Guided tour

Big Island: Off the Beaten Path Volcano Crater Hike

Activity provider: Hawaii Forest & Trail
Guided tour

Big Island: Off the Beaten Path Volcano Crater Hike

Activity provider: Hawaii Forest & Trail

From US$ 183.25 per person


Venture onto private land behind several locked gates to explore the upper slopes of Kona’s very own volcano, Hualalai. This adventure provides intimate, unique access to the site of multiple volcanic eruptions.

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Duration 5 hours
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Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Enjoy exclusive private access onto Hualalai Volcano and a nearby native forest
  • Hike through untouched cloud forest with incredible views of the Kona coast
  • Stand on the edge of precipitous volcanic craters that plunge deep into the earth below
  • Learn about Hawaii from experienced guides on this eco-certified tour
Full description
Experience an adventure like no other on a rocky hike up the cool and misty lava-scaped slopes of Kona's own Hualalai Volcano. Enjoy exclusive access to this stunning mountain, which offers a bird's eye view of Kona's lava history. Your guide will take you off-road, through multiple locked gates and then by foot at a 6,500-foot elevation, where you will experience the surreal scene of black lava flows and native dryland forest. You will see firsthand the geologic forces which created the islands at the heart of Hualalai’s 1801 eruption, the Kaupulehu Crater. Travel to magnificent coastal viewpoints and stunning lava formations, walk amidst a forest of native birdsong and scramble through a "lava tube".
  • Nature guide
  • Walking sticks
  • Day packs and rain gear
  • Sunscreen and bug repellent
  • Filtered water, sparkling water and juices
  • Local taxes
  • Lunch
  • Tips (optional)
Not suitable for
  • Children under 8 years
  • People with mobility impairments

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Important information

What to bring

  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Reusable water bottle

Not allowed

  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Alcohol and drugs

Know before you go

  • Guests should be able to hike on uneven or rocky terrain
  • It is recommended to bring snacks, wear comfortable walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, and a light sweatshirt or jacket
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 7 reviews

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First time, excellent for beginners! Just pay attn to the requirements and wear good hiking apparel. Tour guides are excellent in treating us with educational stories of the area and care!

September 23, 2022

Awesome experience. One of the best tours we have taken in awhile. perfect for our family of 3. My 11 year old daughter especially loved the lava tube tour.

August 20, 2022

Excellent experience with priceless views. However you need to be in good physical condition and not too petrified by heights.

July 15, 2022

Product ID: 177669