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Kilauea Iki Crater Tours

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Kilauea Iki Crater
Kilauea Iki crater is one of the most visited spots in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and its most popular hike cuts across the floor of the crater—a walk into the heart of an active volcano. Though today the crater looks tame from above, steam vents still rise from areas with moisture, and the otherworldly terrain of the crater floor is unique among others in the Hawaiian chain.

The Basics

Begin the somewhat strenuous 2-hour journey across Kilauea Iki in a descent from the edge of a tropical rainforest. Take a guided walk to learn about the adapted flora along the trail and see nearby highlights.

Guides typically combine walks through Kilauea Iki with tours of the park that also may include a stop at the summit of Kilauea Caldera, a walk through Thurston Lava Tube, and a drive down Chain of Craters Road. Although Kilauea remains an active volcano, the center of the activity is in a separate section of park.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Ideal for those with an interest in volcanoes and natural history, as well as active hikers who want to go off the beaten path.
  • While paved pathways like the Crater Rim Trail are wheelchair accessible, the steep and uneven surfaces of Kilauea Iki crater are not recommended.
  • Bring sturdy hiking shoes and a windbreaker; be prepared for possible rain.
  • Many guided tours include entrance fees to the national park.
  • There is no public transportation within the park.

How to Get There

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is reached via Highway 11. It’s about a 45-minute drive (30 miles, or 48 kilometers) southwest of Hilo and about a 2.5-hour drive (96 miles, or 154 kilometers) southeast of Kailua-Kona. Most visitors arrive by car or as part of a guided tour from either location.

When to Get There
With a tropical climate year-round, the park is open every day, including holidays. Morning is best for avoiding crowds and soaring temperatures, with fewer visitors arriving during spring and fall. Check weather conditions and volcanic activity warnings for possible trail closings. Day trips departing from Hilo, Kona, and Kohala resorts can last up to 12 hours.

How the Kilauea Iki Crater Was Formed
In 1959 fountains of lava from Kilauea Iki crater erupted nearly 2,000 feet (610 meters) into the sulfur-filled air. As lava spouted from the small crater near the summit of Kilauea volcano, it formed a lava lake that measured 10 feet (3 meters) deep, a bubbling cauldron of freshly formed earth. To date, the area is home to some of the most intense activity volcanologists have experienced in the Hawaiian chain.
Address: Kilauea Iki Crater, Hawaii 96778, USA
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Adventure Tour from Hilo

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Adventure Tour from Hilo

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is famous for its ever-flowing lava and the planet’s most massive active volcano. This tour journeys to top natural landmarks in and around the park. Visit Rainbow Falls, Richardson black sand beach, Historic Banyan Drive, Liliuokalani Gardens, Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory, Akatsuka Orchid Nursery, and the active volcano of Kilauea. You also get the opportunity to walk through a lava tube.
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  • 6 hours
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Big Island Tour Bundle: Get 5 Big Island Audio Tours

Big Island Tour Bundle: Get 5 Big Island Audio Tours

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Our Big Island mobile app features five audio tours and you'll get all of them when you purchase the Big Island Tour Bundle. Here’s what’s included in the Big Island Tour Bundle: - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Tour - Kona Big Kahuna Loop - North Island Jungle Adventure Loop - South Island Epic Coastal Journey - Kohala Coast and Backcountry Tour Each tour uses GPS to give you turn-by-turn directions to popular sites and local gems with stories and music along the way. The audio tours play automatically using your location to give you on-the-spot information. WHY SHAKA GUIDE? ✅ Tours never expire. ✅ Tour work offline. No data needed. ✅ Reliable GPS directions. ✅ A guided tour for a fraction of the price. ✅ Save time planning! We’ve done the work for you. ✅ Your vacation, your terms — freedom to stop and go as you please. ✅ The #1-rated travel app for Big Island. ✅ Listen to interesting stories and Hawaiian music!
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  • 5 days
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Full-Day Tour from Kona

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Full-Day Tour from Kona

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Discover Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and other attractions on the Big Island on a full-day tour from Waikoloa, Hapuna, Kailua-Kona, or Keauhou. Your guide shares highlights including Rainbow Falls, Saddle Road, and Punaluu Black Sand Beach. You'll get great views of the two active volcanoes: Kīlauea and Mauna Loa, and experience the natural beauty of Akatsuka Orchid Gardens. It'll be a stress-free trip as it includes a guide, transportation, and hotel pickup and drop-off from select hotels.
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  • 10 hours
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Big Island - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Driving Tour

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Experience the big island’s storied national park at a fraction of the cost with this guided app excursion. Ditch the big bus tour, download Shaka Guide, and learn about the volcanoes’ legends and stories. Enjoy turn-by-turn navigation to must-see locations like like Kilauea Iki Trail, Thurston Lava Tube, Devastation Trail, Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs, and Holei Sea Arch.
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  • 2 days
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park & Waterfall - Shore Excursion from Hilo Harbor

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park & Waterfall - Shore Excursion from Hilo Harbor

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Sample the best that the Big Island of Hawaii has to offer during this 8-hour sightseeing trip covering some of the region’s top attractions. Watch your mind ‘burn’ with curiosity during a visit to the famous Volcanoes National Park, enjoying park landmarks like the Thurston Lava Tube and Kilauea Iki Crater. You’ll also stop by the scenic black-sand Richardson Beach, admire the postcard-worthy Rainbow Falls and experience the lush grounds of Liliuokalani Gardens, plus much more. Round-trip transport, park entrance fees and bottled water are also included.
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  • 6 hours
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Big Island's Hawaii Grand Circle Island Tour

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This Big Island circle tour hits all the highlights of the stunning Big Island of Hawaii.  While riding in a comfortable minibus, watch out the window as the landscape changes with every bend in the road, from tropical, misty valleys full of ferns to a barren, black lava coast. This Grand Circle island tour includes round-trip transport from Kona, with pickup and drop-off at your hotel.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
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Deluxe Daytime Volcano Guided Charter (Cruise Ship or Hilo Hotel)

Deluxe Daytime Volcano Guided Charter (Cruise Ship or Hilo Hotel)

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Tour the highlights of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in just one day with this guided tour from the Kona and Waikoloa areas. Head out in a luxury van for a drive along the historic Saddle Road, walk on Mauna Loa’s most recent lava field, see lava rummaging below a crater rim, and more, all with the insight provided by a local guide. Additional stops at a cookie factory, Rainbow Falls, and the historic town of Hilo round-out your trip. Tour concludes with star-lit dinner between two volcanoes before transfer back to your hotel.
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  • 6 to 10 hours
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Private Guide: Meet In Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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The price listed is for a private family/group activity as listed. We added this activity the end of August 2019 because we live in Volcano and have heard from many travelers they didn't know what to do or where to go. We have gone to the Park for many years and we can ensure you get the most of your time. We created this activity to make learning about volcanoes budget and family friendly. There is so much to learn in the Park and so much to see it would be difficult to know how to prioritize if you are on your own. You will follow us in the Park in your vehicle. This tour is customized to your and your group's interests. There are easy hikes and more difficult hikes, there is a lot to see and do if you have a little help with your options. Give you and your family an exciting experience you will remember and get more out of the National Park than you would if you were on your own! This is customized to you so book today!
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  • 4 hours
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