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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 October 2015

The tour was excellent and the guide was very informative

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The tour was great and our guide Taj was very knowledgeable about the geology, animals and plants native and not native to the island. My husband and I were very impressed with the tour. It covered some interesting areas and there was some hiking involved which was great considering the long ride to get to the park. The views at times were spectacular especially down by the ocean. We saw the volcano from different angles and although we would have loved to look into the crater, we understand that is not allowed. Taj showed us some nice pictures of what we would have seen had we been able to look into it. This trip was definitely work doing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Mathew was passionate about Hawaii Island an all things Hawaiian. He made the journey pleasant and interesting.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The entire trip was first class from the time they picked us up from our hotel. Steve was the best. He was so knowledgable about everything volcanoes. He taught about the flora and fauna of the island, the customs, and so much more. He went out of his way to make sure everything was perfect for us. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone coming to Kona.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Absolutely one of the most enjoyable and informative tours we have been on. We had a great small group and thoroughly enjoyed the company of our fellow passengers. Cannot praise our guide Mark highly enough - the weather was challenging to say the least but he still made it a fantastic day with his knowledge and professional way of engaging with us all. We learnt heaps about the real Hawaii and will not forget our day for a long time. Highly recommend!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

A wonderful tour with very knowledgeable and helpful guides. Entering the forest walk to the sounds of the nose flute playing was magic. The volcanoes national park visit when on the Big Island is great with the view at night so different to that of mid afternoon.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

While the weather was not perfect, our tour guide Taj was fantastic and made the trip both fun and educational.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

It was a very informative tour! Very cool to see the lava rocks and cave. Wish we could have gotten closer to the active volcano. Lunch and dinner provided!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

loved it. tour guide steve obviously loves his job and the island. very informative. i had a birthday ill never equal or forget. i recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The trip was fantastic! The tour guide Lauren was the BEST tour guide we've ever had! Would definitely recommend to others. Well worth the twilight tour vs. going on the daylight only tour!

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