Hilo Volcano Tour with Black Sand Beach

Hawaii Forest & Trail
Volcano
Transportation Included
Lunch Included
Turtle on black sand beach

Highlights

  • Small group tour exploring the Big Island’s famous volcano region
  • National Park highlights, including the recently expanded main crater and a nature walk
  • Black sand beach with sea turtles
  • Lunch and tastings at a coffee farm, and a visit to working ranch with exclusive views of Kilauea Volcano
  • Expert guide to provide fascinating context for what you’re seeing
  • Perfect for Hilo-based travelers, cruise ship passengers, and those flying in for day
From
$173 per adult
  • Pickup 8:20am - 9:35am
  • Duration 5.5 - 7.5 hours

Pricing & Availability

Overview

Discover volcano country, home to one of the most active and accessible volcanoes in the world, with an expert guide and the personalized care of a small group tour. See the National Park highlights including Halema’uma’u Crater, steaming vents, and a memorable nature walk on Devastation Trail among exotic flora and fauna to see the impacts of past lava flows. You'll learn about and see some of the dramatic changes to the area from the 2018 eruption that transformed the region. 

You’ll travel outside the Park to the southwest corner of the island for lunch at a coffee farm where you can sample famous Kona coffee and a variety of macadamia nut flavors. You’ll then stroll Punaluu black sand beach with regular sea turtle sightings. Finally, you'll explore 165-year-old Kapapala Ranch with expansive views and livestock such as cattle, goats, sheep, and horses. You'll also have private access to a viewpoint on Mauna Loa that provides a unique vantage point to fully grasp the significantly expanded main crater, as well as other breathtaking views of Kilauea Volcano.

Throughout this excursion, your friendly guide will not only ensure your complete comfort but provide you the fullest volcano experience by sharing history, geology, culture, and other fascinating information about Kilauea volcano and Hawaii more broadly.

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TravelShack's Choice

Why we recommend this option over others
Review by TravelShack Team
  • The most reputable and longest running small group tour operator on the Big Island (almost 25 years)
  • Private access to a working ranch and to a Moana Loa viewpoint of the main crater
  • Tour schedule works well for those coming in just for the day by cruise ship or plane
  • Comfortable modern van transport and maximum of only 14 people (usually less)
  • In addition to lunch, water & snacks provided throughout the day, and complimentary gear available (e.g., rain jacket, walking sticks)
  • Free pick-ups available from multiple Hilo locations, including cruise ship pier, airport, and some accommodations
  • You’ll learn a ton from expert guides versus trying to do parts of this by yourself
  • Known for knowledgeable and professional guides, many with degrees in volcanology, geology, and biology

Location

  • Volcano
  • Hilo
Tour Location
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and other sites towards the southern tip of island

Driving Distance to Volcano
2 hours from Waikoloa & Kona
45 min from Hilo

Tour Times
Hilo pick-up: 8:20-8:45 am, returning 3:40-4 pm
Meet in Park: 9:35 am, ending around 3 pm
Guidebook Reviews

Hawaii Big Island Revealed Guidebook:

If you had to name the one thing the Big Island is most famous for, it would undoubtedly be Kilauea Volcano. Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park is the most fascinating place you may ever visit.

Lonely Planet Guidebook:

Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park: Hawaii’s Top 20

Top-notch ecotour outfitter with knowledgeable guides

Moon Guidebook:

Wonderful company with an excellent environmental ethic—the tours are highly recommended

Fodor's Guidebook:

If you do nothing else on the Big Island, do the volcano

Since 1993, this locally owned and operated outfit has built a reputation for outstanding nature tours and eco-adventures. Sustainability and cultural sensitivity is a company mission. They have access to thousands of acres of restricted or private lands and employ expert, certified guides who are entertaining and informative.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Recognized at the local, state, and international levels as a leader in sustainable tourism
  • Certified by the Hawai’i Ecotourism Association
  • Donates to and partners with local environmental and community organizations
  • Reusable containers and water bottles to reduce waste
  • Educates and is sensitive to the deep cultural significance of the volcano
Terms and Conditions
Cancellation Policy
  • Fully refundable until 48 hours prior to tour
Tax added at checkout:
  • 4.166% Hawaii sales tax (GET)