Enjoy a day of scenic splendor and natural beauty, from the lush surroundings of sparkling Rainbow Falls to the dramatic landscape of Volcanoes National Park, and an astonishing variety of tropical orchids.
You’ll 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 world’s 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.
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 world’s most active volcano. Learn about the birth of the still growing Hawaiian Islands at the Jaggar Museum where you'll view the Halemaumau Crater – in Hawaiian mythology said to be home to Pele, Goddess of Fire and Volcanoes.
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.