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Do you have a layover, overnight, day trip, or an extended stay in Hilo and the surrounding area? Why not get out and take in some Hilo activities? We have 52 tour ideas.


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Custom Private Tours

8-Hour Custom Private Tour on the Big Island of Hawaii

Hilo, USA
Duration: 8 hours
Priced From: USD 895.00


Want to experience the Big Island of Hawaii on a private, custom tour’ This 8-hour tour of the Big Island of Hawaii is completely customized to include the highlights and activities that sound best for your group; whether it's waterfalls, volcanoes, hiking or beaches. The Big Island of Hawaii... Read More

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Custom Private Tours

Personal Adventurist

Hilo, USA
Duration: Flexible
Priced From: USD 500.00


Not sure what you want to do… Rent a Guide & get it all!When you rent an Adventurist you get a local expert loaded with all the gear you might need to do any adventure you want.  Our guide jumps in your vehicle with your group.  You get a specialist ready & willing to take your group to any location on island & your in control!  Our guide will be... Read More

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Custom Private Tours

Private Hawaii Tour Hilo

Hilo, USA
Duration: 7 hours
Priced From: USD 1865.00


Create your own private Hawaii adventure on your own schedule.

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Day Trips

Volcanoes National Park Adventure Tour from Hilo

Hilo, USA
Duration: 8 hours
Priced From: USD 105.00


Waterfall Volcano Adventure Tour. This tour will take you to all the tourist attraction in or near Hilo. 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... Read More

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Dolphin & Whale Watching

Whale Watch and Hamakua Coast Sight Seeing Tour

Hilo, USA
Duration: 2 hours
Priced From: USD 90.00


In the winter months we will take you on a search for Hawaii's gentle giants, the Humpback Whales, as they make their yearly migration through the islands.  During the summer months we will take you on a tour of our stunning tropical Hamakua Coast complete with waterfalls, sheer sea cliffs, and more!

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Family Friendly Tours & Activities

Paradise Island tour and bed and breakfast

Hilo, USA
Duration: 1 to 30 days
Priced From: USD 95.00


Paradise Island Tour and bed and breakfast is walking distance from downtown Hilo, 10 minutes away from Hilo airport, beaches and restaurants and shopping centers. We have 3 rooms with queen beds holds 2 people on each room and 1 large room with 1 queen bed and 2 single beds to accommodate 4 people. We also offer airport pick up for $30 each way and also tour around the island, please inquire.

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Full-day Tours

Volcanoes National Park Adventure Tour from Hilo

Hilo, USA
Duration: 8 hours
Priced From: USD 99.00


Volcanoes National Park Day Tour From Hilo. Takes you on an adventure to the most active and the largest lava flows in the world. In addtion to the Volcanoes National Park, on our way from hilo, you will adventure to the Richardson Blacksand Beach, Historic Bayan Drive, Liliuokalani Gardens, Rainbow Falls, Maunaloa Macademia Nut Factory, Akatsuka Orchid Nursery. Once you are at the Volcanoes National Park, your... Read More

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Full-day Tours

Discover Volcano Country

Hilo, USA
Duration: 7 hours
Priced From: USD 176.04


Travel through the remote and rugged landscape of Kau--home to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, historic farming plantations and the famous black sand beach of Punaluu.

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Full-day Tours

Mauna Kea Voyage

Hilo, USA
Duration: 7 hours 12 minutes
Priced From: USD 186.46


Embark on a remarkable road trip to the heavenly realm of Maunakea--the world`s tallest mountain. Traditionally the sacred home of Hawaiian deities, today Maunakea also hosts the greatest astronomical complex on earth.

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Full-day Tours

Hilo Tropical Waterfall Tour

Hilo, USA
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 134.38


Description: Explore the rich heritage of Hilo as you travel Old Hawaii`s charming backroads and scenic byways to visit historic landmarks, beautiful waterfalls, and a family-owned tropical fruit farm. Enjoy an intimate group setting as your Interpretive Guide leads you on a trip back through time while you taste the bounty of Hawaii Island. Cap it off with a swim under a private waterfall. If you have just a few... Read More

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Full-day Tours

Hilo Volcano Special Tour

Hilo, USA
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 115.00


Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is home to Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes. While lava flow sightings cannot be guaranteed, you are likely to see a smoldering crater or steam vent amid the lava beds as you explore the park's seismic geology with a guide. Round-trip hotel transport is provided from Hilo, with stops at Richardson Beach Park and Rainbow Falls State Park.

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Full-day Tours

Hilo Hot Steam Volcano Tour: Waterfalls - Big Island Candies - Black Sand

Hilo, USA
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 155.21


The Small-Group Hilo Hot Steam Volcano Tour is the one of the best and easiest ways to explore the highlights of Hilo and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park together with a knowledgeable interpretive guide.

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Half-day Tours

Early Bird Volcano Express

Hilo, USA
Duration: 7 hours
Priced From: USD 103.12


The morning Volcano Express AM Tour offers the only direct tour from your hotel accommodation in Kona/Waikoloa/Kohala/Hilo to the highlights of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park!

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Hiking & Camping

Kilauea Hike and Glow from Hilo

Hilo, USA
Duration: 8 hours
Priced From: USD 134.37


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.

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Historical & Heritage Tours

Kilauea Volcano and Lava Combo Bike Tour

Hilo, USA
Duration: 8 hours
Priced From: USD 217.71


Two tours in one day!<br /><strong>Special Announcement: Now hiking out to the active Ocean Lava Entry!</strong>We are very pleased to announce that we are hiking out to the active Ocean Lava Entry on both the Kilauea Volcano Bike &amp; Lava Combo as well as the Kilauea Volcano &amp; Sunset &amp; Lava Walk. At under 2 miles each way, it is the <em>shortest distance</em>... Read More

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Nature & Wildlife

Kalapana Land Of Frozen Fire

Hilo, USA
Duration: Flexible
Priced From: USD 140.00


This tour consists of trips to old historic downtown of Hilo,Rainbow water falls, Liliokalani Japanese garden, King Kamehameha's golden statue, ancient Coconut Island, Scenic Banyan drive, Beautiful Carl Smith beach, Big Island Candy factory for coffee tasting and shortbread tasting, Mauna Loa mac nut factory for nuts and cookies tasting and last but not least, 'Kalapana' also called 'Land of Frozen Fire' which is the... Read More

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Nature & Wildlife

Private Adventure in Volcanos National Park

Hilo, USA
Duration: Flexible
Priced From: USD 250.00


Get ready for this epic adventure through Volcano National Park. Where you can see places unlike anywhere else in Hawaii (maybe even the planet’) With views that stare across carved and collapsed mountains of stone twisted among rainforest jungle.

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Nature & Wildlife

Waipio Valley

Hilo, USA
Duration: Flexible
Priced From: USD 275.00


An adventure you cant miss!This is a rare chance to explore one of the most amazing destinations inside the Hawaiian Islands. Home to Hawaii's tallest waterfall skying over 1300 feet tall, wild horses wading through a river that traces all the way back to the top of Mauna Kea and a beautiful black sand beach stretching over a mile wide. Not to mention the steepest county road in the country. Truly... Read More

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Nature & Wildlife

Lava Expedition From Hilo

Hilo, USA
Duration: 6 hours
Priced From: USD 129.00


There is nothing quite as spectacular as seeing red molten lava. Join us as we take you on a thrilling discovery of Kilauea Volcano. We'll take you to the Puna District on the Big Island's East-side, our home and home to the best lava viewing locations. Enjoy a delicious picnic-style deli dinner with choice of beverage including sodas, juice and bottled water all at our private location before setting off for the... Read More

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Nature & Wildlife

Lava Glow Volcano Express: Highlights of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park with lava glow viewing after sunset

Hilo, USA
Duration: 7 hours
Priced From: USD 103.12


The lava glow Volcano Express PM Tour offers the only direct tour from your hotel accommodation in Kona, Waikoloa, Kohala, and Hilo to the highlights of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the famous red lava glow (only visible after sunset - conditions permitting)!

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Night Tours

Evening Volcano Explorer From Hilo

Hilo, USA
Duration: 6 hours
Priced From: USD 134.37


Make Kilauea Volcano and Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park your destination, and stay past sunset. Explore an active volcano on a fully narrated adventure that will take you to the lava fields of Kalapana and the black sand beach at Kaimu. Next, explore all of the best sites at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Enjoy dinner at Volcano Winery. Guests can expect a private vineyard and tea orchard tour, plus a wine tasting or... Read More

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Photography Tours

Kilauea Volcano and Waterfall Adventure

Hilo, USA
Duration: Flexible
Priced From: USD 139.00


Small group adventure of Hilo, Hawaii from scenic drives, waterfalls, macadamia nut farm, orchid gardens to Kilauea Volcano (the most active volcano on earth).

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Photography Tours

Landscapes of Frozen Fire Adventure

Hilo, USA
Duration: 6 hours
Priced From: USD 189.00


Small group adventure from Hilo, Hawaii to the active Kilauea Volcano. The landscapes of the Frozen Fire Adventure lets you witness Pele's,  (Hawaiian Fire Goddess), creation first hand. From 1960-2014 and all the eruptions in between this is the only way to witness Frozen Fire.

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Ports of Call Tours

Private Shore Excursion Tour - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hilo, USA
Duration: 6 hours
Priced From: USD 585.00


Discover Volcanoes National Park on this private and personal tour. Allowing you to see what you want and do what fits your interests, this tour does not have mixed groups. Come across amazing sights inside the park that the tour buses do not visit. Choose from a variety of optional stops on the... Read More

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Big Island Hike to Molten Lava

Hilo, USA
Duration: 6 hours
Priced From: USD 129.00


Hike to one of the Big Island's most active lava fields. Enjoy the sight of glowing lava and even get close enough to feel its heat and poke a stick in it. This guided tour is for outdoor adventurers ready to gear up and hike over uneven surfaces to see a once-in-a-lifetime sight. Walking sticks and flashlights are included. The hike times changes due to the natural occurring event. The hike is usually around 4-5 miles (7-8... Read More

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Hilo Shore Excursion: Exclusive Volcanoes National Park and Rainbow Falls

Hilo, USA
Duration: 6 hours
Priced From: USD 120.00


The Volcano National park is located at the summit of Kilauea volcano and is the biggest attraction on the Big Island of Hawaii due to its unique features and long lasting volcanic activity.

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Hilo Shore Excursion: Lava Forest and Falls

Hilo, USA
Duration: 6 hours
Priced From: USD 120.00


Explore the Nanawale Forest Reserve and surrounding tropical settings in the Eastern Rift Zone of Kilauea, considered the earth's most active volcano. This 5- to 5.5-hour shore excursion on the Big Island takes you to hidden volcanic treasures such as hot pools, sea cliffs and recent lava flows that wiped out the town of Kalapana. Visit Rainbow Falls, tour a Macadamia nut farm, stroll along a black-sand beach and drive down... Read More

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Hilo Shore Excursion: Active Volcano Waterfall Black Sand Beach

Hilo, USA
Duration: 7 hours
Priced From: USD 166.67


A day trip to Hilo is not complete without a visit to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, home to one of the world's most active volcanoes, Kilauea Volcano.  View volcanic activity at the summit of the volcano, experience the rainforest and walk out amongst hardened lava flows and take a trip... Read More

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Private Sightseeing Tours

Volcanoes National Park Private Tour

Hilo, USA
Duration: 6 hours
Priced From: USD 585.00


Discover Volcanoes National Park on this private and personal tour. Allowing you to see what you want and do what fits your interests, this tour does not have mixed groups. Come across amazing sights inside the park that the tour buses do not visit. Choose from a variety of optional stops on the way back to Hilo.

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Private Sightseeing Tours

Downtown Hilo and Botanical garden tour

Hilo, USA
Duration: Flexible
Priced From: USD 140.00


This tour consists of trips to Beautiful educational walk to Botanical garden, old historic downtown of Hilo,Rainbow water falls, Liliokalani Japanese garden, King Kamehameha's golden statue, ancient Coconut Island, Scenic Banyan drive, Beautiful Carl Smith beach, Big Island Candy factory for coffee tasting and shortbread tasting, Mauna Loa mac nut factory for nuts and cookies tasting. This tour can be up to 4 plus hours of... Read More

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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Adventure in Papakolea Green Sand Beach

Hilo, USA
Duration: Flexible
Priced From: USD 275.00


This safari like expedition is an epic journey out to one of the most rural beaches as well as one of only 3 of it's kind known to man on the planet.<br />A rugged off road 4×4 adventure through rugged cliff lines and deserted dessert like landscapes of grassy knolls and sand dunes. Experience a world famous cliff jumping spot into over 50 feet deep crystal clear water on the most southern tip of the... Read More

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Private Sightseeing Tours

Chocolate and Coffee Tour

Hilo, USA
Duration: Flexible
Priced From: USD 275.00


You will love touring an organic chocolate &amp; coffee farm in the Hamakua Coast.  Our hands on local farm tour, is a great way to see behind the scenes of where coffee and chocolate actually come from and how they are made. Take a stroll through the lush coffee trees, pick some fresh cacoa pods, maybe even roast a few beans and definitely try the fresh made chocolate.<br /><br />On this... Read More

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Private Sightseeing Tours

Hilo and Kalapana Big Island Backroads Mercedes 11 PSGR Tour

Hilo, USA
Duration: 6 hours
Priced From: USD 699.00


Great Tour for Cruise Excursions. One Price all 11 Seats in the Mercedes Benz van are for you on this Private Tour.<br />Embark on a private 6-hour guided tour including Photography. Tour travels around historic Hilo and  the Back Roads of old Hawaii to Kalapana. View the sites and... Read More

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Scuba Diving

One Tank Dive For Certified Diver

Hilo, USA
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 110.00


Explore the wonders of Hilo's stunning reefs on a 1-tank dive. With a professionally trained scuba guide we will visit some of the best dive sites on the island. Home to vibrant corals, tropical fish, and our beloved Hawaiian green sea turtle, Hilo is not a sight to be missed. All necessary equipment and roundtrip transport from your Hilo hotel or cruise port are included. Note a scuba certification is... Read More

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Scuba Diving

One Tank Introductory Dive No Experience or Certification Needed

Hilo, USA
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 120.00


Not SCUBA certified’ No problem! You can try it out without a certification. Explore the wonders of Hilo's stunning reefs with a professionally trained scuba guide. We will visit some of the best dive sites on the island. Home to vibrant corals, tropical fish, and our beloved... Read More

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Scuba Diving

Two Tank Dive For Certified Diver

Hilo, USA
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 125.00


Explore the wonders of Hilo's stunning reefs on a 2-tank dive. With a professional scuba guide, visit some of the best dive sites on the island, home to vibrant corals, tropical fish and marine mammals like turtles and dolphins. All necessary equipment and roundtrip transport from your Hilo hotel or cruise port are included. Note that you must already be a certified diver to participate.

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Scuba Diving

Two Tank Boat Dive

Hilo, USA
Duration: 5 hours
Priced From: USD 160.00


Come explore the Hilo coast in a way no one else offers! We have the only commercial dive and snorkel boat in Hilo.  This tour is a 2 tank dive from our 6 passenger boat.

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Scuba Diving

Two Tank Introductory Dive No Experience or Certification Needed

Hilo, USA
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 135.00


Not SCUBA certified’ No problem! You can try it out without a certification. Explore the wonders of Hilo's stunning reefs with a professionally trained scuba guide. We will visit some of the best dive sites on the island. Home to vibrant corals, tropical fish, and our beloved... Read More

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Segway Tours

Segway Aloha Intro Tour

Hilo, USA
Duration: 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 59.37


<strong>Aloha Intro Tour (30 Minutes - Rating: EASY)</strong><strong><br /></strong>Experience the fun of gliding on a Segway PT (personal transporter) gliding into tomorrow... today! This Segway Authorized Tour is an experience you must have when you visit our gardens. On this 30 minute glide your certified guide will teach you how to ride a Segway and offer a brief 'taste' of our rainforest.

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Segway Tours

Segway Ke Ola Tour

Hilo, USA
Duration: 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 101.04


For those that want a longer experience than the Aloha Tour this is the one for you. All your senses will be invigorated when you take a little more time to enjoy the soothing trade winds while tasting, smelling and viewing the gardens from the comfortable glide of your Segway. See orchids in the trees and hundreds of exotic plants that will take your senses through our Hawaiian world, filled with stories and lore that our... Read More

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Segway Tours

Segway Mala Pua Tour - 90 Minutes - Rating: EASY to MODERATE

Hilo, USA
Duration: 90 minutes
Priced From: USD 132.29


<strong>Mala Pua Tour (90 Minutes - Rating: EASY to MODERATE)</strong><br />Experience our lush, tropical gardens while you 'live Aloha'. Smell the flowers, taste the spices and listen to the soothing trade winds and waterfalls. See Cashew, Pineapple, Cinnamon, orchids in the... Read More

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Segway Tours

Segway Mamalahoa Tour (Moderate to Challenging)

Hilo, USA
Duration: 2 hours
Priced From: USD 173.96


Mamalahoa Tour (120 Minutes - Rating: MODERATE to CHALLENGING)<br /><br />This exotic rain forest tour takes you along a gentle section of the stunning Hamakua coastline - as seen only by those that have lived here - yet, gliding in a way never before possible. Smell the sweet scent of the forest and hear the soft trade winds as you glide past waterfalls and rare curved and historic wooden bridges. See the huge... Read More

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Segway Tours

Segway Hanapueo Tour - 120 Minutes - Rating: CHALLENGING to ADVANCED

Hilo, USA
Duration: 2 hours
Priced From: USD 194.79


Hanapueo Tour (120 Minutes - Rating: CHALLENGING to ADVANCED)<br />When riders have mastered the basics of gliding the Segway PT they are ready for a new level of ride. The Segway X2 is an off road vehicle that can go off road and really needs to to be appreciated fully. This tour provides... Read More

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Snorkeling

Two Location Boat Snorkel

Hilo, USA
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 100.00


Come explore the Hilo coast in a way no one else can offer! We have the only commercial dive and snorkel boat in Hilo.  This tour is a 2 location snorkel from our 6 passenger boat.

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Stand Up Paddleboarding

Stand Up Paddle Board Rental

Hilo, USA
Duration: Flexible
Priced From: USD 45.00


See our beautiful Hilo town from the top of a paddle board! We rent paddle boards for 3 hours, daily, and weekly.  We also include water shoes, carrying straps, and maps with each rental free of charge!

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Tours around Hilo

Hawaii Volcano Adventure from Hilo

Hilo, USA
Duration: 9 hours (starts at 08:00)
Priced From: USD 82.29


Mark Twain called it "a scene of wild beauty." Just as it was for Twain over a century ago this is truly the experience of a lifetime!

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Tours around Hilo

Volcanoes National Park and Rainbow Falls

Hilo, USA
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (starts at 09:30)
Priced From: USD 65.25


See the breathtaking views of Hilos surroundings when you explore the Akatsuka Orchid Nursery and Rainbow falls plus the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory and the natural glory of our volcanoes in the Volcanoes National Park.

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Ziplines

9-Line Zipline Experience

Hilo, USA
Duration: 2 hours
Priced From: USD 196.87


Soar above stunning Hawaiian rain forest filled with cascading waterfalls and a rambling river on the ultimate zipline adventure. Enjoy a 2-hour, guided course featuring nine exhilarating ziplines: four dual Iines (so you can race a friend) and five single lines. Take in stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and the Big Island as you glide through the sky. Entrance fees and all required equipment are included.

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Ziplines

9-Line Zip-N-Dip Experience

Hilo, USA
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 248.96


Spend four hours enjoying Hawaii's ultimate activity park with a visit to the Umauma Falls Zipline Experience. Embark on a thrilling adventure across the park's nine ziplines — soaring over a tropical garden and the Umauma River — try your skills at stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking, or simply cool off in the refreshing waters of Umauma's private pond and waterfall. Your half-day excursion includes... Read More

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Ziplines

Volcano and Zipline Adventure

Hilo, USA
Duration: Flexible
Priced From: USD 350.25


Trek the&nbsp;active Kilauea Volcano, explore tropical rainforests of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and traverse an ancient lava tube. &nbsp;Enjoy a picnic lunch and travel along the scenic&nbsp;coastline for an exhilarating Zipline experience over the Umauma river and waterfalls!

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Ziplines

Zip n’ Swim- Zipline Through Paradise and Private Waterfall Swim

Hilo, USA
Duration: 5 hours
Priced From: USD 290.62


Take your need for speed to new heights on this thrilling zipline adventure. Covering nearly two miles of gorgeous tropical river gorges, this 8-line zip course is fun for the whole family. After your zipline adventure enjoy a Hawaiian style BBQ lunch and swim in a private waterfall! Light snacks... Read More

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Ziplines

Zipline Through Paradise: Side By Side Dual Track Zipline Course

Hilo, USA
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 179.00


Take your need for speed to new heights on this thrilling zipline adventure. Covering nearly two miles of gorgeous tropical river gorges, this 8-line zip course is fun for the whole family.

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