Kilauea Volcano Tours

Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park In-Depth Exploration Tour

Our Kilauea volcano tours take visitors on a journey to witness this spectacular volcano in all its fiery glory. Led by expert guides, you’ll get up close and personal with this majestic natural wonder.

That said, these tours to the Kilauea volcano are not just about seeing the volcano; they’re also about experiencing it. Our tours allow you to feel the heat radiating from the lava and hear the roar of its powerful eruptions. Schedule your Kilauea volcano tour today if you’re ready for a sight that is unforgettable, ensuring you can create exciting memories during your visit.

Have your own vehicle or prefer to drive yourself? We can meet you at the Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park! A UNESCO World Heritage Site and an International Biosphere Reserve, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park is a must see while on the Big Island! The park is home to critically endangered wildlife, two of the world’s most active volcanoes, and some of the most unique geological, biological and cultural landscapes on earth! Encompassing over 335,000 acres, Volcanoes National Park has a vast amount of land to be explored and it can be quite intimidating to do on your own. Our expert naturalists can create a customized itinerary tailored to your preferences ensuring you fully maximize your time in the Park. Additionally, you’ll receive detailed insights into the various volcanic features, enriching your understanding of the remarkable landscapes you’ll be exploring!

Tour Highlights 

Explore one of the top 10 most visited National Parks in the United States!

  • Enjoy guided interpretation throughout the day as you learn all about the park’s natural wonders, endemic wildlife and rich cultural history
  • Stand at the edge of Kilauea Overlook and marvel at the worlds most active volcano
  • See and feel the warm steam at Wahinekapu Steaming Bluffs
  • Take a guided hike through Thurston lava tube
  • Explore eruptive sites, lava flows, and various craters up close as we explore Chain of Craters Road from top to bottom
  • Enjoy a picnic style lunch or dinner (depending on tour times selected) surrounded by the beauty of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

$995 For up to 4 Guests

$65 per Additional Guests (up to 7 total)

Kilauea erupting at night.

Full Tour Details:

6 Hours

6 Hour Tour Time

Itinerary:

  • Start time: 10:00 AM **Please note this start time can be adjusted from anytime from 9AM till 2PM based on your preference. Please note your start in the booking comments.**

  • Kilauea: To start our Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park exploration tour, we will meet at the Volcano Art Center Gallery, just to the left of the Park’s visitor center. After meeting, get outfitted with our provided top-of-line gear and we will set off for a great day of exploration! Our first stop will be standing at the edge very top of Halema’uma’u crater at Kilauea volcano! Kilauea is the world’s active volcano and one of two volcanoes that make up Volcanoes National Park. Your guide will explain to you about vast changes that have happened here over the years to make up what we currently see today. After, we will continue down the Crater Rim Road to the Wahinekapu steaming bluffs. Here, rainwater seeps through deep cracks in the ground then rises to surface as water vapor. You can stand right in front of the hot steam coming back out of the cracks at the surface of the ground and feel it for yourself! Next, we will continue our journey around Crater Rim Road to the Nahuku, or Thurston, lava tube. Take a guided walk on this short loop trail through the native Ohia forests and the 600ft long lava tube.  The Nahuku lava tube is over 500 years old and over 25ft in diameter in some places! Learn about the endemic plants the inhabit the surrounding forest and how they have adapted to live in these volcanic environments.
  • Chain of Craters Road: Following these stops, we will continue our exploration of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park by venturing further into the Park down Chain of Craters road. This 22 mile stretch of road traverses through a variety of different landscapes from the dense Ohia forest to the dry coastal plains where land meets the ocean. Stop at various craters, historical lava flows, and eruption sites, including Maunaulu & Pauahi, as we descend down towards the ocean. Where the road ends, take a short guided walk along the coastal bluffs to observe the Holei sea arch.
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch or dinner (depending on what tour time you have selected) at one of our various stops inside Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. Additionally, other locations that we can explore on your private tour can include but are not limited to: Kilauea Iki, Devastation trail, Ha’akulamanu sulphur vents, Pu’uloa petroglyph field, Waldron Ledge, and Kipukapuaulu bird trail.
Kilauea volcano erupting at night
Mauna ulu eruptive vent
Family hiking into Kilauea Iki crater
Wahinekapu steaming bluffs
Walking on Kilauea lava from 1969
Woman takes photo of Holei Sea Arch

What’s Included

Tour Inclusions

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  • Fully guided naturalist tour with educational materials and commentary provided by our top of the line tour guides
  • Complementary Photo package: 20-25 professional, edited photos shared via Adobe Cloud or iCloud for easy accessibility while traveling

Food & Drink

Ohia blossom
  • Depending on what start time you choose enjoy either a picnic style lunch or dinner surrounded by the beauty of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • Snacks: trail mix, fruit snacks, granola bars, beef jerky, chips, chocolate 
  • All non-alcoholic beverages: water, juice, soda, hot tea, coffee and hot chocolate

Tour Gear

Nahuku, Thurston lava tube
  • Patagonia rain jacket and Nano puff
  • Nikon ProStaff binoculars
  • Hiking Poles
  • Headlamps and Flashlights
  • Umbrellas
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Comfortable walking/hiking shoes
  • Camera
  • Warm layers: temperatures at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park range from the mid 70’s-mid 60’s Fahrenheit during the day and drop to the low 50’s Fahrenheit in the evening.
  • Tours can be adapted to accommodate all ages and abilities. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have specific needs.
  • Assuming no modifications to this tour, guests should be able to walk at least 1-2 miles with some steps included.
  • Guests must be able to walk on uneven or rocky terrain and we may encounter cool, wet, or muddy conditions.

Customizing Your Tour

Upon booking your tour, one of our guides will contact you to discuss custom options we have available for your tour. Whether you’d like to spend more time star gazing, enjoy more time at our private waterfall location, or enjoy an extended guided hike, we’re here to make this experience memorable and most importantly – ALL ABOUT YOU!

Want a custom tour? Give us a call: (808) 315-9278

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We look forward to taking you on an amazing adventure!