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HILO, HAWAII
Excursion Description Cost
Volcanoes National Park
4 3/4 hours

Explore Volcanoes National Park and learn about Hawaii's Goddess of Fire, Madame Pele, as you drive along the craters rim. Standing at just over 5,000 feet, Kilauea is not the tallest volcano on the Big Island, but it is certainly the most active. Pass the Halemaumau Fire Pit and the Kilauea Iki Crater before stopping at the Thurston Lava Tube, where a short walk gives you the opportunity for an up-close view of an extinct lava tube. This tour also visits the Hawaii Volcano Observatory and Jaggar Museum. Finally, learn about the fruits of the rich volcanic soil when you visit the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory, where the tasty nut can be found coated in everything from chocolate to Kona coffee. Note: While at Volcanoes National Park, you will not see molten lava. Thurston Lava Tube is not wheelchair accessible due to uneven pathways and steps.
$49
Nani Mau Gardens & Akaka Falls
4 3/4 hours

The windward side of The Big Island is said to be a gift of nature. Departing the pier, you'll drive through Hilo's scenic bay along Banyan Drive and pass Liliuokalani Park, filled with an amazing variety of tropical plants and flowers. Continuing along Hawaii Belt Road, traveling in the direction of the Hamakua Coast, you'll pass through small villages en route to 'Akaka Falls, located on the slopes of dormant Mauna Kea Volcano. Here, water plunges over 420 feet in a sheer drop over a volcanic cliff. Next, it's on to the Nani Mau Botanical Gardens. Before returning to the pier, you will also visit Big Island Candies. Note: Some walking over damp and slippery surfaces is required.
$49
Volcano & Rainbow Falls
6 1/2 hours

Your tour begins with a scenic short drive to Wailuku River State Park and Rainbow Falls. The 80-foot falls cascade into a circular pool at the base of the Wailuku River and rainbows are seen in the mist. Your adventure continues to spectacular Nani Mau Botanical Gardens. Then, take an approximate 60-minute drive to Volcanoes National Park, where 70 million years of volcanic history is on display. Here, you can admire the remarkable view of Kilauea Volcano, the earth’s most active volcano, as to enjoy a buffet lunch. Then, drive along the 11-mile craters rim, to enjoy a unique view of this volcanic landscape and learn about Madame Pele, Hawaii’s Goddess of Fire. Trace the birth of the Hawaiian Islands when you visit the Hawaii Volcano Observatory and the Jaggar Museum. You will also have the opportunity to walk through the Thurston Lava Tube before a visit at Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory. Note: While at Volcanoes National Park, you will not see molten lava. Thurston Lava Tube is not wheelchair accessible due to uneven pathways and steps.
$89
Mt. Mauna Kea
6 hours

Mauna Kea Volcano, the tallest mountain the world, measures 32,000 feet from its base to its summit at 13,796 feet above sea level. This volcano is also the most sought after astronomical site, with 13 telescopes representing 12 countries scanning the heavens and looking beyond the stars to galaxies far beyond. Home to the most powerful observatories and telescopes, including the Keck Telescope which has the world’s largest mirror, it is also home to the cultural heritage of the Hawaiian people. During the last Ice Age, Mauna Kea was heavily glaciated, and with the mixing of ice and molten lava, it formed a dense rock that ancient Hawaiians quarried to make durable blades and adzes. Your “Sea to Sky” experience will start as you depart from the pier in an air-conditioned 4 x 4 van, making your way through the historic town of Hilo northward toward Mauna Kea. The view atop Mauna Kea can only be described as “majestic,” and the clouds are often below you. This tour also includes a stop at the Onizuka Center for International Astronomy. At 9,200 feet above sea level, it houses the world’s largest telescope at Keck Observatory (weekdays only). Note: Participants must be over 16 years of age (State Requirement). Oxygen is carried for emergencies. This tour is not recommended for pregnant women, persons suffering from respiratory disorders or heart problems. Warm parkas are provided, as the temperatures at the summit may be cold.
$99
Waterfalls & Hilo Town
3 1/2 hours

Experience Akaka Falls, Hawaii's tallest waterfall plunging 420 feet below the dormant Mauna Kea Volcano. Visit the Tsunami Museum: watch a short film with actual footage of the tsunami events and visit a variety of exhibits which include educational facts and stories of those who survived. Drive through historical downtown Hilo that was devastated in 1946 by the tsunami. Other stops include the Shinmachi Memorial which was erected in honor of the many residents who lost their lives to the tsunami of 1946. Plus no trip to this side of the Big Island is complete without a stop at Big Island Candies where you can stock up on Hawaii treats that are known by all.
$59
Hilo Coast & Botanical Gardens
2 1/2 hours

Located on Onomea Bay, this world-renowned tropical garden is a nature preserve that is acclaimed by visitors as 'the most beautiful area in Hawaii. En route, your narrated tour takes you through the Japanese style Liliuokalani Gardens, along Hilo Bay and the lush Hamakua Coast to Onomea Bay. Here, in the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens, more than 2,500 species of tropical plant life have been assembled from regions all over the world; and the plants are labeled for easy identification. You'll receive a map of the gardens trails at the Visitor Center, and then enjoy your time wandering the garden grounds on your own, taking photographs or simply enjoying the incredible beauty.
$34
Hawaiian Eco-safari
5 hours

Enjoy a day of exploration into the formation, population, history, and culture of the Hawaiian Islands. Visit the Panaewa Rainforest Zoo, the only rainforest zoo in America, where you will see a collection of rare Hawaiian birds and many other interesting exhibits. Namaste, the white tiger is always a crowd favorite. Then, tour the arboretum at Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Farm's Visitors Center, and learn about the native plants. At Lava Tree Park, take a short walk to view the "lava trees" which are a lasting example of what happens when a lava flow overruns a rainforest. On the way to Ahalanui Park, view the Kapoho Lava Flow, which destroyed the village of Kapoho in 1960. Finally, enjoy a relaxing dip in the geo-thermal pool, which is fed by fresh water that is heated by the volcano, making temperatures as high as 95 degrees. Or, just take in the breathtaking ocean views.
$79
Windward Coast & Waterfalls
6 1/2 hours

Follow the trade winds as you venture along the coastal lands of Hawaii's oldest volcanic mountains. Along the way, enjoy easy walking explorations to accessible waterfalls and coastal areas, that are rarely visited by tourists. Scenic old roads wind along towering cliffs and rainforest streams take you toward magnificent Waipio Valley - the largest valley on the Island of Hawaii. On the return leg, enjoy a walk through the heritage town of Honokaa, with its charming old-style storefronts. En route, you will stop at Laupahoehoe Point with its spectacular shoreline; Waikaumalo Park with its scenic stream and tropical plants; and several beautiful waterfalls, one of which has amazing botanical gardens. Note: Participants must be at least 8 years of age.
$129
Circle Of Fire Helicopter
2 1/2 hours

See earth's most geologically active environment, the Kilauea Volcano, on a thrilling helicopter ride. This remarkable 45-minute flightseeing tour emphasizes the current areas of volcanic activity. Fly over Kilauea's most recent eruption sites and follow the surface activity down to the devastated village of Kalapana. View lava flows, the Puna Forest and black sand beaches, which were formed by lava that was cooled by water. In the course of your tour, you will receive an informative commentary from your tour guide/pilot over an individual headset. Note: This tour is non-refundable.
$219
Hawaii Volcanoes Nature Deluxe
6 hours

Join us on a memorable journey to Hawaii's most spectacular natural showcase: Kilauea Volcano at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Discover nature's wonders first-hand with our expert naturalist guide. Get the best of both worlds as we show you the "must see" natural features, as well as hidden gems other tours only pass by. Then catch a glimpse of one of our endemic forest honeycreepers or feel the scorching heat of a black pahoehoe desert. If lava location and time permits, we'll also travel down the scenic Chain of Craters Road to visit actively flowing lava. There's no better place on earth to witness the creation of land and awesome power of volcanoes than at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Note: Participants must be at least 4 years of age and able to walk 3 miles. You must wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes. Seeing molten lava is not guaranteed.
$154
Kilauea Volcano Hike
6 hours

See Kilauea Volcano and hike directly to the source of creation of the Hawaiian Islands. Incredibly enough, the land you cross gets younger as the air-conditioned van climbs from the Port of Hilo to the 4,000 foot summit of Kilauea Volcano and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park where new land is brought from the earth’s interior to the surface. Immersed in the terrain and flora of Kilauea Volcano, you’ll hike through lava fields, rainforest, near steam vents and through a lava tube. Sometimes, if nature permits and if it is accessible, we will be able to view flowing lava as close as safely possible. Note: Participants must be at least 8 years of age and capable of a 4-mile walk into a crater some 400 feet in depth. Wear sturdy covered walking shoes. This tour is not recommended for those with respiratory or heart problems.
$109
Kilauea Lava Viewing Hike
6 hours

The sight of flowing lava is incredible and this is your best chance to see it! Travel 51 miles from Hilo in an air-conditioned van that will take you up 4,000-feet to Kilauea Volcano and back down to the sea. For 22 years, Kilauea has been erupting with lava moving slowly back and fourth along a 10-mile stretch, as it enters the sea. During the long distance hike, you will walk on the newest land on earth, in some cases formed only hours before (depending on Mother Nature). Time permitting after the hike you will also visit other park features. Note: Participants must be at least 10 years of age. Infants are not permitted even if carried by adults. Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes. Due to natural sulfur gases this tour is not recommended for those with respiratory or heart problems.
$99
Waipio Valley Of The Kings
5 1/2 hours

Visit one of the most beautiful valleys and secret spots in the Hawaiian Islands! Waipio is often referred to as the Valley of the Kings since it was once home to many of the Ali'i (royalty). Your adventure begins with a scenic drive up the Hamakua Coast to Waipio; lush and green, the valley is remote and not easily accessible to the public. Let your imagination come alive as your Hawaii-born guides show you the wonders of this area on a number of fun activities. Explore the beauty of Waipio Valley via 4 x 4 van guided by your native Hawaiian guide. Drive over backcountry roads to scenic points and sites of historical significance not accessible by the general public. Surrounded by vertical cliffs and lush foliage, this is a true glimpse into untouched Hawaii. Note: Participants should expect to drive on uneven, bumpy terrain and through streams in the valley floor. Tours operate weather permitting - tropical rains may force cancellation. Waterfalls are not always visible. Tours to Waipio Valley are not available on Sundays.
$109
Hilo Bay Waterfall & Kayak
2 1/2 hours

Your adventure begins at a black sand beach in the heart of Hilo, just a short distance from the cruise ship pier. Enjoy a great time on the water with fun guides and amazing views -look out for a glimpse of the Mauna Kea Summit. Hilo is America's wettest city, so be prepared for plenty of rainbows and a lush tropical coastline. Your kayaking excursion will take you out past Coconut Island and along Hilo's shoreline with magnificent views of the Wailoa Park Estuary and the Wailuku River Waterfall, where the 18-mile river reaches the ocean. Note: Participants must be at least 10 years of age and weigh no more than 250 lbs. This tour is not recommended for those with back problems or heart conditions. Wear a swimsuit and bring a towel. Two - person ocean kayaks, safety gear and paddling instruction will be provided. Tour is weather dependant.
$75
Kilauea Volcano Biking
5 hours

Your exciting day begins at the Visitor’s Center at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. You will receive a detailed orientation, safety briefing and be fitted with a 21-speed mountain bike and safety equipment. Your eight-mile bike ride around the Kilauea Caldera is on paved roads and takes place over mostly level or downhill terrain over 2 to 2 hours. Along your ride, you will stop to enjoy scenic views and short walks to the overlooks, including Kilauea Iki Overlook, the famous Thurston Lava Tube and many others. The ride includes two short uphill sections. If you do not wish to ride the hills you may ride in the tour’s van at any time. Note: Participants must be at least 12 years of age and know how to ride a bicycle. Bike, helmet, gloves and rain jacket or ponchos are provided. Natural sulfur gases may affect those with respiratory problems. You will not see molten lava on this tour.
$109
Secrets Of Puna
6 hours

Climb aboard a luxury 4 x 4 SUV for a memorable and exciting adventure to Puna, located on the southeast corner of the Big Island and home to some of the world's most spectacular natural sights. Kilauea Volcano has been erupting continuously since January 3, 1983 and has added more than 600 acres of land to the island. During this adventure, visit the site of what was once known to be the finest black sand beach in the world, Kaimu, entombed since 1990 under 75 feet of lava. Then, stop at Mackenzie Park and view dramatic 75-foot high lava cliffs overlooking the brilliant blue waters of the Pacific. After lunch, continue on to the village of Kapoho destroyed by the eruption in 1960 before making a stop at the secret volcanically heated saltwater pool where you can snorkel or just take a swim. Your final destination is Lava Tree State Park for a short walk, where in 1790 a lava flow covered the jungle and Ohia trees encasing them forever in lava. Upon your return, pass through Pahoa, a quaint town with wooden sidewalks and an outlaw reputation, and the perfect spot to see old Hawaii! Note: We recommend you wear a swimsuit under your clothing. Beach towels are provided.
$169
Discover Kilauea - Two Ways
3 1/2 hours

Explore the natural wonders of Kilauea in two unique ways! Kilauea is the most active volcano on the planet, continuously erupting since 1983. Leaving Hilo we travel south to Kalapana and before approaching the area, we go off road across recent lava flows to this ancient Hawaiian fishing village that was destroyed in 1990. Continuing the journey we travel to the Kazumura Cave system, the longest cave in the world with over 40 miles already discovered and waiting for you to explore! Your expert guide will greet you upon arrival and take you down into the mountain for a subterranean expedition of Kilauea you'll never forget! The cool forest hovering over the cave is a spectacular backdrop for a moment of relaxation and refreshments after your adventure. This is certainly the perfect way to end your two way discovery of Kilauea. Note: Participants must be at least 8 years of age. If you have any back problems, existing heart conditions or are pregnant, this tour is not for you. You must wear sturdy closed-toe shoes. You will not see molten lava on this tour.
$109
Elements Of Power
6 hours

A rare adventure into the heart of Hawaii awaits you! "'Imiloa" means "exploring new knowledge" in Hawaiian. The 'Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii is a world-class facility complete with high-tech hands-on interactive displays; it remains rooted in Hawaii's rich cultural traditions. Experience the birth of the islands in Imiloa's state-of-the-art planetarium and see why majestic Mauna Kea is revered as the link between heaven and earth. Then prepare to experience firsthand what you've seen at 'Imiloa as you explore the ancient Hawaiian fishing village at Pualaa on the scenic Puna coast. The oceanfront village is alive with archeological features and a rare lowland rainforest that serves as the spectacular backdrop for your gourmet deli-style lunch and refreshments.
$159
Accessible Eastern Hawaii
6 hours

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If you have an adventurous mind, but limited mobility, then this tour is for you. You will visit all the top attractions in East Hawaii; including Volcanoes National Park, Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Visitor's Center, 'Imiloa Astronomy Center, and Rainbow Falls. We bring you to the sites that you would normally miss due to accessibility issues through our onboard DVD presentations. We have a driver and guide/attendant onboard to meet all of your needs, and you will travel at a pace that is comfortable for all. A boxed lunch full of local treats is included.
$109
Oceans & Stars
4 1/2 hours

This tour was designed by astronomy and marine recreation experts to help you better understand the oceans around you and the stars above you. The Hilo area serves as an excellent natural laboratory for learning about native marine life, oceanography, marine safety, aquaculture, outrigger canoe racing and tsunamis. You will start at Richardson's Ocean Park to see "black sand" and discuss native marine life and more. Then you will visit Four Mile Beach Park to view Hawaiian fish ponds, Puhi Bay to see the new Aquaculture Center and Bayfront Beach Park to talk about tsunamis and outrigger canoe racing. Next, travel to Rainbow Falls to discuss the island's freshwater resources. Finally, you will visit the University of Hawaii's 'Imiloa Astronomy Center and Planetarium, the premier interpretative center for modern astronomy and Hawaiian cultural traditions. Entrance fee to the center is included as part of the tour. A boxed lunch is included.
$89
Hilo At Your Leisure
4 hours

You will be escorted from the ship to the location where your selected vehicle will be awaiting you. Then, get behind the wheel and guide yourself through one of Hawaii's gorgeous islands. You will be supplied with a local map that will provide you with some guidance to and from the local popular areas. Note: Drivers must be at least 21 years of age and provide a valid drivers license. Cars are subject to availability.
$39