Hawaii Island – Hilo Volcano Special Tour

Tour Overview (*denotes stops made)

Rainbow Falls State Park*

This breathtaking waterfall cascades from 80 feet over a natural lava cave, the mythological home to Hina and ancient Hawaiian goddess. The waterfall gets it name from the spectacular rainbows frequently seen here.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park*

Home to Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes and Mauna Loa, the world's most massive subaerial volcano.  Witness dramatic volcanic landscapes, rare flora and fauna and visit lava tubes, volcanic craters, and much more! 

Steam Vents

Witness the steam coming out of the cracks in the ground in a grass field.

Thurston Lava Tube*

Experience walking through a 500-year-old lava tube where molten lava once flowed. You will exit into a beautiful lush tropical rainforest, an excellent place to stop and listen to the birds of the island.

Richardson's Black Sand Beach*

This is the only beach in Hilo and one of the few on the island with black sand. Here, you will see ancient Hawaiian fish ponds and enjoy a spectacular view to Mauna Kea.

Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory*

Learn more about Hawaii's favorite nut from the world's largest processor of macadamia nuts. Mauna Loa Mac nut factory is closed on weekends and holidays.

Kilauea Visitor's Center

Here you can view all the fascinating exhibits, constructed based on consultations with Hawaiians and the island's leading biologists, ornithologists, entomologists, botanists, and volcanologists.

Jaggar Museum*

In this museum on volcanology you can see displays of types of lava, equipment used from past to present to study the volcanic action and even learn about Pelehonuamea, the Hawaiian deity of volcanoes.

Kilauea Iki Crater

One of the most spectacular views in the entire park is from this 400 foot high crater.

Prepare for a thrilling day exploring volatile volcanoes, volcanic craters and lava tubes on Hawaii’s enchanting “Big Island.” The highlight of this daylong adventure is a trek to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to come face to face with Kilauea and Mauna Loa, two of the most famous active volcanoes on the planet. The adventure kicks off at Hilo’s only black sand beach, then heads to Rainbow Falls State Park for a glimpse of an 80-feet waterfall breaking over a natural lava cave. After a foray to the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory, you will get acquainted with the island’s volcano culture and legends at Kilauea’s Jaggar Museum. While at the Thurston Lava Tube, stroll through a 500-year-old lava tube where molten lava once flowed.

These stops are great precursors for the tour’s sensational finale, a trip to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where continuous seismic activity keeps things more than intriguing. Here, you will encounter Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, and Mauna Loa, which holds the distinction as the largest volcano on Earth. While there is no guarantee for a red-hot lava flow sighting, you definitely will gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of the island’s magical volcanoes.

Important Information
  • Your safety and comfort are our #1 priority. Tour highlights are subject to change without notice and may vary at tour driver discretion in order to take into account National Park Service advisories, weather advisories, traffic advisories, road closures and detours, venue hours of operations, etc. Tour features can change daily as we cannot predict weather and lava viewing conditions.
  • We do not guarantee sighting of lava flows. Surface lava flows may be present but may not be visible due to environmental conditions or time constraints. If conditions permit, walking/hiking on rough, uneven lava surfaces is involved.
  • Wear sturdy, covered walking shoes. Please bring a light jacket as it may rain.
  • Dinner is available for purchase.
ADA Requests
  • If you require any special accommodations due to disability, please include them under the comment section at the time of booking. 
  • If you require a wheelchair accessible vehicle, the type of wheelchair must be included in the comments section when booking online or by directly calling Roberts Hawaii. Due to limited availability, we require that ADA vehicle reservations be made a minimum of 48 hours prior to date and time of service. 
  • We will make all reasonable attempts to accommodate the needs of disabled travelers.
Cancellation Terms
  • No shows will not be refunded.
  • Cancellations made less than 24 hours before the tour will not be refunded.
  • Cancellations made more than 24 hours before the tour will be refunded with a 10% credit card service fee withheld (if applicable).

Tour Overview

Jaggar Museum*

In this museum on volcanology you can see displays of types of lava, equipment used from past to present to study the volcanic action and even learn about Pelehonuamea, the Hawaiian deity of volcanoes.

Kilauea Iki Crater

One of the most spectacular views in the entire park is from this 400 foot high crater.

Rainbow Falls State Park*

This breathtaking waterfall cascades from 80 feet over a natural lava cave, the mythological home to Hina and ancient Hawaiian goddess. The waterfall gets it name from the spectacular rainbows frequently seen here.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park*

Home to Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes and Mauna Loa, the world's most massive subaerial volcano.  Witness dramatic volcanic landscapes, rare flora and fauna and visit lava tubes, volcanic craters, and much more! 

Steam Vents

Witness the steam coming out of the cracks in the ground in a grass field.

Thurston Lava Tube*

Experience walking through a 500-year-old lava tube where molten lava once flowed. You will exit into a beautiful lush tropical rainforest, an excellent place to stop and listen to the birds of the island.

Richardson's Black Sand Beach*

This is the only beach in Hilo and one of the few on the island with black sand. Here, you will see ancient Hawaiian fish ponds and enjoy a spectacular view to Mauna Kea.

Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory*

Learn more about Hawaii's favorite nut from the world's largest processor of macadamia nuts. Mauna Loa Mac nut factory is closed on weekends and holidays.

Kilauea Visitor's Center

Here you can view all the fascinating exhibits, constructed based on consultations with Hawaiians and the island's leading biologists, ornithologists, entomologists, botanists, and volcanologists.

Prepare for a thrilling day exploring volatile volcanoes, volcanic craters and lava tubes on Hawaii’s enchanting “Big Island.” The highlight of this daylong adventure is a trek to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to come face to face with Kilauea and Mauna Loa, two of the most famous active volcanoes on the planet. The adventure kicks off at Hilo’s only black sand beach, then heads to Rainbow Falls State Park for a glimpse of an 80-feet waterfall breaking over a natural lava cave. After a foray to the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory, you will get acquainted with the island’s volcano culture and legends at Kilauea’s Jaggar Museum. While at the Thurston Lava Tube, stroll through a 500-year-old lava tube where molten lava once flowed.

These stops are great precursors for the tour’s sensational finale, a trip to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where continuous seismic activity keeps things more than intriguing. Here, you will encounter Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, and Mauna Loa, which holds the distinction as the largest volcano on Earth. While there is no guarantee for a red-hot lava flow sighting, you definitely will gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of the island’s magical volcanoes.


  • Richardson's Black Sand Beach, a popular beach in Hilo
  • Rainbow Falls of the Wailuku River
  • Thurston Lava Tube, a 500 year old lava tube in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • Inside the Thurston Lava Tube in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • Halemaumau crater in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Important Information
  • Your safety and comfort are our #1 priority. Tour highlights are subject to change without notice and may vary at tour driver discretion in order to take into account National Park Service advisories, weather advisories, traffic advisories, road closures and detours, venue hours of operations, etc. Tour features can change daily as we cannot predict weather and lava viewing conditions.
  • We do not guarantee sighting of lava flows. Surface lava flows may be present but may not be visible due to environmental conditions or time constraints. If conditions permit, walking/hiking on rough, uneven lava surfaces is involved.
  • Wear sturdy, covered walking shoes. Please bring a light jacket as it may rain.
  • Dinner is available for purchase.
ADA Requests
  • If you require any special accommodations due to disability, please include them under the comment section at the time of booking. 
  • If you require a wheelchair accessible vehicle, the type of wheelchair must be included in the comments section when booking online or by directly calling Roberts Hawaii. Due to limited availability, we require that ADA vehicle reservations be made a minimum of 48 hours prior to date and time of service. 
  • We will make all reasonable attempts to accommodate the needs of disabled travelers.
Cancellation Terms
  • No shows will not be refunded.
  • Cancellations made less than 24 hours before the tour will not be refunded.
  • Cancellations made more than 24 hours before the tour will be refunded with a 10% credit card service fee withheld (if applicable).