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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"A lot of unnecessary fluff - would like an abbreviated tour "
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed January 13, 2018
Although it sounds like the majority of people (on TripAdvisor) liked the long 11 hour day of random stops on a volcano tour, we did not. We were under the assumption of a VOLCANO tour, and out of our 11 hour day we probably got to experience maybe an hour (on generous side) total of volcano "time". Wish they offered an abbreviated tour of just seeing the volcano for those who aren't interested in the other stops at non-volcano places. We found the tour could have done without the coffee bean farm, the painted church, the bakery, and the winery as they had nothing to do with the volcano as we were wanting to see. And instead added the lava flow to the itinerary as we didn't get to see that. We also found out that the tour group (as I suspected) had "partnerships" with the businesses that we stopped at. Just felt like we were being played as puppets. Also, if you are bringing young children, PLEASE understand that there is a lot of time spent in the van driving. We were in a van with 2 families with young kids and it was a very long day for the kids and they were getting aggravated shortly after the ride started...
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"Pele at Night"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 14, 2017
We chose to do this adventure while we were visiting The Big Island. It was a fantastic tour. We got to do so much in the short amount of time. They dont promise on this tour you will see the volcano erupting or lava. It all depends on Pele (mother nature). Well Pele didnt disappoint us! We got some great pics in the National Park. Our tour guide Richardo was amazing. He knew so much about the area and Hawaii itself. I would def go on this tour again!
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Ramon A
"Kapohokine Adventure"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 13, 2017
My first trip to the big island was great and I booked this tour to see more of it. The bus was on time, and bike John O was an awesome guide. Very knowledgeable about the intricacies of the island, its history and wildlife. He also made me understand more about volcanoes. This tour was definitely worth going.
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Wodonga, Australia
"Great tour guide and a once in a lifetime"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 26, 2017
Taj our tour guide was funny, knowledgable and very into what he does. It's a very long day and our expectations had been set high by a travel agent into thinking we were going to be right there on the volcano. However it was still an enjoyable day. thanks Guys!
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Richard G
"Volamco Adventure"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 18, 2017
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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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.