Ultimate Volcano Park Explorer - from Kona
Kilauea, the active volcano that is still shaping the Big Island of Hawaii, is the centerpiece of this unique adventure!
Guests must cancel tour no less than 48 hours before tour departure for a full refund less 10% of the total booked amount. Molten lava will not be seen. Volcanic activity changes constantly and cannot be guaranteed. Comfortable walking shoes required. We’re happy to accommodate special dietary needs and restrictions, including children’s meals, with advance notice. Order of itinerary may change. Tour runs rain or shine.
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This 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.
- Visit Volcanoes National Park
- Lunch & Dinner Provided
- See Punaluu Black Sand Beach
- Learn all about coffee farming
- Hike to Keanakakoi Crater across lava rock
- Taste local coffee, sweet breads, wine, barbecue, and more
No upgrades available
Pickup in Kona
Comfortable tour vehicle featuring panoramic windows
Picnic-style lunch at the beach (weather permitting)
Admission to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Coffee and wine tastings
Hawaiian Style barbecue
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Setting out from sunny Kona, the first destination is Hawaii's famous coffee county. The rich volcanic soil, elevation and moderate climate of these slopes have long been known to be ideal for growing world class coffee beans. At Bay View Farm you'll not only sample top quality coffee but you can also see the farm and its plants, and learn about the work that goes into harvesting every single coffee bean. The name of the farm already gives it away – the views of Kealakekua Bay from here are unforgettable!
What’s better than a cup of great coffee in the morning? A freshly-baked pastry to go with it. After driving through Kona and Ka’u districts, experiencing the stark differences in their landscapes, we make a brief stop at Punalu’u bake shop. This southernmost bakery in the United States offers a delicious variety of local sweet breads and cookies. Caffeinated and fed, we move on to take a stroll along Punalu’u black sand beach. This beautiful beach offers a fascinating color palette with its tall green palm trees, black sand, and azure water. Not only humans like to rest here, Hawaii's beloved green sea turtles, called honu, enjoy the warmth of the black sand and the gentle waters. Keep your eyes open for these bashful locals! Weather permitting, you'll enjoy a picnic style lunch at the beach.
Finally, we reach Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the most sought after sight on the Big Island. Here, your guide takes you to all the must-see locations. The Visitors Center and the Volcano Art Center are two favorite stops. In between jet black lava deserts are the steaming, white and yellow sulfur banks. The 2018 eruptions left a path of destruction behind, plainly visible on the roads. Starting out from the newly lava-covered area we take a hike up to Keanakako’i crater. Be sure to wear closed-toed shoes and comfortable clothing for this one, as the terrain is rugged.
The last stop within the National Park is Mauna Ulu. Dramatically shaped by massive eruptions in the 1970s, this peak and crater formation in the east of the park offers unforgettable views across the lava desert all the way down to the sea. A quick stop at Volcano House gives you a chance to check out the gift shop and see where Mark Twain and Jack London were guests long ago.
After a full day of colors, flavors, and views, you get a chance to wind down at Volcano Winery. Here you can sample different kinds of local wine as well as locally-grown tea. Soft drinks and water as well as a glass of your favorite from the wine sampling are included in the Hawaiian style barbecue dinner. Stay and relax until after sunset in the soothing and comfortable surroundings of the winery.
Know before you book:
- Wear comfortable clothing and sturdy hiking shoes
- Bring a jacket for light rain and cooler temperatures
- Lava sighting is currently unlikely, and cannot be guaranteed