Hidden Craters Hike - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 7 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    07:30 AM Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
  • Departure Details :
    Hawaii Forest & Trail Kona Headquarters, 73-5593 A, 73-5593 Olowalu St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Join the Hidden Craters Hike for a Big Island off road climb and hike up the cool and misty slopes of Hualalai volcano. 4 Wheel Drive vanscarry you up most of the way to 6,000 feet (1,800 meters) elevation before you begin your on-foot ascent to visit a surreal scene of lava flows and a forest full of native birdsong. This adventure tour teaches you all about the best of Kona - beer and volcanoes!

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See the geologic forces which helped create the Big Island at Kaupulehu Crater, the heart of Hualalai's last eruption. Visit magnificent coastal viewpoints, see stunning lava formations, and scramble through a lava tube on foot.
Climb aboard head off on a Big Island off road adventure up the side of Hualalai, one of Hawaii's most fascinating natural volcanic areas. The off-road4x4 vans carry you from sea-level through a dense rain forest to a world of volcanic majesty at 6,000 ft. (1,800 meters) of elevation on privately owned lands of Kaupulehu. Enjoy a hike through this native rainforest and seldom visited uplands before reaching the coastal sights of Kailua-Kona below seemingly geologic light-years away!
Amidst distinctive native birdsongs, thisexclusive access tour will take you through a beautiful and surreal landscape of native dryland forest, lava flows and enormous, deep craters. Your guide will also lead you, on foot, on an exploration of an impressive lava tube. In this quiet and refreshing sub-alpine climate, your guide will explain the awe-inspiring forces of volcanism and the historic eruptions that changed the landscape of the Kona Coast far below.
Cap off your hike with samples from Kona's newest brewery. Discoverhow thislocal brewery was founded, tour their facility to learn about theirisland inspired beer and cider flavors, sustainable sourcing practices and find out what makes their drinks so delicious. After exploring the brewery,sample some of the local favorite beers and ciders!
ThisHidden Craters Hike tour involves a moderate 3-4 miles (4.8 - 6.4 km) of hiking with approximately 500' elevation gain; all participants must be able to walk on uneven terrain and make short climbs unassisted.


Interpretative Naturalist Guide

Refillable filtered water, Juices, Sparkling Flavored Waters

Walking sticks, daypacks and rain gear

Local taxes

Access Fees


Entry/Admission - Hawaii Forest and Trail

Entry/Admission - Hualalai

Entry/Admission - Kona Coast State Park



Hotel pick-up and drop off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 5 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability

We recommend that guests wear closed-toe walking shoes or hiking boots, shorts, short sleeved shirt, and bring a light sweatshirt or jacket

Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund

Not recommended for child aged 7 and under

Not recommended for participants with back or neck problems

Not wheelchair accessible

Near public transportation

Not recommended for travelers with back problems

Not recommended for pregnant travelers

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If its canceled because the minimum isnt met, youll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

We have developed an approach that introduces a new standard of cleanliness and disinfection to ensure our guests enjoy an even cleaner and safer experience. Implementing strict protocols and using the latest disinfection technology, updated continuously to current State and Federal Guidelines.

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  • 12-Oct-2022

    What an absolute treasure of a day we spent with Mark our guide on the Hidden Craters hike! The hike was gorgeous and we were able to really experience the beauty of this island. Forests, canyons, caves, birds, amazing views with a warm hand towel at the end! Mark’s enthusiasm and love of nature was infectious and it truly added to our experience. We so enjoyed our small group who shared this with us. We highly recommend this adventure…one of the very best experiences yet!

  • 03-Oct-2022

    The description sold me. The experience was far better. Our guide was excellent and personable, adapting the hike to the abilities and desires of we adventurers. I learned much about the land and the volcano, with bonuses thrown in about trees, birds, and Hawaiian history. I highly recommend this trip.

  • 03-Oct-2022

    Mark was fantastic! He made the experience unforgettable. He was very passionate about the land and knowledgeable about the area we were exploring. He made it as difficult or easy as we wanted along the way. The tour provided extra bags, walking sticks, snacks, drinks, and other options which was a great added bonus to the tour because the walking sticks were definitely needed. Would recommend this to anyone looking for an amazing hike with an amazing tour guide around Kona.

  • 19-Sep-2022

    Spectacular hike with from Hawaii Forest and Trail. Incredible scenery and informative, interesting info from our guide Taj. The hike wasn't too difficult, but just taxing enough. And the views to the ocean and nearby islands were memory-making. Lava tubes really cool. Highly recommend this tour company.

  • 11-Sep-2022

    I wish the weather wasn't so overcast during the day of our tour, but the craters were still breathtaking anyway! Mateo (our guide) was very knowledgeable and made sure that everyone was safe and comfortable. Without saying so, he was very aware when to stop and let folks who had a little more difficulty hiking catch their breath and rest. This isn't an intense hike, but the terrain can be tricky depending on recent rain/trail conditions. My wife and I are in decent shape, but when we were descending the trail (it was slippery) that my knees were definitely throbbing! This tour definitely isn't for you if you have bum knees or are not in good physical condition. I thank the crew for providing ample snacks, drinks, and especially, hiking poles, to make sure the guests were taken care of! I also appreciate Mateo for sharing local stories and legends to give us a newfound appreciation of the land.

  • 03-Aug-2022

    Tres belle randonnée en petit groupe, avec des guides au top qui ont partagé avec passion leur savoir.

  • 31-Jul-2022

    Great hike! Challenging but not too strenuous. Adam was a great guide who gave us a lot of topical information and interesting stories. Highly recommend

  • 29-Jul-2022

    Our tour guide & driver, Mark, was outstanding. He was very knowledgeable, safety-oriented, and had good presentation skills. It made for an enjoyable experience. The hike is considered "moderate" with initial uphill hiking through brush, but you are offered walking sticks that are highly recommended. The hike is worthwhile as you get to descend into a lava funnel with a rope and finally scale the spine/edge of the crater. Mark took frequent rests for our small group of 9 to appreciate the flora & fauna which he described clearly and in a fashion to capture your interest. The tour offers you replenishing drinks and energy bars/snacks, and a backpack if you failed to bring one - Hawaii Forest & Trails does look out for you. And this is what I personally would like to stress. I will definitely check out this company again for other tours.

  • 27-Jul-2022

    We had a splendid experience. The hike was a little more than moderate. There was some challenging terrain and steepness. Awesome views up on the elevation. Our guide Mark and Nick were great. Knowledgeble and safe concious. This hike can be slippery, there are lots of loose gravel. I would recommend this activity to anyone.

  • 24-Jul-2022

    Amazing hike where one could see the craters ,the lava rocks, the lava tube and hike through the lava tube as well as the cloud forest with the large ferns and trees It was a difficult hike for all three of us and we are all physically active but not hikers but it was safe and we were given walking sticks and guided through out by Mike our guide who was very good and helped ably by Rob The colors and beauty of nature were on full display and later in the afternoon the clouds rolled in lightly making this a magical nature event We are very happy we did this hike one of the highlights of our trip I had mild altitude sickness that passed with slower pace and few rest stops ,which they were very patient with and later I was fine Would do it again !!

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