Epic Island Volcano Journey in Kailua-Kona, HI

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


from Epic Island Volcano Journey
Wander off-the-beaten path and visit the island's most awe-inspiring sites. This full day journey covers all your Big Island "must do" experiences and more, and is enhanced by a gourmet sustainably-sources farm to fork menu featuring island-inspired favorites and culturally themed delicacies. This unforgettable journey, led by an expert interpretive guide, is an amazing blend of history and culture.

- Explore an active volcano and visit 4 different National Park sites
- Search for sea turtles strolling the fine crystal black sands of Punaluu
- Learn how lava tubes are formed at a private cave system
- Enjoy private tours at Kau Coffee Mill and tropical fruit farm

Savory Island Breakfast: Fresh fruit, choice of ham & egg or vegetarian breakfast wrap, local banana bread, 100% Kona coffee & assorted hot tea.
Farm to Fork Lunch: "Deli Trio" Turkey, Ham & Smoked Fish sandwiches or Garden Fresh Veggie sandwich, Big Island Potato Chips and Chocolate MacNut cookie.

Tour Time:
Duration: 6:50am - 6:30pm

Dress code:
Closed-toe shoes, wear/bring long pants, and a light jacket.

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

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Rochester, New York
"View from top"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 25, 2019 NEW
Growing up I always wanted to be an astronomer, but I ended up with a very different career. What a treat to see the world’s preeminent viewing venue, all the telescopes, and, oh yes, a uniquely stunning panorama!
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Chicago, Illinois
"Chicago's Finest Tours"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 24, 2019 NEW
I chose the Riverwalk Tour of Chicago's Finest Tours as close to the groupon expiration date that I could to maximize the chances of a good weather. Unfortunately, Chicago as usual, disappointed, and we started off on a cold, blustery, afternoon in front of Peet's in the Wrigley building. Even before the small group tour started, we were treated to a hot beverage or a bottle of water before starting off exactly on time. The tour guide, Cindy, was extremely knowledgeable and obviously felt passionate about Chicago. Rather than a recitation of facts, she wove her intricate knowledge into memorable stories of person, places, and events that made you feel that you were there. After an informative introduction, the tour started off with a river taxi ride to the Lyric Opera bridge. The focus was on more than the Chicago Riverwalk, and despite being a Chicagoan, I heard tidbits of the city that were totally new and outside the normal tourist spiel that other tours regurgitate. There wasn't a question asked that Cindy didn't have an answer too. Would recommend this tour without reservation. Be aware that there were stairs and a lot of walking and standing, so this would not be the tour for anyone with motility limitations.
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Joseph M
"Very interesting tour!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 24, 2019 NEW
We took the Sunrise Maunakea tour, and the itinerary and quality of the planning, equipment, and logistics were all very good. However our guide, Matt, was the best part- he was knowledgeable, articulate, competent, diligent, and pleasant. In my experience, this is a rare combination, and in this tour he really made everyone feel safe and comfortable while at the same time conveying a wealth of knowledge about Hawaiian geology, biology, history, and culture, and astronomy to boot. The view of the sunrise is not to be missed. Great experience!
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Houston, Texas
"Matt Was Spectacular"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 23, 2019 NEW
Matt was our guide for the sunrise mountain tour. He was extremely knowledgeable, passionate, charismatic, friendly, and patient. He maintained a pleasant volume of conversation, allowing for anyone too sleepy to rest peacefully. He provided a huge amount of context for cultural, historical, astonomical, and biological features seen on the tour and present on other parts of the island. Highly recommend, would go again in a heartbeat despite 2am start time.
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Waterloo, Canada
"Amazing experience and wonderful guide"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 23, 2019 NEW
If you have the opportunity to go on the Mauna Kea Sunrise tour with Hawaii Forest and Trail, I would highly recommend it!! Melanie was an amazing guide. She was so friendly, knowledgeable and respectful of the land, the people, their history and culture. She had so much energy and made it fun even at 2AM in the morning! It was amazing seeing the stars without any light pollution, hints of the milky way and the rays of first light as it came up above the clouds. It is truly an unforgettable experience. It realigns your perspective on life...absolutely beautiful.
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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.