Kilauea Summit Adventures in Kailua-Kona, HI

Paradise Safaris Inc."Hotel Pick-up Only"Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
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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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Carol M
Grapevine
"Awesome tour of the Big Island and Kilauea"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 08, 2017 NEW
We took this tour and enjoyed personal tour of this beautiful island. We started around 11:00 am after being picked up at our hotel. The tour van was large and seemingly new. We had great views! The tour guide drove the van and gave us constant information of the history, the sights, the daily lives of the people and answered all questions we asked. We learned lot and stoped frequently for brief side views or special places and bathroom breaks. We were headed toward the volcanos! We saw the many different types of environments that make up The big island. Lava everywhere, beautiful plants and happy people. We stopped for dinner provided by a military site that reminded us of the role played by Hawaii during WW2. We reached our destination the Kilauea volcano after night had fallen. It was amazing that you could view the glow from the lava. We were well back for safety and enjoyed the small state museum and learned more about the role of lava in creating Hawaii. After a long day we returned home on the comfy bus and listened to Hawaiian music and were returned to our hotel with happy memories! Thank you to the great team of people who helped us set up our trip and guide us!
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lydiedef
Burlington, Massachusetts
"Awesome island tour!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 16, 2017
My husband and I went on this tour as part of our honeymoon to the island and loved it! Beautiful views, super informative and a ton of fun!
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Dorothea E G
Greensboro
"Wonderful Excursion on the Big Island"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 14, 2017
We had a wonderful time and met some very nice people during our KS Adventure. Arthur knows the Island and is an excellent tour guide. We highly recommend Kilauea Summit Adventures!
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Jean-Noël C
Waikoloa, Hawaii
"Great tour !"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 12, 2017
One of the best tours I've attended. Visited multiples places as expected. Arthur, our drive guide made a big difference. He is not just a driver guide. He understand what tourists are looking for. He, not only talked about the main attractions, but also what we saw during the trip : houses, the fauna and the flora, climate zones, etc ...
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William M
University Place, Washington
"This was one of the best trips ever!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 27, 2017
We booked this sort of at the last minute because we had an "extra" day. Our guide Arthur, was knowledgable beyond belief! With his geology degree, and being a Hawaii native, he was conversant about the local traditions, the history, the weather and the particulars of the volcano and lava. He was amazing!
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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.