Deluxe Volcano Experience in Kailua-Kona, HI

P.O. Box 4979Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
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Lasting about 12 hours (afternoon and evening), the Deluxe Volcano Experience offers a unique way to see some of the best points of interest in Kailua-Kona. Guests can enjoy a high-altitude drive over Saddle Road to Hilo and the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, as well as professional narration from a knowledgeable driver/guide, bottled water, deli-style lunch, dinner at Kilauea Lodge, and more.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Kailua-Kona Travel Experts
  • Tour duration: 12 hours.
  • Includes deli-style lunch at Mauna Kea State Park and dinner at Kilauea Lodge.
  • Tour includes Rainbow Falls, King Kamehameha Statue, Crater Rim Trail, lava tube and more.
  • Witness nighttime glow at Halemaumau Crater.


from Deluxe Volcano Experience
Length of Tour: Approximately 12 hours (Afternoon and Evening)
*Maximum of 10 Customers per day*
Pickup Locations:
-Lanihau Center (Buns in the Sun)
-Queen’s Marketplace (Near the Food Court)
*Special hotel pickup arrangements can be made by request*

This high-altitude drive over Saddle Road to Hilo and the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is the newest and most exciting sightseeing tour on the island. This tour showcases the raw nature of the active volcano; Kilauea!

In our brand new Mercedes Sprinter Passenger van, we’ll drive over Saddle Road (2033 m. in elevation) through Parker Ranch, between the largest volcanoes in the road (Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa), and make a brief stop at Mauna Kea State Park for a light lunch. From there, we’ll continue along the Saddle and drop down into the historic town of Hilo. The first stop in Hilo is Rainbow Falls! Experience the beauty of a Hawaiian waterfall and take pictures under the mango trees! Passing by downtown, we’ll stop at the King Kamehameha statue and pay respects to Hawaii’s Great King. Across the bridge and near the airport we’ll be sure to stop for about 20 minutes at Big Island Candies for a bathroom break. While there, guests are able to sample their famous cookies, sip some Kona Coffee, or cool off with an ice cream or smoothie. From there, we’ll head directly to one of the world’s most-active volcanoes; Kilauea at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

At Kilauea National Park, Kailani’s guides will show off the amazing landscapes including Steam Vents, Halemaumau Crater’s Smoke Plume, Jaggar Museum’s view of Kilauea Caldera, and Thurston Lava Tube! Just before sunset, we’ll provide an all-inclusive sit-down dinner at Volcano’s finest restaurant – Kilauea Lodge! Choose from three entrees, bread, soups, salads, and a beverage of your choice. After dinner, we’ll drive to Jaggar Museum, the best viewpoint for the nighttime glow at Halemaumau Crater! Finally, leave the driving to us as we journey back over Saddle Road to return you to your hotel. Depending on the weather, the guide may stop briefly for stargazing along Saddle Road.

Points of Interest: Rainbow Falls, Hilo’s King Kamehameha Statue, Big Island Candies, Jaggar Museum, Kilauea Caldera, Steam Vents, Halemaumau Crater, Thurston Lava Tube, Kilauea Iki Crater, Saddle Road, Mauna Kea State Park, Kilauea Lodge

Provided on tour: English-speaking driver/guide, Mercedes 15 passenger van, deli-style lunch, umbrellas in the event of rain, hot towel, dinner at Kilauea Lodge, bottled water, flashlight, and hot beverage. Parkas will be available but rarely needed. This tour has a maximum of 10 passengers to provide plenty of headroom in the cabin and comes with a state-of-the-art audio and visual public address package.

What to Bring: Sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, camera, and a sweater or jacket for after sunset.

What to Wear: Although Hawaii is home to the endless summer, there are places and times where the temperature can drop substantially. Weather at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park can range from 10 degrees C. to 25 degrees C. Saddle Road temperatures can get even chillier to perhaps 5 degrees C. Kailani Tours Hawaii recommends wearing comfortable footwear, a hat and sunglasses, and shorts or long pants. Most guests wear a light jacket or bring long pants for after sunset.

Recommendations: This tour is for guests 5 years and older. It does include a low-impact hike. This tour is not recommended for women who are pregnant. Passengers traveling with a wheelchair or walker are more than welcome to join our tour. Kailani Tours Hawaii’s spacious Mercedes passenger vans provide the ultimate in comfort for guests hoping to avoid large 50 passenger buses and want a more personal and authentic Hawaiian Experience. The Deluxe Volcano Experience is designed to give our guests an affordable first-class tour while experiencing all that Kilauea has to offer!

Dinner entrees include a choice of homemade soup OR locally grown salad and our own homemade bread. Guest will choose from one of the following entrees:
*Eggplant Marinara Grilled eggplant, red and green bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, fresh basil sautéed and blended with marinara topped with melted cheddar and Swiss cheese, served on pasta or rice pilaf

*New York Steak Certified Angus steak. Broiled and topped with sautéed mushrooms, baked garlic, and shallots. Served with Nicole sauce
Fresh Catch Choose from preparations: Sautéed in piccata sauce. Broiled and topped with mango chutney glaze and crushed macadamia nuts or papaya-ginger sauce. Blackened Cajun style with papaya salsa

Includes 1 non-alcoholic beverage. Coffee, Tea(Hot or Iced), Soft drink or Juice. Alcoholic beverages will be extra.

Winter Pickup Schedule: 10:15 AM (Lanihau Center) 11:00 AM (Queen’s Marketplace)
Summer Pickup Schedule: 11:15 AM (Lanihau Center) 12:00 PM (Queen’s Marketplace)

Winter Drop-Off Schedule: 9:45 PM (Queen’s Marketplace) 10:30 PM (Lanihau Center)
Summer Drop-Off Schedule: 10:45 PM (Queen’s Marketplace) 11:30 PM (Lanihau Center)

Disclaimer: Kailani Tours Hawaii is committed to providing five-star service to all guests. Kailani Tours Hawaii will not refund tour price due to weather-related reasons. We will promise an incredible volcano experience but unfortunately cannot control the weather. Guests will be charged 100% of the tour price for cancellations made within 24 hours of the scheduled tour. Hikes and tour course rarely change due to weather.

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Northfield, Minnesota
"Best tour guide ever"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 20, 2019 NEW
We did the circle island tour and Aaron was our guide. He was so incredibly knowledgeable and helpful. He even offered us his number after the trip in case we had additional questions while we were on the island. Phenomenal guide, phenomenal company, phenomenal tour.
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
"great overview of the island"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 20, 2019 NEW
this was a great way to start our week long stay on the island as it gave a great overview of the variety of that Hawaii has to offer. we had an excellent guide who not only provided us with basic information but shared information about his personal experiences about different beaches and activities.
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Angel L
"Best Full Circle Island Tour - Greatest Guide"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 19, 2019 NEW
Talk about door-to-door service...we were picked up directly in front of our condo. Intimate Mercedes Sprinter van, we wound up with a dozen passengers total. No one was uncomfortable or squished in. Great, updated sound system. Our guide, Jim, was absolutely amazing. Between his knowledge of where we were going, the fact that he was always prepared with whatever we needed, and his storytelling...simply a phenomenal guide. Breakfast was delicious and filling, with a fabulous view. Lunch was superb. Jim's snacks were refreshing and right on time. Never felt rushed at the sights. Had plenty of time to explore and see everything we wanted to at each stop. The stories and information in-between stops kept everyone engaged. Never felt like a 12hr tour. It's amazing how quickly an entire day passes when you're genuinely engaged and excited the entire time, even while just riding down the road. Thank you Kailani Tours and Jim for providing such a fabulous experience for us!!
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Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Canada
"Amazing tour, food and guide"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 18, 2019 NEW
The landmarks visited give you a really good overview of the whole island. The food offered on this tour was really delicious and exceeded our expectations (compared to what is normally offered on other tours). The tour guide David gave us an amazing service, he is very knowledgeable and took really good care of us. Also, the number of people (12) on the tour is not overwhelming, so you still can embrace this great experience. I highly recommend this tour to everyone who wants to learn about Hawaii in a day.
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"Our deluxe volcano tour was outstanding."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 17, 2019 NEW
We have no reservations recommending Kailani Tours. It was first class all the way. Our guide, Jim Carey, was brilliant and his knowledge was astounding. His enthusiasm was contagious. We were treated like royalty.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Deluxe Volcano Experience

Where are the pick-up locations at?
The central pick-up point is located at Queen's Marketplace, the time varies throughout the year. If you wish to arrange a hotel pick-up, you can arrange it 24 hours prior to your tour date.

Hotels South of Kona International Airport:
Sheraton Kona Resort & Wyndham Mauna Loa Village/Holua Resort at the Mauna Loa Village: 10:00 AM
Keauhou Shopping Center (Optional Central Meeting Area & Kona Coast Resort: 10:10 AM
Castle Kona Bali Kai, Royal Sea Cliff & Aston Kona by the Sea: 10:20 AM
Wyndham Kona Hawaiian Resort & WorldMark Kona: 10:25 AM
Kona Reef: 10:30 AM
Royal Kona Resort: 10:35 AM
Uncle Billy’s Kona Bay Hotel: 10:40 AM
Courtyard King Kamehameha Hotel, Courtyard King Kamehameha Hotel & Holiday Inn Express and Suites: 10:45 AM
Target (Optional Central Meeting Area): 10:50 AM

Hotels North of Kona International Airport:
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai: 11:00 AM
Kingsland – Hilton Grand Vacations Resort: 11:25 AM
Aston Waikoloa Colony Villas, Kohala Suites – Hilton Grand Vacations Resort, Hali’i Kai & Bay Club – Hilton Grand Vacations Resort: 11:30 AM
Hilton Waikoloa Village: 11:35 AM
Vista Waikoloa: 11:40 AM
Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa: 11:45 AM
Fairway Villas & Queen’s Marketplace Food Court (Optional Central Meeting Area): 11:50 AM
Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii: 12:00 PM
Mauna Lani Bay Hotel: 12:05 PM
Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel: 12:10 PM
Mauna Kea Beach Resort & Paniolo Greens Resort: 12:10 PM

How long is the tour?
The tour is approximately 12 hours (Afternoon and Evening).

What should I wear?
They suggest comfortable walking shoes, a hat and sunglasses, and shorts or long pants. Most guests wear a light jacket or bring long pants for after sunset.