Length of Tour: Approximately 12 hours (Afternoon and Evening)
*Maximum of 10 Customers per day*
-Lanihau Center (Buns in the Sun)
-Queen’s Marketplace (Near the Food Court)
*Special hotel pickup arrangements can be made by request*
This high-altitude drive over Saddle Road to Hilo and the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is the newest and most exciting sightseeing tour on the island. This tour showcases the raw nature of the active volcano; Kilauea!
In our brand new Mercedes Sprinter Passenger van, we’ll drive over Saddle Road (2033 m. in elevation) through Parker Ranch, between the largest volcanoes in the road (Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa), and make a brief stop at Mauna Kea State Park for a light lunch. From there, we’ll continue along the Saddle and drop down into the historic town of Hilo. The first stop in Hilo is Rainbow Falls! Experience the beauty of a Hawaiian waterfall and take pictures under the mango trees! Passing by downtown, we’ll stop at the King Kamehameha statue and pay respects to Hawaii’s Great King. Across the bridge and near the airport we’ll be sure to stop for about 20 minutes at Big Island Candies for a bathroom break. While there, guests are able to sample their famous cookies, sip some Kona Coffee, or cool off with an ice cream or smoothie. From there, we’ll head directly to one of the world’s most-active volcanoes; Kilauea at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
At Kilauea National Park, Kailani’s guides will show off the amazing landscapes including Steam Vents, Halemaumau Crater’s Smoke Plume, Jaggar Museum’s view of Kilauea Caldera, and Thurston Lava Tube! Just before sunset, we’ll provide an all-inclusive sit-down dinner at Volcano’s finest restaurant – Kilauea Lodge! Choose from three entrees, bread, soups, salads, and a beverage of your choice. After dinner, we’ll drive to Jaggar Museum, the best viewpoint for the nighttime glow at Halemaumau Crater! Finally, leave the driving to us as we journey back over Saddle Road to return you to your hotel. Depending on the weather, the guide may stop briefly for stargazing along Saddle Road.
Points of Interest: Rainbow Falls, Hilo’s King Kamehameha Statue, Big Island Candies, Jaggar Museum, Kilauea Caldera, Steam Vents, Halemaumau Crater, Thurston Lava Tube, Kilauea Iki Crater, Saddle Road, Mauna Kea State Park, Kilauea Lodge
Provided on tour: English-speaking driver/guide, Mercedes 15 passenger van, deli-style lunch, umbrellas in the event of rain, hot towel, dinner at Kilauea Lodge, bottled water, flashlight, and hot beverage. Parkas will be available but rarely needed. This tour has a maximum of 10 passengers to provide plenty of headroom in the cabin and comes with a state-of-the-art audio and visual public address package.
What to Bring: Sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, camera, and a sweater or jacket for after sunset.
What to Wear: Although Hawaii is home to the endless summer, there are places and times where the temperature can drop substantially. Weather at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park can range from 10 degrees C. to 25 degrees C. Saddle Road temperatures can get even chillier to perhaps 5 degrees C. Kailani Tours Hawaii recommends wearing comfortable footwear, a hat and sunglasses, and shorts or long pants. Most guests wear a light jacket or bring long pants for after sunset.
Recommendations: This tour is for guests 5 years and older. It does include a low-impact hike. This tour is not recommended for women who are pregnant. Passengers traveling with a wheelchair or walker are more than welcome to join our tour. Kailani Tours Hawaii’s spacious Mercedes passenger vans provide the ultimate in comfort for guests hoping to avoid large 50 passenger buses and want a more personal and authentic Hawaiian Experience. The Deluxe Volcano Experience is designed to give our guests an affordable first-class tour while experiencing all that Kilauea has to offer!
Dinner entrees include a choice of homemade soup OR locally grown salad and our own homemade bread. Guest will choose from one of the following entrees:
*Eggplant Marinara Grilled eggplant, red and green bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, fresh basil sautéed and blended with marinara topped with melted cheddar and Swiss cheese, served on pasta or rice pilaf
*New York Steak Certified Angus steak. Broiled and topped with sautéed mushrooms, baked garlic, and shallots. Served with Nicole sauce
Fresh Catch Choose from preparations: Sautéed in piccata sauce. Broiled and topped with mango chutney glaze and crushed macadamia nuts or papaya-ginger sauce. Blackened Cajun style with papaya salsa
Includes 1 non-alcoholic beverage. Coffee, Tea(Hot or Iced), Soft drink or Juice. Alcoholic beverages will be extra.
Winter Pickup Schedule: 10:15 AM (Lanihau Center) 11:00 AM (Queen’s Marketplace)
Summer Pickup Schedule: 11:15 AM (Lanihau Center) 12:00 PM (Queen’s Marketplace)
Winter Drop-Off Schedule: 9:45 PM (Queen’s Marketplace) 10:30 PM (Lanihau Center)
Summer Drop-Off Schedule: 10:45 PM (Queen’s Marketplace) 11:30 PM (Lanihau Center)
Disclaimer: Kailani Tours Hawaii is committed to providing five-star service to all guests. Kailani Tours Hawaii will not refund tour price due to weather-related reasons. We will promise an incredible volcano experience but unfortunately cannot control the weather. Guests will be charged 100% of the tour price for cancellations made within 24 hours of the scheduled tour. Hikes and tour course rarely change due to weather.