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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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Richard G
"Volamco Adventure"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 18, 2017 NEW
Great time with John O. Very informative and knowledge about the island and each place in our tour. The Black sand beach was great and got to see the sea turtles. Loved going into and through the lava tube. At night we went back to the volcano and saw the volcano shoot out lava.
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Wroclaw, Poland
"would be better to spend there more time"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 18, 2017 NEW
take good solid schoes and light; worth to do some small trekking and not only in car; the guid was really helpful and knowledgable - you may see and get to know much more than if you go there on your own.
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Grand Ronde, Oregon
"See Pele in action at night"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 01, 2017 NEW
We thoroughly enjoyed the "Volcano by night" tour with Kapohokine Adventures. Our guide PJ was excellent, very knowledgeable and full of fun stories. The group was small so we all got to sort of know each other. The pace was good for all ages. We went to a beautiful coffee plantation for lunch (overlooked a wonderful infinity pool), Got to see how the coffee is grown and explained about the processing of it. We went to the southernmost bakery in the US and had wonderful pastries (malasadas). We then went to the beautiful black sand beach. We were very fortunate to see a large group of sea turtles lounging on the beach. Then we went to a winery for a BBQ dinner. Before the meal we sampled several wines and chose the one we wanted with our dinner. My husband and I had the Volcano Blush (like a rose). Very good The evening was highlighted by a visit to the crater rim after dark. The glow of the still-active volcano was terrific. We had been to the volcano many times over the last 20 years or so, but this was really special, to see it in the dark. It was an all-day adventure, but very worthwhile.
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"Excellent in Every Way"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 29, 2017
Our family of four, including two teenagers, did the Twilight Volcano Tour from Hawaii Forest & Trail. It was exceptional in every respect. Our tour guide, Justin, was the most knowledgeable and engaging tour guide that one could ask for. Justin picked us up at our hotel (the Mauna Lani) and instantly the information flowed. There were a total of 12 people on the tour and we were comfortable in the van. We stopped for a great lunch at a park looking out at Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. Then, after a quick stop at a waterfall in Hilo, we were on to the Volcanoes National Park. Justin did a great job providing both the geological and Hawaiian history behind the volcanoes and other areas of the park. After viewing the active lava flow from the main observation area, he led us on a short hike appropriate for all levels through the rain forest area, took us to a couple of craters, and walked us through the lava tubes. Each stop was excellent and made complete with full information from Justin. Then, after a great picnic dinner, he took us back to the main observation area to view the volcano lava flow at and after dusk. Amazing. The company provided binoculars (very helpful), rain ponchos and blankets for the ride home. All in all, it was a great day and our family feels like it is the best tour that we have ever done. I am so glad that we chose to do this tour rather than tackling the park on our own. There is no way we would have had the same experience. I highly recommend this tour.
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Rose B
"Breathtaking "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 23, 2017
On paper, I wouldn't say that I was a Volcano enthusiast but the experience was actually pretty awesome. Started with a hotel pick up from the lovely Brent who was super smiley and answered all the key questions that you don't find in the tour books (e.g. "where can I get Afro hair products on the island?") I was taken to the main office where I was met by our main guide for the day, the delightful Taro. (NB, my hotel was located south of the tour which is why Taro didn't pick me up on route. Either way you receive a pick up and drop off back to your hotel) Taro was awesome and knows EVERYTHING about the island and Volcano history. If you cut him in half I'm sure he'd produce lava too.. It's pretty intriguing to hear the stories behind the breathtaking sites that you'll see on the tour such as the view from Pahoa, inside the lava tube (which was like being in the Batcave) and pretty much everything in Hawaii National Park. The tour highlight was definitely viewing the lava burning at the Halemaumau crater in Kilauea, we went both during the day and then back at sunset. Amazing. The tour is pretty comprehensive and Taro was equipped with everything that you'd need during the day: blankets, snacks, hot and cold drinks, rain jackets, torches.... we were given a tasty lunch and hot dinner (with dessert) which was pleasantly delicious- I was expecting cold sandwiches! You don't have to be a Volcano lover to enjoy this tour, just an interest in this beautiful island is enough. Highly recommend
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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.