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Small-Group Tour: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Evening Lava Adventure

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  • Location: Kona, Hawaii
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 5413LAVA
From striking black lava and verdant tropical rainforests to the stunning sight of volcanoes at night, experience the Big Island's most spectacular natural splendors on a volcano tour of Hawaii. This full-day adventure to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park allows you to see different aspects of the volcanoes in one day with a ranger-trained guide who provides educational and insightful narration. Plus, you’ll feast on a delicious sit-down dinner. Choose a departure from Waikoloa, Kona or Hilo. Enjoy personalized attention on this small-group tour, limited to 13 people.


  • All entrance fees included
  • Dinner included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • See the sights illuminated at night
Board your tour vehicle upon hotel pickup in Waikoloa or Kona (Hilo departures meet at a central location), and enjoy a fully narrated small-group adventure to the Kilauea Volcano and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Departing from Kona, start with a picnic-style lunch at a local coffee farm, home to the world-famous Kona Coffee. After lunch, hike through a Natural Area Reserve forest, home to rare native plants and birds. On the way to the national park, visit the famous Punalu`u black-sand beach and keep an eye out for giant sea turtles.

If you depart from Waikoloa or Hilo, you'll drive through Kalapana, a village completely destroyed by the advancing lava. Your first stop is a walk across recent lava flows to a black-sand beach that was once the best swimming beach on Hawaii. Next, head to the lava-viewing area in Kalapana, where your vehicle drives over the lava flows that overran the highway. On your way to the next stop, the Painted Church, look for any current volcanic activity.

Once at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, your guide leads your small group past active volcanic craters and steam vents, with the opportunity to explore the Thurston Lava Tube, formed by a river of lava and discovered in 1913. Enjoy a 20-minute walk through a tree fern forest and along an illuminated path through the cave.

Finish at the historic Jaggar Museum, where an outdoor overlook offers a panoramic view of the Kilauea Caldera. See interpretive displays about one of the world's most active volcanoes and perhaps view the ongoing gas eruption of the Halema'uma'u crater.

After experiencing the volcanoes, enjoy a delicious dinner at The Rim, the Volcano House restaurant that overlooks the rim of the Kilauea caldera. Watch for current volcanic activity and enjoy island cuisine sourced from local ranchers and farmers as the sun sets before returning to your hotel in Waikoloa or Kona, or the starting point in Hilo.

Please note: As volcanic activity changes constantly, molten lava cannot be guaranteed and may not be seen. Tour runs rain or shine.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Kona and Waikoloa central meeting point or Hilo Hotels (based upon option selected at time of checkout)
Departure Time:

Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time, exact pickup time will be advised on reconfirmation.

9 hours (approx.)
Return Details:
Returns to original departure point at approximately 9pm-10pm

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Kona / Waikoloa Departure

Tour departs from Kona in the morning; please contact local operator to confirm departure time; departure time is typically 10am - 11am; hotel pickup included

USD $186.46
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Tour from Hilo
Code: HILO

Tour departs from Hilo; please contact local operator to confirm departure time; departure time is typically 1pm; no hotel pickup included

USD $186.46
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Small-Group Tour: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Evening Lava Adventure

Fiery Volcano

  • Entrance fees
  • Dinner
  • Military-grade LED flashlights
  • Umbrella
  • Walking sticks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from Kona / Waikoloa (selected hotels only)
  • Professional guide
  • Lunch (Kona only)
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from Hilo
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
  • Sturdy walking shoes are recommended
  • Red lava cannot be guaranteed on this tour. Walking distances and viewing opportunities will vary depending on volcanic activity, which changes constantly. Federal, state or county officials may close or open the lava viewing area at any time depending on conditions and hazards present. Every attempt is made to get as safely as possible to the lava viewing area and tours depart whether the area is currently open or closed as conditions do change constantly.
  • The drive from Kona to Hilo is approximately 2.5 hours each way with stops along the way.
  • Itinerary may be altered due to weather or volcanic activity.
Sample Dinner Menu (subject to change)
Choice of included beverage
  • Iced tea, hot tea or coffee

Choice of one main course:
  • Grilled herb chicken, served with garlic mashed potatoes, sauteed local kale, and a lemon macadamia nut butter sauce
  • Coconut-crusted fried Mahi Mahi with jasmine rice, stir-fried bok choy, and a ginger mango sauce
  • Island tofu and vegetable stir fry, served with coconut jasmine rice and fresh pineapple

Kids' choice:
  • Hot dog: all-beef frank on a Punalu'u Bake Shop roll, served with french fries
  • Pasta: Waimea tomato marinara sauce or butter and cheese
  • Pizza: pepperoni or three cheese
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Robert A, November 2015

The guIde was excellent

Reviewed by: Charles M, November 2015

Outstanding tour guide! Enjoyable tour. Well worth the price. I thought the dinner at Volcano House was mediocre, however.

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Tour code: 5413LAVA