Deluxe Volcano Experience in Kailua-Kona, HI

Kailani Tours Hawaii*HOTEL PICK-UP ONLY*Kailua-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 and professional narration from a knowledgeable driver/guide, bottled water, deli-style lunch, dinner at Kilauea Lodge, and more.

up to 11 hrs 1 or more people

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
Join the Big Island's Premier Tour Company - Kailani Tours, on an unforgettable adventure to see the volcano at night! Cruise along the scenic Kona coastline on your way to Hawaii's most active volcano – Kilauea! Sample Kona coffee, visit Punalu'u Black Sand Beach and explore all that Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has to offer. This tour includes first-class beverage and towel service, exceptional food selections, and incredibly knowledgeable guides. This luxury tour highlights the eruption of Kilauea at night, shows off several natural wonders of the island, and treats guests to an incredibly indulgent touring experience. This unique and unforgettable tour provides the most comprehensive exploration of Kilauea Volcano's past, present, and future.

Points of Interest
  • Premium Kona Coffee Farm
  • Punalu'u Bake Shop (The Southernmost Bakery in the United States!)
  • Punalu'u Black Sand Beach - See Hawaiian Sea Turtles!
  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • Three-Course Dinner
  • Kilauea Volcano Summit Eruption Area

*Locations Subject to Change.

Fresh Deli-Style Outdoor Picnic Lunch and Restaurant Dinner are both included on this tour. Each meal is served individually to comply with sanitary/COVID standards. Pre-orders are unnecessary, but please let us know if guests have any dietary restrictions.

Deli-Style Picnic Lunch - Oven-roasted turkey breast sandwich on Pulalu'u Hawaiian Sweet Rolls with Waipoli Butter Lettuce, Island-Style Kettle Chips and a Fresh Baked White Chocolate-Macadamia Nut Cookie. Seasonal selections may vary.

Enjoy Volcano, Hawaii's best flavors. Tour includes a 3-course dinner at Historic Kilauea Lodge prior to summit night views. Guests will be able to select from a number of set menu items perfect for any palate. Seasonal selections may vary.

Vegetarian and vegan options are available.

Meal location and commercial vendors are subject to change.

What Kailani Tours Provides
English-speaking driver/guide, Mercedes 15 passenger mini-coach, catered box-style breakfast, umbrellas in the event of rain, hot and cold towel service, gourmet lunch, bottled water, rain jackets, scented hand towels, and hot beverage. This tour has a maximum of 13 passengers to provide plenty of headroom in the cabin and comes with state-of-the-art audio and visual public address package.

What to Bring: Sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, camera, and a hat (optional). We recommend bringing a small backpack or tote bag.

What to Wear: Although Hawaii is home to the endless summer, there are places and times where the temperature can drop substantially. Weather can change dramatically from hot and humid to cool and wet conditions. Kailani Tours Hawaii recommends wearing comfortable footwear, a hat and sunglasses, and shorts or long pants. Comfortable and light clothing is recommended. Jackets will be provided in the event of cooler temperatures or inclement weather. Long pants are recommended for after sunset temperatures. Kailani Tours provides rain jackets, parkas, and hot towel service.

Recommendations and Insights:
  • Despite visiting the black sand beach and waterfalls, guests will not be swimming on this tour, so bathing suits and towels are not recommended.
  • Water, snacks, and two meals will be served. The tour makes occasional stops for snacks and beverages.

It includes a few short walks to and from several sites. Passengers traveling with a wheelchair or walker are more than welcome to join the tour. Kailani Tours Hawaii's spacious Mercedes passenger mini-coaches provide guests the ultimate in comfort, especially those hoping to avoid large 50 passenger busses and want a more personal and authentic tour experience. You deserve the best. You deserve Kailani Tours!

Disclosures: Tour description and itinerary is subject to change. Due to the topographical and weather changes that have recently affected the tour area, some attractions and sites may be unreachable or unsafe to visit. Park officials have recently reopened Hawaii Volcanoes National Park with several restrictions to continue to make repairs. Park officials have been known to restrict entry without notice. Kailani Tours Hawaii will not issue refunds caused by park restrictions.

Deluxe Volcano Experience Reviews

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Carol G.
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"Amazing tour experience"
July 2019
Bret Zimmerman was our tour guide on our amazing deluxe volcano experience. He was super friendly and very knowledgeable. He taught us so much while keeping these Texans entertained on a 12 hour tour with his stories, jokes and videos. It was amazing to have a tour guide who is so passionate about the volcanos of Hawaii. We felt privileged to have such a talented tour guide that went above and beyond by playing his ukulele for us during lunch. The highlight of our trip was the opportunity to see fissure 8 and to learn from the locals what they experienced during the eruption. It was priceless to stand on the newest land in America. The van we rode in was super comfortable and they provided a picnic lunch and dinner at a restaurant, and enough water for all of us for the entire tour. He also had flashlights and warm jackets when needed, and a telescope for viewing the stars on saddle road. Bret is a music teacher during the school year and I just want to say that his students are very lucky to have such a wonderful caring person as a teacher.
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Tip: We went on a helicopter tour the previous day so it was awesome to explore by land.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Deluxe Volcano Experience

Where are the pick-up locations at?

Kailani Tours Hawaii offers free front door pick-ups at all major West Hawaii hotels and resorts. They also offer the option to meet at a central meeting point to accommodate a busy vacation schedule, if you prefer. For bed and breakfasts or smaller resorts, they are happy to work with you. Leave the driving to them!

Are there any age/physical/health/etc. restrictions for this tour?

No. Nearly all tours include the opportunity for a few short walks. However, none of them include any walking longer than 20 minutes with the exemption of the Kona Coffee, Cloud Forest, and Brewery Experience. Should guests choose to skip any of the short walks, Kailani guides are happy to make further accommodations. 

Is the tour wheelchair accessible?

Their vans are equipped to handle the easy storage of a collapsible wheelchair or other medical equipment. They do not have a wheelchair lift, however. They have also installed an extra hydraulic side step for extra ease on and off for all riders.

Are snacks, meals, and tips included in tour prices?

Yes, lunch and dinner are included. Kailani Tours Hawaii has chosen to work with the best restaurants and caterers on the Big Island to bring their guests an experience of all five senses.

Tipping is, of course, at the discretion of the tour guest but is customary and always appreciated when great service has been provided.

How long is the tour?

The tour is approximately 11 hours (afternoon and evening).

What should I wear?

Although Hawaii is home to the endless summer, there are places and times where the temperature can drop substantially. Temperatures at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park can range from 50 to 75 degrees F. Saddle Road temperatures can get even chillier, to perhaps 40 degrees F. 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. You have plenty of opportunities to change as the weather changes frequently. Oh, don’t forget your camera!

How comfy are the vehicles?

Very! Their guides want to work for them because they pamper the guests AND the guides. Having driven low-roof, hard-seated, worn-out vans in the past, they understand the importance of being comfortable on the ride to the volcano (or around the island!)

Maintaining a fleet of Mercedes Benz passenger vans is more expensive than using inferior vehicles, but they never cut corners on safety or customer service – ever.

Their brand new vehicle even has reclining leather seats. Their vans have high roofs to maneuver through the cabin, adjustable air conditioning, seatbelt extensions, cup holders, and large windows for the best views. The audio/visual package is top-of-the-line with a large flip-down monitor and separate speakers for video and guide headset. This technology allows for the driver/guide to show video while narrating; it’s the ultimate way to cruise the Big Island!

Can you accommodate special diets?

All Kailani Tours experiences include tasty meals with local ingredients made by local chefs. They accommodate special diets or preferences by request.

Do you operate tours on holidays?

They do operate on most holidays. However, they do not operate their regular tour on the Ironman World Championships in October, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Their suppliers don’t operate on those days, so they elected to do the same.