Kilauea Volcano Tours

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Kilauea Volcano is the star of the Big Island’s Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii's only UNESCO World Heritage Site. Kilauea Volcano remains active, spouting orange lava, venting steam, glowing, and sputtering. When conditions are safe, it’s possible to drive around the volcano's edge on the 11-mile (17-kilometer) Crater Rim Drive.

The Basics
As a highlight of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (and the Big Island as a whole), Kilauea features on just about every sightseeing tour. At the Jaggar Museum and Observatory, you can see steam rising from Halema‘uma‘u Crater and, as it begins to get dark, a glow from the lava lake within. Those craving a more adventurous experience can opt for a guided cycling tour through the national park, hike to the summit of Kilauea, or combine a national park tour with an afternoon of ziplining over the Umauma River.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Kilauea is an active volcano, so some parts of the park can close at short notice as conditions change.
  • The volcano is a must-see for nature lovers, adventure travelers, and first-time visitors to the Big Island.
  • Dress in layers—temperatures can change significantly as the park’s elevation changes.
  • Wear sturdy shoes and lightweight pants, especially if you plan to hike on the lava fields.
  • The Kilauea Visitor Center, Jaggar Museum, and Volcano House are all wheelchair accessible, as are several pathways throughout the park.
  • There are no gas stations within the park, so remember to fuel up before your visit.

How to Get There
Kilauea Volcano is a 45-minute drive along Highway 11 from Hilo on the island’s south coast. The best way to get here is by rental car or organized tour.

When to Get There
Plan to visit the park in spring or fall when the island sees fewer visitors. If you’re visiting during peak summer season, arrive at the Jaggar Museum first thing in the morning or late in the evening after the crowds have dispersed. 

The Kilauea Visitor Center
To get the most out of your visit to the volcano, especially if you’re visiting independently, make the Visitor Center your first stop upon entering the park. Here rangers can update you on the latest conditions, offer suggestions for the best hikes, and let you know about any special programs or events happening within the park.
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Address: Crater Rim Drive, Volcano 96785, USA
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Kilauea Volcano Bike Tour

On this two-wheeled, adventurous Kilauea tour, explore Hawaii’s active volcano from the comfortable seat of a bike, where you’ll ride through multiple microclimates and past rugged volcanic terrain. This Hawaii bike tour is one of the best ways to explore Kilauea volcano, where every bend in the road reveals a new volcanic wonder, from steaming craters to lava fields to cliffs dropping off toward the sea. Even better, the tour includes visits to the Jagger Museum and Thurston Lava Tube.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Waterfall Heli-Trek: Big Island Helicopter Tour and Hiking Adventure

Two of the best ways to explore the Big Island of Hawaii are by air and your own two feet — both of which are possible with this Big Island helicopter tour and hiking adventure. Begin by exploring the island by air on a 1.5-hour flight, where you’ll experience the fury of Kilauea Volcano in Volcanoes National Park, and pass over pasture lands, black-sand beaches, and waterfalls that spill toward the coast. You’ll next touch down in North Kohala, the home of King Kamehameha, to hike through valleys and lush rainforests that were once inhabited by kings.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Volcano and Zipline Adventure

Spend the morning exploring Hawaii Volcanoes National park, where you tour Kilauea, an active volcano. Learn about the island’s most active volcano, and steam rising from its volcanic vents. After a picnic lunch (provided) continue on through Hilo along the coast to Umauma Falls where your biplane adventure begins. Take four thrilling turns gliding across the zip-lines over the river and waterfalls as you take in panoramic views of the mountains and ocean around you. Please see restrictions and requirements for zip-line participants.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Triple Crater Hawaii Volcano Hiking Adventure

Explore three volcanic craters during one great trip on this 11.5-hour excursion on the Big Island. Travel aboard a high-end Mercedes van as you trek to the still-steaming Mauna Ulu, enjoy an amazing hike across Kilauea Iki crater and discover the summit of Kilauea Caldera. All entrance fees, plus a deli-style lunch and and local-style dinner are included.
  • Duration: 11 hours 30 minutes
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Grand Volcano Adventure: Small-Group Experience

Visit the birthplace of the Hawaiian Islands on this full-day volcano adventure from Kona. Travel along famous Saddle Road and see the sites, featuring a stop in Hilo, Hawaii’s second-largest city. Also, discover a lava tube and enjoy a picnic lunch en route to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the state’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend the afternoon exploring the park before dinner at Kilauea Lodge, an award-winning restaurant located in nearby Volcano Village. Finally, take in the fiery glow of the Kilauea Volcano, the most active volcano in Hawaii.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Big Island Highlights Small Group Tour

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is unlike anywhere else on the planet, where one of the world’s most active volcanoes sends lava dripping towards the sea, and a towering mountain lies dormant and ready to pop. On this private tour of the National Park, hear the legends of Madame Pele, the mythical Hawaiian fire goddess, and tour from Hilo to the eastern coastline and the rim of Kilauea volcano. Because it’s a completely private tour, your guide can customize the pace and number of sights. When you book, note your lunch requirements in the checkout field.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Volcanoes National Park Private Tour

Explore the world’s most active volcano on a private tour around Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. See the billowing Kilauea Volcano, the most active volcano in the world. Walk through a rain forest and into a lava tube. Drive down Chain of Craters Road, a winding 19-mile stretch through the East Rift of the park with several scenic stops along the way. See the famous black sand beach, the 80-foot-tall Rainbow Falls, the Boiling Pots, and much more. All National Park fees, plus a hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Early Bird Volcano Express

This 7-hour tour allows you to visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in the early morning, with pickup from your hotel in Kona, Waikoloa, Kohala, or Hilo. Get a comprehensive tour of the park's highlights with snacks, beverages, and entrance fees included.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Big Island Grand Circle Island Tour

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.
  • Duration: 11 hours 30 minutes
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Big Island Adventure Combo: Helicopter, Zipline and Lava Tour

Experience Hawaii’s most impressive natural wonders by land and by air on this unforgettable Big Island adventure! Soar above a tropical river gorge on an 8-track zipline course that includes one of the longest lines in Hawaii, and fly over Mauna Loa and Kilauea volcanoes on a thrilling helicopter ride. Explore Hawaii’s explosive history with a guided trek through Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and enjoy dinner with a glass of wine or wine tasting.
  • Duration: 14 hours
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Small Group Tour: Deluxe Volcano Experience with Restaurant Dinner

See two of the largest volcanoes in the world and stop at one of the most active on this full-day, small-group excursion. First, drive between the Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa volcanoes, stopping for lunch at Mauna Kea State Park. Then watch for current activity at Kilauea Volcano, the most active of the five volcanoes in Hawaii. Head to Kilauea National Park to see the beautiful landscapes and enjoy dinner at Kilauea Lodge. Finally, stop at the Jagger Museum to see the nighttime glow at Halemaumau Crater. Hotel pickup/drop-off included.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Volcanoes and Waterfalls Helicopter Adventure from Hilo

Get views of the Big Island's volcanoes and waterfalls from the air on this 45-minute helicopter flight from Hilo. Fly over rain forest, lava flows, craters, and the Wailuku River. Upgrade to guarantee a window seat for the best views. Multiple departure times are available to suit your schedule.
  • Duration: 45 minutes
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Small Group Big Island Twilight Volcano and Stargazing Tour

Pack in some of Hawaii’s most mesmerizing sights during this Big Island twilight volcano tour. Sample Kona-grown coffee from a local coffee farm, keep an eye out for sea turtles at Punalu'u Black Sand Beach, and taste Hawaiian sweet bread at Punalu’u Bakery. Then end your experience by stargazing in a secluded location—perfect for taking in views of the night sky.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Experience Hawai'i Big Island Helicopter Flight from Kona

Look down on the varied landscape of the Big Island from the air on a helicopter tour from Kona. At about one hour and 45 minutes, this flight is longer than typical heli tours and provides the opportunity to be wowed by Hawaii’s amazing natural features, from waterfalls to volcanoes to rainforests. Fly along the coast and over Waimanu and Waipio valleys, and spot island industry like macadamia nut orchards. Upgrade to guarantee a window seat.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Hilo Shore Excursion: Active Volcano Waterfall Black Sand Beach

Experience some of the Big Island’s top attractions on great tour during this 7-hour day trip to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the sights around Hilo. Learn all about volcanoes as you marvel at molten lava at Halema'uma'u crater and explore the massive Kilauea Volcano. After an included picnic lunch, you’ll see Rainbow Falls and visit a black sand beach known for its green sea turtles.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Big Island Air Tour by Cessna Plane

Soar above the Big Island’s volcanic steam vents, rainforests and rugged coastline on an air tour by Cessna Plane. Enjoy almost two hours of flying time as you explore Hawaii’s most iconic island, and explore a dynamic landscape of simmering volcanos, crashing surf and lava flows. Take in commentary from your pilot as you bank above Hawaii Volcanos National Park and get extraordinary aerial views of Kilauea and Mauna Loa, then watch for migrating whales as you glide over the coast’s beaches, farms and renowned surf breaks. 
  • Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes
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Hawaii Volcano Park Shared Shore Excursion up to 10 guests

The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is home to some of the most spectacular scenery on the Big Island, including the Kilauea volcano, one of the world’s most active volcanoes. On this half-day shore excursion, make an early start and head straight to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park before the large tour buses arrive. Take in highlights including the Thurston Lava Tube, the Jaggar Museum, and the caldera rim, then visit an orchid farm and Macadamia farm on the way back to port.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Hilo Volcano Special Tour

If you’re spending some time on the Big Island, this all-day tour is a must-do. Set off from Hilo on an adventure to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to see Kilauea, one of the most active volcano in Hawaii. Make some pit stops at Richardson Beach Park, Rainbow Falls, and Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory. 
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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Volcano and Kohala Landing Helicopter Tour on the Big Island

Soar over the rugged coastline, active volcanoes and cascading waterfalls of the Big Island on this unforgettable, 3-hour helicopter tour. Listen to expert narration from your pilot while soaking up incredible aerial views of smoking Kilauea Volcano and the magnificent mountains and sea cliffs of the Kohala Coast. Touch down on a lush and remote part of the island that most visitors never get to see, and enjoy your own private slice of paradise before taking to the skies again.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Big Island Sunset Flight from Kona

Watch night fall over the Pacific on a 2-hour sunset air tour of the Big Island, and explore steaming calderas, rainforests and Hawaii’s rugged coast. Leave Kona in a Cessna plane and soar above the Hawaii Volcanos National Park; see Kilauea’s lava flows glow in the dusky light as you enjoy your pilot’s commentary on the island’s landmarks and history. Capture unforgettable images through the plane’s viewing windows, glide over the coast’s beaches and surf breaks then catch the night’s first stars as you touch back down in Kona.   
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Volcano by Air and Land: Helicopter, Coach, and Walking Tour of Volcanoes National Park from Kona

Experience the best of Volcanoes National Park with this adventurous Big Island helicopter tour, where you can easily see lava, steam and cinder cones while circling above the volcano, and then touch down nearby to explore the park’s volcanic formations on foot. Throughout the day, expert pilots, guides, and drivers will accompany you to discuss the park’s history and legends, as well as the fascinating natural geology that changes by the day. To guarantee a helicopter seat by the window seat, upgrade to the preferred seating option for an unobstructed view.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Viator VIP: The Sunset Experience Helicopter Tour from Kona

If ever there were a place to see by helicopter it’s the spectacular Big Island of Hawaii. Here on America’s largest island, the landscape ranges from snowcapped summits to crashing waves on the coast, and thundering falls through rich green rainforests to black-sand beaches and lava. On this VIP Big Island helicopter tour, which can only be booked on Viator, experience a whopping two full hours of jaw-dropping aerial views, and sip Champagne before soaring over the Big Island shoreline until sunset.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Hawaii Big Island Circle Small Group Tour: Waterfalls - Hilo - Volcano - Black Sand Beach

Circle the Big Island of Hawaii along the Mamalahoa Highway on this guided, full-day, small-group adventure. Travel almost 250 miles and visit the two biggest cities on the island, Hilo and Kailua-Kona. Climb through several climate zones and native rainforest to the summit of the world’s most active volcano inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. All while learning about Hawaii’s history, culture, religion, geology and fragile ecosystem. All entrance fees plus a hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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Hilo Hot Steam Volcano Tour: Waterfalls - Big Island Candies - Black Sand

Explore the highlights of Hilo and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on this guided, 6.5-hour, hot steam volcano tour. Learn about the amazing history of Hilo and the devastating tsunamis that hit this old town. Travel along the Hilo bay area to a popular black sand beach. Then climb through several climate zones and native rainforest to the summit of the active Kilauea volcano inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Feel the heat coming from the magma reservoir inside the active volcano. Entrance fees plus a Hilo airport or hotel pickup/drop-off included.
  • Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
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