Kilauea Iki Crater Tours

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There was once a time in 1959 when fountains of lava from Kilauea Iki crater erupted nearly 2,000 ft. into the sulfur-filled air. As lava spouted from the small crater near the summit of Kilauea volcano, it formed a lava lake which measured ten feet deep and was 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.

While that particular event may have been over 50 years ago, Kilauea Iki crater today is still one of the most visited spots in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and it’s reputed that even after five decades that parts of the Earth are still warm to the touch. Strangely enough, the most popular hike in the National Park actually cuts across the floor of the crater, and this strenuous two hour journey begins its descent from the edge of a tropical rainforest.

Even though the crater looks tame from above, hikers who tackle Kilauea Iki crater speak of the surreal feeling of hiking across virgin terrain that was so violent in the recent past. Gazing up at the rim of the crater, it’s humbling to think that this mile-wide opening was once consumed with magma as it gushed from the fiery Earth.

Although Kilauea remains an active volcano, the center of the activity is in a separate section of park, and Kilauea Iki seems to have calmed for the immediate time being. Nevertheless, steam vents will still rise from areas with moisture, and a hike across Kilauea Iki crater is a literal walk into the heart of one of the most active volcanoes on the planet.

For those with an interest in volcanoes and history this is a spot that will leave you in astonishment and wonder, and the otherworldly terrain of the crater floor is like none other you will experience in the Hawaiian chain.
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Address: Kilauea Iki Crater, Hawaii 96778, USA
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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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  • Duration: 11 hours 30 minutes
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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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US$675.00
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Small-Group Big Island in A Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, History

The Big Island of Hawaii has a diverse ecosystem unlike anywhere else on the planet, and on this day-long nature tour, you’ll experience the beauty of its black-sand beaches, thundering waterfalls, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. If you’re lucky, you’ll find Hawaiian green sea turtles basking on the coast. Since the tour only requires a moderate amount of walking, it's an educational adventure for travelers of all ages, with snacks and refreshments included.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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  • Duration: 11 hours
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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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  • Duration: 12 hours
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3 Hour Private Tour of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Benefit from a flexible itinerary and personalized attention on this private tour of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. With a guide dedicated to just you and your party, walk over cooled lava flows and through a rain forest to see steam vents in action. Take the option of a super-early 5am start time if you'd like to catch the sunrise over Kilauea before the crowds arrive for the day.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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