On this daylong adventure departing from Kona, pass through lava fields where various shades of solidified lava reveal the entire island’s past volcanic activity.
- Duration: Full day
- Availability: Daily
- Time: 6:30 a.m.
Attention: Modified Itineraries – Effective Friday, May 25, until the Volcano National Park reopens to the public. Click here for more information.
About One-Day Hilo Volcano Tour
Just a 45-minute flight from Oahu is Hawaii’s Big Island. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is home to Mauna Loa, the world’s largest active volcano, and Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcano. This day tour puts you right in the middle of all of the action!
A picturesque ride gives way to the vistas of dormant volcanoes, lava beds, steam vents, and craters. Hear legends of Pele, the ancient Hawaiian goddess of the volcano, whose home is believed to be the crater of Halemauma‘u in the summit of Kilauea. By the tour’s end, you know exactly how and why volcanoes form. You also have the opportunity to take in some unique scenery along the way!
Tour Overview (* denotes stops made)
- Hawaii Volcanoes National Park* – Home to Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, and Mauna Loa, the world’s most massive subaerial volcano. Witness dramatic volcanic landscapes, rare flora and fauna, and visit lava tubes, volcanic craters, and much more!
- Steam Vents – Witness the steam coming out of the cracks in the ground in a grass field.
- Thurston Lava Tube* – Experience walking through a 500-year-old lava tube where molten lava once flowed. You exit into a beautiful lush tropical rainforest, an excellent place to stop and listen to the birds of the island.
- Richardson’s Black Sand Beach* – This is the only beach in Hilo and one of the few on the island with black sand. Here, you can see ancient Hawaiian fish ponds and enjoy a spectacular view to Mauna Kea.
- Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory* – Learn more about Hawaii’s favorite nut from the world’s largest processor of macadamia nuts. Mauna Loa Mac Nut Factory is closed on weekends and holidays.
- Kilauea Visitor’s Center – Here you can view all the fascinating exhibits, constructed based on consultations with Hawaiians and the island’s leading biologists, ornithologists, entomologists, botanists, and volcanologists.
- Jaggar Museum* – In this museum on volcanology, you can see displays of types of lava, equipment used from past to present to study the volcanic action, and even learn about Pelehonuamea, the Hawaiian deity of volcanoes.
- Kilauea Iki Crater – One of the most spectacular views in the entire park is from this 400-foot high crater.
- Rainbow Falls State Park* – This breathtaking waterfall cascades from 80 feet over a natural lava cave, the mythological home to Hina, an ancient Hawaiian goddess. The waterfall gets its name from the spectacular rainbows frequently seen here.
- Important Information
- Wear walking shoes, bring a light jacket, and dress comfortably.
- Lunch is available for purchase.
- The route may be modified due to National Park Advisories.
- Tour highlights are subject to change without notice and may vary at tour driver discretion in order to take into account National Park Service advisories, weather advisories, traffic advisories, road closures and detours, and venue hours of operations.
- Volcanic fumes can be hazardous. This tour is not recommended for visitors with heart or breathing problems and infants, young children, and pregnant women.
- ADA Requests
- If you require any special accommodations due to disability, please include them under the comment section at the time of booking.
- If you require a wheelchair accessible vehicle, the type of wheelchair must be specified in the comments section when booking online or by directly calling Roberts Hawaii. Due to limited availability, we require ADA vehicle reservations to be made a minimum of 48 hours prior to the date and time of service.
- We make all reasonable attempts to accommodate the needs of disabled travelers.
- Cancellation Terms
- Once purchased, this tour fee is non-refundable and the tour cannot be canceled. Due to airline restrictions, passenger name changes are not permitted under any circumstance, and switching airlines may not be an option. Airline change penalty fees may apply and vary by airline and fare type.
- No-shows incur full charges – No refunds