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
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 at the Volcano Art Center, a mecca for visual artists since 1974. Follow your guide for a tour of one of Hawaii's oldest growing rain forests.

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. Finish your day with a visit to a private tropical fruit farm for a special viewing of the famous Rainbow Falls, from an exclusive viewing deck.

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, Souvenir Kona coffee mug, beverages, and use of daypacks, walking staffs, raingear, and warm wear

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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"Epic Island Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 18, 2019 NEW
Awesome experience! Guide went above and beyaond what would be expected. Highly recommend!!! Very informative.
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Rome, Lazio, Italy
"Excellent trip"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 16, 2019 NEW
I went on the Discover Volcano Country experience. Thank you Forest and Trail for giving me the exact experience that I wanted! Amazing guide, lots of stops along the way, excellent photo spots, no rushing trough the park but time to enjoy the place, comfortable bus is what you will find organizing your trip with them! A special mention to the lady working at the Hilo Hawaiian hotel who booked this trip for me!
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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
"Awesome trip into a native forest"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 15, 2019 NEW
Great guide. Learned a lot about the native forest of the area and it’s history. Fun adventure rappelling down into the lava tube and climbing out. Enjoyed the beautiful scenery.
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Mark D
Eldersburg, Maryland
"Secret Waterfall Trip was Great"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 15, 2019 NEW
Had a blast. Beautiful hike. Not easy, but not too challenging. Jeff was our guide. He was awesome. Extremely knowledgeable and funny. Water was cold, but we'll worth it to swim in the falls. Love it!
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Cleveland, Ohio
"Awesome trip!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 15, 2019 NEW
This was one of the best things we did in Hilo! Our tour guide Amanda was fabulous - she was not only knowledgeable but altered the tour to what we wanted to see/do. Her insight in to the history and impact of volcanoes besides the explanation of lava rock formation including details on minerals involved was beyond our expectations!! This trip is worth your every penny. The black sand beach, coconuts, coffee plantation personal tour - the list goes on and on....this was one of the highlights of our trip for sure!!
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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.