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. Your adventure continues to the Akatsuka Orchid Gardens where you'll visit one of the largest orchid collections on display in Hawaii. You'll have a chance to purchase seedling souvenirs that have already been agriculturally inspected so you can take a little bit of Hawaii home with you. Then, take an approximately 60-minute drive to Volcanoes National Park, where 70 million years of volcanic history are on display. Here, you can admire the remarkable view of Kilauea Volcano, the earth's most active volcano. Trace the birth of the Hawaiian Islands when you visit the Hawaii Volcano Observatory and the Jaggar Museum. You'll also have the opportunity to walk through the Thurston Lava Tube before a visit to Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory.
Note: While at Volcanoes National Park, you won't see molten lava. Thurston Lava Tube is not wheelchair accessible due to uneven pathways and steps. An additional optional shopping stop may be provided. A boxed lunch will be provided for you to enjoy throughout the excursion.
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9 of 10(90%)customers would recommend this to a friend.
This was a great tour we took last week. The large bus was very comfortable and we embarked on another scenic excursion with the very knowledgeable guide narrating the entire trip giving us valuable information on the Island. The park and falls were beautiful and we had lots of time to explore and take photos. The trip to the orchid gardens was also great and we saw some gorgeous orchids and walked among the fragrant flowers. We also stopped at a nut factory and got some delicious samples of various macadamia nut treats. It was nice to be able to sample the treats to see if you wanted to buy them.
The trip to the volcanoes national park was wonderful and we had ample time to walk along volcanic rocks, check out the hot steam vents and walk through the lava tube. Truly a most fascinating volcanic site we wouldn't have wanted to miss. It's great to be taken to these destinations and get information on what we are about to see. The history given on these tours is invaluable.
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Review 2 for Volcano & Rainbow Falls
I traveled with:Friends
Cruise Date Month:April
Cruise Date Year:2013
I want to go here next:Europe
Date:April 20, 2013
take this excursion only if you like long, long bus rides(5hrs total) with nothing much at the end. rainbow falls is slightly more interesting than the crater, but not much. Other later tours with more active volcanoes were much better.
This was a good experience but not great. It was well planned and organized and we enjoyed it however, it was a little dry for our two children (8 and 10) and I think we all fell asleep on the bus ride between stops. Overall, it was worth it for the Volcanoes National Park views alone. Bring a jacket!
Don't miss Volcanoes National Park or the Lava Tube! As for the falls, I was expecting more of the type you see on TV. It was nice, just not what I expected. The Orchid Gardens - I never knew there were so many types, but if you're not into them..... As for Macadamia nuts - I'm not a nut person. I probably should have just stayed with a tour of Volcanoes National Park.
We tried to compress all the highlights of Hawaii's East Coast in a few hours shore excursion. And I think we did it. Active geology at the Kilauea Observatory, exquisite flora in Akatsuka Orchid Garden as well as awesome lava formations and the famous Thurston Lava Tube located in a superb tropical forest. Rainbow falls is impressive.The cherry on the cake was literally the visit to Macadamia Nut Factory where we had the opportunity to taste amazing flavours.
Nice big bus, great guide, and good sites to see. A full day that started with a ride to Rainbow Falls with ample time to walk around for photos then off to the Volcanoes National Park. The walk through the lava tube was great! We had light rain when we reach the crater and it spoiled the view but the visitors center was nice. Then a stop at the Mauna Loa nut factory (outside tour, small cup of sample nuts and store) Inside the Mauna Loa store you can get more samples and buy goodies to take home. Then a stop to the Orchid farm with was just a greenhouse with lots of beautiful orchids. I would recommend this tour to a first timer to be able to see a lot of area in one day.
it was very cool to be close to a volcano and steam vents! Our Driver, John, was very informative and funny! He made the drive part of the tour very fun. While the Orchid Gardens were more of a Garden Center, the flowers were gorgeous. they have a large variety and orchids of every color. Kids might enjoy the Park but would be bored at the Orchid Gardens.
So much went on during this excursion - just got back 2 weeks ago - but hope I remember all that we did during this one... Box lunch is as good as it can be so no time is wasted - we also took along a couple snacks & extra water - but purchases can be made at 2 of the stops made. The tour guide was GREAT - so much information on the island, the culture & the vegetation, as you listen to him all day. Rainbow Falls - very pretty - great for taking pix! Just a few minutes from ship - in town! Description says a 60 min. drive to Volcano National Park - but there are so many stops along the way, it didn't seem like much of a drive. Orchid Gardens is pretty - wide variety of native plants to see & cute gift shop - bathroom/snack break. Stop along side of road for a great view of steam coming from Kilauea - nice! Thurston Lava Tube was neat to walk through - seemed like normal caves I've been through - but realize, it was lava flowing at one time!! Another stop overlooking part of the park with LOTS of steam vents visible - what a site! View from the Jagger Museum was gorgeous - feeling the hot ground beneath your feet was something else! The stop at Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory was cool - seeing the factory in work & tasting the chocolate macadamia nut ice cream... YUM! Be ready to take some candy home with you - gift shop is nice. My favorite part though, was walking on the lava fields at another stop in the park - WAY COOL!! (Just don't take any lava home!!!) Tiring day - but SO worth it!! Can't go to the Big Island without seeing the volcano!! And this tour had so many extra perks! (Others show pix of Falls & Volcano - sharing couple other highlights with my review pix.)