Begin your day with a drive through old sugar plantation towns on your way up the mountain slope to Kilauea Volcano. Explore Hawaii Volcanoes National Park including a visit to the steam vents and viewing of the active Halema'uma'u crater where molten lava is brewing just under the crater floor. Take a walk along the crater rim and through the rainforest to Thurston Lava Tube. View other volcanic formations and older lava flows along the Chain of Craters Road.
Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch before heading back to Hilo town.
Highlights of Hilo including a stop at a local chocolate factory, a drive through downtown Hilo to Rainbow Falls, and visit a black sand beach to scout for Hawaiian green sea turtles.
Learn about the Hawaiian culture, history and geology of the islands on this small group tour. Your personal guide will provide narration throughout the tour. This is a day in Hilo not to be missed!
2018 Volcano Alternative Tour Itinerary:
As of May 2018 Kilauea volcano continues it's 35th year of eruption. Please be assured that both Hilo and Kona remain largely unaffected by the current eruption of Kilauea volcano and that it is still safe to travel to the Big Island of Hawaii (Hawaii Island). We are still operating all scheduled tours.
The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is currently closed as of May 11, 2018. However, we are adjusting our tour to visit other areas on the island that are away from Kilauea volcano where you are still be able to experience the volcanic landscape of past eruptions.
The Alternative Volcano Tour itinerary includes a trip up the Saddle Mountain road to view Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, two of our largest volcanoes that are not currently erupting (and a fair distance away from Kilauea). You will experience older lava flows with optional hiking trails and bird watching, the Kaumana cave lava tube, native rainforest, waterfalls and Hilo's black sand beach.
If the national park happens to reopen before your tour date, we will resume the original tour itinerary.
We are closely monitoring ongoing volcanic activity and your safety is our top priority. We only operate in areas deemed safe by the national park and local county government. Please understand that volcanic activity changes frequently and we reserve the right to adjust or cancel tours to ensure the safety of all our guests.