Elite Volcano Hike
Explore the Mount Kilauea’s history of eruption and lava flows
Hike Mount Kilauea’s lava flows dating back to 19th century up to the historic changes happened in 2018. First, you’ll travel across Saddle Road between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, two of the tallest and most massive volcanoes on Earth.
Your National Park Service certified guide will discuss the volcanology, geology, and history of these monstrous wonders, as well as providing in-depth narration on the various lava flows and flora and fauna that you’ll be passing by. Next explore Kaumana Caves, part of the lava tube system that brought lava as close as 1.5 miles from downtown Hilo in the end of 19th century. Take a peek inside the dramatic cathedral-like space, before taking a quick drive through quaint Hilo town where you’ll drive along the historic waterfront. You’re headed to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park where you’ll see the destruction done by the 2018 eruption.
After a picnic lunch inside the National Park, you’ll head off along the Halema’uma’u trail to start your hiking experience of approximately three miles. The trail starts behind the Volcano House and switches back down to the caldera floor that changed drastically during the 2018 eruption. This trail has been used to hike into the caldera since being established in 1846. Look for native birds, such as the yellow ‘amakihi and the red ‘apapane. Look for marks left by previous visitors such as Benjamin Boyd, a Scot, and John Webster, a California artist, from back in 1851. Reaching the floor of Kilauea Caldera there is an incredible rock slide to your left, evidence of the 2018 eruption, and Halema’uma’u Crater before you. The Crater increased in size during the eruption with the lava lake draining out of it leaving behind an enormous 1,000- foot-deep pit.
Skirt the edge of the caldera over one of the previous lava lakes and see the native ʻōhiʻa lehua trees slowly claiming the area as their own. Take your time coming up to Byron Ledge as you will be climbing roughly 400 ft of elevation in half a mile, but will also have sweeping views of the 1000 ft. pit that has been filling up with lava as Kilauea Volcano continues to erupt off and on. The beautiful photo opportunities along the way allow you to take a breather, along with a bench at the top of the climb with a bird’s eye view of the caldera floor you were just on.
The rest of the trail leading over to Waldron Overlook is a more gradual incline through the forest with sneak peaks of Pu’u Pua’i and Kilauea Iki. End the hike along old crater rim drive, which is now slowly being consumed by vegetation and end back at Volcano House where you can sit and enjoy the view some more.
After a short break, your guide will take you to some of the other amazing locations Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park has to offer, including the lava flow of Mauna Ulu where you’ll look for Pele’s tears and lava trees. You’ll also see the older Nahuku lava tube hidden in the rainforest. You’ll end with a filling dinner at one of the locals’ favorite restaurants in Volcano Village, just outside the National Park. “Lava glow viewing if weather and lava conditions permit”
This tour picks up from hotels around the Kona and Waikoloa areas of the Big Island for Kona side pick up plan. Hilo area pick up is also available for Hilo side pick up plan.
This tour lasts approximately 13 hours for Kona side pick up tour, 9 hours for Hilo side pick up tour.
Great tour for all ages!
Moderate air temperatures at sea level with cooler temperatures at higher elevations; occasional rain showers; strenuous hike across uneven and steep, rocky terrain including black lava rock; red lava cannot be guaranteed on this Big Island volcano tour.
Lunch and Dinner included
Guests must cancel tour no less than 48 hours before tour departure for a full refund.
The Health and safety of our staff and guests are a top priority at Hawaii Forest & Trail. Although the risk of COVID-19 can not be eliminated, we have taken the following steps to mitigate these risks:
Hawaii Forest & Trail has implemented new Health and Safety Policies based on guidance and requirements by the State of Hawaii and CDC. The following requirements will need to be met in order to join us:
- Proof of a negative COVID-19 test through the Hawaii Safe Travel Program or proof of 14 day quarantine (airline generated flight itinerary) Test results must be presented upon check-in.
- Health Questionnaire and temperature check with contactless infrared thermometer completed prior to your participation
- Face masks are required at all times in our vehicles and wherever social distancing is not possible. Guests agree to follow guide instructions.
- Group sizes are limited to 9 guests.
- Guest time in the van has been shrunk wherever possible. Pickups closer to tour destinations have been added and encouraged.
- All vehicles and gear are sanitized following every tour using commercial grease sanitizing equipment with CDC approved sanitizers.
- All staff are required to complete a daily health screening and temperature check before starting their shift
- Face Masks are worn at all times in our vans and on our facility.
- Protocols to reduce contact between employees have been put in place
- Access to free COVID-19 testing is made available through the state of Hawaii.
from Kona and Kohala area:
Adult (13+): $269.00 + taxes and fees
Child (12 and under): $244.00 + taxes and fees
from Hilo area:
Adult (13+): $239.00 + taxes and fees
Child (12 and under): $234.00 + taxes and fees
*Price subject to change. Please check booking calendar for up to date pricing.
Availability and Schedule:
Available on Saturdays.
Approximate Pick-up Time:
Varies depending on your hotel
Approximate Return Time:
*Schedule subject to change. Please check you confirmation for up to date schedule.
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