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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Fuchu, Japan
"A tour full of highlights"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 11, 2019 NEW
Guide was very knowledgeble about histroy and culture about Hawai island and tour visiting points. With detail taking care for us (weather, food, rest timing) , tour group enjoyed very much with comfortness.
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"Informative and fun!"
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Reviewed December 11, 2019 NEW
I love tours where you have fun and learn! Never thought I'd eat a cacao seed right out of the pod and certainly didn't know about the process. I'd recommend this tour service and triple recommend our guide!
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Reviewed December 11, 2019 NEW
Taj was a greet guide and very informative! The 6-wheeler was a lot of fun and the lunch spot was amazing!
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"Stargazing tour as advertised!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 07, 2019 NEW
The company is very professional. the tour guide - whose name escapes me unfortunately - was very friendly, funny and very knowledgeable and very well prepared. One could think he just started working at because of his passion when he spoke. totally recommend this experience. To allow the company to recognize the tour guide, we were in one of the vans on 11/25/2019 scheduled at 1.25 pm. Two vans left that day. We were with the guide who is a little shorter.
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Longmeadow, Massachusetts
"Epic tour was awesome. Great guide great group"
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Reviewed December 05, 2019 NEW
Worth the time and expense. The epic tour is a great way to experience the big island early in the vacation week to get a sense of what the island has to offer.
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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.