Big Island Volcanoes National Park Tour

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park In-Depth Adventure

Book an unforgettable private tour that will take you into the heart of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. From all the main highlights within the park to the lesser seen areas, your tour will go far beyond any experience with the bigger companies.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site and an International Biosphere Reserve, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park is a must see while in Hawaii. Experience two of the world’s most active volcanoes, critically endangered wildlife and some of the most unique geological, biological and cultural landscapes on earth. Your exceptional naturalist will provide guided interpretation during your entire tour experience.

We offer two versions of our Big Island lava tube tours. Our Full Day  version leaves at 9am that offers a more in-depth experience at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, including a sit down dinner in Volcano; and a Half Day version leaving at 8am for those looking for a shorter adventure but still being able to see the main highlights of the Park.

Tour Highlights

On this in-depth tour of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park you’ll experience the park’s main attractions:

  • Experience breathtaking Punalu‘u black sand beach.
  • Visit the southernmost bakery in the United States, famous for their delicious malasadas and sweet breads.
  • Enjoy guided interpretation throughout the day as you learn all about the park’s natural wonders, endemic wildlife and rich cultural history.
  • Experience a massive 600-foot long lava tube that is over 20 feet tall in places.
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch surrounded by the beauty of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
  • Explore Chain of Craters Road in its entirety from top to bottom. (Full Day tour)
  • Appreciate one of the largest petroglyph fields in the Hawaiian Islands with over 23,000 images. (Full Day tour)
  • Participate in a guided interpretive hike of your choice through the park’s lesser seen areas. (Full Day tour)
  • Sit, relax, and enjoy a meal sourced with local ingredients and Hawaiian infused cuisine at a local restaurant just outside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. (Full Day tour)

Starting at $1,445 For up to 4 Guests

Starting at $145 per Additional Guest

** Please note route map is for reference purposes only. Guests will be picked up at their place of lodging so actual tour routes may vary. **

Full Tour Details:

8-12 Hours

8-12 Hour Tour Time

Itinerary:

  • Start Time: 9:00AM (Full Day tour)

  • Start Time: 8:00AM (Half Day tour)

  • Punalu‘u Bakery: After pickup from your place of lodging, begin your Big Island Volcano National Park tour traveling south along the Kona coast and absorb the breathtaking views of lush vegetation and coastline. Listen to your guide describe the cultural history of the area as well as the local flora and fauna. Arrive at the southernmost bakery in the United States. World renown for their sweet breads, malasadas (Portuguese fried dough aka “donut”) and other delicious treats. Enjoy a complementary coffee or tea and choose a malasada before heading on to explore the most beautiful black sand beach on the island.
  • Punalu‘u Black Sand Beach: One of the prettiest black sand beaches in all of the Hawaiian Islands. The jet-black volcanic glass sand here was formed from the rapid cooling of basaltic lava hitting the ocean water then shattering into tiny fragments. Enjoy the relaxing feeling of black sand under your toes while listening to the wind move through the palms and across the water. Your guide will keep a look out for green sea turtles and endangered hawksbill sea turtles that frequent the beach.
  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: This iconic park encompasses the summit of two of the world’s most active volcanoes and extends from sea level up to the summit of Mauna Loa at 13,677 feet. It’s home to critically endangered wildlife and some of the most unique geological, biological and cultural landscapes on earth. You’ll spend the majority of your tour here in the park taking in all the natural wonders. Your tour will explore the main attractions in the park including: Halema’uma’u Crater, the Thurston Lava Tube, Wahinekapu Steam Bluffs.
  • On our full day tour, explore Chain of Craters Road from top to bottom, Pu‘ulao Petroglyph field, and many other lesser known areas of the Park. If there is an active eruption stay past dark to marvel at the incredible views of the “glow” at night.  Each of these sights will leave you breathless.
  • The Pu’ulao Petroglyph field features carvings made by Hawaiians who pecked images on the surface of hardened lava. This Big Island petroglyph site is the largest such field in the state and contains over 23,000 images, including circles, representations of humans, canoe sails, and more. Your guide can share interpretations of the petroglyphs to deepen your understanding of the concerns and values of the people who made them.
  • Our private and all-inclusive Big Island Volcano National Park tour provides you with an intimate experience of Hawaii. Experienced naturalist guides give you insight into this area’s culture, history, and ecology.
  • We equip all guests with high-quality gear, including Nikon ProStaff binoculars. High-definition image delivery and a wide field of view enhance your exploration and ensure you don’t miss a thing.
  • Volcano Dinner: Sit, relax, and enjoy a meal sourced with local ingredients and Hawaiian infused cuisine at a local restaurant just outside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Depart Volcano and head back to your place of lodging feeling happy, full and filled with exciting new memories. (Full Day Tour)
Lava at Night
Green sea turtles at Punalu'u Beach
Kilauea Overlook
Exploring Lava Fields
Thurston Lava Tube
Holei Pali

What’s Included

Tour Inclusions

Entrance sign to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park sign
  • Admission into all venues and parks
  • Pick up and drop off at your place of lodging 
  • 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 for easy accessibility while traveling

Food & Drink

Malasadas at Punalu'u Bakery, circle island tour Big Island

We offer different food and beverage options depending on tour start time:

  • Punalu‘u Bake Shop – Coffee, tea and malasadas 
  • Lunch: Picnic style lunch surrounded by the beauty of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • Dinner:  Sit, relax, and enjoy a meal sourced with local ingredients and Hawaiian infused cuisine at a local restaurant in the town of Volcano.
  • Snacks: trail mix, fruit snacks, granola bars, beef jerky, chips, chocolate
  • All non-alcoholic beverages: water, juice, soda, tea, coffee and hot chocolate
  • Punalu‘u Bake Shop – Coffee, tea and malasadas 
  • Lunch: Picnic style lunch surrounded by the beauty of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • Snacks: trail mix, fruit snacks, Clif bars, beef jerky, chips, chocolate
  • All non-alcoholic beverages: water, juice, soda, hot tea, coffee and hot chocolate

Tour Gear

Lava tours Big Island guests walking into Mauna UIu lava field.
  • Patagonia rain jacket and Nano puff
  • Nikon ProStaff 7S binoculars
  • Headlamps & Flashlights
  • Umbrellas
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Comfortable walking/hiking shoes
  • Camera
  •  Warm layers for the time in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • 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 0.5-3 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!