Volcanoes not only created the amazing mountains, valleys and waterfalls of Hawaii, they also allowed magnificent tropical plants to flourish in the mineral-rich soil. On the Big Island of Hawaii, these fiery outcrops continue to work their magic: three of the island’s five volcanoes are still active, including Mauna Loa, the world’s largest. But remember: volcanoes are nature’s improv comedians – you never know quite what you’re going to get! Any tour of these incredible features can change according to current conditions.

There are numerous ways to observe the island’s great geo-thermal wonders. Feeling fit? Join a biking tour and let off some steam as you watch Mother Nature doing likewise. Start at the active crater of Kilauea Volcano and follow it all the way to the sea. There’s also time for a stop at the Volcano Winery, where you can see (or rather taste) how this unique terrain affects wine.

To cover even more territory, head off from Kailua-Kona as part of a small group on a comprehensive day-long tour through Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii’s number one attraction, as well as other highlights of the island. Or set out a little later and explore two of the island’s peaks, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, and then witness the fiery lava flowing into the sea against a spectacular tropical sunset.

But if you really want to see everything the shifting, bubbling, fizzing landscape has to offer, take to the skies with a once-in-a-lifetime helicopter tour. From Hilo, take an hour-long flight over the Circle of Fire, where molten rock glowers red and hisses with steam. You’ll also see dramatic black sand beaches and some of Hawaii’s world-famous waterfalls amid lush green jungles.

If that somehow isn’t enough, the only thing for it is to take the ultimate experience: a two-hour ride around the Big Island, taking in volcanic highlights and the island’s stunning valleys and soaring mountains.

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Fire and Falls Helicopter Adventure from Hilo

4.5 star rating: Recommended 91 Reviews

Location: Hilo, Hawaii
Duration: 45 minutes

From USD $233.00

Volcano Helicopter Tour and Private Paradise Landing

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 24 Reviews

Location: Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 3 hours

From USD $599.00

Kilauea Volcano Bike Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 41 Reviews

Location: Hilo, Hawaii
Duration: 4 - 5 hours

From USD $136.36

Big Island Hawaii Volcano Adventure

4.5 star rating: Recommended 53 Reviews

Location: Hilo, Hawaii
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes

From USD $102.25

45-Minute Open-Door Volcanoes Helicopter Flight

4.5 star rating: Recommended 55 Reviews

Location: Hilo, Hawaii
Duration: 50 minutes

From USD $282.00
From USD $186.99
From USD $205.00

Big Island Super Saver: Helicopter Tour plus Zipline Adventure

4.5 star rating: Recommended 17 Reviews

Location: Waikoloa Village, Hawaii
Duration: 7 hours

From USD $447.61

Dolphin Waterfall Boat Tour in Hilo

Location: Hilo, Hawaii
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

From USD $145.00
From USD $415.62

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