Volcano Unveiled Tour in Kailua-Kona, HI

Hawaii Forest & Trail73-5593 Olowalu StreetKailua-Kona, HI 96740
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Discover Hawaii Volcanoes National Park from a whole new perspective when you tour the park with a local, interpretive guide. You’ll learn more about the historic events that changed the park and island forever while hiking throughout the park’s gorgeous natural landscape. Along the way, you’ll see a private lava tube, enjoy appetizers on a farm, and see parts of the park others may not get the chance to.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Kailua-Kona Travel Experts
  • Total hiking: approximately 2 to 3 miles.
  • Maximum group size: 14 participants.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes, weather-appropriate attire, and a light jacket.
  • Appetizers are included in your tour.
  • Lava flow sightings cannot be guaranteed.


from Volcano Unveiled
Begin your adventure with a scenic drive over the stark and beautiful saddle road before a quick stop at the Maunakea Recreation Area for snacks, a stretch and to set the stage for the day overlooking mesmerizing views. From there you will head straight to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Discover all the “must see” spots within the Park including the dramatically changed Halemaumau Crater. After immersing yourself into the magnanimous history and culture of Volcanoes National Park, you will make your way to Kau Coffee Mills.

Here, you can enjoy farm fresh coffee along with other Hawaiian Island grown treats like macadamia nuts, honey, and chocolate. Finally, venture down to the crystal-fine black sand beach of Punaluu where you will search for basking sea turtles.

  • On this in-depth park experience, your interpretive guide will illuminate the historic events that recently changed the landscape of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park forever.

  • Enjoy 2-3 miles of hiking around the park's most dynamic terrain.

  • Drive off-road to a private lava tube known for its bright yellow and gold microbial mats living on and accenting the cave walls. This lava tube is only accessible to Hawaii Forest & Trail guests.

  • Enjoy late afternoon pupu (appetizers) on the farm surrounding our exclusive lava tube.

Schedule: Tours depart daily from our Hawaii Forest & Trail Headquarters, Queen's Marketplace, and select resorts. Tour duration: 11.5

Rated: Easy to moderate; hiking of 2 to 3 miles in dynamic terrain

Included in the tour: Breakfast snacks, beverages, lunch, afternoon appetizers, National Park entrance fees, water, walking sticks, flashlights, day-packs, warm wear, helmets, and rain ponchos.

Morning Snack: island style banana bread, fresh fruit, coffee, & tea.
Lunch: Deli-Style sandwich (turkey, ham, tuna or veggie), chips, cookie, sodas and juice drinks. Gluten free options available.

Group Size: Tour limited to 14.

Restrictions: Guests should be able to hike on uneven or rocky terrain. We sometimes encounter cool, wet or muddy conditions. Ages 8+.

What to bring & wear: Comfortable walking shoes, long pants, and a light jacket

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New York City, New York
"I saw planets!!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 23, 2019 NEW
Great trip very informative. The dinner was nice but I wish I brought my own food, but then again the focus is the summit and the star gazing. Wear warm clothes, I don’t care how hot it is at the resort, it is freezing at the summit and while stargazing. I got to see a globular star cluster, Jupiter, Saturn and binary stars! Mataeo was extremely knowledgeable and the trip was enjoyable. Also, the oxygen deprivation is real so take it easy at the top.
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Leslie C
Maui, Hawaii
"A taste of the Big Island"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 19, 2019 NEW
We have enjoyed other tours with Hawai’i Forest and Trail in the past and knew they would make this tour of the Big Island interesting and memorable for our grandkids and adults. Our guide Mateo was so knowledgeable and made so many Hawai’i facts come to life. Thanks Mateo and thanks Hawai’i Forest and Trail!
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Jane W
Pickerington, Ohio
"Awesome tour!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 19, 2019 NEW
We took the Mauna Kea Sunrise Tour and had a great time. Our guide, Matt was extremely informative and personable. The sights were unforgettable. If I had one complaint, it would be that the van was older and the seats were uncomfortable. Other than that, I highly recommend this tour and tour company!
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"Great Tour!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 18, 2019 NEW
My husband and I wanted to find tours to really see the beautiful island of Hawaii and this one really hit home! Gorgeous scenery, fantastic locations thanks to their relationship with the locals, sights we wouldn’t have seen otherwise! Our tour guide Amanda was so friendly and VERY knowledgeable, it was like having a friend showing you around the island. I would highly recommend this if you are looking to see what the land has to offer, very easy as well!!
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"Mauna Kea Sunrise"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 17, 2019 NEW
Overall awesome experience. Our guide was nice, knowledgeable and onetime. The vehicle and cold weather clothing were excellent, and the tour fantastic. Watching the full moon set, then stargaze for an hour was amazing. Other than being out at sea, it was by far the best star gazing on land I've experienced. Followed by an incredible sunrise.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Volcano Unveiled

How much hiking do we do?  
You’ll hike for approximately 2-3 miles at a location determined by park conditions that day.

Will we get to see active lava? 
Although there are currently no active eruptions in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and on Kilauea Volcano, active lava viewing conditions change daily or even hourly. Therefore, lava sightings cannot be guaranteed.

How long is the tour?
The entire round trip tour is approximately 12 hours long.

Is hotel transportation included?
Yes. Please see the instructions on your tickets for arranging transportation.

What should I wear and bring?
Please wear comfortable walking shoes, weather-appropriate attire, and a light jacket. Bring your tickets, phone, a water bottle, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Tour operators provide walking sticks, flashlights, day packs, warm wear, helmets, and rain ponchos.

Is food included?
Yes, the tour provides Breakfast snacks, beverages, lunch, afternoon appetizers, and water.