Kona/Waikoloa Volcano Tour

Hawaii Forest & Trail
Transportation Included
Group exploring lava tube

Private lava tube


  • Fully experience the active Kilauea Volcano and Volcanoes National Park
  • See past lava flows, steaming vents, craters, & cinder cones
  • Explore a private lava tube exclusive to this tour
  • Expert guide will enlighten with geology, history, culture, and mythology
  • Includes meals, snacks, drinks, variety of gear, and pickups from Kona & Waikoloa
$225 per adult
  • All Day
  • Duration 9.5 - 12 hours

Pricing & Availability


Availability: This summer may show only very limited dates in the booking calendar above. If none of the bookable dates work for you and if you are a party of 4+, there may be flexibility or we can at least put you on the waitlist; please email us with the number of people, all possible dates, and whether interested in the shared or private tour.


Fully experience the geological wonders and fascinating history of Big Island's volcano region with a full day exploring lava tubes, steaming vents, cinder cones, past lava flows, and much more.

In a small group (max of 10, usually less, or as a private tour) and with highly knowledgeable local guides, this hands-on tour will teach you about the significant role of volcanoes in the Hawaiian Islands. You'll witness the massive Halemaumau Crater in Volcanoes National Park which collapsed in the 2018 eruption that made international headlines. You'll learn about and see the effects of the power of nature creating and shaping Hawaii to the present. Based on the conditions of the day, the tour will select a 2-3 mile easy-to-moderate hike to explore the unique terrain of the active Kilauea volcano.

Outside the Park, you'll also enjoy exclusive access to a 35-foot-high lava tube on private property only accessible by this tour, seeing firsthand how rivers of lava would traverse the land during eruptions. There will also be a stop at photo-worthy Rainbow Falls, the most popular waterfall on the Big Island. 

A continental breakfast, catered deli lunch, and snacks & drinks all day are included, as well as the $30 National Park entrance fee and a variety of gear as needed (walking sticks, day packs, warm wear, rain gear, flashlights/helmets for cave). Pickups are available from Waikoloa and Kona, saving you from driving the 4+ hours round-trip, including a long stretch at night through a remote area in the middle of the island often enveloped in fog or rain. 


Private Tour: A new private tour option has been added -- pricing is $1,500, which includes up to 4 people and then $178 per additional guest. In addition to Kona & Waikoloa, pickup for the private tour is also possible in Hilo or Volcano Village. For larger groups (13+), customizations, or dates that are not showing, please contact us. Currently the private tour may not be bookable in the near term, but flexibility may be possible so please contact us if there is no available date showing that works for you.

COVID-19 Update: This tour is taking multiple steps to enhance sanitation and safety practices to minimize COVID-19 risks for guests and staff. For more details, see FAQ below. 

Booking Tips

Staying in Hilo or near the Volcano? This tour has a pickup for you (see FAQ below for more details).

TravelShack's Choice

Why we recommend this option over others
  • The most reputable and longest running small group tour operator on the Big Island (over 25 years)
  • Known for knowledgeable and professional guides, many with degrees in volcanology, geology, and biology
  • Exclusive access to lava tube you can walk through
  • Hikes to see unique sites beyond the busiest stops
  • Pick-up service includes Kona and Waikoloa
  • Comfortable van transport and maximum of only 10 people (often less)
  • Meals and snacks included
Traveler Reviews
TravelShack Customer rating:

4.9 out of 5 stars
Also rated on:

June 2021

Tiffany wrote:

Adam was the BEST!! So knowledgeable and enthusiastic. It was amazing how much he knew about Hawaii, the volcanoes and even plant life. It was an amazing tour and cannot recommend highly enough.

June 2021

Matthew wrote:

There were modifications made due to the lava crusting over, but we had a spectacular time. Our guide was probably the most knowledgeable person on Big Island volcanoes ever and his passion was infectious. Very recommended.

April 2021

Anthony wrote:

If you head to the Big Island you have to see the volcanoes. Our guide was excellent, knowledgeable and a great conversationalist. This is a must do trip!

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:

A 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.


  • Volcano
  • Kona, Waikoloa
Tour Location
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
(plus private lava tube between Hilo and the Park)

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 24 hours prior to tour (72 hours for private tour)
Tax added at checkout:
  • 4.712% Hawaii sales tax (GET)