Hilo Volcano Tour

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  • Duration: 8.5 hours
  • Availability: Daily
  • Time: 11 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.


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 popular 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 take a trip to the tour’s sensational finale, the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where continuous seismic activity keeps things more than intriguing. Here, you 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 gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of the island’s magical volcanoes. Visit the Jaggar Museum, where you can get acquainted with the island’s volcano culture and legends and stroll through the Thurston Lava Tube, a 500-year-old lava tube where molten lava once flowed.


In the Hawaiian religion, Pele is the goddess of fire and volcanoes, and also the creator of the Hawaiian Islands. Often referred to as Madame Pele, she is a well-known deity within Hawaiian legends. The myths often highlight Pele’s power, passion, jealousy, and capriciousness. As the story goes, Pele was on her canoe from the island of Tahiti to Hawai‘i, trying to create her fires on different islands, but her sister, Namaka, was chasing her wanting to put an end to her. In the end, the two sisters fought each other and Pele, in the end, was killed. Her body was destroyed but her spirit lives in the Halemaumau crater on Kilauea


“This is an excellent tour of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. We were picked up at the port and drove to the National Park, stopping along the way for photo opportunities at Rainbow Falls. Our driver kept us entertained with information about the island, the volcano and the island’s legends. The Park is surreal with the steam vents here and there and everywhere.” – Visitor, Canada (Trip Advisor)

“We booked our tour with Robert Hawaii for the interisland tour of the volcano. It was great to see the island. It is a lot of time on the bus, but our guide was very informative. I was glad I did it, and really only went over there for the volcano and also black beach where we got to see turtles. I wish we could have stayed there a little long but love the tour.”– Visitor, Australia (Trip Advisor)

“We went with Roberts Hawaii’s volcano tour. There were around 30 people in the group. It was an all-day tour. It was tiring but the stunning view of the volcanos at the end of the trip was worth it. This was a once-in-a-lifetime trip to see the active volcanos.” – Visitor, Cincinnati, Ohio (Trip Advisor)

(* denotes stops made)

  • Rainbow Falls State Park* –Home to a breathtaking waterfall that cascades from 80 feet over a natural lava cave, the mythological home to Hina, an ancient Hawaiian goddess. The waterfall gets its 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’ll 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 Hawai‘i’s favorite nut from the world’s largest processor of macadamia nuts.
  • 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.

Attention: Modified Itineraries – Effective Saturday, September 22, 2018, the Volcano National Park reopens to the public. Click here for more information.

  • Chevron down Important Information
    • IMPORTANT: If you are coordinating same-day flights to take this tour, please contact our office for estimated tour departure and return times before booking your air tickets. The Hilo Volcano Special tour is subject to time changes as we adjust for the seasons. Tour timings are also subject to traffic conditions.
    • 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.
    • Volcanic fumes can be hazardous. This tour is not recommended for visitors with heart or breathing problems and infants, young children, and pregnant women.
    • Wear sturdy, covered walking shoes. Please bring a light jacket as it may rain.
    • Dinner is available for purchase.
    • 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, and venue hours of operations.
  • Chevron down ADA Requests
    • The Richardson Black Sand Beach is not wheelchair accessible.
    • 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 make all reasonable attempts to accommodate the needs of disabled travelers.
  • Chevron down Cancellation Terms
  • Reservations may be canceled free of charge up to 48 hours prior to your scheduled tour service for a full refund. No-shows and cancellations less than 48 hours in advance are non-refundable.