Discover Volcano Country in Hilo, HI

Hawaii Forest & Trail1672 Kamehameha AvenueHilo, HI 96720
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Overview

Lasting about seven hours round-trip, the Discover Volcano Country tour offers a unique experience visiting Kau—home to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Guests can enjoy seeing the Jaggar Museum, Thurston Lava Tube, Halemaumau Crater, Kau Coffee Mill and more. Tours include park entry fees, a deli-style lunch, beverages, and use of warm wear, rain gear, walking staffs, and daypacks.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Hilo Travel Experts
  • Tour duration: approx. 7 hours.
  • Departs from Big Island Trading Co. in Hilo.
  • Deli-style lunch provided.
  • Recommended for all ages.
  • Sights include Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, crystal-fine black sand, sea turtles, lava tubes, and more.

Description

from Discover Volcano Country
Travel through the remote and rugged landscape of Kau-home to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, historic farming plantations and the famous black sand beach of Punaluu. Discover how the powerful forces of nature have shaped the people and landscape of this dynamic region, Hawaii's largest and district. The perfect blend of nature and culture led by an expert Interpretive Guide.

Highlights:
- Discover all the "must see" spots within the Park; including Jaggar Museum, Thurston Lava Tube, and Halemaumau Crater.
- Sample and shop for award-winning farm fresh coffee at Kau Coffee Mill, along with other Hawaii Island grown treats like macadamia nuts, honey, and chocolate.
- Walk across a crystal-fine black sand beach searching for basking sea turtles at Punaluu.
- Immerse yourself in stories of Hawaiian legends and mythology, with a focus on Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of fire, lightning, wind and volcanoes.
- Explore a lava tube and discover the mysteries of how these tunnels are formed.

Operation/Operation Time:
- Daily
- Departs from Big Island Trading Co. in Hilo
- Duration: Approximately 7hrs

Restrictions:
Guests on this tour should not be physically challenged or unable to walk short distances of 1 mile on uneven terrain. Closed-toe shoes required, long pants and a light jacket recommended.

Includes:
Park entry fees, Coffee and Mac Nut tasting, Deli lunch, beverages, and use of daypacks, walking staffs, rain gear, and warm wear.

Menu:
Turkey, Ham Tuna or Garden Fresh Veggie sandwich; Maui Potato Chips, Fresh-baked Cookie.

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Navigate40390202672
"A wonderful experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 16, 2019 NEW
Everything is awesome besides the cold temperature… It's the most romantic thing to meet the light from million years ago! Must go!
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WilliamW519
"Great guided walk in Hakalau National Wildlife Refuge"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 16, 2019 NEW
My wife, adult son and I went on a guided walk through the forest in Hakalau National Wildlife Refuge on the slopes of Mauna Kea on a Hawaii Forest and Trail trip. Our guide was Gary and we had a great time. The refuge is working to preserve and restore the native high altitude forest on Mauna Kea and is home to a number of interesting and rare native Hawaiian birds and plants. Many are endemic to Hawaii. As a general matter, you can only enter the refuge with a guide. The birds were amazing, the plants quite interesting and beautiful and there were many beautiful views along the road to the refuge and on the trail. Gary was quite knowledgeable about the birds, plants and geology of the area. We had an interesting discussion. He did a great job spotting birds and plants. 3 of the 8 clients on the trip were birders. Two of us (including me) were hoping to photograph the native birds (lighting in a forest is often challenging for photography, but I got a number of good pictures of birds I had never seen before). And others (my wife and son among them) were out for a beautiful walk in an interesting forest. I think all had a good time. The logistics of the trip went well too. Breakfast and lunch were good and the van we drove in was comfortable. We will definitely go in another HFT trip.
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Navigate66215409594
"Fabulous tour!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 16, 2019 NEW
My husband and I went on the sunrise tour and we both agree it was the highlight of our first vacation to Hawaii. We were amazed at how much of the night sky is visible at 4am from halfway up Mauna Kea, and our tour guide pointed out all the major constellations in southern and northern hemisphere. The view from the top is spectacular! Our guide said it was one of his best trips the whole year. The guides really take care of you and are extremely knowledgeable. I was having allergy related ear issues and our guide Jason kept checking to make sure I was Ok. Definitely go with this tour group - they are eco-friendly and people friendly.
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Jim C
Rome, Georgia
"Stunning views"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 16, 2019 NEW
A great early am tour! Recommend doing this while you’re still jet lagged (if coming from the mainland) to make the 2 am wake up is easier. Our guide, Matt,was very knowledgeable, having a geology background and previous work experience on the telescopes. He plied us with coffee and hot choclate, and gave us a great tour of the constellations from the North Star to the Southern Cross. He worked hard to keep us comfortable and informed. The summit was truly stunning. Great sunrise and views from almost 14,000 feet. The parka and blankets provided kept us warm enough. (Low 30s with no snow when we went). A tasty breakfast at a deserted 19th century ranch house down in the valley was a great finish.
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Sue B
Bettendorf, Iowa
"Moana Kae trip"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 15, 2019 NEW
Amazing tour...amazing food...amazing time! The tour starts at 3. You travel from sea level to 12000 feet with breaks to the amazing Moana Kae summit. After sunset, you are taken to a dark turnoff to look at stars. All food is great! A wonderful tour. Would love to take it again!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Discover Volcano Country

How much walking do we do?
They will stop a couple of times throughout the adventure; the longest walk is a short hike of about one mile. Guests should be able to hike on uneven and rocky terrain.

Is there elevation gain?
Except for the lava tube exploration, the trails are relatively level. While exploring the lava tube, expect to descend approximately 30 feet.

Will we get to see active lava?
Due to the dynamic nature of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Kilauea Volcano, active lava viewing conditions can change daily or even hourly.

What should I bring?
You should bring a camera, comfortable walking shoes, long pants and a light jacket.

How long is this tour?
It is about 7 hours round trip.

How many people does this tour take?
Tour is limited to a maximum of 12 guests.

What happens if it rains?
This tour operates rain or shine. Guides will bring raingear for everyone. They only cancel when weather makes transportation or walking hazardous.