Day trip

From Kona and Waikoloa: Kilauea Volcano Discovery Tour

4.9 / 5

35 reviews

Activity provider: Hawaii Forest & Trail

From Kona and Waikoloa: Kilauea Volcano Discovery Tour

Activity provider: Hawaii Forest & Trail

From US$ 256.54 per person

Journey to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park for an in-depth volcano experience with a certified guide. Immerse yourself in the natural & cultural history of Hawaii's ever-changing landscape.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 12 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
Select central pickup and drop-off locations for Kona and Waikoloa - Please confirm the closest meeting location directly with activity provider. As a courtesy to other guests, please arrive at 10-minutes prior to your scheduled pick-up time. Please look for the local supplier's van with 'Hawaii Forest & Trail' on the front, side, and back.
Small group
Limited to 12 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Learn about volcanic activity from your certified guide
  • Enjoy 2-3 miles of hiking around the park’s most dynamic terrain
  • Explore a private lava tube known for its bright yellow & gold walls
  • Get up close & personal with volcanic formations such as craters & steam vents
Full description

Begin your adventure with a scenic drive over the stark and beautiful saddle road to set the stage for the day overlooking mesmerizing views including a stop to view the famous Rainbow Falls.

If the Twilight option is selected, you will stay in the Park past sunset to view the eruption's glow.

From there your first stop will be the Hawaii Volcanoes, National Park. Discover all the “must-see” spots within the Park including the dramatically changed Halemaumau Crater. After immersing yourself in the magnanimous history and culture of Volcanoes National Park and enjoying your picnic lunch, you will be driven to Hawaii Forest and Trail's private lava tube, Kauhi Cavern. Explore this unique cave with ceilings as high as 35 feet, expansive rooms, bright golden walls, and an “upside-down” forest of roots hanging from the cave ceiling. Upon returning to the surface from the lava tube exploration, enjoy a light afternoon snack with your fellow travelers and guide while reflecting on your in-depth volcano experience.

Includes
  • Select central pickup and drop-off locations for Kona and Waikoloa
  • National park certified interpretive guide
  • Park access fees
  • Exclusive lava tube access on private property
  • Walking sticks, daypacks, rain gear
  • Sunscreen and bug repellent
  • Local taxes
  • Filtered water, sparkling water, and juices
  • Day option meals include: a light breakfast snack, deli-style lunch, and an afternoon snack
  • Twilight option meals include: deli-style lunch and warm dinner
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Children under 8 years
  • People with mobility impairments

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Biodegradable sunscreen
  • Jacket
  • Closed-toe shoes

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags
  • Alcohol and drugs

Know before you go

  • Guests must be able to walk short distances of 2 to 3 miles on uneven terrain
  • The order in which points of interest are seen may vary slightly from the tour description
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 35 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.8/5
  • Safety
    5/5

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It was fantastic, from start to finish. Our guide Maddie was excellent - clear, easy to understand and extremely interesting. She knew exactly how to get everywhere, took us to the least crowded places with great views, pointed out a lot of the wildlife along the way and told us all about it.... The van was comfortable, the food [lunch, dinner and snacks] very good and plentiful, great walks... I really can't say enough about the whole experience.

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January 15, 2023

This full-day tour was fantastic from beginning to end. Maddie, our tour guide and driver, was incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. The ride was very comfortable and while it could hold 10 or 11 passengers, our group was only six, which made things very relaxed. The food and refreshments provided were fine. The remote lava tunnel and hiking around Volcano National Park was an experience of a lifetime, especially since Kilauea was active. I highly recommend this tour, but you do have to set aside an entire day.

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January 11, 2023

This was an amazing experience. I would have enjoyed more hiking. But the stops were all incredible and I loved everything we viewed. The steaming crater was amazing. The private lava tube was absolutely spectacular and a truly unique experience. I really enjoyed the fissures and the cinder cone. And the view from the cliffs at dinner was awe inspiring! Maddie was a great guide and took care of everything you could want on a full day tour. The food and snacks were delicious and dinner hot and a wonderful. I highly recommend this excursion!

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January 3, 2023

Product ID: 184436