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
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.