Twilight Volcano Adventure in Kailua-Kona, HI

Hawaii Forest & Trail73-5593 Olowalu StreetKailua-Kona, Big Island, HI 96740
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Offered by Hawaii Forest & Trail, the Twilight Volcano Adventure offers an exciting 12-hour experience for guests ages 8 and older. The tour takes guests between two of the world’s largest volcanoes—Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa—and then to Mauna Kea State Park and through two lava tubes (caves) that once dripped molten rock from its erupting crater down to the ocean. Lunch and dinner are included.


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The excursion begins as we travel between two of the world’s largest mountains, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. The region between these volcanoes is locally known as the Saddle and is home to some of the rarest plants and animals in the world. After a brief stop for lunch at Mauna Kea State Park, we continue east towards Hilo. Before our final descent into the rainiest city in the US, we’ll stop to explore Kaumana Cave. This lava tube once carried molten rock from Mauna Loa’s upper rift zones down to the ocean, but now provides an excellent opportunity to test our trusty flashlights on a subterranean adventure.

Leaving Mauna Loa behind, we make our final ascent to the summit of Kilauea inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Our Interpretive Guides will lead you through the must-see spots and hidden gems of this World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Preserve. As conditions change daily, we tailor your experience to the current eruptive events. The summit caldera, steam vents, cinder fields, and native rainforests are all on our “must see” list.

After exploring the natural wonders of this World Heritage site, we’ll check current conditions to see which eruptive site is most active. Our choices are Kalapana to witness the awesome power of lava as it enters the ocean at sunset, or Halemaumau Crater which contains a hidden lake of molten rock which glows after dark. Also included in the evening’s itinerary is a delicious picnic dinner. This is an incredible way to experience the dynamic energy of Kilauea, the most active volcano in the world.

This Tour is great for:
  • First-time Visitors

  • Families

Schedule: Afternoon trips departing daily. 12 hours round trip, departs from Hawaii Forest & Trail Headquarters.

Rated: Easy to Moderate; 8 years of age and up recommended.

Included in the Tour: Deli style lunch with assorted soft drinks, juices and bottled water. Dinner is served picnic style with a chilled menu. Snacks, assorted beverages, bottled water, hot cocoa and cookies.

Gear Provided: Walking sticks, flashlights, day packs, warm wear and rain ponchos.

Group Size: Tour limited to a maximum of 12 guests. Must have at least 4 minimum total in order to do the booking.

Restrictions: Guests should be able to hike on uneven or rocky terrain. We sometimes encounter cool, wet or muddy conditions.

What to Bring & Wear: Comfortable walking shoes, long pants, and a light jacket.

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Kane, Pennsylvania
"More than a volcano tour!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 29, 2018 NEW
We left Kona to pick up a few other people, then traveled Saddle Road over to Hilo. Along the way, our tour guide pointed out many things & told us about Parker Ranch, Mauna Kea & other places. We stopped for a picnic lunch & made stops at waterfalls near Hilo. Our first stop at Kilauea was during the day. After that, we walked through the Thurston Lava Tube. Our tour guide wanted to make the trip wonderful for everyone, so he dropped one of our party at Volcano House to enjoy a beverage while the rest of us took a hike that ended at Volcano House. We went back to the overlook to see the volcano at night.
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Clovis, California
"On fire!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 19, 2018
Essential Hawaii Tour guide John made our day. Time went by so quickly and with great variation: Kona coffee, tasty lunch preordered to maximize the time at the most southern bakery in the US -Punalua, followed by a glimpse into John’s knowledge of plant life, then on to Black Sand Beach. While we did not see turtles today, he showed us hieroglyphics that my husband and I didn’t know about when we visited two days prior. Then we stopped at Kau coffee. I normally add sugar substitutes and cream, but this coffee is so smooth, try it black. Then we proceeded to our main attraction, the volcano. Started going thru the Thurston volcano tubes, more history along the way, looking at lava flows with ocean views, a look a Kilauea in the daylight, followed by a delicious dinner (hubby had steak and I had fish), a stop at steam vents, and then back to see Kilauea putting on a perfect encore with spattering. While I suspect there are several other companies with a similar itinerary I doubt they can compare. We’ve been blessed taking many tours in Europe and Baltic areas so I’ve experienced definite variations. John’s knowledge, sense of humor, and true caring - waiting for the group’s inherent pace, assuring bathroom stops, verifying if temperature in van was fine for all, offering umbrellas, raincoats, help off the van, the examples could go on. Lastly the ride back is not short but his storytelling and variation made a 1.5 hour ride seem to be like just 40 minutes. While volcano spattering can never be guaranteed I can guarantee that you won’t be disappointed. Aloha John.
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Hermosa Beach, California
"Evening Volcano Explorer"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 08, 2018
We did the evening volcano explorer and had a great time. Chris was our guide and he was unbelievably knowledgeable. It is a lot of time driving and he helped pass the time by giving us history, information and a lot of interesting facts about the big island. It ended up pouring, which could have ruined the hike, but the shuttle was stocked with umbrellas! They even provided us with jackets - for those of us who didn't realize it could get cold. I highly recommend this and ask for Chris
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Mission Viejo, California
"Volcano by Night guided by Mitch"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 31, 2018
If you're reading this you know all about the itinerary. What made the tour a delight was our guide, Mitch. He was always one step ahead of us, anticipating and providing for our needs. Not only is Mitch totally knowledgeable about all aspects of Hawaii's natural history he is an awesome story teller, creating interest and intrigue and humor. He had us all laughing and interacting in away that the ride was as much fun as the destinations. For twelve hours we learned, we were entertained and we met wonderful fellow travellers. The value of the tour was not only the sights, it was the relationships that formed that day, a troop of strangers in a little van enjoying each other's friendship. Mitch is a true professional with a big heart for the vacationers that he serves. Photo of Mitch at entry to lava tube. Aloha Casey & Gladys
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"Volcano tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 29, 2018
PJ was a very accommodating, friendly, knowledgeable, funny tour guide. Highly suggest!! Very fun all day tour :)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Twilight Volcano Adventure

How much hiking do we do on the Twilight Volcano Adventure?
We’ll stop a couple times throughout the adventure for short hikes of up to 1.5 miles. The walk to the lava viewing area is approximately .5 miles over uneven terrain.

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. We will do our very best to get you as close as is safe and legal.