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Volcano Village

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Discover the Volcanoes of Big Island at Twilight

1. Discover the Volcanoes of Big Island at Twilight

Enjoy a guided adventure starting with a stop at a Kona Coffee Farm. Walk through a lava tube and orchards with your guide to learn about the harvesting and milling process while sampling a warm cup of Kona-grown coffee. Continue through the scenic view of the Kealakekua Bay and South Point, the southernmost point of the United States. Relax at Punalu’u Black Sand Beach to spot marine life, like Hawaii’s green sea turtles, from the shore. Next, head to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Drive on the Chain of Craters Road. Learn about volcanic eruptions and current and past lava flow sites. Visit the Kilauea Iki Lookout, Lava Tube, steam vents, Halema’uma’u Crater, and the crater rim trail. After enjoying dinner at a nearby cafe, return to the park to view the lava glow at night and stargaze. Depending on weather conditions, observe stars, planets, galaxies, and more.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: Self-Guided Driving Tour

2. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: Self-Guided Driving Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Note: This 25+ mile-long tour covers the essentials of Hawaii Volcanoes in 3-6 hours. Once you’ve downloaded the tour, your journey begins at the entrance station to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. From there, you’ll head to the Visitor Center and have an option to hike the popular Sulfur Banks Trail. Then, you’ll pass steam vents where water is constantly boiling beneath the earth’s surface, before continuing on to Kilauea Overlook. This astonishing vista looks out across the massive Kilauea Crater, and it’s one you won’t want to miss! Next up is Kilauea Iki Trail, which actually goes through a volcanic crater that was once filled with lava! Then there’s the Thurston Lava Tube, offering an underground experience you won’t soon forget. As you drive toward Puʻupuaʻi Overlook, you’ll hear about how volcanoes actually created the Hawaiian islands. Then you’ll pass a string of remarkable craters left over from past eruptions. On your way to the Pu’u Huluhulu Trail, next, you’ll hear about the goddess Pele and her mysterious hair, which can be found across the park. Then you’ll find out how that national park was created in the first place. After that, you’ll reach Mauna Ulu Lookout, offering views of the aftermath of a five year long eruption! Then you’ll visit a spot overlooking the site where a village once stood… before disaster after disaster erased it. Continuing on, you’ll learn to identify different kinds of lava, find out how certain plants survive in this inhospitable climate, and hear the dramatic true story behind the “day of falling sands.” Next, you’ll hear an ancient Hawaiian legend and stop by Alanui Kahiko Overlook, offering views of where the Chain of Craters Road was before being destroyed by a lava flow. Then you’ll reach the Pu’uloa Petroglyphs, authentic rock carvings dating back hundreds of years! Finally, you’ll arrive at the Hōlei Sea Arch, a magnificent sight that may not last very much longer. Your tour concludes here.

Big Island: Coffee, Black Sand, Volcano and Waterfall Tour

3. Big Island: Coffee, Black Sand, Volcano and Waterfall Tour

Immerse yourself in the best of the Big Island’s sights, microclimates, and traditions as well as gourmet food and beverages on this full-day all-inclusive tour. Allow us to take care of all your needs from hotel pickup and drop-off and catered meals to a carefully planned route with thoughtfully curated stops. This is the Big Island you’ve been dreaming of — a destination where breathtaking landscapes and millennia of culture combine to create a day of connection with land and people. Welcome to paradise.

Kilauea: Volcanoes National Park Guided Hike

4. Kilauea: Volcanoes National Park Guided Hike

Take a journey of discovery and witness the awe-inspiring power of nature on an afternoon hike in Volcanoes National Park. Join me as I guide you on a 4 mile loop adventure through Hawaiian native forests and around a hardened lava lake. As the sun sets, watch in awe as the lava lake glows with an otherworldly beauty. Relax in the serene surroundings of this special place and take in all the sights and sounds of one of Hawaii’s most spectacular national parks. With my experienced guidance, you’ll have a unique opportunity to explore and appreciate this majestic environment. So don’t miss out – book your afternoon hike today! The hike will end at the Volcano hose restaurant and bar, guests are encouraged to book a relaxing meal at Volcano House restaurant and bar. If interested I will supply you with all information upon booking. Lava viewing is subject to weather and Kilauea volcano.

Mauna Kea: Stellar Explorer Tour from Hilo

5. Mauna Kea: Stellar Explorer Tour from Hilo

Visit Rainbow Falls and the Kaumana Caves before heading to your stargazing location. Travel across Saddle Road between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, 2 of the tallest and biggest volcanoes on Earth. To complete your tour, your guide will take you to one of the preferred locations on Mauna Kea for nighttime stargazing. Observe the deep sky and planetary objects through a large aperture telescope, under one of the darkest and most pristine skies on planet Earth. Enjoy narration from expert astronomers, who have written articles for well-known magazines and worked at world-class observatories for decades. The telescopes are a true purist way to view the night sky. Their fast focal ratio enables you to see sprawling wide-field views of objects that are simply not possible with other telescopes.  Weather permitting and depending on what is visible in the current sky, you can observe galaxies, nebula, star clusters, planets, double star systems, the moon, and much more.

Hawaii: Big Island Volcanoes Day Tour with Dinner and Pickup

6. Hawaii: Big Island Volcanoes Day Tour with Dinner and Pickup

See it all on a Big Island day tour exploring volcanoes, beaches, and coffee. Visit a Kona coffee farm and bakery to sample local delights. Walk through Thurston Lava Tube on Kilauea Volcano and look for turtles at Punalu'u Black Sand Beach. Begin with a visit to a Kona coffee farm. Breathe in the fresh mountain air while sampling a wide selection of Kona coffees. The Kona coffee belt produces exceptional coffee due to volcanic soil and a mild climate. At the coffee farm, enjoy a deli-style lunch in the heart of Kona coffee country. Continue to the famous Punalu’u Bake Shop. Here you can peruse the southernmost bakery in the United States and enjoy fresh Hawaiian sweet bread and malasadas—a Portuguese donut and favorite local treat. Visit the world-famous Punalu’u Black Sand beach. This incredible stretch of black sand beach is home to nesting Hawaiian sea turtles and is also a favorite spot for locals to fish and BBQ on the weekends. Traverse the Big Island of Hawaii and see Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, traveling over the wild and varied landscapes of the active Kilauea Volcano. Experience the heat of steam vents rising up from cracks in the earth, and take a short hike through Thurston Lava Tube. Enjoy a three-course restaurant dinner at Kilauea Lodge. If the lava is flowing, venture back into the park after dinner to view the magnificent glow of the lava lake in Halema’uma’u crater.

From Hilo: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Tour

7. From Hilo: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Tour

Get the most of your time in Hilo. Have a local driver get you to the most popular attractions on Hawai'i Island. See the best scenes of Hawai’i’s active volcano. Ask any questions and have a new friend by the end of the day. Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park is a blockbuster sight on the Big Island, but reaching the park from the Hilo port on your own can be time consuming. With this driving tour, save hours with port pickup and head straight to the park’s highlights, including the steam vents and Kilauea Caldera overlook. Later, visit the Liliuokalani Gardens, Rainbow Falls, and Big Island Candies flagship store.

Big Island: Evening Volcano Explorer from Hilo

8. Big Island: Evening Volcano Explorer from Hilo

Start with a drive through quaint Hilo town where you’ll drive along the historic waterfront before heading out to the old fishing village of Kalapana. Your National Park Service certified guide will discuss the volcanology, geology, and history of Kilauea Volcano, as well as providing in-depth narration on the various lava flows and flora and fauna that you’ll be passing by.  Hike out across the lava flow to the new black sand beach. Stop by Star of the Sea Painted Church, moved by the community twice to save it from advancing lava flows in 1990, this decommissioned church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Next travel to the crown jewel of Hawaii, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. V isit the Kilauea Visitor’s Center, the Kilauea Iki Crater Overlook, and Steaming Bluffs. Stop in at the famous Volcano House for incredible views of Kilauea Caldera, and hike to the cracks and sinkholes in the paved roads left behind by the historic eruption of 2018.

Big Island: Explore an Active Volcano on a Guided Hike

9. Big Island: Explore an Active Volcano on a Guided Hike

See it all on a group or private hike in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, uncovering its natural wonders. Journey with your guide through native Hawaiian forests and the Kilauea Iki Crater to an active caldera, then travel into the center of the earth to explore Thurston Lava Tube. Start your trek at the Kilauea Visitor Center, where you'll meet your guide and get ready for your adventure. After a buffet breakfast, venture into the lush rainforests and keep an eye out for the native wildlife along the way. Take a moment to admire the panoramic views over the solidified lava lake in Kilauea Iki Crater. Weave your way between a field of steam vents and into a native Hawaiian forest to reach the caldera of a volcano. Gaze up at the gigantic volcanic walls and feel the heat against your skin. Learn more about the ecology and volcanic history of the diverse region from your guide. Finish your hike in style as you descend into the iconic Thurston Lava Tube, a long subterranean cave formed by ancient flowing lava. Wander through this breathtaking natural wonder before heading back to the visitor center.

Hawaii: Volcanoes National Park E-Bike Rental and GPS Audio

10. Hawaii: Volcanoes National Park E-Bike Rental and GPS Audio

Experience the thrill of a lifetime: A day E-bike around the rim of an erupting volcano. Our GPS Audio App will guide you on all the permitted National Park Bike Trails as you see the main park highlights, and hear historic information. E-Bike along the rim of the erupting crater & possibly see active lava. This day of unbeatable excitement begins at Bike Volcano Headquarter in Volcano Village where you will park your car and pick up your E-bike anytime between 10AM – an ideally 12PM so that you'll have plenty of time to explore the Park at a leisurely pace before returning at 4PM. (less than a mile from the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Bike Trail). We provide our guests with secured parking, restrooms, a general store, and a restaurant. Here you will be fitted with an e-bike and helmet and given a safety lecture under the canopy staging area. The GPS system will then lead you on a voice turn-by-turn navigation from Volcano Village into National Park on a bike trail through a lush native Hawaiian Rainforest. You Feel the Volcanic Heat at the Steam Vents, possibly have Lunch at the Volcano House’s picturesque Rim Restaurant mid tour, Walk through a Lava Tube, and E-Bike to the Lava Viewing Area on Paved Bike Trails and Roads. Avoid long parking delays, crowds, and long walks to the main National Park highlights. We provide with Live Human Phone Support throughout your journey. You will return to our Volcano Shop by 4PM where we will say "A hui hou", until we meet again.

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What people are saying about Volcano Village

Overall rating

4.6
(130 reviews)

Excellent! Neil was awesome, very knowledgeable and friendly. This is a good trip to see a lot of the Big Island in one day. Would recommend this tour to anyone who wants to see a lot in one day. The guide you get really makes the trip!

Really fantastic walk/hike around the Volcano. Our guide, Jennifer gave us such a wonderful tour. Great views, wonderful insights into the history and background of the history of the volcano and surrounding environment.

The highlight for me was the volcano and the waterfalls!!! Very informative!!!! Excellent tour guide!!! Thank you!!

Scott was a fabulous guide and treated us to wonderful vistas and insightful commentary. Highly reccomend :-)

Jennifer was very prepared, walking poles, extra ponchos, took time to explain the flora and fauna to us.