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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.
exciting to stand along the rim of an active volcano and walk through an extinct lava tube
Sail Date: October 2015
exciting to stand along the rim of an active volcano and walk through an extinct lava tube
exciting to stand along the rim of an active volcano and walk through an extinct lava tube Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
It was a great tour, but it depends on how well the tour guide talks and explains.
Sail Date: September 2015
It was a great tour, but it depends on how well the tour guide talks and explains. Ours was fantastic.
It was a great tour, but it depends on how well the tour guide talks and explains. Ours was fantastic. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Derek the driver was phenomenal.
Sail Date: September 2015
Derek the driver was phenomenal. Excellent tour ands value.
Derek the driver was phenomenal. Excellent tour ands value. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Crater Hike and Akaka Falls- excellent!
Sail Date: August 2015
Crater Hike and Akaka Falls- excellent! The volcanos are at a higher altitude so we stayed nice and cool at 22C for the hike. Beautiful hike through the rainforest and across the crater- was like walking across the moon! A very unique and ... Read More
Crater Hike and Akaka Falls- excellent! The volcanos are at a higher altitude so we stayed nice and cool at 22C for the hike. Beautiful hike through the rainforest and across the crater- was like walking across the moon! A very unique and one of a kind experiences. Our guide was excellent- supplied snack, lunch, water and hiking poles. Akaka falls were beautiful! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Awesome day!
Sail Date: August 2015
Awesome day! Great time at Rainbow falls! Loved the lava tube and we got a bonus on ours as our tour guide dropped us off to walk in a lava field! Could have skipped the Orchid nursery, but really enjoyed the Mauna Loa macadamia nut ... Read More
Awesome day! Great time at Rainbow falls! Loved the lava tube and we got a bonus on ours as our tour guide dropped us off to walk in a lava field! Could have skipped the Orchid nursery, but really enjoyed the Mauna Loa macadamia nut factory! Just another great day! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
You have to take this tour and see the volcanoes.
Sail Date: August 2015
You have to take this tour and see the volcanoes. I cannot describe how it feels to walk knowing that hot lava is under your feet.
You have to take this tour and see the volcanoes. I cannot describe how it feels to walk knowing that hot lava is under your feet. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
This was a bus tour with some stops for shopping and sightseeing.
Sail Date: July 2015
This was a bus tour with some stops for shopping and sightseeing. I highly recommend seeing the steam rise from the volcano, the lava rock throughout the park, and visiting the steam vents along the way. Walking through the Thurston Lava ... Read More
This was a bus tour with some stops for shopping and sightseeing. I highly recommend seeing the steam rise from the volcano, the lava rock throughout the park, and visiting the steam vents along the way. Walking through the Thurston Lava Tube was a cool experience. The Rainbow waterfall was gorgeous. This was a good tour. I believe that our driver was named James. He was a good tour guide. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
A good way to see a lot of sites around Hilo, but it is most of the time spent on a travel bus.
Sail Date: July 2015
A good way to see a lot of sites around Hilo, but it is most of the time spent on a travel bus. We had a full load, and we ran late several times waiting for stragglers to get back on the bus.
A good way to see a lot of sites around Hilo, but it is most of the time spent on a travel bus. We had a full load, and we ran late several times waiting for stragglers to get back on the bus. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Interesting
Sail Date: July 2015
Interesting
Interesting Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The hike at the Volcano National Park was awesome.
Sail Date: June 2015
The hike at the Volcano National Park was awesome. I was great to see what the sure power of what a Volcano has done. The Akaka Falls was beautiful. I would say if you can rent a car and visit both places that would save you some money but ... Read More
The hike at the Volcano National Park was awesome. I was great to see what the sure power of what a Volcano has done. The Akaka Falls was beautiful. I would say if you can rent a car and visit both places that would save you some money but the tour was very easy and made it a no fuss situation. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Other than waterfalls and volcano, not much to see.
Sail Date: June 2015
Other than waterfalls and volcano, not much to see. Driver good but we made a couple of stops at gifts shops that were waste of time
Other than waterfalls and volcano, not much to see. Driver good but we made a couple of stops at gifts shops that were waste of time Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Great tour but keep in mind you don't see any actual lava flowing, and they have stops at the ...
Sail Date: June 2015
Great tour but keep in mind you don't see any actual lava flowing, and they have stops at the Macadamia Nut factory shop and a Candy Shop. Tour Guide was very informative and we were glad to not have to navigate our way around on our
Great tour but keep in mind you don't see any actual lava flowing, and they have stops at the Macadamia Nut factory shop and a Candy Shop. Tour Guide was very informative and we were glad to not have to navigate our way around on our own. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The bus/tour guide was great.
Sail Date: May 2015
The bus/tour guide was great. I was hoping to get out and hike more. It is more of a here we are, get out, take a photos and get back on the bus type tour.
The bus/tour guide was great. I was hoping to get out and hike more. It is more of a here we are, get out, take a photos and get back on the bus type tour. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
This excursion was cancelled due to a down electric line that blocked access to the volcano.
Sail Date: May 2015
This excursion was cancelled due to a down electric line that blocked access to the volcano. Not Carnival's fault and they refunded our money. However, nothing else to do at this port.
This excursion was cancelled due to a down electric line that blocked access to the volcano. Not Carnival's fault and they refunded our money. However, nothing else to do at this port. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Excellent.
Sail Date: May 2015
Excellent. Tour guide was very informative and friendly. He took us to many places that were not listed anywhere. There were just 6 of us so it was very peaceful and no waiting.
Excellent. Tour guide was very informative and friendly. He took us to many places that were not listed anywhere. There were just 6 of us so it was very peaceful and no waiting. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
What can I say?
Sail Date: May 2015
What can I say? Jane was an amazing guide. This stopped at the macadamia nut farm/factory, orchid garden, Akaka Falls, lava tube, and the volcano. It was exciting to see the volcano active (it peaked 3 days after our visit). She also ... Read More
What can I say? Jane was an amazing guide. This stopped at the macadamia nut farm/factory, orchid garden, Akaka Falls, lava tube, and the volcano. It was exciting to see the volcano active (it peaked 3 days after our visit). She also took us down a road of lava and we stopped at another crater and steam ports. I would highly recommend this excursion. At the end we even took a quick drive through a beautiful park in Hilo. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Great tour, great tour guide.
Sail Date: May 2015
Great tour, great tour guide. We saw the lava bubbling in the crater and got to walk around the area for a good amount of time. The falls and lava tube were also an unforgettable experience. Highly recommend this one!
Great tour, great tour guide. We saw the lava bubbling in the crater and got to walk around the area for a good amount of time. The falls and lava tube were also an unforgettable experience. Highly recommend this one! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Wonderful.
Sail Date: April 2015
Wonderful. There were just 4 of us in a small van with an excellent tour guide. We say a black sand beach, actually walked through a lava flow tunnel, say waterfalls, Mauna Loa. I loved it and highly recommend this tour guide.
Wonderful. There were just 4 of us in a small van with an excellent tour guide. We say a black sand beach, actually walked through a lava flow tunnel, say waterfalls, Mauna Loa. I loved it and highly recommend this tour guide. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We went with a private tour company called Lavaland.
Sail Date: April 2015
We went with a private tour company called Lavaland. 2nd best excursion we've done globally. Luckily the volcano started to spew 2 days before we arrived so were given a treat!
We went with a private tour company called Lavaland. 2nd best excursion we've done globally. Luckily the volcano started to spew 2 days before we arrived so were given a treat! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Great tour guide and exciting to see lava at the Volcano...had not been seen since 1982.
Sail Date: April 2015
Great tour guide and exciting to see lava at the Volcano...had not been seen since 1982. All the tour guides were excited as well. Our guide was really informative and engaging.
Great tour guide and exciting to see lava at the Volcano...had not been seen since 1982. All the tour guides were excited as well. Our guide was really informative and engaging. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Great Tour, cousin Jeff was a superb host.
Sail Date: March 2015
Great Tour, cousin Jeff was a superb host. also went to Mauna Loa macadamia nut self guided tour. Went to two other Waterfalls, Hilo Waterfall was not open as road work was being done but Jeff took us to to others
Great Tour, cousin Jeff was a superb host. also went to Mauna Loa macadamia nut self guided tour. Went to two other Waterfalls, Hilo Waterfall was not open as road work was being done but Jeff took us to to others Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Interesting to see the Volcano National Park and lava fields and walk through the lava tubes, which ...
Sail Date: February 2015
Interesting to see the Volcano National Park and lava fields and walk through the lava tubes, which were damp compared to the ones in Australia. The waterfall is not that large and is quite lovely. However once again seven hours of ... Read More
Interesting to see the Volcano National Park and lava fields and walk through the lava tubes, which were damp compared to the ones in Australia. The waterfall is not that large and is quite lovely. However once again seven hours of continual chatter was too much. Some time to just seat and admire the scenery is great. Too much of legends and gods become rather confusing after a while Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We used Big Island Aina Tours operated by a married couple, Gil and Tina.
Sail Date: January 2015
We used Big Island Aina Tours operated by a married couple, Gil and Tina. Highly recommend using these guys. They had the best price I could find and do a great tour.
We used Big Island Aina Tours operated by a married couple, Gil and Tina. Highly recommend using these guys. They had the best price I could find and do a great tour. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Started with a drive thru Banyon tree drive in Hilo.
Sail Date: November 2014
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 ... Read More
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. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
This was a pretty neat tour of a caldera, steam holes and finally a volcanic tube.
Sail Date: June 2014
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 ... Read More
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. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line