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From Kona and Waikoloa: Intimate Volcano Discovery Tour

4.9 / 5

9 reviews

From Kona and Waikoloa: Intimate Volcano Discovery Tour

From US$ 256.54 per person

Journey to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park for an in-depth volcano experience. Your certified guide will share a mix of natural and cultural history about Hawaii's formation, illuminating the stories behind the ever-changing landscape of the Big Island.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 12 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Select central pickup and drop-off locations for Kona and Waikoloa - Please confirm the closest meeting location directly with activity provider. As a courtesy to other guests, please arrive at 10-minutes prior to your scheduled pick-up time. Please look for the local supplier's van with 'Hawaii Forest & Trail' on the front, side, and back.
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Learn about volcanic activity from your certified guide
  • Enjoy 2-3 miles of hiking around the park’s most dynamic terrain
  • See the night’s sky light up with Pele’s orange and red glow
  • Gain exclusive access to Kauhi Cavern, an off-road private lava tube known for its bright yellow and gold cave walls
  • See Hilo's famous Rainbow Falls
  • Stay past dark to see the evening eruption glow (if Twilight option is selected)
Full description

Begin your adventure with a scenic drive over the stark and beautiful saddle road to set the stage for the day overlooking mesmerizing views including a stop to view the famous Rainbow Falls. If the Twilight option is selected, you will stay in the Park past sunset to view the eruption's glow.

From there your first stop will be the Hawaii Volcanoes, National Park. Discover all the “must-see” spots within the Park including the dramatically changed Halemaumau Crater. After immersing yourself in the magnanimous history and culture of Volcanoes National Park and enjoying your picnic lunch, you will be driven to Hawaii Forest and Trail's private lava tube, Kauhi Cavern. Explore this unique cave with ceilings as high as 35 feet, expansive rooms, bright golden walls, and an “upside-down” forest of roots hanging from the cave ceiling. Upon returning to the surface from the lava tube exploration, enjoy a light afternoon snack with your fellow travelers and guide while reflecting on your in-depth volcano experience.

  • Select central pickup and drop-off locations for Kona and Waikoloa
  • National park certified interpretive guide
  • Park access fees
  • Exclusive lava tube access on private property
  • Walking sticks, daypacks, rain gear
  • Sunscreen and bug repellent
  • Local taxes
  • Filtered water, sparkling water, and juices
  • Day option meals include: a light breakfast snack, deli-style lunch, and an afternoon snack
  • Twilight option meals include: deli-style lunch and warm dinner
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Children under 8 years
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must present a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before the activity starts
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • Masks are required while indoors

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Important information

What to bring

  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Biodegradable sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Jacket
  • Sun hat

Not allowed

  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Guests must be able to walk short distances of 2 to 3 miles on uneven terrain
  • The order in which points of interest are seen may vary slightly from the tour description
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 9 reviews

Review summary

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I really enjoyed the company's private lava tube. Of course the Rainbow Falls is neat. With the lunch, the spicy chips weren't good. The banana bread, egg, and trail mix were all good. He spent too much time driving around to find remote places. He is very knowledgeable about volcanoes and other things about the big island.

September 24, 2021

We had the most amazing time. Adam was our guide and did a phenomenal job. He explained the different foliage and birds that we saw on the trails as well as gave detailed information about the volcanos we visited. The lava tube was on private property and we were the only visitors and got to explore. Some of us could not go over the bigger rocks inside so we safely stayed back while Adam took the others deeper into the tube. Truly a wonderful learning experience.

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June 5, 2021

Phenomenal tour! Taj was extremely knowledgeable and witty throughout the whole day. Learned a lot about volcanography, pronouncing Hawaiian words, plant and wildlife in the area and some stories about the Demi-gods. Loved all of it!

June 10, 2021

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