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Hilo Shore Excursion: Active Volcano Waterfall Black Sand Beach

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    What to Expect
    Receive a morning pickup from your Hilo hotel, Hilo Airport, or Hilo Port. You’ll continue on a drive through some of the Big Island’s historic sugar plantation towns as you make your to Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

    Explore this unique volcanic area with your group, stopping to visit attractions like the steam vents and Halema'uma'u Crater. You’ll also trek through the nearby rainforest to visit Thurston Lava Tube, where you can learn more about how volcanoes form, erupt and cool. You will see additional lava flows as you continue on a drive along the ‘Chain of Craters’ Road.

    After stopping for an included picnic lunch, continue to Hilo, where you’ll stop by a chocolate factory and visit Rainbow Falls. You’ll finish the day by exploring a black sand beach that’s frequently visited by ‘Honu,’ Hawaii’s resident green sea turtles. Finish the day with a drop-off back at your original pickup location.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    1: Hilo Harbor, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
    2: Hilo International Airport, 2450 Kekuanaoa St, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
    3: Hele-On Mo'oheau Bus Terminal, 329 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, HI 96720, USA

    Traveler pickup is offered
    We provide pickup at the Hilo International Airport. Please provide your flight information at time of booking.
    If you are staying in Kona or outside of Hilo, we will meet you at the Hilo Mo'oheau Bus Terminal (329 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo). Please confirm that you will meet at the bus terminal at time of booking.

    Hilo Harbor
    Departure Time
    8:30 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Professional guide
    • Lunch - Island Fresh Sandwiches (ham, turkey, pastrami or veggie)
    • Bottled water - Help protect our island environment and bring your own refillable water bottle!
    • Hilo Harbor Port pickup and drop-off
    • Hilo Airport pick-up and drop-off
    • Hilo area Hotel pick-up and drop-off (we will contact you directly if we need to arrange a meeting location)
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Entry/Admission - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately (be prepared for sun, wind and rain)
    • Covered walking shoes are required and a rain jacket is recommended
    • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required and a maximum of 12 passengers per departure
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult and must have proper safety seats as required by Hawaii state law through age 7 (seats will be provided only upon request at time of booking). No lap children are allowed. Please confirm if you will be bringing a safety seat for your child.
    • We highly recommend ACCOMMODATIONS in the Hilo area to get the most out of your tour. We provide pick-up service in the Hilo area or will arrange a meeting point if needed.
    • For CRUISE SHIP passengers, we pick-up directly at Hilo Harbor and will adjust the tour time as needed to accommodate your ships time in port.
    • For a one DAY TRIP to the Big Island, please make your travel arrangements to and from the Hilo International Airport.
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Please contact us if you are traveling with a wheelchair or scooter (they must be collapsible). All passengers must be able to step up on a stool and into a 15-passenger van on their own. Some stops are not wheelchair accessible.
    • Please let us know of any food allergies.
    • Kilauea volcano is an active volcano, you may be exposed to volcanic gas on this tour.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Jill was wonderful. Down to earth, friendly, personable and did everything to make us and the entire group feel great. She has a great knowledge of the area and the places we went. I wish all tours were this great. If you get a chance to have them give your tour you will be
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    My husband and I participated in this tour while in port on a Carnival cruise ship. The communication prior to the tour was excellent and Josh met us exactly where he said he would be. The itinerary was just as advertised and Josh was knowlegeable and provided great
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    Jill and Josh are the best. The vehicles were clean, the water was cold and the service was outstanding. Their knowledge of the island was extensive, and you can tell that they truly love the island that they call home.
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    I am in two minds writing this review. There was nothing 'wrong' with the experience, and our guide, Josh is a nice guy, so don't want to harm their company, but I do feel an honest appraisal of the tour is necessary. Being on the Pride of America cruise ship, we experienced a
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    Response from Joshua G, Owner at Hilo Shore Excursion: Active Volcano Waterfall Black Sand Beach
    Responded 1 week ago
    Aloha, Thank you for your feedback. We at Mauka Makai Adventures are very sorry to learn that the tour you joined us on was not up to your standards. As a small family owned and locally operated tour company we take pride in making everyones experience from the front seat to the rear as interactive and enjoyable as possible. I wish I was able to show every guest the entire national park but that is impossible with the size and the time we are allowed while ships are in port. Again we apologize and hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay in our islands. Mahalo, Josh
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    Great tour. Jill was our guide and she was amazing! We were a small group and it was perfect. Answered all our questions and catered to our needs, right down to the gluten free sandwich. I would highly recommend if you’re in Hilo.
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    Key Details
    • Duration: 7h
    • Mobile Ticket Accepted
    • Instant confirmation
    • Hotel Pickup
    • Languages Offered: English
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