Volcanoes National Park Small Group Twilight Tour - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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Overview

Journey through Hawaii Islands incredible range of ecosystems and climate zones before experiencing first-hand the phenomena that makes it all possible an erupting volcano. This in-depth experience with a National Park certified interpretive guide will reveal the mysteries surrounding many of the parks most impressive sites. This small-group tour is limited to 14 people to provide a more personalized experience.

Highlights

  • All entrance fees included
  • Lunch included
  • Dinner included
  • Led by a local guide
  • Small-group tour

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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, its 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.

Your Big Island volcano tour includes a delicious picnic style dinner.

Inclusions for Volcanoes National Park Small Group Twilight Tour

  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (at select hotels)
  • Entrance fees
  • Walking sticks and flashlights
  • Rainwear and daypacks
  • Filtered Water
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Beverages
  • Dessert

Exclusions for Volcanoes National Park Small Group Twilight Tour

  • Gratuities (optional)

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

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

A maximum of 14 people per booking

Minimum age is 8 years

Guests should be prepared to walk short distances of 0.5 to 1.5 miles on uneven and rocky terrain

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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  • We met up with Brett at Hawaii Forest and Trail's cute store in Kailua-Kona. He drove us all over the Big Island for the next 13 hours, steadily talking, facilitating conversation, and/or leading fascinating activities for at least 3/4 of that time. The other 1/4 of the time I was dozing off after staring off dreamily into whatever transcendental vista then was at hand. This is by no means a commentary on Brett, who likely was continuing his witty and entertaining narration the whole time. I just can't stay awake in a moving vehicle.

    My family has been to Hawaii 10 times. In all of that, I can wholeheartedly say that we have never had such an educational, life-affirming, Hawaiian-culture-loving experience as our time with Brett. And that family Hawaii history includes a bunch of luaus with amazing costumes and dancing and fire and storytelling and fake rocks made of styrofoam I'm looking at you, Firenesia. Brett told us about birds, and rocks, and trees, and dirt, and goddesses, and love, and spite, and mountains, and and and.... The man LOVES Hawaii, LOVES Hawaiian culture, and LOVES life. What's not to love?!

    But for all of Brett's knowledge and love of Hawaii, and for all of our love of Brett, the most educational part of the trip, at least for the 13-16-year-old crowd and certainly the most humorous for the rest of us, was our surprising encounter with a paunchy, middle-aged Hawaiian resident now known in the family lore only as The Banana Hammock Guy. While Brett pulled over in a quaint little town and hopped out of the bus to fetch our hot catered dinner tasty sweet/soy marinated chicken, The Banana Hammock Guy treated us to a delightful display as he weed-whacked his front lawn next to us wearing no more than a Speedo, flip-flops, long dreads, and a killer tan. Our fascination with The Banana Hammock Guy was only enhanced when one of Brett's colleagues, happening to pass by at the same time, observed that The Banana Hammock Guy is there about 40 of the time. Local flavor, indeed!

    Brett showed us many angles of two different volcanoes, he taught us about lava tubes and different types of volcanic rock, and he told us stories and myths and jokes. But best of all, he showed us how to fall in love with Hawaii all over again. Thanks, Brett, you Puna-tic! Aloha!

  • Justin did an excellent job as our tour guide the caldera-to-lava field hike was great and Kilauea's nightime glow lived up to expectations!

  • Besides going to the Pearl Harbor memorial,this was the coolest thing we did on our vacation. Seeing the active volcano at night was beautiful and spooky. The glow coming from the caldera and the lava shooting up into the air was heart stopping. Our tour was lead by Steve a very friendly, knowledgeable and professional guide. He took us all over the island, we saw all the volcanoes plus rainbow falls waterfalls. He also was cordial and friendly to people who thought he was a park ranger plus he has a low key sense of humor. He was well versed in Hawaiian legend and religious beliefs. He also served good food for lunch and dinner. We couldnt of asked for better except maybe a full on volcanic eruption.

  • Great tour!

  • This was a really amazing tour. Our tourguide Justin took us to some hidden places and had the perfect timing for the sundown and the lava glow. He was very knowledgeable and had many stories about Hawaii to tell including Hawaian history. Food and picknik locations were very good as well. Pickup service was on time as well.

  • Our guide was amazing!

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