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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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Diane M
"Island bird Festival"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 24, 2017 NEW
The island bird Festival is what drew us to the Big Island. Lance gave a great tour in the morning. Gary was a great guide through the dry and rain forest. Very enjoyable time.
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San Diego, CA, USA
"Great Tours and Fantastic Guides"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 24, 2017 NEW
We have gone on several tours with Hawaii Forest and Trail and I can't say enough about them. They are a bit pricey, but they are very organized and think of everything. One of the tours I went on with them was part of the Hawaii Bird Festival, and they provided food and drinks throughout the day, had access to places we normally would not be allowed to go, and even thought of giving us cool towels at the end of the day to refresh ourselves with. The vans have great air conditioning, plugs for your mobile devices, and off road tires so they can go just about anywhere. The guides are great; very knowledgeable and helpful. You can't go wrong with them, regardless of the tour you take. I just wish they had branches on the other islands. But I've been back to the Big Island 2 times just so I could take tours with them!
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Delaware City, Delaware
"We were on the Hawaii Birding Festival trips"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 24, 2017 NEW
Oh my! The first thing super great was the van. It was a van like no other birding van, a Mercedes Sprinter. That was nice we could stand up and it was super comfy. Then came the breakfast, hot and fruity with fabulous coffee, what a way to start out on a beautifully misty morning. We then begant he birding and WOW! oh WOW! The guides were extremely knowledgeable. They told us all kinds of cool natural history associated with the habitat and the bird themselves. The birds are super specialized on the islands and we got to see all the special ones we set out to see. We had a fabulous brown bag lunch. Did I mention there was only paper trash and not one plastic--one use--water bottle to have to throw out or recycle. They reuse their own nalgene non BPA water bottles and have their own kitchen sterilizer. That was the most wonderful thing since we were on an island and the islands suffer from plastic trash on their beaches. I have never been on a birding trip where I felt so cared for and the earth was so cared for any where on earth--and I've been a lot of places, birding. I highly recommend this company for their land stewardship alone.
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Reading, United Kingdom
"Mauna Kea Summit & Stars"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 24, 2017 NEW
What a fantastic trip this was. Our excursion leader Joe was a great host, he had lots of interesting facts and stories to share with us on our bus journey. We had a good picnic , and were provided with warm coats and gloves at the summit, which were much appreciated The views from the summit were amazing and we saw a fantastic sunset. We now have knowledge of stars and star gazing that we never had before. All in all a great excursion well worth the money, thank you
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"Dry and Rain Forest Birding Tour and Mauna Kea observatory Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 23, 2017 NEW
Both tour guides- Gary and Jeff were fantastic- very knowledgeable, accommodating, interactive, and thorough. I will ONLY use Hawaii Forest and Trail tours from now on. I wanted to learn about the flora, fauna, stars, birds, geology, night skies, and history of the island and I got all and more. Plus these tours not only feed your interests, they feed your appetite, as well! Gary (birding) and Jeff (Mauna Kea) are part of a business model that trains their employees to continuously learn more about this island 's evolution. These tours are like delightful experiential, nature seminars suitable for all ages. I will only recommend this tour company going forward. And the added bonus was that the tour guides leading the two tours I took were both outstanding. Five stars!
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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.