This activity is located on: Big Island

Elite Volcano Hike (Kohala Pick up)

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Departing from Kohala, this deluxe volcano tour takes you to the Big Islands iconic volcano and eruption sites, as well as other points of interest.

Overview

Departing from Kohala, Hawaii this 13 hour tour is a full day tour featuring the must-see places in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park plus some extra stops to make your taste buds happy. Hike down into Kilauea Caldera on the 2 mile Halema’uma’u Trail, and visit aftermath of the historic 2018 eruption along Kilauea’s coastline. Visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park including Kilauea Visitor Center, Sulphur Banks, the Kilauea Iki Overlook, Volcano House and more. Small-group tour deli-style lunch and dinner.

Highlights:

  • Departs from Kohala, Hawaii
  • Explore the wonders of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • Hike Halemaumau and Crater Rim
  • Explore Kaumana Lava Tube Caves
  • Picnic lunch and Dinner
  • Comfortable tour vehicle featuring panoramic windows

Activity Times:

8:00 AM

Activity Duration:

12 Hours


Upgrade Options:

No upgrades available

What’s Included?

Hotel transportation, Entrance fees, picnic lunch, and dinner all included.

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park


Description

Exploring Hawaii Island’s explosive side on foot is what this tour is all about. Hike Kilauea lava flows dating back to 1881 up to the historic flows of 2018. Head out of Hilo to the Puna Coast, location of the historic 2018 eruption, first stop is Mackenzie State Recreation Area. The highway here was closed by the marching 40 foot tall wall of crumbly a’a lava as it continued to the sea.

Exploring Hawaii Island’s explosive side on foot is what this tour is all about. Hike Kilauea lava flows dating back to 1881 up to the historic flows of 2018. Head out of Hilo to the Puna Coast, location of the historic 2018 eruption, first stop is Mackenzie State Recreation Area. The highway here was closed by the marching 40 foot tall wall of crumbly a’a lava as it continued to the sea.

Take a hike along the now-closed highway, and then follow the lava flow through the pine forest to the altered coastline and cliffs overlooking the new black sand beach.  Isaac Hale Beach Park is next.  Lava flows encircled this popular Park miraculously sparing the infrastructure while completely destroying everything around it. 

Be sure to check out the boat launch ramp, now sitting in a pond cut off from the ocean by a natural berm of lava.  Don’t forget to look for steam still rising from the cooling lava as you drive across it, along with the infamous “Fissure 8” erupting in the heart of Lelani Estates subdivision.  Picnic-style lunch is served here at the Park weather permitting. 

Next, travel to the crown jewel of  the Big Island, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.  Briefly visit the Kilauea Iki Overlook before heading off on foot down the paved road to Keanakakoi. Check out the activity here from the historic 2018 eruption which buckled the road and caused racks and sinkholes. You’ll get a birds-eye view of the Kilauea Caldera and the enormous Halema’uma’u Crater, along with views of the trail you will take into the Caldera.  This trail has been used to hike into the caldera since being established in 1846. 

Mark Twain was once rescued by native guide Alex Lancaster using this trail. It’s about 2 miles roundtrip taking you past the famous Sulphur Banks, through ancient forests of tree ferns, some as old as 1,000 years. Look for native birds, such as the yellow ‘amakihi and the red ‘apapane.  Huge boulders came to rest here during ancient rock slides and eruptions.  Look for marks left by previous visitors such as Benjamin Boyd, a Scot, and John Webster, a California artist, from back in 1851.  Reaching the floor of Kilauea Calder there is an incredible rock slide to your left, evidence of the 2018 eruption, and Halema’uma’u Crater before you.  The Crater increased in size during the eruption with the lava lake draining out of it leaving behind an enormous 1,000 foot deep pit. Return to civilization at Volcano House for some beautiful views. Deli Style picnic lunch included.

Know before you book:

  • Guests should be physically fit enough to walk 2-3 miles on uneven terrain.
  • Wear comfortable shoes, long pants and a light jacket.
  • While volcanic activity is subject to the whims of nature (and Madame Pele) and can change at any time, please be aware that there has been no visible lava activity anywhere on the Big Island since September of 2018.
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