Epic Island Volcano Journey in Kailua-Kona, HI

Hawaii Forest & Trail73-5593 Olowalu StreetKailua-Kona, Big Island, HI 96740
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Offering an 11- to 12-hour experience, the Epic Island Volcano Journey lets guests enjoy a unique adventure exploring the Big Island with an active volcano. Included in the journey are a delicious island breakfast, a deli trio-style lunch, an afternoon snack, beverages and a souvenir water bottle. The tour also offers a visit to four national park sites, private tours at Kau Coffee Mill, and more.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Kailua-Kona, Big Island Travel Experts
  • Tour duration: approx. 12 hours.
  • Lunch included.
  • Walking sticks, day packs, warm wear, and rain ponchos provided.
  • Guests should bring comfortable closed-toe walking shoes, long pants, and a light jacket.
  • Active lava viewing conditions change daily and even hourly.


from Epic Island Volcano Journey
Wander off-the-beaten path and visit the island's most awe-inspiring sites. This full day journey covers all your Big Island "must do" experiences and more, and is enhanced by a gourmet sustainably-sources farm to fork menu featuring island-inspired favorites and culturally themed delicacies. This unforgettable journey, led by an expert interpretive guide, is an amazing blend of history and culture.

- Explore an active volcano and visit 4 different National Park sites
- Search for sea turtles strolling the fine crystal black sands of Punaluu
- Learn how lava tubes are formed at a private cave system
- Enjoy private tours at Kau Coffee Mill and tropical fruit farm

Savory Island Breakfast: Fresh fruit, choice of ham & egg or vegetarian breakfast wrap, local banana bread, 100% Kona coffee & assorted hot tea.
Farm to Fork Lunch: "Deli Trio" Turkey, Ham & Smoked Fish sandwiches or Garden Fresh Veggie sandwich, Big Island Potato Chips and Chocolate MacNut cookie.

Tour Time:
Duration: 6:50am - 6:30pm

Dress code:
Closed-toe shoes, wear/bring long pants, and a light jacket.

Guests should not be physically challenged or unable to walk short distances on uneven terrain. Ages 8 years and older.

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Constantine Bay, United Kingdom
"Fantastice views, great day"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 17, 2018 NEW
Frank was very informative, and helpful. The water in the last waterfall was quite cold, but worth the dip after the hike!
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Anchorage, Alaska
"Kilauea Lava Hike"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 15, 2018 NEW
This is the most demanding hike offered by Hawaii Forest & Trail, 2-3 hours each way over an uneven lava flow, the return hike in the dark using headlamps, with lots of ups and downs and crevices to step over. You should be in reasonable condition and have a positive mental attitude. They provide headlamps, walking sticks, day packs, rain jackets and other gear. We arrived at the active lava flows just after sunset. The opportunity to see actively flowing, red hot, molten lava is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and is truly spectacular. Our guide, Melanie, was very knowledgeable about volcanoes, local history, and Hawaiian culture, language, and ecology. The tour includes dinner at a restaurant in Hilo around 11 pm with return to the Kohala pick-up location around 12:30 am. The only negative thing about the hike was the large crowd of people at the lava flows, including other tour groups and individual hikers, which involved jostling for viewing positions while taking care not to get dangerously close to the molten lava. Despite this, I highly recommend this tour, provided people understand that it is physically demanding.
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Marie-Noëlle D
Montreal, Canada
"Unbelievable, lava hike !"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 13, 2018 NEW
Mahalo guys, one of the best experience ever ! I would do it again with my love one's😍 Can believe how close to the lava we were !!!
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Michael S
"Muana Kea"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 12, 2018 NEW
Excellent trip. Hank was a wonderful guide and had a great deal of information to give us. Was very focus on making all of us comfortable throughout the trip!
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Denver, Colorado
"Star Gazing with Heraldo"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 12, 2018 NEW
It is difficult to offer an overall rating since we could not approach the summit of Mauna Kea due to road closure. The summit was the sole reason for signing up for the outing. We were able to drive to the summit on Sunday since the road opened on our way to the airport. We would not have scheduled the trip for a dinner and star gazing. All of that said, our party of four thought Heraldo was the most extraordinary person we encountered on our Hawaii vacation....and probably this year. Amazing and gracious individual.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Epic Island Volcano Journey

How much hiking do we do?
We’ll stop a couple times throughout the adventure for short hikes of less than one mile each.

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. The best chance to see the active lava flow is on our Twilight Volcano Adventure.

How long is this tour?
This tour is approximately 11-12 hours round trip and departs from the Hawaii Forest & Trail Headquarters.

Can children 7 and younger go on this tour?
No, this tour is for ages 8 and up only.

What should I bring?
You should wear comfortable closed-toe walking shoes, long pants, and a light jacket. Rain Ponchos will be provided.

Are there any walking restrictions?
Guests should be able to hike on uneven or rocky terrain. They sometimes encounter cool, wet or muddy conditions.