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  • Location:Kona, Hawaii
  • Duration:12 hours (approx.)

Kilauea Volcano Small Group Adventure Tour

You'll really get an idea of how big the Big Island is during the course of this Small Group Hawaii volcano tour to Kilauea Volcano. And you'll appreciate that someone else is doing the driving! Hawaii Volcano National Park is an inspiring and precious place, listed as both a World Heritage Site and an International Biosphere preserve.


  • Small group Kilauela Volcano adventure tour in Volcanoes National Park on Hawaii
  • Visit the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • Travel through diverse ecosystems including rainforest and dry forest
  • Learn about the geology and geography of the Big Island
  • Breathtaking views from Hilo, the summit of Kilauea and the Hamakua Coast
  • Beautiful views of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa
  • Small group of no more than 12 guests ensures a more personalized experience

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

You cover lots of ground on this tour that takes you from Kona to Hilo and back and includes rainforest, coastline and, of course, the Kilauea volcano. It's a terrific adventure further enhanced by the highly educated guides and small group size.

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What You Can Expect

Kilauea Volcano Small Group Adventure Tour

Kilauea Volcano Small Group Adventure Tour

Starting out from Kona, Kilauea tours travel up the coast over desolate lava flows for about 30 minutes before proceeding up the rolling pasturelands on the flanks of Mauna Kea. Turning onto the Saddle Road that traverses the island between Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, you'll see a dramatic and diverse landscape of ranchland, sub-alpine dry forest and rainforest (with striking features such as cinder cones, lava flows, lava tubes and kipuka).

Stop for a short break and continental-style breakfast before continuing to drop down to near sea-level on the way through Hilo where you'll begin the final climb to the summit of Kilauea Volcano and the lush entrance to Hawaii Volcano National Park. On the way back, the Small Group Hawaii volcano tour travels along the Hamakua Coast and passes through Waimea before returning to Kona. By the end of the day, you'll have traveled over 300 miles (480 km) and experienced an elevation change (you go up and down a few times!) of over 30,000 feet (9,150 meters).

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Previously sent a recommendation of our tour. Again it was marvelous. Forgot to rate it. I highly recommend it. Our guide Gary was the best.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Gary made this day spectacular. We were able to experience lava tubes, lava flows, seaside cliffs, craters and calderas. Short hikes provided personal discovery of the diverse terrain of this amazing island. Outstanding tour, highlighted by an excellent, knowledgeable and fun guide. Do this tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Due to hurricane this tour had to be rebooked and work around road closures but the company were so helpful and upgraded me to the twilight tour for free. The driver was so informative and I definitely came away with a much better appreciation of volcanoes, Hawaiian plants and legends. Next time I would do it again and hopefully the crater road will be open.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

This tour was brilliant. We had a fantastic time. Our guide, Matt, was so friendly, welcoming and very knowledgeable and took us to places that were on the tour guide but also managed to stop off at others when we had time. There were only 7 of us on this tour plus Matt so it was great as we didn't get held up waiting for a big group. We did a great hike up Mauna Loa which this tour doesn't always do but it was fascinating being at the top of the largest active volcano and mountain on earth. Would highly recommend this tour. Really well run and great tour guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

I really enjoyed this tour, esprcially because our guide was very knowledgable and friendly.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2013

This was a wonderful learning day! Our guide, Christina, was so knowledgeable. She is a college biology teacher (Dr.) and gave us so much information. The trip was well organized, meals and snacks were wonderful. We liked having only 8 in the group. We learned so much about volcanoes, rainforest (with a walk through), lava tubes (another walk through), lava beds, dessert and history of the area!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2012

Excellent day. Our guide April 23 2012 was Taj, whose knowledge of the island and volcanoes was amazing. He took us to "not the usual tourist areas" which made the tour even better. Definitely recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2012

What a wonderful tour! Our guide Matt was excellent and so knowledgeable! I would highly recommend this tour to anyone fortunate enough to be making a visit to the Big Island of Hawaii!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2011

Our experience was excellent .Our Tour guide
named Taj was very knowledgable and gave us a lot of information about the Kona Volcanoes and all living things around it.It was a trip of a lifetime!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2011

A fantastic guide to an amazing tour. The sights plus knowledge learned was more than we imagined. I highly recommend this tour.

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