- 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.
Recent Photos of This Tour
- sunset dinner.jpgPhoto by: Michelle W
- ocean side dinner.jpgPhoto by: Michelle W
- steam vents.jpgPhoto by: Michelle W
- native flora.jpgPhoto by: Michelle W
- Matt.jpgPhoto by: Michelle W
- lava 2.jpgPhoto by: Michelle W
- lava 1.jpgPhoto by: Michelle W
- crater daytime.jpgPhoto by: Michelle W
- DinnerPhoto by: Deb
Australia, 01 2016
- Steam VentsPhoto by: Deb
Australia, 01 2016
- Thurston lava tubePhoto by: Marlene R
- Kilauea at nightPhoto by: Marlene R
- Volcano at nightPhoto by: Victor Y
- Lava tree mounds Volcano ...Photo by: Judith A C
- Inside the lava tubePhoto by: Judith A C
- Lava meets the sea Big Island ...Photo by: Judith A C
- Lava at night May 9, 2015Photo by: Judith A C
- Old lava flow in the ocean, ...Photo by: Jo-Ann D
- summit of Kilauea at nightPhoto by: James S
- summit of KilaueaPhoto by: James S
What You Can Expect
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.
Best tour EVER! Seeing the caldera by day and by night was a wow experience! We also had the lava tube to ourselves and the rain forest by night smelled sensational! Taj was our guide and is very knowledgeable and now I wish I had taken notes. He is very personable and sees to your every need and comfort. If or when I come back, I will take this tour again and hopefully get Taj as our guide! Only one thing to say to anyone thinking of doing this trip-DO IT!!!
We saw far much than I expected, it was excellent value and I highly recommend this company
Our guide Nate was amazing. Incredible encyclopedic knowledge of the Big Island.
He also took the time to show us off the beaten path spots.
This tour was through Hawaii Forest and Trail tour. Very very good.
This as a fantastic excursion. Our guide, Steve, was extremely knowledgable adaptive to our needs and had a great sense of humor. The highlight of the trip was back up the volcano after dark. The light, steam Ans explosions of magma were phenomenal. We would highly recommend this trip.. You might think you could do it on your own, but you would miss so much.
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.
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!!!
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.
Enjoyed the tour. Thank You for the experience.
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!