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Ways to See Volcanoes on the Big Island of Hawaii

By Viator, February 2018

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Hawaii has been called a land of fire for good reason: three of the Big Island’s five volcanoes are still active, including Mauna Loa, the world’s largest. These fiery outcrops continue to work their magic creating mountains, valleys, and waterfalls. Here’s how to decide which volcano tour is best for you.

For the Time-Crunched Visitor
The Big Island is named appropriately–there’s a lot to see and much ground to cover. Travelers with limited time to explore the island can benefit from a comprehensive Big Island day tour. A full day touring the island might include visits to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and its Chain of Craters Road, plus other notable attractions such as Akaka and Rainbow Falls and Punalu’u Black Sand Beach. Day trips to experience the Big Island’s volcanoes are possible for travelers staying on the island of Oahu too.  

For the Bucket Lister
If there’s any destination for a bucket list-style splurge, it’s Hawaii. One of the best ways to see the island’s volcanoes is from above, aboard a helicopter. Soar over an active volcano, feeling the heat on your skin as you watch lava flow steaming into the ocean. Helicopter tours that include lava viewing range in length from 45 minutes to two hours.

For Couples
Turn up the romance on an already steamy Hawaiian vacation by combining visits to some of the island’s top volcanic sites–Mauna Kea State Recreation Area, Kilauea volcano, and the Jaggar Museum at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park–with a romantic dinner at Kilauea Lodge. Finish your day together gazing at the nighttime glow of Halemaumau Crater.

For the Active Traveler
Outdoor enthusiasts and adventure travelers can explore Hawaii’s volcanic landscape from the seat of a bike on a cycling tour of the island’s active Kilauea volcano. Peddle past lava fields and steaming caters, stopping for a walk through the Thurston Lava Tube and a visit to the Jaggar Museum with its excellent volcanic activity viewing area.

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Big Island in A Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, History, Small Group, Big Island of ... 
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Big Island in A Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, History, Small Group

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This 10-11 hour nature tour offers an in-depth look at Hawaii’s youngest and largest island. Explore the diverse landscape and natural wonders, including ...  Read more

Location: Hawaii, Hawaii
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $182.30
Big Island Grand Circle Island Tour, Big Island of Hawaii, Day Trips
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Big Island Grand Circle Island Tour

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See the Big Island of Hawaii’s stunning beauty on a full-day Grand Circle tour. On the Grand Circle Island Adventure, you’ll visit Volcanoes National Park and ...  Read more

Location: Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 11 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $122.95
Small-Group Big Island Tour: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Kona Coffee Farm, Big Island of ... 
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Small-Group Big Island Tour: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Kona Coffee Farm

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Journey to the Big Island's Hawaii Volcanoes National Park from Kona or Waikoloa on this exciting day trip, complete with your own personal iPad to use ...  Read more

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

From USD $186.99
Volcanoes and Waterfalls Helicopter Adventure from Hilo, Big Island of Hawaii, Full-day Tours
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Volcanoes and Waterfalls Helicopter Adventure from Hilo

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This Big Island helicopter adventure will show you the best of Hawaii – volcanoes and waterfalls – from the air! Starting from Hilo, you’ll journey over miles ...  Read more

Location: Hilo, Hawaii
Duration: 45 minutes (approx.)

From USD $274.00
Small Group Guided Big Island Twilight Volcano Tour, Big Island of Hawaii, Helicopter Tours
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Small Group Guided Big Island Twilight Volcano Tour

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Discover sea turtles at a rare black sand beach and uncover majestic waterfalls Visit must-see spots within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park including scenic ...  Read more

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

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Small Group Tour: Deluxe Volcano Experience with Restaurant Dinner, Big Island of Hawaii, Night ... 
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Small Group Tour: Deluxe Volcano Experience with Restaurant Dinner

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This first-class tour showcases the raw nature of the active volcano-Kilauea. Journey through the middle of the island on the brand new Saddle Road. The views ...  Read more

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

From USD $238.53
Big Island Day Trip: Volcanoes National Park from Oahu, Oahu, Night Tours
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Big Island Day Trip: Volcanoes National Park from Oahu

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Discover the sights of the Big Island on this guided day trip from Oahu. Inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, a UNESCO-listed site, hike along a crater rim, ...  Read more

Location: Waikiki, Oahu
Duration: 15 hours (approx.)

From USD $481.29
Kilauea Volcano Bike Tour, Big Island of Hawaii, Day Trips
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Kilauea Volcano Bike Tour

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Join a guided Kilauea Volcano bike tour in the Hawaii Volcano National Park. You'll explore Kilauea Volcano, from its summit to the sea, as you bike down this ...  Read more

Location: Hilo, Hawaii
Duration: 4 - 5 hours

From USD $150.00
Big Island Hawaii Volcano Adventure, Big Island of Hawaii, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Big Island Hawaii Volcano Adventure

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See the lava fields on a comprehensive, full-day Big Island Hawaii Volcano tour. You'll explore Hawaii Volcano National Park, Kilauea Volcano and Big Island of ...  Read more

Location: Hilo, Hawaii
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $110.58
Volcanoes National Park Small Group Twilight Tour, Big Island of Hawaii, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Volcanoes National Park Small Group Twilight Tour

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Journey through Hawaii Island’s incredible range of ecosystems and climate zones before experiencing first-hand the phenomena that makes it all possible – an ...  Read more

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

From USD $225.00

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