- Free port pickup and drop-off included
- Informative, friendly and professional guide
Your Hilo shore excursion continues to Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory, where you’ll get a special tour of Mauna Loa’s nut and chocolate processing plant and watch the nut-husking and drying process. Learn how a macadamia nut is grown and processed, and be sure to try a few samples of chocolate-covered macadamia nuts!
Continue to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, one of the Big Island’s most popular attractions. The park is home to two of the world’s most active volcanoes – Mauna Loa and Kīlauea.
Walk through the Thurston Lava Tube, where a river of red lava rushed through hundreds of years ago. Get up close to the enormous Halemanumau Crater, which measures 3,000 feet (915 meters) across and 280 feet (85 meters) deep, and watch it come alive with hisses and steams. Stop by Jagger Museum to learn more about Kīlauea, and then step outside on the overlook to get a fantastic view of the crater.
Finish your day at the Akatsuka Orchid Nursery. Step inside a colorful and fragrant paradise of orchids, and learn about the different orchids and tropical flowers native to Hawaii.
This tour can only be booked by cruise passengers
Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return back to the ship in Hilo Pier for this activity. If your ship is delayed and you are unable attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
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- Transport by air-conditioned coach
- Professional guide
- Port pick up and drop-off
- Gratuities (optional)
- Food and beverages
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
- This shore excursion can be booked by Norwegian Cruise Line Pride of America passengers, Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Sea passengers and Carnival Spirit passengers
- Moderate tour - Involves walking over relatively level terrain,
possible gravel, lava or uneven ground. Comfortable walking
shoes & light jacket recommended.
- Exact departure time may vary depending on the cruise ship's disembarkation time.
- Can only be booked by cruise passengers
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Reviewed by: patty_brooks, February 2017
This was a great tour and I would highly recommend it. If I could give it 10 stars I would! Our tour consisted of touring Volcanoes National Park which included the museum, a walk through lava tube, walking onto a lava field and the steam vents, Rainbow Falls, the Moana Loa Macadamia Nut Processing facility, Big Island Candies, a tea garden in downtown Hilo as well as downtown Hilo. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. He kept everyone involved on the bus. He told us about the history of Hilo, including the Tsunami from the 1940's and the volcano eruption that could be seen from Hilo because the eruption shot the length of 2 Empire State Buildings into the air in the 1980's. After visiting the museum and returning to the bus, we found our guide as well as another guide sitting on the half wall playing a ukulele and singing. They were great. As we approached the volcano, he advised us that we may or may not see lava and explained why, to our amazement, we saw the lava bubbling pretty clearly. He got us back to our ship exactly when he said he would, which was plenty of time for our departure.
Reviewed by: Bhagwan B, December 2016
Actually got to see the crater and the red hot lava coming out of the volcano