Being that it is the largest island, Hawai'i is lovingly referred to as "The Big Island." It is located at the easternmost end of the Hawaiian chain of islands and is really known for its volcanoes - specifically Mauna Loa and Kilauea; both found in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. The island itself was actually created from the eruptions of five separate volcanoes, including Kohala, which is extinct and Hualalai, which is active but currently not erupting. Thats why its no doubt that the Big Island is probably the best place in the world to learn and see volcanic activity. Besides volcanoes, the island has an interesting and diverse landscape from the boardwalk town of Kona to lush botanical gardens scattered throughout the island. The Big Island is a great place to explore nature in all its forms.

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Captain Zodiac Wild Dolphin Swim

Exploring the Big Island’s Kona Coast on Captain Zodiac’s 24-foot “RIBs” is the experience of a lifetime! For 38 years, Captain Zodiac has introduced visitors to an array of natrure’s secret wonders that can only be experienced in a Zodiac Raft. The small group atmosphere of our expedition allows for a personal and intimate tour. Your captains/naturalists will tell stories of Hawaiian history and culture, island geology, and many marine species that you will encounter - and, for purposes of this trip, that will mainly be spinner dolphins.  If the conditions are right you'll get to meet them up close and personal, in the water!

Day Cruises

$130

Captain Zodiac Beat the Crowd Raft Expedition

Exploring the Big Island’s Kona Coast on Captain Zodiac’s 24-foot “RIBs” is the experience of a lifetime! For 38 years, Captain Zodiac has introduced visitors to an array of natrure’s secret wonders that can only be experienced in a Zodiac Raft. The small group atmosphere of our expedition allows for a personal and intimate tour. Snorkel in the crystal clear waters of Kealakekua Bay Marine Preserve, site of the Captain Cook monument. These highly maneuverable, military Zodiacs can get you close up to the many lava tubes, sea caves and blow holes of this rugged coastline. Keep a sharp eye, for you will see and encounter pods of Hawaiian spinner dolphins, sea turtles and (from December to April) humpback whales! Your captains/naturalists will tell stories of Hawaiian history and culture, island geology, and many marine species that you will encounter.

Day Cruises

$130

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Full-Day Tour from Kona

This tour will take you to all the most active volcano in the world.  If you are in Waikoloa, Hapuna, Kailua-Kona or Keauhou area, this is the tour that will take you to all of attractions on the Big Island. Let this local operator make your day full of joyful memories. Volcanoes National Park will amaze you with it's size and remnants of its volcanic eruptions. The park includes 323,431 acres of land. Over half of the park is designated the Hawaii Volcanoes Wilderness area and provides unusual hiking and camping opportunities. The park encompasses diverse environments that range from sea level to the summit of the Earth's most massive active volcano.

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

$169

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Waterfall and Lava Full-Day Tour from Hilo

Waterfall & Twilight Red Lava Glow Viewing Tour.  This is only tour that will allow you to see the red lava glow during the twilight.  This awsome tour is only way to see the red lava.

Full-day Tours

$135

Shared Volcano Shore Excursion with up to 10 guests maximum from Your Ship

<p>This is a shared Shore Excursion with up to 10 guests from your ship.  This tour runs 6 to 6.5 hours.</p><p>Your guide will pick you up from the Hilo Cruise Port and take you directly to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to try and get ahead of the big bus tours.</p><p>As a certified Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Guide you will enjoy short walks and learning all about the Volcano.  Besides the volcano Park you will see an orchid farm, Macadamia Farm where you can purchase a lunch and enjoy samples and macadamia ice cream.  Also on the tour is Rainbow Falls.  On the way to the last stop the black sand beach you will drive past a 30 acre garden named after the last queen of Hawaii and also Banyan drive with lots of very old banyan trees. <br /><br />Your guide will then return you to your ship.</p>

Ports of Call Tours

$110

Volcano Tour - Shared Tour with up 10 guests

<p>This is a shared Shore Excursion with up to 10 guests from your ship.  This tour runs 6 to 6.5 hours.</p> <p>Your guide will pick you up from the Hilo Cruise Port and take you directly to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to get ahead of the big bus tours.</p> <p>Besides the volcano Park you will see an orchid farm, Macadamia Farm where you can purchase a lunch and enjoy samples and macadamia ice cream.  Also on the tour is Rainbow Falls.  On the way to the last stop the black sand beach you will drive past a 30 acre garden named after the last queen of Hawaii and also Banyan drive with lots of very old banyan trees. <br /><br />Your guide will then return you to your ship.</p>

Attraction Tickets

$105

Kilauea Hike and Glow from Hilo

Get your hike on with one of the Park Service certified guides on this Kilauea Hike ‘n Glow tour. This is a specialized tour designed for adventurous guests looking to get off the beaten path traveling from Hilo area hotels and head off to unique areas of the Park not normally visited on an organized tour.

Hiking & Camping

$155

Kilauea Hike and Glow from Kona

Get your hike on with one of the Park Service certified guides on this Kilauea Hike ‘n Glow tour. This is a specialized tour designed for adventurous guests looking to get off the beaten path and head off to unique areas of the Park not normally visited on organized tours.

Nature & Wildlife

$238

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Kona Coffee

Did you know coffee starts off as a berry? Inside each red fruit of the coffee plant is a bean that is then roasted and dried to make the delicious rich coffee we love. And some of the best coffee in the world comes right from the Hawaiian Islands. Coffee has grown on the Big Island since 1828 and has become a worldwide recognized brand. In 1997, it is estimated that over two million pounds of coffee was grown on the island. We suggest that if you're near Kona, head to the living history museum to learn a little more about the drink and its history on the island.

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