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From Kona and Waikoloa: Intimate Volcano Discovery Tour

1. From Kona and Waikoloa: Intimate Volcano Discovery Tour

Begin your adventure with a scenic drive over the stark and beautiful saddle road to set the stage for the day overlooking mesmerizing views including a stop to view the famous Rainbow Falls. If the Twilight option is selected, you will stay in the Park past sunset to view the eruption's glow. From there your first stop will be the Hawaii Volcanoes, National Park. Discover all the “must-see” spots within the Park including the dramatically changed Halemaumau Crater. After immersing yourself in the magnanimous history and culture of Volcanoes National Park and enjoying your picnic lunch, you will be driven to Hawaii Forest and Trail's private lava tube, Kauhi Cavern. Explore this unique cave with ceilings as high as 35 feet, expansive rooms, bright golden walls, and an “upside-down” forest of roots hanging from the cave ceiling. Upon returning to the surface from the lava tube exploration, enjoy a light afternoon snack with your fellow travelers and guide while reflecting on your in-depth volcano experience.

From Waikoloa: Big Island Tour with Lunch

2. From Waikoloa: Big Island Tour with Lunch

Circle the Big Island of Hawaii, stopping at many of its iconic attractions in just 1 day. Get picked up from your accommodation. Head to a Kona coffee farm for a private tasting tour to sample one of the island's most important products. Then stop at one of the black sand beaches the island is known for and spot giant sea turtles sunbathing. From there, head to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the island's natural crown jewel. Visit the Kilauea Iki Crater Overlook and Steaming Bluffs before taking a walk through the famous Volcano House to view smoking and steaming Kilauea Caldera. Journey down the lush eastern side of Kilauea Volcano to your next stop at Big Island Candies, an island institution boasting an assortment of high-quality, handmade confections. Peek through the windows into the factory or browse the selection of gorgeous jewel-box gifts. Next, head to the fertile Waipio Valley where taro farmers have tilled the land for nearly a thousand years. Catch sweeping views of the valley from the overlook and even glimpses of native wild horses if you're lucky. At the end of an epic day, enjoy drop-off at your hotel.

Big Island: Evening Volcano Explorer from Hilo

3. Big Island: Evening Volcano Explorer from Hilo

Start with a drive through quaint Hilo town where you’ll drive along the historic waterfront before heading out to the old fishing village of Kalapana. Your National Park Service certified guide will discuss the volcanology, geology, and history of Kilauea Volcano, as well as providing in-depth narration on the various lava flows and flora and fauna that you’ll be passing by.  Hike out across the lava flow to the new black sand beach. Stop by Star of the Sea Painted Church, moved by the community twice to save it from advancing lava flows in 1990, this decommissioned church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Next travel to the crown jewel of Hawaii, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. V isit the Kilauea Visitor’s Center, the Kilauea Iki Crater Overlook, and Steaming Bluffs. Stop in at the famous Volcano House for incredible views of Kilauea Caldera, and hike to the cracks and sinkholes in the paved roads left behind by the historic eruption of 2018.

Big Island: Kona Airport Traditional Lei Greeting

4. Big Island: Kona Airport Traditional Lei Greeting

No matter your party size, you will recieve a warm welcome to the island upon your arrival. Your local greeter will help you find transportation or your connecting inter-island flight. Additionally, ask your greeter to take a photo of your party to remember this momentous occasion. The lei greeters consider it an honor to be your first contact on the island.  An airport lei greeting sets the tone for your entire Hawaiian vacation, don't miss your chance to experience this friendly tradition for yourself.

Hawaii: Private Guided Van Tour

5. Hawaii: Private Guided Van Tour

Create your dream tour of Hawaii with a customizable tour. Pick and choose the sites that interest you the most and avoid wasting time on an organized tour. Benefit from convenient hotel pickup and drop-off. With your private van and the personalized attention of your driver-guide, enjoy the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary according to your own interests and take in the sights at your own pace. See famous sights such as Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (entrance fees to be paid on site), or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters like the waterfalls along the Hamakua Coast. This tour is perfect for solo travelers, couples, families, friends, and special interest groups. It can also be customized to meet the needs of guests with mobility limitations.

Ultimate Circle Island Explorer From Kona with Lunch

6. Ultimate Circle Island Explorer From Kona with Lunch

Start your action-packed day of discovery on the Big Island by visiting some of its most popular and spectacular landmarks. During your guided tour of the Island you will visit landmarks such as the Kona coffee farm, including a private tasting and tour, a Black Sand beach for turtle viewing, the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Big Island Candies, Akaka Falls, and the Waipio Valley Overlook. Next, travel to the crown jewel of Hawaii, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Visit the Kilauea Visitor’s Center, the Kilauea Iki Crater Overlook, and Steaming Bluffs. Take a walk through the famous Volcano House to view the smoking and steaming Kilauea Caldera. Dropping down into the lush eastern side of Kilauea Volcano your next stop is Big Island Candies. Founded in 1977, Big Island Candies are famous for their quality. Big Island Candies welcomes everyone with samples of their amazing confections, still handmade using only the highest quality ingredients. Peek through the windows into the factory or browse the selection of gorgeous jewel-box gifts. Waipio Valley is still home to taro farmers as it has been for a thousand years. Look closely from the overlook where glimpses of the wild horses that roam the valley floor might be possible. Afterwards, you will return to your hotel.

Ultimate National Park Tour from Waikoloa

7. Ultimate National Park Tour from Waikoloa

Start your day by traveling south into Kona coffee country at Bay View Farm, a working 24 acre coffee farm nestled on the slopes of Mauna Loa Volcano just above beautiful Kealakekua Bay and known for the best Kona coffee since 1984. Here you’ll see coffee growing on the trees and learn about the various steps and processes in making coffee, all of which happen right here on the farm. Get the opportunity to sample 100% Kona Coffee at a gorgeous overlook with stunning views of Kealakekua Bay and the monument to Captain Cook standing on the only sliver of British land in the United States. Your adventure continues as you head through the South Kona and Ka’u Districts. Stunning views, alternating between stark lava flows and Hawaiian dry forest, are visible through the huge picture windows of your tour vehicle. Stop briefly at Punalu’u Bake Shop, the southern most bakery in America. Offering the finest time-honored Hawaiian sweetbreads since 1991, the Bake Shop offers an array of breads and cookies. Shortly thereafter, you’ll arrive at picturesque Punalu’u Black Sand Beach. Lined with swaying coconut palm trees, this is one of the best black sand beaches on the island. Stroll along the beach and look for honu (Green Hawaiian Sea Turtles) feeding just offshore or sun-worshipping on the sand. Picnic-style lunch will be served here weather permitting. Next travel to the crown jewel of the Big Island, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Visit the Kilauea Visitor’s Center, the Volcano Art Center, and famed Sulphur Banks. Take a hike out to Keanakako’i Crater and step over the sinkholes and cracks in the roads left behind by the historic 2018 eruption here, then on to Mauna Ulu. One of the most culturally sensitive locations in the Park you will see a landscape at Mauna Ulu like no other on Earth. Photo ops abound here, and the closer you look the more unusual and striking shapes and fascinating colors you will see. Take a quick break at Volcano House, welcoming guests such as Mark Twain and Jack London to Kilauea since 1864. Enjoy the views or check out their gift shop before returning to your hotel.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 6 reviews

The guide was excellent. We were fortunate to see a double rainbow and an active volcano. I was disappointed that one family brought a 7 year old child on a 12 hour tour that lasted late....we had to leave the active volcano early because he was whining and ready to go to the car but they couldn't go to the van unless we all went to the van....not the child's fault....it was the parents fault. I think you should be able to choose an adult only option. Other than that, it was great. One suggestion though would be to give out headlights instead of flashlights so participants have both of their hands available for balance in the lava tube.

If your interested in volcanoes, this is the trip for you. The lava tube was cool. You will walk across the lava fields and hear the history of the different flows. The finale was to actually see the lava flow after sunset. Be prepared for the weather. I’m glad I wore long pants,shirt, jacket, and that our guide had raincoats. Good walking shoes a must.

what an awesome experience. the tour guides were amazing and very outgoing and friendly. the rest of the guests on the tour were incredible people to be around. it was a first class experience and I highly recommend taking this tour and exploring some of the highlights of the big island for yourself!

Great day tour with a very nice and experienced guide! Sufficient snacks, sandwiches, drinks and very tasty warm beef soup Hike over lava fields and saw the glowing lava in the dark and then into the lava tubes. Must do on the Big Island!

Was easy to be able to find the spot to meet and she helped is get started. Great welcome. Thanks again :)