Kilauea Summit Adventures in Kailua-Kona, HI

"Hotel Pick-up Only"Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
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Overview

Embark on a 10-12 hour excursion through Hawaii Volcanoes National Park via the Hamakua Coast. Guests will learn all about Hawaii’s history, culture, and natural life from expert tour guides. Top sites along the way include Rainbow Falls, Waipio Valley Lookout, Halemaumau lava lake, the Thurston Lava Tube, and so much more. Remember to bring your camera for this epic adventure.

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On this unique small group excursion, you will take route to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, via the beautiful Hamakua Coast. Accompany our expert guides for an informative, narrated adventure as your journey through the great diversity of climates and dramatic scenery found on the Big Island. Waipio Valley, Tropical rainforests, sea cliff coastlines, Rainbow Falls, active volcanoes, and the most breathtaking site on the island, the glowing lava lake inside Halemaumau Crater.

- Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
- Waipio Valley Lookout & Rainbow Falls
- Scenic route via Hamakua Coast
- Night viewing of glow from Halemaumau lava lake
- Extremely informative narration from highly trained guides
- Comfortable Micro coach vans with huge windows, and coach-style seating
- Equipment provided: Rain ponchos, umbrellas, and flashlights
- Trip Includes: 10-12 hour excursion includes admission to the national park, a hearty warm dinner, gourmet hot beverages, and convenient resort pick-up points at most locations.

Lunch: For an early lunch break at the Parker Ranch Center in Waimea town. This shopping center has a Grocery store, Health food store, and a variety of Restaurants to ensure a satisfactory dining experience for all guests. *Lunch is NOT included in the price of the tour. This stop allows ample time for guests to eat their meals in the food court, after ordering from the restaurant of your choice.

Dinner: This inclusive meal is served in the early evening hours at the historic Kilauea Military Camp, within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The 4 choice menu is set, and does not allow for modifications.
- Teriyaki Chicken with Steamed White Rice
- Vegetable Stir-Fry with Steamed White Rice
- Cheeseburger & French Fries
- Salad & Potato bar (all you can eat) *Best for vegan/vegetarians, and other dietary restrictions, gluten, etc.
All dinners include an assortment of sodas, juices, coffee, tea, water and one (1) trip to the Salad/Potato Bar, soup du jour and Frozen yogurt for dessert.

What you should wear: It is important to be prepared for all possible conditions. We advise guests to bring several layers of clothing, a sweater or hoodie, long pants, light jacket, hat and covered shoes.

What you should bring: Light snacks, sunblock, sunglasses, camera, and backup camera batteries. For environmental reasons we do not provide bottled water. However, large containers of clean filtered water and paper cups are available all day.

Restrictions: Guests should be able to walk on stairs and navigate through potentially wet and muddy conditions. A 15-20 minute walk on an asphalt path with stairs is required to view Thurston Lava Tube. No children age 4 and under. DOT safety laws require booster seats for children ages 5-7, children under 4 feet 9 inches tall, and under 40 pounds. Guests under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Steven T
"Awesome Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 10, 2018
We had a great tour to Rainbow Falls, the lave tube and saw the volcano at night. Definitely the best tour on the big island. Ehitu is a great guide. He is very knowledgeable and kept the tour fun. He also had hot chocolate, tea, and coffee after seeing the volcano.
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tessp999
Glacier National Park of Canada, Canada
"Ehitu is the best!!!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 10, 2018
This tour was so much more than we ever expected. Ehitu our fabulous guide made it one of the most memorable experiences. Many people said it's easy to do Volcanoes National Park without a tour, but there is no doubt in our minds that it wouldn't have been half as fun without Ehitu and all his knowledge. We saw and learned so much; there was no stress of night driving or trying to find parking at the busy spots. He took us up close to the steam vents and demonstrated the presence of Pele - very cool. The fresh fruit was a nice surprise and the dinner provided was very good. This tour was worth every penny and then some. I would highly recommend it to anyone considering VNP. Mahalo Ehitu - you were awesome!!!!!!
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Kelly F
"Ehitu is the man! Great day. Maholo"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 20, 2018
The thing that made this day great (apart from seeing an active volcano) was our guide Ehitu. Super nice and friendly and so knowledgeable. He knew so much about the park and the volcanoes, but also he talked about everything with us from wildlife to plants, to food, to waterfalls (even pointing them out on the drive), Polynesian tattoos, Hawaiin and Tahitian language, to music and instruments and the list goes on. He's 7th generation on the big island and had loads of family stories to share and tonnes of experience, we even drove past his house and old school at one point. It was so great to chat story with him instead of a corporate mainland tour guide. And as if he hadn't been nice enough he even brought us some fresh tangerines from his home garden. Not only did we visit the national park but on the way we drove through Waimea (had some delicious lunch there, try village burger the the best burger of your life), stopped at Waipi'o valley lookout, rainbow falls, drove through Hilo and stopped at a place called Low Store for some freshly picked fruit and the best Shaved Ice we had on Hawaii. This was great for us because we don't drive and never would have seen all this without this tour. At the park, we heard more stories and legends, looked at the plant life, craters, "Lava the hut", walked on the solid lava, went through a lava tube and went to see the Kilauea glow after the sun had set. We didn't get lucky enough to see any lava flowing but it was still beautiful and a great place to see the stars. There was also a great little gift shop and cafe where we stopped for our food. Fantastic day, and a good full day trip, really get your money's worth and it was amazing to chat with Ehitu, who even showed us some of his photography and videos of the lava. Great guy who lives and breathes Hawaii. Couldn't have asked for more.
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Marshall B
Mil Creek, United States
"Most knowledgeable tour guides I have ever experienced."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 19, 2018
Both of our guides were subject matter experts on their topics and definitely knew the locale. They provided entertaining and educational commentary on the area, volcanism, and weather of the Big Island. They provided recommendations on topics from best places to eat and areas to see lava flows. Unfortunately our tour to the Summit of Mauna Kea was cut short by adverse weather but the time spent with the quide was worthwhile.
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Camper143142
"Awesome!!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 17, 2018
Our tour guide, Ehitu, was great. His overall knowledge of the island’s history, environment, volcanoes, astronomy, etc. was wonderful. We had an absolutely great experience. I would highly recommend this tour. Fantastic.1
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kilauea Summit Adventures

What type of transportation is used for the tour?
Guests are comfortably transported around the island in our micro-coach vans featuring huge windows and coach-style seating.

What is included in the tour?
The excursion includes:

  • Admission to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • A warm dinner and hot beverages
  • Resort pick-up and drop-off
  • Rain ponchos
  • Umbrellas
  • Flashlights
  • Unbelievable photo opportunities


Is lunch included?
No. Lunch is not included in the tour. The tour stops at the Parker Ranch Center in Waimea town where guests can purchase lunch and snacks from the grocery store, health food store, or the variety of restaurants.

What is included in the dinner?
The dinner menu includes four meal choices:
  • Teriyaki Chicken with Steamed Rice
  • Vegetable Stir-Fry with Steamed White Rice
  • Cheeseburger and French Fries
  • Salad and Potato Bar (All you can eat)


We do not offer menu modifications. For those who require a vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free meal, we suggest choosing the Salad and Potato Bar option.

All dinners include an assortment of sodas, juices, coffee, teas, water, and a trip to the salad and potato bar. Frozen yogurt is available for dessert.

What should I wear on the tour?
We highly recommend that guests bring several layers of clothing, a sweater/sweatshirt or hoodie, long pants, a light jacket, hat, and closed-toe shoes.

Should I bring anything on the tour?
Yes. Guests should bring the following:

  • Light snacks
  • Sunblock
  • Sunglasses
  • A camera


Filtered water and paper cups are provided throughout the day.

Does the tour have any health or mobility restrictions?
Yes. Guests must be able to walk on stairs and navigate through potentially wet and muddy conditions. To view the Thurston Lava Tube, a 15-20 minute walk is required.

Are children allowed on the tour?
Children under the age of 4 are not permitted on the tour. Children ages 5 through 7 or 4' 9" tall and under 40 pounds are required to use a booster seat during the transportation part of the tour. Guests under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent during the tour.

When will I be picked up from my hotel?
Hotel transportation pick-up and drop-off times vary per season. Please confirm your reservation by calling the phone number listed on your e-Ticket to receive your pick-up time. Pick-up times generally range from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.

How long is the tour?
The tour is approximately 10 to 12 hours long.

Will I see lava?
Volcanic viewing conditions can change very fast. For this reason, we cannot guarantee lava viewing conditions for tours. However, it is very consistent to observe the brilliant glow of a lava lake inside Halema’uma’u Crater from the Jaggar Museum Overlook. At times the level of the lake is high enough to see splattering and the red lake itself, but most often the lake is just below the rim, and not directly visible.

Does the tour operate rain or shine?
Yes. Tours will only be canceled in the case of severe weather, dangerous conditions, or road closures.

What types of wildlife will we see on the tour?
We see the following feral animals: pigs, goats, sheep, mongoose, and cats. We see the following native animal species less frequently: Hawaiian Owl (Pueo), Hoary bat, Nene (goose), Apapane, I’O(hawk), Golden Plover. We also see many native plants. Along our route we can see Koa, Mamane, Naio, Pukiawe, Hapu’u fern and Ohia trees.

Is the tour narrated?
Yes. All tours are fully narrated in English. At this time, Japanese speaking guides are not available.