Hidden Craters Hike in Kailua-Kona, HI
Hawaii Forest & Trail • 73-5593 Olowalu Street • Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Get ready for an excursion unlike any other on the Hidden Craters Hike through Kona. Your tour brings you behind 3 locked gates to discover Hualalai, Kona’s infamous volcano. Throughout your tour, you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about the island’s volcanic eruptions in the 1800s, climb through a segment of a lava tube, and embark on a 3-4 mile hike you’ll never forget.
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How much hiking do we do?
Tours stop a couple of times throughout the adventure for short hikes of less than ½ mile. The total hiking distance is approximately 3 to 4 miles long.
Is there elevation gain?
The tour ranges from sea level to 6,000 feet. We will meander on a single track trail through native forest with a mild elevation change of approximately 30 feet. While exploring the lava tube, expect to descend and ascend approximately 30 - 40 feet.
How many different types of volcanic features will I see?
Along the tour, we’ll see 200-year-old lava flow, spatter cones, fissures and collapse pits.
Do we need any special type of equipment to explore the lava tube?
The lava tube we visit is perfect for the casual adventurer. We’ll descend via earthen steps with a rope to assist and there’s enough ambient light to see all of the major features inside the cave.
Is Hualalai Volcano active?
Technically speaking, yes. Hualalai’s last eruption ended in 1801 so it is considered active. However, magma is not close to the surface so we won't see any geothermal activity.
How long is the tour?
The tour is approximately 6 to 7 hours long in total.
Is food included?
Yes. In addition to enjoying a sampling of locally made beers, ciders and/or nonalcoholic energy drinks at Kona’s newest brewery, a deli-style lunch is also included.
What should I bring?
Guests should bring comfortable walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, and a light sweatshirt or jacket.
Where do tours begin?
Tours meet and begin at Hawaii Forest & Trail Headquarters.