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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Kutchan-cho, Japan
"Friendly staff and warming gift shop"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 03, 2020
An excellent place for your trail needs. They have lots of gear in stock and great tours off all kind. They are also very eco conscious. Love these guys!!
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Toronto, Canada
"Experience you and the universe"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 05, 2020
We did a star gazing tour atop Mauna Kea on Valentine's Day 2020 - about a week after our wedding in Honolulu. Our tour guide was absolutely fantastic and extremely knowledgable - unfortunately his name escapes me right now - making for an incredible experience. I couldn't recommend this incredible excursion more!
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Los Angeles, California
"Great Day"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 03, 2020
What a day, enjoyed a small group hiking tour through though lava tubes ending at a local brewery. Felt like we got into see part of the island that most dont get to see.
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Chicago, Illinois
"Outstanding guided trip to the top of Mauna Kea to see the sunset and stars!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 29, 2020
My wife and I are very glad we book wtih Hawaii Forest and Trail for the guided trip to the top of Mauna Kea. The eight-hour trip took care of the hassle of driving to the top of the mountain (4WD is requrired), and Jeff, our guide, was knowledgable about Hawaii's flora, fauna and history. The sunset was mind-blowing and the star-gazing (their trips feature an 11-inch Celestron telescope) was fantastic. An altogether unique and worthwhile trip! How often can you go from sea level to over 13,000 feet!
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London, United Kingdom
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 28, 2020
Had a great trip to the volcanos and lava tube with Angela who was great fun and very knowlegable. Great lunch too
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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.