Active Volcano Tour

Overview & Activity Comparison


Kilauea Volcano is what the Big Island is most famous for. The most active volcano in Hawaii and likely the world, it is also the most accessible. It is a fascinating display of the forces that have shaped our world. In fact, the volcano continues to create new land, sometimes dramatically threatening or destroying communities in the process. In Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the heart of the active volcanic region, natural wonders abound, including vast craters, steaming vents, past lava flows, lush rainforest with exotic flora, arches and cliffs towering above the ocean, and more. 

On a small group tour, you'll get the most of your day exploring the region. You'll not only be comfortably escorted across vast distances (it's a really BIG Island), but you'll learn an incredible amount from an expert guide about the culture, history, and geology of the volcano and Hawaii more broadly. You'll also have exclusive access to a lava tube on private property.

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.

It is a humbling experience to stand there and observe Earthly creation. There are not many places on this planet where you can walk on ground younger than you are. We've been there when people from all over the world stand in awe, tears streaming down their cheeks as they tell their children, "You may never see anything like this again in your lifetime.

Lonely Planet Guidebook:

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

Fodor's Guidebook:

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

Moon Guidebook:

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park truly does offer something for everyone. Even non-nature lovers are impressed by the environmental oddities offered there, such as the vastly different landscapes situated next to each other. Within moments one can pass through a tropical rainforest to what appears like a moon landscape.

Activity Comparison

The below table outlines the key differences between our two tours. Both are operated by a highly regarded company running small group tours for over 25 years. Please visit the individual pages for all the details, to check availability, and to book. 

COVID-19 UPDATE: Currently, only the Kona/Waikoloa tour is running, with Hilo area pickup as an option. 

Activity 1
Kona/Waikoloa Volcano Tour
Activity 2
Hilo Volcano Tour
Includes most major hotels
Kona & Waikoloa Hilo**
Time in Volcanoes National Park ~4 hours
(more hiking and further into Park / down to sea cliffs)
~3 hours
Explore Underground Lava Tube
On private land exclusive to this tour
Yes Yes
Black Sand Beach
Often see turtles resting on the beach
No Yes
Compatible with Cruise Ships
e.g., NCL Pride of America
No Yes (pick-up/drop-off at Hilo pier)
Tour Duration
Includes transport time***
9.5-12 hours 5.5-7.5 hours
for shared tour with up to 9
Age 13+: $225
Age 12 & under: $200
Age 13+: $179
Age 12 & under: $154
Private Tour Price $1,500 for up to 4, then $178/person from $2,100 (up to 8 people)
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