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

Best Volcano National Park Small Group Twilight Tour

Journey deep into Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and discover the Big Island's lava-fueled ecosystem. During this Big Island volcano tour, you’ll hike on maintained trails to see the active Kilauea, some of the rarest plants on earth, and breathtaking sunset views of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. You'll stay energized with lunch and dinner at restaurants in towns near the park. From volcanoes to a native rain forest, there is something for everyone on this small-group tour.


  • Big Island volcano full-day tour
  • Hike through some of the most diverse ecosystems of the Hawaiian Islands
  • Learn about the volcanic history of the Big Island from your guide
  • Explore the Kaumana Caves, a mesmerizing lava tube, near Hilo
  • Head to Kalapana at sunset to watch lava flow into the ocean
  • Enjoy lunch and dinner in local towns near the national park
  • Expect to visit the best, and safest, lava-viewing spots (conditions permitting)
  • Small-group tour, limited to 12 people, ensures a personalized experience

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is one of the world's best places to witness a live eruption, and this Hawaii volcano tour takes you straight to the source: the active Kilauea. The tasty dinner in the town of Pahoa is a delightful way to cap off a day of hiking.

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What You Can Expect

Best Volcano National Park Small Group Twilight Tour

Volcano National Park Small Group Twilight Tour

Begin your 12-hour, small-group tour with a visit to see two of the world's largest volcanoes, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. The region is locally known as the Saddle, and it's also home to some of the rarest plants and animals in the world.

After a brief stop for lunch at Mauna State Park, continue east towards Hilo to explore a lava tube. Here you'll turn on your provided flashlight and look around these spellbinding passages that once carried molten rock from Mauna Loa's upper rift zones to the ocean.

From there, head into Hawaii Volcanoes National Park via the Crater Rim Drive. The park, which is both a World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Preserve, is filled with must-see spots such as the active Kilauea. Throughout the afternoon, your guide leads your group on moderate 1.5-mile (2 km) hikes, with breaks in between, along mostly flat trails; if need be, you can use provided walking sticks in areas with uneven or muddy terrain.

Since Pele (the fire goddess said to live here) is unpredictable, it’s not guaranteed that you get to see lava flowing firsthand on this hike, but your guide will do their best to take you to prime viewing spots if the conditions are safe. When Kilauea isn't erupting, you actually get to walk the summit caldera, peer down steam vents, and marvel at the cinder fields.

Such dramatic displays aren't the only natural wonders of the park. You'll also explore trails carved into a native rain forest before you head to a spot where you'll get to see active lava glowing at twilight. The group will travel to the town of Kalapana to witness the incredible fiery lava ooze into the ocean at sunset, or gawk at molten rock as it smolders in a lake at the Halema‘uma‘u Crater.

Your Big Island volcano tour is topped off with a delicious sit-down dinner in the heart of Pahoa, an old plantation village.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

An absolute highlight of our trip, I cannot recommend highly enough. Our guide Matt was fantastic, he was highly knowledgable about the island, it's history, flora and fauna, how the volcanos continually shape the landscape and the various impacts on the ecology. He took us to some off-the-beaten-track stops where we were able to see amazing sights and learn more about the island away from the general throng of other tourists. We were kept comfortable and well fed during the whole day and came away with a great appreciation of the power of the volcanoes.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We saw SO much on this tour. You really cover the whole island. Our guide, Matt, was wonderful- highly informative and upbeat and we learned a lot! Walking through the lava tubes at night and seeing the lava glowing in the crater at night were the best parts!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Absolutely fantastic excursion! Our guide Taj was so knowledgeable and so well informed, and his sharing of the islenad's stories and folklore made it all more personal. I will never forget the things i saw, especially the volcanoe at night! Highly recommended!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Wow, what an amazing tour. Enjoyed every moment. They think of everything. Great food supplied , they have water bottles that you keep , back packs to use for walks, light jackets or warmer ones if needed. They even put a blanket on your seat when you return at end of night. Tour guide wonderful. So amazing when you listen to all the information they tell you and you really appreciate the area you are visiting , the history. You won't be disappointed.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Enjoyed the tour. Thank You for the experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was a really well organized and inspiring tour. Our guide, Chris, was great at telling stories about the island and the volcanoes, and shared many fun facts about the ecology of the area. The dinner inside the Kilauea caldera was magical. I highly recommend this trip and Chris!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The local tour operator is professional and very thorough We learned so much about Hawaii's ecology and culture that we never would have known. The van was comfortable. Everything was done in a timely manner. They made sure to give us personal attention and time our visits to main attractions in such a way as to make sure they weren't overcrowded. A long day but absolutely wonderful

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The tour was amazing. Our tour guide Justin was great and took the time and effort to make it memorable! It's definitely worth it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Long day but well worth doing, Mark the driver for ur trip was excellent

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The tour was excellent and the guide was very informative

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