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Tours From Hilo

Tours From Hilo

On the east coast of the Big Island of Hawaii, Hilo offers better access than Kona to two of the island’s major regions—Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the Hamakua Coast. Read on for more info about the top activities on this side of Hawaii’s largest island.

 

Volcano Tours

Just 30 miles (48 kilometers) from Hilo—compared to 100 miles (161 kilometers) from Kona—Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is home to two active volcanoes: Mauna Loa and Kilauea. Tours to the park typically last six to nine hours and may include other stops at other sites such as Rainbow Falls, a black-sand beach, or a macadamia nut farm. Helicopter tours from Kona run for about 45 minutes and provide hard-to-beat views of smoke, lava flows, and even nearby waterfalls. Meanwhile, ground tours allow travelers to walk through a lava tube and listen to the hiss of steam rising from the ground—the better experience if you’re interested in the geology. Opt for a hiking or biking tour for a more adventurous way to see the park.

Zipline Tours

Hilo’s location just south of the verdant Hamakua Coast makes it a great departure point for a zipline adventure among the lush rainforest environment, where you can fly over treetops, rivers, and waterfalls. Tours typically last two to four hours, unless you book a longer day trip that also includes a visit to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Courses generally feature seven to nine ziplines, some of which boast Pacific Ocean views and reach more than 2,000 feet (600 meters) in length.

Water Tours

While Hilo enjoys proximity to the Big Island’s many waterfalls, such as Akaka Falls, not all of them are swimmable, so book a tour that includes visiting a site safe for swimming if you’d like to take a dip. Other opportunities for getting out on the water from Hilo include introductory scuba diving or a day trip to Papakolea Green Sand Beach, one of only a handful of green-sand beaches on Earth. For snorkeling, you’re better off booking a tour from Kona.

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Big Island Zipline Over KoleKole Falls

Big Island Zipline Over KoleKole Falls

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The city of Hilo is surrounded by some of Hawaii’s most scenic wonders, on this 7-line Hilo ziplining tour you'll start off small and gradually increase in length and height per Zipline, you can literally soar past thundering falls as you zip through lush greenery. Learn about traditional Hawaiian agriculture, and once you’re comfortable sitting in the harness and feeling the exhilarating rush, prepare for the dramatic crossing that’s one of the longest zipines in Hawaii, and feel the rush of wind on your face as the forest opens up beneath you. Important tip, for this experience travelers must be between 80lbs-260lbs
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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9-Line Zipline Experience on the Big Island, Hawaii
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9-Line Zipline Experience on the Big Island, Hawaii

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See the Big Island from a different angle on this 9-line zipline adventure that takes you over tree tops, waterfalls, and rivers. With four dual lines, you can even race a friend. With views of the Pacific Ocean from every platform, it’s the most scenic zipline experience on the island.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Circle of Fire Helicopter Tour from Hilo

Circle of Fire Helicopter Tour from Hilo

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Fly over Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on a scenic helicopter flight from Hilo. Enjoy an aerial perspective of the Kilauea and Mauna Loa volcanoes and stunning views of the most geologically active environment on earth. Ride in comfort and safety in an ECO-Star helicopter. You'll hear informative commentary from your pilot as you spot the Halemaumau Crater and other sights in the national park.
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  • 50 minutes
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Doors-On Helicopter Lava and Rainforests Adventure from Hilo

Doors-On Helicopter Lava and Rainforests Adventure from Hilo

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A must-do for adrenaline junkies, this aerial adventure takes you over the island’s volcanic landscape, so you can peer into craters and spot lava. Plus enjoy views of waterfalls and other natural features of the Big Island while aboard.
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  • 55 minutes to 1 hour
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Big Island Hawaii Volcano Adventure w/ Lunch

Big Island Hawaii Volcano Adventure w/ Lunch

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On this exciting full-day Kilauea volcano adventure, scour fields of jet black lava in search of volcanic activity, from steaming vents to rivers of magma and gaping volcanic craters. Explore inside the Jaggar Musuem and trek through the Thurston Lava Tube, and if conditions allow, you might have the chance to hike directly towards the flow. In addition to the sights in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, you’ll also make trips to Rainbow Falls and an orchid or macadamia nut farm.
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  • 10 hours 30 minutes
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Doors-Off Helicopter Lava & Rainforests Adventure from Hilo

Doors-Off Helicopter Lava & Rainforests Adventure from Hilo

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Get views of the Big Island's volcanoes and waterfalls from the air on this helicopter flight from Hilo. Fly over the rain forest, lava flows, craters, and the Wailuku River. Upgrade to guarantee a window seat for the best views. Multiple departure times are available to suit your schedule.
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Hawaii Volcano Adventure Tour from Hilo
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Hawaii Volcano Adventure Tour from Hilo

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is famous for its ever-flowing lava and the planet’s most massive active volcano. This tour journeys to top natural landmarks in and around the park. Visit Rainbow Falls, Richardson black sand beach, Historic Banyan Drive, Liliuokalani Gardens, Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory, Akatsuka Orchid Nursery, and the active volcano of Kilauea. You also get the opportunity to walk through a lava tube.
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  • 6 hours
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Evening Volcano Explorer from Hilo
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Evening Volcano Explorer from Hilo

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Explore the fascinating world of active volcanism, biological diversity and past and present Hawaiian culture at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Visit Kalapana, a village destroyed by advancing lava, and the black sand beach on the island. Learn about everything from active volcanic craters and steam vents to the historic Jagger Museum. Watch for current activity at Kilauea Volcano, the most active of the five volcanoes in Hawaii. Hotel pickup and drop-off provide for a seamless experience.
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  • 6 hours
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Guided E-Bike Tour of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park & Lava Viewing Area

Guided E-Bike Tour of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park & Lava Viewing Area

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On this 2-wheeled, adventurous Kilauea tour, explore Hawaii’s active volcano from the comfortable seat of a bike, where you ride through multiple microclimates and past rugged volcanic terrain. This Hawaii bike tour is one of the best ways to explore Kilauea volcano, where every bend in the road reveals a new volcanic wonder, from steaming craters to lava fields to cliffs dropping off toward the sea. Even better, the tour includes visits to the steam vents and Thurston Lava Tube.
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  • 4 hours
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Volcanoes Adventure Tour from Hilo
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Volcanoes Adventure Tour from Hilo

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Embark on an epic adventure on this Volcanoes National Park tour from Hilo. Journey into the largest and most active volcano on earth with your friendly, professional guide, and pay a visit to the Richardson Blacksand Beach. Learn about the incredible landscapes that roll out before you and gain insight into the geological and ecological implications of Mother Nature on this stunning park. See the Akatsuka Orchid Nursery, Rainbow Falls, the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory and so much more on this memorable tour that hits so many of Hawaii's hot spots.
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  • 6 hours
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Introductory Boat Scuba Dive - 2 Tank

Introductory Boat Scuba Dive - 2 Tank

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Experience Hilo’s pristine Pacific waters on an underwater adventure. After a convenient hotel pickup in Hilo, throw on your gear and dive in with a professional guide—and no scuba certification necessary. Instead, take a short training session and enjoy a two-tank introductory dive perfect for a beginner. Watch for green sea turtles, local reef fish, and colorful corals as you swim.
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  • 5 hours
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