Epic Island Volcano Journey in Kailua-Kona, HI

Hawaii Forest & Trail73-5593 Olowalu StreetKailua-Kona, Big Island, HI 96740
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Overview

Offering an 11- to 12-hour experience, the Epic Island Volcano Journey lets guests enjoy a unique adventure exploring the Big Island with an active volcano. Included in the journey are a delicious island breakfast, a deli trio-style lunch, an afternoon snack, beverages and a souvenir water bottle. The tour also offers a visit to four national park sites, private tours at Kau Coffee Mill, and more.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Kailua-Kona, Big Island Travel Experts
  • Tour duration: approx. 12 hours.
  • Lunch included.
  • Walking sticks, day packs, warm wear, and rain ponchos provided.
  • Guests should bring comfortable closed-toe walking shoes, long pants, and a light jacket.
  • Active lava viewing conditions change daily and even hourly.

Description

from Epic Island Volcano Journey
Start your adventure with breakfast at a Kona Coffee Farm to enjoy breakfast and coffee sampling, before heading to Kula Kai to delve into a private cave system to explore lava tubes, learn how they were formed, and history of how the ancient Hawaiians used them.

Next, head to the beautiful black sand beach of Punalu’u, a famous beach known for it's glistening black sand created by volcanic activity on Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes. Enjoy a scenic ride to Volcanoes National Park where you will enjoy your deli-style lunch in the park.

From there, make your way to the summit of Kilauea, where your guide will explain the history of what is considered to be one of the most active volcanoes in the world. View the Halemaumau Crater and hear about al the recent changes to this surreal landscape. Finish your day with a visit to the famous Rainbow Falls.

This tour is great for: Families, sight-seers, couples, people who have never been to Hawaii before, and all age groups.

Schedule: Tours days vary on a week to week basis. Pick-up is provided from Hawaii Forest & Trails headquarters, Queen's Marketplace, and select resorts. Tour duration: 11.5 hours.

Rated: Easy; minimal hiking.

Included in the Tour: Over $30 per person in entry fees, savory island breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, coffee farm tour and tasting, beverages, and use of daypacks, walking staffs and raingear.

Menu:
Savory Breakfast: Egg burrito, potatoes, croissants, oatmeal, fresh island fruit and banana bread, 100% pure Kona coffee, teas, hot chocolate, and juices. Vegan burrito option available.

Lunch: including sandwich choice of turkey, ham, tuna or veggie, chips, cookie, sodas, and juice drinks. Gluten-free options are available.

Afternoon Snack: Chocolate Brownies & beverages.

Group size: Group size is limited to 12.

Restrictions: Guests should not be physically challenged or unable to walk short distances on uneven terrain. Ages 8 years and older.

What to bring & wear: Closed-toe shoes, wear or bring long pants and a light jacket.

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wefoil
Kutchan-cho, Japan
"Friendly staff and warming gift shop"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 03, 2020
An excellent place for your trail needs. They have lots of gear in stock and great tours off all kind. They are also very eco conscious. Love these guys!!
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AndrewT_TO
Toronto, Canada
"Experience you and the universe"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 05, 2020
We did a star gazing tour atop Mauna Kea on Valentine's Day 2020 - about a week after our wedding in Honolulu. Our tour guide was absolutely fantastic and extremely knowledgable - unfortunately his name escapes me right now - making for an incredible experience. I couldn't recommend this incredible excursion more!
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smestas
Los Angeles, California
"Great Day"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 03, 2020
What a day, enjoyed a small group hiking tour through though lava tubes ending at a local brewery. Felt like we got into see part of the island that most dont get to see.
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jeffzilka
Chicago, Illinois
"Outstanding guided trip to the top of Mauna Kea to see the sunset and stars!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 29, 2020
My wife and I are very glad we book wtih Hawaii Forest and Trail for the guided trip to the top of Mauna Kea. The eight-hour trip took care of the hassle of driving to the top of the mountain (4WD is requrired), and Jeff, our guide, was knowledgable about Hawaii's flora, fauna and history. The sunset was mind-blowing and the star-gazing (their trips feature an 11-inch Celestron telescope) was fantastic. An altogether unique and worthwhile trip! How often can you go from sea level to over 13,000 feet!
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laep5655
London, United Kingdom
"Volcanos"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 28, 2020
Had a great trip to the volcanos and lava tube with Angela who was great fun and very knowlegable. Great lunch too
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Frequently Asked Questions about Epic Island Volcano Journey

How much hiking do we do?
We’ll stop a couple times throughout the adventure for short hikes of less than one mile each.

Is there elevation gain?
Except for the lava tube exploration, the trails are relatively level. While exploring the lava tube, expect to descend approximately 30 feet.

Will we get to see active lava?
Due to the dynamic nature of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Kilauea Volcano, active lava viewing conditions can change daily or even hourly. The best chance to see the active lava flow is on our Twilight Volcano Adventure.

How long is this tour?
This tour is approximately 11-12 hours round trip and departs from the Hawaii Forest & Trail Headquarters.

Can children 7 and younger go on this tour?
No, this tour is for ages 8 and up only.

What should I bring?
You should wear comfortable closed-toe walking shoes, long pants, and a light jacket. Rain Ponchos will be provided.

Are there any walking restrictions?
Guests should be able to hike on uneven or rocky terrain. They sometimes encounter cool, wet or muddy conditions.