By Viator, September 2010
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.
Tours & Tickets
This Big Island helicopter adventure will show you the best of Hawaii – volcanoes and waterfalls – from the air! Starting from Hilo, you’ll journey over miles ... Read more
Duration: 45 minutes (approx.)
This exclusive Big Island helicopter tour includes not only wonderful views of Hawaii’s famous volcanoes, but also a private landing in a secluded location so ... Read more
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
From striking black lava and verdant tropical rainforests to the stunning sight of volcanoes at night, experience the Big Island's most spectacular natural ... Read more
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
Feel a Hawaiian volcano’s heat radiate from its crater as you experience live volcanic activity up close, with nothing between you and the lava! An open-door ... Read more
Duration: 50 minutes (approx.)
Journey to the Big Island's Hawaii Volcanoes National Park from Kona or Waikoloa on this exciting day trip, complete with your own personal iPad to use ... Read more
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)
Combine two exciting activities into one tour with this Big Island Super Saver! You’ll start with either a 2-hour or 45-minute helicopter flight (depending on ... Read more
Waikoloa Village, Hawaii
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)