<p>Youâll begin just outside Hilo at Rainbow Falls, an 80-foot cascade that plunges into a circular pool, creating rainbows in the resulting mist. Hilo is considered one of the worldâs orchid capitals, and Akatsuka Gardens is the perfect place to appreciate these tropical beauties that come in a stunning assortment of shapes, sizes, colors and patterns. </p> <br> <p>A one-hour drive transports you to a very different scene in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where 70 million years of volcanic history are on display. Admire the remarkable view of Kilauea, the worldâs most active volcano. Learn about the birth of the still growing Hawaiian Islands at the Jaggar Museum where you'll view the Halemaumau Crater â in Hawaiian mythology said to be home to Pele, Goddess of Fire and Volcanoes. </p> <br> <p>You'll also have the opportunity to walk through the extinct Thurston Lava Tube, a cave formed by a river of lava. A visit to the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory completes your tour. A boxed lunch will be provided. </p> <br> <strong> Note: </strong> Please be advised that while at Volcanoes National Park, you won't see molten lava, but may encounter natural sulfur gases that can affect those with respiratory problems. Thurston Lava Tube is not wheelchair accessible due to uneven pathways and steps. An additional optional shopping stop may be made.
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4 of 6(67%)guests would recommend this to a friend.
This was a nice way to see many of the highlights of the eastern part of the big island. Our tour went to Rainbow Falls rather than Akaka, but was otherwise the same (and judging by pictures, Akaka might be better). The sun was peeking out at Rainbow Falls, producing a faint rainbow. At the volcano, lava is not flowing right now, but the crater is smoking and steaming, and the changes in landscape are impressive. The bus driver (Leroy) was very knowledgeable and pleasant. We enjoyed the macadamia nut factory as well.
This excursion was one of the better ones we took on our Hawaii Vacation. The falls were amazing, actual rainbows were formed. The trip to Volcano National Parks was breathtaking. Made all the better by our guide Captain Rob!
Very well organized and timed tour. Jane as our guide was amazing. We first visited the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut factory. Plenty of time to tour and shop. We made several stops within the Volcano National Park and were fortunate to be there at the rare time to view lava eruptions. The visits to lava tube, steam ports, lava fields and crater views were perfect. The orchid farm was beautiful and interesting. Akaka Falls was more of a level two walk, but the falls were easily viewed without the trek down steep steps. The extra drive through Hilo and the park was a perfect end to the day. I would highly recommend this tour.
This is a very long day, mostly spent on the bus. The driver was entertaining, but not the reason I went to Hawaii.
The Akaka Falls are OK, but they are out of the way. You only have about 30 minutes here and it adds 2 hours to the entire trip.
The Volcano part of the tour hits the major points. You stop at Kilauea Crater and you get to hike the Lava Tube (easy hike), but you only get 20-30 minutes at each stop.
The trip includes one shopping stop for Macadamia nuts and one shopping stop for orchids.
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Review 5 for Volcano & Rainbow Falls
Location: Atlanta, GA, USA
Party size: 1
I traveled with: Family
Cruise Date Month: March
Cruise Date Year: 2015
Favorite activities: Adventure
Favorite port: Hilo, Hawaii
I want to go here next: South America
Date:April 7, 2015
Highlight of my trip!
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The rainforest at Akaka Falls
First of all, I have never really written a review before so bare with me please!
I had the absolute best time on this excursion, and definitely think it was well worth the money. Not only did I get to hike the world's most active volcano (who does that?!?!) but I got to see some lava tubes, and the absolutely stunning Akaka Falls. I was a solo traveler on this excursion (my friend is handi-capable :) but she can't hike) and so I was a bit nervous to go alone. I was so surprised by the differences in all the ages. I had people my age (we were the under 30 club) and there were people with families, and grandparents. Everyone was so mystified by everything we saw that it didn't really matter that I didn't know anyone prior to the start of the hike. Everyone was so nice and inclusive. The best part about this tour (aside from the beauty of the places) was definitely the tour guide, Trevor. He was very funny yet professional and he really new his stuff. You could tell that he had done his homework and could answer nearly all of the questions we threw at him, and there were a LOT of questions. He let me and a few of the young guns go at our pace and explore while we waited for some of the others to catch up while keeping us all in a controlled environment. I feel like I learned more on this tour than I did on all of my other excursions combined. So if you get to do this tour, I hope that you get to do it with Trevor; he made the experience great!
If you have elderly people in your group then this tour would be okay for them. We wanted to go on this tour mainly to see Volcano National Park. Since the volcano wasn't really active (just steam vents) it was kind of a downer for us. Although we knew that it wasn't active while signing up for the excursion. I was disappointed that we did not have enough time at Rainbow Falls (only 20 minutes). The kids wanted to explore the 'back' of rainbow falls and we were about 5 minutes late getting back to the bus which drew some snark comments from the other passengers. The Orchid Nursery was good but we spent more time there than Rainbow Falls. Our tour bus guide did a pretty good job of describing the area and throwing in some tour guide humor which made some of the longer parts of the ride bearable.
The tour of the Mauna Loa Macadamia Farm was pretty good but again… not enough time. There was a 30 minute tour of the facilities but you will be in a time crunch if you wanted to see that and get back on the bus again without irritating the other passengers.
To be fair, our group was more on the adventurous side and only wanted to see the Volcano National Park. If your more the leisurely type who likes to be on a schedule then this may be the right tour for you.