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Elite Volcano Hike

Explore the Mount Kilauea’s history of eruption and lava flows

Hike Mount Kilauea’s history of eruption and lava flows 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. Next explore Kaumana Caves, part of the lava tube system that brought lava as close as 1.5 miles to downtown Hilo 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. 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 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. 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 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”

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Pricing:

Until November 30, 2022
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

From December 1, 2022
From Kona and Kohala area:
Adult (13+): $295.99 + taxes and fees
Child (12 and under): $290.40 + taxes and fees

From Hilo area:
Adult (13+): $262.90 + taxes and fees
Child (12 and under): $257.40 + 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:
Varies.

*Schedule subject to change. Please check you confirmation for up to date schedule.

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