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

Highlights

  • 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

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 July 2015

Great trip run by a very professional tour group. Our guide Mark was brilliant, knowledgeable, passionate and spent the entire day engaged with everyone on the tour. Well worth a visit to Big Island.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Justin, our tour guide, was funny, extremely knowledgeable and a terrific guide for the tour. We saw all the volcanoes as it was a clear day and we had excellent views! The food was really good too. I would definitely recommend the volcano twilight tour!!

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