Discover Volcano Country in Hilo, HI

Hawaii Forest & Trail1672 Kamehameha AvenueHilo, HI 96720
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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.


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.

- 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

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.

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

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

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Montreal, Canada
"Mauna Kea Sunset Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 24, 2018 NEW
Overall, the Mauna Kea Sunset Tour had been amazing to be apart of. The food that we ordered had been surprisingly good, really adding to the overall quality of the trip and organization. Our guide, Taj, had been awesome- well knowledgeable, polite, funny and welcoming to everyone. We cannot stress it enough, dress warm for the summit! Even with coats and gloves that the tour provides, it still gets really cold up there- make sure you have an extra pair of socks and long pants to keep the rest of your body warm. Well worth the cold though, as we would do it again anytime!
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Buffalo, New York
"Amazing Stars Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 23, 2018 NEW
We really enjoyed the Summit and Stars Tour with Hawaii Forest and Trail. Some highlights of the tour for me were the sunset, the delicious brownies, and of course the stars. On the way up, the clouds and vog seemed concerning, but they cleared up. It was cool to see so many stars and constellations, including the southern cross and Maui's fish hook. This type was great!
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TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 23, 2018 NEW
Everything was great about this company. From the person I booked with on the phone to the terrific guide who hiked us through the trails to the waterfalls and drove us in the giant jeep(forgot the proper name). All people who worked for this company were knowledgeable, upbeat, and a whole lot of fun!
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Fayetteville, Arkansas
"Mauna Kea Sunset and Stargazing Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 22, 2018 NEW
We did this tour on June 13, it was the dark of the moon and the perfect night to do it! Geraldo was our guide and he was awesome. He gave us lots of really interesting information about the mountain and Hawaii. We stopped at the Sheep Station for dinner and to acclimate to the altitude. The meal was very good and hot! Then we headed up the rest of the mountain. What a ride that is! I was very glad that we had decided not to do it on our own. Geraldo was so great with the telescope, making sure we all had turns to see and learn how to use the telescope. The warm brownies and hot chocolate were a great treat before our star gazing. This turned out to be one of the highlights of our trip and I'm so glad we did it. We have never been disappointed by Hawaii Forest and Trail, they are top notch.
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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 22, 2018 NEW
What a wonderful adventure! Stargazing at the Mauna Kea Visitors Center and then to the top of the mountain above the clouds for a beautiful sunrise! Justin was very personable and knowledgeable. I highly recommend!
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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.