a great way to see that part of the island
Sail Date: December 2017
Was a great way to see that part of the island
Was a great way to see that part of the island Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Hertz in Hilo are staffed by the most helpful people we came across.
Sail Date: November 2017
Hertz in Hilo are staffed by the most helpful people we came across. Shuttle available to and from cruise ship, and we were given easy directions to Rainbow Falls and V.N.P. The falls were spectacular. We were dismayed to hear that 2 ... Read More
Hertz in Hilo are staffed by the most helpful people we came across. Shuttle available to and from cruise ship, and we were given easy directions to Rainbow Falls and V.N.P. The falls were spectacular. We were dismayed to hear that 2 tourists had lost their lives just the weekend before entering the water above the falls. Please pay attention to all warning signs. It is not safe to swim here. We then had an easy drive to Volcanoes National Park, where we enjoyed a presentation by a local ranger (free of charge) and explored other sites in the park. Thurston Lava Tube was full of puddles (more like lakes) so there was no choice but to remove shoes to wade through to the other side. Felt very intrepid. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Not many on our tour as we didn't do Rainbow Falls - just a mini bus.
Sail Date: October 2017
Not many on our tour as we didn't do Rainbow Falls - just a mini bus. Very cold at top of volcano. Our guide was good. Had a clear view. Worth doing.
Not many on our tour as we didn't do Rainbow Falls - just a mini bus. Very cold at top of volcano. Our guide was good. Had a clear view. Worth doing. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Tour made stops at candy factory and macadamia nuts processor.
Sail Date: September 2017
Tour made stops at candy factory and macadamia nuts processor.
Tour made stops at candy factory and macadamia nuts processor. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Just ok.
Sail Date: September 2017
Just ok. We were lucky to see a bit of volcanoe action but I got tired of seeing the same thing over again... our guide (I forgot his name) was also good.
Just ok. We were lucky to see a bit of volcanoe action but I got tired of seeing the same thing over again... our guide (I forgot his name) was also good. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
GLad to lear history of Volcanos & learn about the fires & lava flows in the ocean.
Sail Date: August 2017
GLad to lear history of Volcanos & learn about the fires & lava flows in the ocean.
GLad to lear history of Volcanos & learn about the fires & lava flows in the ocean. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Very informative.
Sail Date: July 2017
Very informative. Learned a lot about volcanoes. It was great to get to walk inside the lava tubes and on the lava rock field. Then we got to sea an active volcano, which was the highlight. The water spouts were interesting as well.
Very informative. Learned a lot about volcanoes. It was great to get to walk inside the lava tubes and on the lava rock field. Then we got to sea an active volcano, which was the highlight. The water spouts were interesting as well. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Had an excellent bus driver/tour guide.
Sail Date: June 2017
Had an excellent bus driver/tour guide. Very knowledgeable about the area and even added some unscheduled photo opportunities. The advantage to taking a bus was that we always had parking! Watched rental cars circle around for parking ... Read More
Had an excellent bus driver/tour guide. Very knowledgeable about the area and even added some unscheduled photo opportunities. The advantage to taking a bus was that we always had parking! Watched rental cars circle around for parking while we hopped off and on. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
This was a wonderful tour we had an awesome tour guide and he gave us plenty of time to see things.
Sail Date: May 2017
This was a wonderful tour we had an awesome tour guide and he gave us plenty of time to see things. We went to an orchid plant as well rainbow waterfalls as well to the national volcano park the day was clear and we say live flowing lava ... Read More
This was a wonderful tour we had an awesome tour guide and he gave us plenty of time to see things. We went to an orchid plant as well rainbow waterfalls as well to the national volcano park the day was clear and we say live flowing lava just great. Then we got to go to the macadamia nut factory just a great day and the tour was within 4 hours. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Great excursion.
Sail Date: May 2017
Great excursion. Volcano National Park was a great experience.
Great excursion. Volcano National Park was a great experience. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The bus tour guide was the best guide I have ever had before.
Sail Date: May 2017
The bus tour guide was the best guide I have ever had before. In my years of overseeing a Bank Tour Club I have seen a lot. It was an incredibly beautiful day in Hilo and the view at Volcano National Park were unbelievable. Also Rainbow ... Read More
The bus tour guide was the best guide I have ever had before. In my years of overseeing a Bank Tour Club I have seen a lot. It was an incredibly beautiful day in Hilo and the view at Volcano National Park were unbelievable. Also Rainbow Falls and the Macadamia Nut tour were a lot of fun. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
It was really pretty.
Sail Date: May 2017
It was really pretty.
It was really pretty. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Did not see any lava as we only drove to the main stop off the road.
Sail Date: May 2017
Did not see any lava as we only drove to the main stop off the road. The island didn't offer much of interest in my opinion. It's a large island and go with a planned list of what to do.
Did not see any lava as we only drove to the main stop off the road. The island didn't offer much of interest in my opinion. It's a large island and go with a planned list of what to do. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
Very good.
Sail Date: May 2017
Very good. We had Vince who was one of the kindest and informative guides we've ever had. Small group- just six of us.
Very good. We had Vince who was one of the kindest and informative guides we've ever had. Small group- just six of us. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
Wonderful tour in a small group of the National park, steam vents, lava tubes, and waterfalls.
Sail Date: May 2017
Wonderful tour in a small group of the National park, steam vents, lava tubes, and waterfalls. Excellent tour!
Wonderful tour in a small group of the National park, steam vents, lava tubes, and waterfalls. Excellent tour! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Excellent experience
Sail Date: April 2017
Excellent experience
Excellent experience Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
had taken this tour several years ago with Roberts and again not disappointed.
Sail Date: March 2017
had taken this tour several years ago with Roberts and again not disappointed. Great driver guide, with 12 other passengers on a mini van. Not only tour the same sights as the ship, but at least three other stops, including the Orchid ... Read More
had taken this tour several years ago with Roberts and again not disappointed. Great driver guide, with 12 other passengers on a mini van. Not only tour the same sights as the ship, but at least three other stops, including the Orchid Plantation where we ate sandwiches purchased at the Macdama nut farm. Delicious and great surrounding for lunch. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Just to experience seeing the volcano and the falls was breathtaking.
Sail Date: February 2017
Just to experience seeing the volcano and the falls was breathtaking.
Just to experience seeing the volcano and the falls was breathtaking. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
This was one of the best tours we have taken--privately booked with Marylou's Big Island Guided ...
Sail Date: February 2017
This was one of the best tours we have taken--privately booked with Marylou's Big Island Guided Tours. She picked us up at the pier and we essentially had a private tour since the other couple from our ship that had booked with her ... Read More
This was one of the best tours we have taken--privately booked with Marylou's Big Island Guided Tours. She picked us up at the pier and we essentially had a private tour since the other couple from our ship that had booked with her was ill. We drove around Hilo at the beginning and end of the 6 hours seeing the town, beautiful parks, areas affected by the tsunami, and black sand beach. Then we headed out seeing waterfalls and varied landscapes on our way to Volcano National Park, talking about what living near an active volcano is like. Marylou guided our experience at the park, sharing binoculars, narrating what we were seeing, and answering questions. A number of people on bus tours with the Westerdam who were pretty much on their own wound up joining us for the great information and joy in what she was seeing (actually could see lava shooting up as well as the steam from the crater) that Marylou provided. She also guided us through the museum explaining things we might not have noticed on our own. We have mobility problems and were not intending to get out places like the lava tubes on the initial tour agenda, so (since we were her only customers) we slowed the pace a bit and spent more time with fewer things. The drive thru and stops within the national park were very interesting. On the way back to town she continued to point out sights along the way. We opted to by pass the macadamian nut stop in favor of the candy factory / store. Our lunch stop at a coffee processor included an interesting explanation of coffee processing; the food (not included in the tour) was okay. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
rainbow falls was not much to see, was not impressed with that area, the volcano national park was ...
Sail Date: February 2017
rainbow falls was not much to see, was not impressed with that area, the volcano national park was very interesting. more time could have been spent at actual volcano which was giving us quite a show that day. great for those that have ... Read More
rainbow falls was not much to see, was not impressed with that area, the volcano national park was very interesting. more time could have been spent at actual volcano which was giving us quite a show that day. great for those that have never seen lava fields or volcanoes Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We boarded our tour bus and proceeded towards Volcano National Park with a stop at the Moana Loa ...
Sail Date: January 2017
We boarded our tour bus and proceeded towards Volcano National Park with a stop at the Moana Loa Macadamia Nut Factory enroute. Our guide was very informative. We drove through old lava fields and saw steam vents. When we arrived at the ... Read More
We boarded our tour bus and proceeded towards Volcano National Park with a stop at the Moana Loa Macadamia Nut Factory enroute. Our guide was very informative. We drove through old lava fields and saw steam vents. When we arrived at the summit of Kiluea we were given 30 minutes to view the small museum on site and the crater. There was a little activity in the crater with sporadic spitting of lava from one of the vents. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Fantastic site and volcano was in action and visible.
Sail Date: November 2016
Fantastic site and volcano was in action and visible. Needed more time in the exhibits area, but the park ranger outside was excellent.
Fantastic site and volcano was in action and visible. Needed more time in the exhibits area, but the park ranger outside was excellent. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The Rainbow Falls part of it was okay but visiting Volcano National Park is a must.
Sail Date: October 2016
The Rainbow Falls part of it was okay but visiting Volcano National Park is a must. The fact that there is active volcanic activity right now made it much more interesting. When we were there, there was active lava flow inside a crater. ... Read More
The Rainbow Falls part of it was okay but visiting Volcano National Park is a must. The fact that there is active volcanic activity right now made it much more interesting. When we were there, there was active lava flow inside a crater. Our guide was very good. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Fairly interesting.
Sail Date: October 2016
Fairly interesting. You only get to about 4000 Feet. The lava tube/cave walk is neat. We went to the Macadamia nut factory on the way to the crater. Make sure you get something to eat quickly or you won't get anything, especially if ... Read More
Fairly interesting. You only get to about 4000 Feet. The lava tube/cave walk is neat. We went to the Macadamia nut factory on the way to the crater. Make sure you get something to eat quickly or you won't get anything, especially if more than one tour is there. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line