Hawaii Volcanoes National Park & Rainbow Falls Tour

Kilauea Volcano Tour walking through a lava tube

Experience the awesome nature of volcanoes at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Kilauea Volcano Tour Halemaumau Crater

Kilauea Summit overlooking the active Halemaumau crater

Kilauea Volcano Tour walking through a lava tube

Experience the tropical wonder of Rainbow Falls.

Kilauea Volcano Tour Kilauea Crater Rim

Lush tree ferns line one side of the Kilauea crater rim

Kilauea Volcano Tour walking through a lava tube

Walk trough a lava tube formed during an eruption centuries ago

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For cruise ship passengers, the Hilo Cruise Ship Volcano allows you to experience the awesome nature of volcanoes at Volcanoes National Park.  On a comfortable motor coach, you will cruise along the 11 mile Crater Rim that circles Kilauea’s summit and you will make stops along the way to experience unique beauty of Hawaii’s volcanoes.  You will see the range of the lava from smooth to jagged, and also view lava tubes, sulfur banks and bleak desert areas.

A short walk through the lush rain forest path will lead you to Thurston Lava Tube, a natural wonder unique to Hawaii.  Located next to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory is the Thomas A. Jaggar Museum.  You can view videos of volcanic eruptions, geologic displays, and working seismic equipment relating to the adjacent Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.  There are breathtaking overlooks into Kilauea Caldera and Halema’uma’u Crater. Oval-shaped Kilauea Caldera is 2 to 2.5 miles across and it is about 400 feet deep in some places. Within this caldera is Halema’uma’u Crater, and you can smell brimstone and hear steam hissing out of fissures in the rock.

In addition to the Volcanoes National Park, you will explore more of Hilo’s surroundings, including Akatsuka Orchid Nursery, Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory, and Rainbow Falls.

General Information
Schedule: Day of tour depends on what cruise ship you are on. Pride of America tours run on Tuesdays.

Reservations: This tour is only for Hilo Cruise Ship passengers. Due to high demand, this tour sells out weeks in advance.

Pick up: Pick up will be at the cruise ship dock, and the time will depend on what cruise ship you are on. Pride of America pick up is at 9:30am.

Duration: Approximately 7 hours

Tour includes:  Admission to Volcanoes National Park & Rainbow Falls.  Lunch is not included, but can be purchased at the Observatory Center.

What to Bring & Wear:  We recommend wearing comfortable shoes and a light jacket.  This tour Involves walking over relatively level terrain, possible lava and uneven ground.

Vehicle:  This tour is run on a 56-60 seat passenger motor coach.  Route may be modified due to National Park advisories

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be made at least 48 hours before the start of the event.  Tour subject to cancellation if the minimum number of 4 participants is not met.

Note: Volcanic emissions, including sulfur gas, may affect those with respiratory concerns.  Route may be modified due to National Park advisories.  No guaranteed sightings of lava flows.  Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory is closed on the weekends and Holidays but the visitors center is open daily.

kilauea crater
Billowing plumes from the crater
Rainbow Falls
Witness Rainbow Falls!

CHilo Cruise Ship Volcanoruise Ship Passengers

In addition to the Hilo Cruise Ship Volcano tour, Hilo cruise ship passengers can experience the Volcano Bike Tour.

Activity Tips

Kevin Ditamore – Owner / Manager

I can’t imagine going to the Big Island and not making the trip down to see the active volcano. Even on days when lava viewing is not possible the evidence of recent volcanic activity is everywhere. You’ll see steam vents and smell sulfur in the air. This park is rich in history too.