Volcano National Park Small Group Twilight Tour

activities / Nature & wildlife

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Volcano National Park Small Group Twilight Tour information and booking

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$200
Duration
12 hours
Departs from
Kohala Resorts and Queen's Marketplace, Waikoloa Beach Resort
Returns to
Returns to original departure point approximately 12 hours after pickup
Time of departure
Departs between 10am and 11am depending on the time of year booked. Please call the tour operator to reconfirm exact time after booking.
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Tour description provided by Viator

Journey deep into Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and discover the Big Island's lava-fueled ecosystem. During this Big Island volcano tour, you’ll hike on maintained trails to see the active Kilauea, some of the rarest plants on earth, and breathtaking sunset views of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. You'll stay energized with lunch and dinner at restaurants in towns near the park. From volcanoes to a native rain forest, there is something for everyone on this small-group tour.

Begin your 12-hour, small-group tour with a visit to see two of the world's largest volcanoes, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. The region is locally known as the Saddle, and it's also home to some of the rarest plants and animals in the world. After a brief stop for lunch at Mauna State Park, continue east towards Hilo to explore a lava tube. Here you'll turn on your provided flashlight and look around these spellbinding passages that once carried molten rock from Mauna Loa's upper rift zones to the ocean. From there, head into Hawaii Volcanoes National Park via the Crater Rim Drive. The park, which is both a World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Preserve, is filled with must-see spots such as the active Kilauea. Throughout the afternoon, your guide leads your group on moderate 1.5-mile (2 km) hikes, with breaks in between, along mostly flat trails; if need be, you can use provided walking sticks in areas with uneven or muddy terrain. Since Pele (the fire goddess said to live here) is unpredictable, it’s not guaranteed that you get to see lava flowing firsthand on this hike, but your guide will do their best to take you to prime viewing spots if the conditions are safe. When Kilauea isn't erupting, you actually get to walk the summit caldera, peer down steam vents, and marvel at the cinder fields. Such dramatic displays aren't the only natural wonders of the park. You'll also explore trails carved into a native rain forest before you head to a spot where you'll get to see active lava glowing at twilight. The group will travel to the town of Kalapana to witness the incredible fiery lava ooze into the ocean at sunset, or gawk at molten rock as it smolders in a lake at the Halema‘uma‘u Crater. Your Big Island volcano tour is topped off with a delicious sit-down dinner in the heart of Pahoa, an old plantation village.

What's included

  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entrance fees
  • Walking sticks and flashlights
  • Rainwear and daypacks
  • Bottled water
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Beverages
  • Hot cocoa and cookies

What isn't included

  • Gratuities (optional)