Kona/Waikoloa Volcano Tour

Hawaii Forest & Trail
Volcano
Transportation Included
Lunch & Dinner Included

Highlights

  • See lava from the currently active Kilauea volcano light up the night sky
  • See past lava flows, steaming vents, craters, & cinder cones in Volcanoes National Park
  • 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
From
$225 per adult
  • All Day
  • Duration 9.5 - 12 hours

Pricing & Availability

Overview

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 9, 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, and at night you'll see the glow from the current lava lake that has recently returned. 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. 

For private tours, your group can also stop at photo-worthy Rainbow Falls, the most popular waterfall on the Big Island. 

A deli lunch, snacks & drinks all day, and a hot dinner 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. 

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New 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.

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).
  • No availability? Please contact us with the # of people in your party and all possible dates that would work for you. There is often flexibility in adding additional vans/dates.

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 (note: the popular one in the Park has remained closed during COVID))
  • Hikes to see unique sites beyond the busiest stops
  • Pick-up service includes Kona and Waikoloa
  • Comfortable van transport and maximum of only 9 people (often less)
  • Meals and snacks included
Traveler Reviews
TravelShack Customer rating:

4.9 out of 5 stars
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Yelp

March 2021

The tour was excellent! Mateo was a wonderful guide, we loved his stories!


March 2020

Matt was terrific. His knowledge, communication style, personality and ability to herd our group along was admirable. His knowledge was backed up by his years of research on plants and insects in the area and his knowledge of the volcanoes was superb. He made the effort to make sure we all had a good time and we did! I highly recommend this tour if Matt is the guide.


March 2020

Tour was fantastic. Our guide Taro was fantastic and very informative. The private lava tube tour was unbelievable; just one suggestion they need flashlights with a brighter beam.

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.

Location

  • 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)