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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Anonymous
"Awesome!!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 17, 2018 NEW
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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6digityachtclub
Vero Beach, Florida
"Awesome adventure "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 15, 2018 NEW
For starters I will say that I really did not want to go on this trip. I was told by my wife who booked it that it would be 12 hours long. Since I am a control freak I did not want to give up 12 hours of my life, and not have control. I say that because I know some of you might be reviewing this and wondering if your time will be well spent. I can tell you that it was one of the best tours I’ve ever done and I’ve been to Hawaii four times. Ehitu is really the person who made the difference. He is a seventh generation Hawaiian. He will do things on the tour for you that no other tour guides will do because they don’t have the generations of experience under their belt. I won’t tell you of all of them because I don’t want to give away all of his secrets. I can promise you that Will be amongst tourist doing the same type of tour, but with Ehitu have a completely different experience. It will be time well spent! I’m looking forward to the next time I get to spend my BRUDDAH HEET!
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Miwa K
Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
"Amazing great trip to the volcano and lot of experiences!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 13, 2018 NEW
Very thoughtful small group tour not just volcano trip but we can learn Hawaii history, geographic feature, their own culture from the guide Ehitu! It was long drive 7 hours or more, but made perfect time management with fun. Recommend not just grown-up boys & girls but teen agers to feel the nature of Hawaii ! Thank you for all hospitality and let me know lot of gem of the experiences!
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Anonymous
"Incredible Tour of the Big Island"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 13, 2018 NEW
My wife and I had the pleasure of going on this excursion led by Ehitu. We left our place of stay at approximately 9:40 AM and arrives back at around 10 PM. It is a full day experience, but it flies by as Ehitu has an enormous amount of facts and stories that he miraculously told throughout the entirety of the trip without getting repetitious. There were a number of stops along our way to Kilaueas' Summit including a visit to Waipo Valley and Rainbow falls. The stops always felt natural and were not too rushed. Make sure to order the Teriyaki Chicken or if you go with another individual order one of each and split the plates as you get huge servings. I would also suggest that if you have a high quality camera to be sure to bring it. Towards the end of the experience you will have the chance to take photos inside a lava tube and of the smouldering volcano and my phone's camera just didn't quite do the trick due to the low lighting. The memories will last forever though. Overall, this excursion is well worth it and I cannot give enough praise to our guide, Ehitu. 10/10 - would volcano again.
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skott2
"Great adventure and experience of local custom’s and island features."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 10, 2018 NEW
Ehitu was a great guide, he explained the areas we traveled through, local history, importance of local customs/beliefs and was very knowledgeable. The experience traveling around the island and to Kilauea was a great experience and we would recommend it.
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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.