After pickup at your Kona or Waikoloa hotel, meet your guide and group of no more than 11, and venture into the Big Island countryside by Mercedes Benz luxury minivan.
Admire the scenery and hear about Hawaii’s history from your guide as you climb to a height of 6,500 feet (2,000 meters). Take a restroom stop at Mauna Kea County Park midway up the Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea volcanoes, and trace the famous Saddle Road to Hilo, set on the eastern coast.
After a brief tour of Hilo town, visit Rainbow Falls, home to an 80-foot (24-meter) tropical waterfall crashing into a turquoise pool. Then, stop at the Big Island Candies factory, home to Hawaii’s best-known cookie producers, and sample some of the sweet treats and aromatic Kona coffee made here.
Continue to Pahoa to view the slow-moving lava that is inching ever nearer to the town, and walk to Kaimu, where the original black sand beach was covered by lava in an 1990 eruption.
Walk on the solidified lava beach, and then begin your main, 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) hike at Kalapana to see the active lava spewing from the Pu'u O'o vent on the south eastern flanks of the Kilaueau volcano.
Trek along a gravel road past the ocean and town of Kalapana, devastated by the 1990 eruption, navigating both level and challenging terrain. See the billowing steam where lava pours into the sea, and with luck, view some streams of liquid, glowing-red lava.
Hike onto the cliffs (pali) and lava fields, and depending on the weather, either savor an outdoor picnic-style meal as you absorb the otherworldly scenery, or visit a local restaurant for dinner.
Watch for other lava breakouts before hiking back to your minivan and finishing with a hotel drop-off.