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Volcano Unveiled Tour in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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Kailua-Kona, US
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Kailua-Kona, US
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Embark on a thrilling adventure to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park with our Volcano Unveiled Tour. Experience the awe-inspiring power of an active volcano as you journey through the dynamic and diverse terrain handpicked by our expert Certified Guides. Explore volcanic formations such as lava tubes, steam vents, and craters, gaining an exclusive opportunity to visit the stunning Kauhi Cavern with its vibrant yellow and golden walls. Our National Park Certified Guides will provide in-depth knowledge about the historic events that have shaped the Big Island's ever-changing landscape. Enchanting you with tales of Hawaii's formation and the transformative stages of Kilauea, this full-day adventure promises a once-in-a-lifetime experience. So join us and unveil the secrets of the Hawaiian volcanoes like never before!

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Admission Included
  • 11 hours 30 minutes
  • Suitable for 1-12 Participants
  • Small Group Tour, Private Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Exploration of dynamic and diverse volcanic terrain
  • Up close encounter with volcanic formations
  • Exclusive access to the stunning Kauhi Cavern
  • New perspective on the powerful forces that shape our earth
  • Snacks
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Hawaiian juices, flavored sparkling waters, refillable filtered water
  • National park certified interpretive guide
  • Sunscreen and bug repellent
  • Central meeting locations for pick-up
  • Walking sticks
  • Park and private cave access fees
  • Gratuities
  • Bottled water

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Introduction

Embark on a captivating adventure through Hawaii Volcanoes National Park with the Volcano Unveiled Tour. This full-day excursion offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the power and beauty of an active volcano. Led by knowledgeable and certified guides, you'll delve into the natural and cultural history of the Big Island, gaining a deeper understanding of Hawaii's formation and the ever-changing landscape.

What to expect?

During the Volcano Unveiled Tour, you can anticipate an immersive experience filled with awe-inspiring sights and intriguing stories. Explore the park's most dynamic and diverse terrain, carefully chosen by your expert guide based on the day's conditions. Venture into lava tubes, marvel at steam vents, and marvel at the colossal craters that bear witness to the volcanic forces shaping the island. One of the highlights of this tour is exclusive access to Kauhi Cavern, a private lava tube known for its golden walls adorned with rare yellow microbial mats. Prepare to be mesmerized by the enchanting underground world of volcanic history.

Who is this for?

The Volcano Unveiled Tour is designed for anyone seeking a unique and in-depth volcano experience. Nature lovers, adventure enthusiasts, and curious explorers will find this tour to be an unforgettable journey. Whether you're a first-time visitor to Hawaii or a seasoned traveler looking to uncover new perspectives, this tour offers something for everyone. The guides cater to diverse interests and abilities, ensuring a fulfilling experience for all participants.

Why book this?

Unveil the secrets of Hawaii's volcanoes with a tour that goes beyond the ordinary. Led by experienced and passionate guides, this adventure promises a comprehensive exploration of the park's dramatic volcanic activity. The tour takes you from the stunning Maunakea Recreation Area for panoramic views to the newly reopened Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where you'll witness the transformative stages of Kilauea and the power of Pele. Exclusive access to the magnificent Kauhi Cavern, with its golden walls and upside-down forest, adds an extra layer of wonder. Enjoy a carefully curated "pau hana" with locally sourced appetizers, offering a taste of Hawaii's vibrant culinary scene. The Volcano Unveiled Tour guarantees a captivating and enlightening experience that will deepen your appreciation for the Earth's incredible natural forces.

Good to know

The Volcano Unveiled Tour has a total duration of 690 minutes, providing ample time to immerse yourself in the wonders of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The meeting point is across the street from Home Depot at the Kona Headquarters, ensuring convenient access. It's essential to come prepared with comfortable hiking gear for the 2-3 mile walk, as well as an appetite for adventure and discovery. The tour offers incredible insights into volcano past and present, allowing you to view the island through a new lens. From the unique geological formations to the captivating stories behind them, this tour is a must for anyone seeking a profound and unforgettable experience in the heart of Hawaii.

Reviews

Customers rave about the Volcano Unveiled Tour, praising the knowledgeable and engaging guides who bring the island's history and geology to life. Visitors frequently mention the exclusive access to Kauhi Cavern as a highlight, describing it as a truly awe-inspiring underground world. The tour is lauded for its comprehensive route and breathtaking views, with participants expressing a deep sense of gratitude for having witnessed an active volcano up close. Travelers often mention the delicious locally sourced appetizers as a delightful way to end the day. Overall, the Volcano Unveiled Tour receives high praise for its exceptional guides, captivating experiences, and unique insights into the power and beauty of Hawaii's volcanoes.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

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Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

Hawaii Forest and Trail

This is the Big Island's most “in-depth” volcano experience. Join our National Park Certified Guides on a full-day adventure that will take you on a journey of our dramatic volcano activity from past to present. The day begins with a scenic drive over the stark and beautiful Saddle Road. Make a quick stop at the Maunakea Recreation Area for snacks, bathroom, stretch and to set the stage for the day as you overlook mesmerizing views of Maunakea and Maunaloa. From there we head straight to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. This park has been closed to the public from May 2018 to September 2018 due to recent volcanic activity. The park has now reopened with newly formed hardened lava and changed landscape. Your guide will prepare you for the day's hike with a bite to eat, hiking gear, and background information on the 2-3 mile hike. Given the ever-changing environment of this active volcano, our guides will select the route that best suites the group's interests & abilities. See the transformative stages of Kilauea and the power of Pele on the most unique and fulfilling volcano experience. Enjoy lunch after a nice hike in a scenic area of the park. The next stop is a treat -- enjoyed only by Hawaii Forest and Trail guests! Your guide will take you traversing into the gorgeous Kauhi Cavern. This exclusive access into this private lava tube is known for its rare yellow and gold microbial mats living on and accenting the cave walls. This cave has many unique features including its expansive rooms, 35 foot ceilings, bright golden walls and an “upside down” forest of roots hanging from the cave ceiling. Explore this underground world of volcanic history as your guide paints a picture of volcano past and present. Finally, enjoy an afternoon "pau hana" (end of day ritual) that includes appetizers sourced with local products grown from the very farm that surround this spectacular cave. Your guide will then take you back to your hotel, with a new found perspective on the powerful forces that shape our earth.

Admission Included

Kauhi

Our guide will take you through a private lava tube known for its bright yellow and gold microbial mats living on and accenting the cave walls. This lava tube is only accessible to Hawaii Forest & Trail guests.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Join our National Park Certified Guides on an adventure through the new and dramatic landscape of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. See how the historically large collapse of the Halemaumau Crater has changed Kilauea Volcano forever.

Reviews

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605leannk

This was a fantastic tour! Jon was a knowledgeable and fun guide to use. Their tour van is super comfortable. The extra bonus for this tour is that the company owns the lava tube you tour, so no one else is there and it’s in excellent condition. The biggest caution I have is that the road into the lava tube is bumpy. The van handles it well, but be thoughtful if you have back issues. Highly recommend this tour!

John_M

Lava tube ; Locarno was very interesting. guide was great. Everyone had a good time. Food was good. Tracy had great stories.

Jessica_B

This was a great experience! Tracey was our guide, and she was so knowledgeable. The lava tube was really interesting, and hiking through volcanoes national park was really cool. It’s a very long day but so worth it!

sneal1968

Volcano Unveiled May 13,2024 A long ride from Kona to Hilo to the Volcano National Park. Then I did a Google map search and found that whether you go Kona—Hilo—Volcano or directly from Kona to Volcano, it’s the same distance! Andrew was our tour guide and he kept things interesting explaining geological features as we crossed up and over the saddle. Our first point of interest was the lava tube. I have explored five lava tubes in New Mexico’s El Malpais (Bad Lands). For those you have to check in at a ranger station where you buy a pass and he checks to see if you have all the proper gear (helmet, headlamp, gloves, hiking boots, & knee pads). Those lava tubes require scrambling over rocks to enter and sometimes within. So my wife never joined me on those adventures. HOWEVER, This experience had EASY ACCESS! This lava tube had a predominantly smooth floor and uniform tube unlike those in NM. Andrew pointed out the different features. After that we had lunch. The lunches provided are always good. We had pastrami sandwiches and later stew and chilli (Wife, chilli, me, stew). Then we drove to the big, most recently active volcano, Kalua Pele. We took a short hike/walk there. Beautiful flowers, ominous steam vents, and the occasional whiff of sulfur. Andrew explained the different area of the immense caldera, and what happened just a couple years prior with the last eruption. Then we were off for a second volcano which sits right next to the first! The second volcano, Keanakako, required a 1.4 mile hike round trip, the last part of which was over hardened lava. This, too, was different from NM. In NM the trails lead over what I call lava plates. Flat pieces of hardened lava that can flip over as you walk. This has none of that. So a very safe trail. Andrew told us about the Ohia plant. It has a beautiful red flower and is the first plant to grow on the freshly hardened lava. Over time it provides the soil for other vegetation. Cool. This last hike was in the rain which by the time we reached the crater’s edge was a downpour. We were thoroughly drenched by the time we got back to the van. Andrew took us to Natinonal park welcome site, so we could dry off by a roaring wood fire and eat our delicious hot stew. Good plan, but they threw us out for eating. Nice. Recommendations: It always seems to be raining, so: waterproof hiking boots and waterproof pants. They provide a raincoat, but if you take your own make sure it has a hood and is waterproof, not just water resistant. Waterproof gloves would complete the ensemble. A must tour! Super guide! Great itinerary. Oh, yes, you can go to a lava tube at the park, but there is limited parking and a long line. Plus our guide told us that the tube has suffered from all the tourists. The lava to tube the tour takes you to is in pristine condition. JUST GO!

Mquintano

We had a great experience on this tour! On guide, Jon, was so knowledgeable about Hawaiian culture and history, volcanic history and geological history. The private lava tube is a really cool experience, especially when you get to the Volcano National Park and see the crowds for their lava tube. The snacks and meals provided were generous sizes. Overall we had an excellent time!

Mary_B

Long tour be prepared. Our guide ,Tracy,was very knowledgeable which made the trip very worthwhile. Great views, moderate walking activity, craters, lava flows, walking in lava tube was cool.

lisapena14

Tracy with Hawaii Forest & Trail is an expert in the knowledge of the volcanos, trees, birds, and all wildlife on the Big Island. Her stories will amaze you! She will keep you entertained throughout the entire tour. The lava tunnel was the best that I have ever seen. I highly recommend the Volcano Unveiled Tour and Hawaii Forest & Trail for all your outdoor activities! They are a 5-star company!

Basile341

This was our first time on the Big Island. The Forest and Trail tour was the highlight of our stay! At first we thought it was a bit pricey, but it was worth every dollar! It was a long day, from 8am to 8pm, and a lot of riding. Our tour guide Adam was amazing! He was very informative about the history of the island, the flora and fauna, and the volcanos. He took us to some places that we would have never found on our own and kept us well fed with multiple snacks, beverages, and meals. Would definitely recommend this all day adventure of a lifetime! Next time we will sign up for the star gazing. Thank you Hawai'i Forest and Trail. And a special thank you to Adam!!

Jan_R

This was the 2nd tour we did thru Hawaii Forest and Trail because they do such a great job. Our guide, Tracy, was extremely knowledgeable and shared many interesting facts and tidbits throughout the day. We saw and did many things that we wouldn’t have on our own, the most impressive being the lava tube! For me, this alone is worth the price of admission.

B800ZIelaineh

Our guide Tracy was excellent. She worked really hard and her knowledge was very extensive. We learned about geology, plants, Polynesian culture,local customs and history. The lava tube was incredible. Tracy was very personable and funny at times. She answered many questions that we all had. I would highly recommend this tour.
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2024-07-15 21:08