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Hilo: Elite Volcano Hike

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Hilo: Elite Volcano Hike

From $250.26 per person

Take an elite volcano hike down to Kilauea Caldera, using the 2-mile Halema’uma’u Trail. Following that, visit the aftermath of the historic 2018 eruption along Kilauea’s coastline.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
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Duration 8.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
You can meet us at the KapohoKine Adventures store in the Grand Naniloa Resort 93 Banyan Dr, Hilo, HI 96720 or contact us at 808-964-1000 to give us your location for pick up or for more information.
Small group
Limited to 13 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • See the site of the 2018 eruption
  • Hike the Hawaii Volcanoes National park
  • Enjoy a delicious lunch
Full description
Your experience begins as you head out of Hilo to the Puna Coast, the location of the historic 2018 eruption and where your first stop of the Mackenzie State Recreation Area is. The highway there was closed by the marching 40-foot-tall wall of crumbly a’a lava as it continued to the sea. You will take a hike along the now-closed highway, and then follow the lava flow through the pine forest to the altered coastline and cliffs overlooking the new black sand beach. Isaac Hale Beach Park is next, where you can drive along the infamous “Fissure 8”, which erupted in the heart of Lelani Estate's subdivision. A picnic-style lunch will be served at the park, weather permitting. You will then travel to the crown jewel of the Big Island, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. You'll begin by briefly visiting the Kilauea Iki Overlook, before heading off on foot down the paved road to Keanakakoi. You can check out the activity there from the historic 2018 eruption, which buckled the road and caused racks and sinkholes. You’ll also get a birds-eye view of the Kilauea Caldera and the enormous Halema’uma’u Crater, along with views of the trail you will take into the Caldera. Throughout your 2-mile hike you can look for native birds, such as the yellow ‘amakihi and the red ‘apapane. Huge boulders came to rest at this location during ancient rock slides and eruptions, and you can look for marks left by previous visitors such as Benjamin Boyd and John Webster, just to name a few. Reaching the floor of Kilauea Calder there is an incredible rock slide to your left, evidence of the 2018 eruption, as well as the Halema’uma’u Crater which sits before you. The crater increased in size during the eruption, with the lava lake draining out of it leaving behind an enormous 1,000-foot-deep pit. Afterwards, you will return to the starting point.
Includes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Lunch
  • Beverages
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • Wheelchair users
  • People with respiratory issues
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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  • Closed-toe shoes

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  • Open-toed shoes

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  • You must wear close-toed shoes for this experience
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Overall rating

3.7 /5

based on 3 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
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  • Transportation
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  • Value for money
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Tour was interesting and traveling van was nice and comfortable. Drive to Hilo from the opposite side of island is long. Our tour guide was wonderful, very accomodating and well prepared. For as long as the drive is, It would have been nice to have a recorded video/audio of the history of the Hawaiian islands, instead of the guide having to talk the whole time (sure he would have appreciated a break). The places that we were taken to were as expected with some unexpected and wonderful stops. Tour is great for older, less able people. Younger, more adventurous people may want more.

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July 25, 2021

We had a great time. Nick was very informative about the island and the volcanos. We heard some really good stories about his local experiences around the island also. Would definitely recommend taking this tour if you have a whole day. The hikes over the lave flows and by the crater were fun.

February 15, 2020

July 25, 2021

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