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Our most recommended Kailua-Kona Volcano Activities

Big Island Twilight Volcano and Stargazing Tour

1. Big Island Twilight Volcano and Stargazing Tour

Enjoy a fully narrated adventure starting with a stop at a Kona Coffee Farm. Walk through a lava tube and orchards with your guide to learn about the harvesting and milling process while sampling a warm cup of Kona-grown coffee. Continue through the scenic view of the Kealakekua Bay and South Point, the southernmost point of the United States. Relax at Punalu’u Black Sand Beach to spot marine life, like Hawaii’s green sea turtles, from the shore. Next, go to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Tour the Chain of Craters Road for the “mountain to sea” experience. Stop by and learn about volcanic eruptions and flow sites, the park coastline, and the Holei Sea Arch. Visit Kilauea Iki Lookout, steam vents, Halema’uma’u Crater, and crater rim trail. After enjoying dinner at a local café near the park, visit a secluded location for stargazing. Depending on weather conditions, observe stars, planets, galaxies, and more.

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From Kona and Waikoloa: Intimate Volcano Discovery Tour

2. From Kona and Waikoloa: Intimate Volcano Discovery Tour

Begin your adventure with a scenic drive over the stark and beautiful saddle road to set the stage for the day overlooking mesmerizing views including a stop to view the famous Rainbow Falls. If the Twilight option is selected, you will stay in the Park past sunset to view the eruption's glow. From there your first stop will be the Hawaii Volcanoes, National Park. Discover all the “must-see” spots within the Park including the dramatically changed Halemaumau Crater. After immersing yourself in the magnanimous history and culture of Volcanoes National Park and enjoying your picnic lunch, you will be driven to Hawaii Forest and Trail's private lava tube, Kauhi Cavern. Explore this unique cave with ceilings as high as 35 feet, expansive rooms, bright golden walls, and an “upside-down” forest of roots hanging from the cave ceiling. Upon returning to the surface from the lava tube exploration, enjoy a light afternoon snack with your fellow travelers and guide while reflecting on your in-depth volcano experience.

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From Waikoloa: Big Island Tour with Lunch

3. From Waikoloa: Big Island Tour with Lunch

Circle the Big Island of Hawaii, stopping at many of its iconic attractions in just 1 day. Get picked up from your accommodation. Head to a Kona coffee farm for a private tasting tour to sample one of the island's most important products. Then stop at one of the black sand beaches the island is known for and spot giant sea turtles sunbathing. From there, head to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the island's natural crown jewel. Visit the Kilauea Iki Crater Overlook and Steaming Bluffs before taking a walk through the famous Volcano House to view smoking and steaming Kilauea Caldera. Journey down the lush eastern side of Kilauea Volcano to your next stop at Big Island Candies, an island institution boasting an assortment of high-quality, handmade confections. Peek through the windows into the factory or browse the selection of gorgeous jewel-box gifts. Next, head to the fertile Waipio Valley where taro farmers have tilled the land for nearly a thousand years. Catch sweeping views of the valley from the overlook and even glimpses of native wild horses if you're lucky. At the end of an epic day, enjoy drop-off at your hotel.

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Big Island: Volcano National Park Tour with Lunch and Transfer

4. Big Island: Volcano National Park Tour with Lunch and Transfer

Start your day with guided visits to some of the most majestic waterfalls on the Big Island. Stop at the Waipio Valley lookout, where you can admire a dramatic backdrop of lush cliffs that drop into the sparkling blue ocean. Continue riding along the Hamakua coast as more postcard-worthy views pass by your window. Take a short walk through the rainforest for an up-close view of Akaka Falls and the famous Rainbow Falls. In the afternoon, explore the wonders of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Explore steam vents and the Halema’uma’u and Kilauea Iki crater lookouts, and take a short hike along the crater rim trail. Then relax and take it all in at Punalu’u Beach, where you can spot marine life from the black-sand shore.

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Big Island: Kilauea Volcano Hiking Tour

5. Big Island: Kilauea Volcano Hiking Tour

Experience an ohana tour with friends and family in style. Get exclusive access to an active volcano in the infamous Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Wander through lava tubes off the beaten track and stay until after dark for magnificent views of molten lava spewing from the Halemaumau Crater. Your tour includes 2-3 miles of hiking through the Big Island's lush and varied scenery, a knowledgeable guide who will teach you about the flora and fauna unique to Big Island, and round trip transportation from Kona or Waikaloa. Enjoy snacks, beverages, a Deli-style lunch prepared by Christine's Deli, and dinner, which are all included in your 10-12 hour day trip. Experience a once-in-a-lifetime view of the glowing lava at one of the last remaining active volcanoes in Hawaii. Have your camera ready to capture the orange glow of lava against the night sky.

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Big Island: Off the Beaten Path Volcano Crater Hike

6. Big Island: Off the Beaten Path Volcano Crater Hike

Experience an adventure like no other on a rocky hike up the cool and misty lava-scaped slopes of Kona's own Hualalai Volcano. Enjoy exclusive access to this stunning mountain, which offers a bird's eye view of Kona's lava history. Your guide will take you off-road, through multiple locked gates and then by foot at a 6,500-foot elevation, where you will experience the surreal scene of black lava flows and native dryland forest. You will see firsthand the geologic forces which created the islands at the heart of Hualalai’s 1801 eruption, the Kaupulehu Crater. Travel to magnificent coastal viewpoints and stunning lava formations, walk amidst a forest of native birdsong and scramble through a "lava tube".

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Hawaii: South Big Island Self-Guided Driving Tour

7. Hawaii: South Big Island Self-Guided Driving Tour

Experience Hawaii's Big Island at your own pace with a self-guided driving tour. Your tour of the Big Island is split into 2 halves. The first half begins outside the quaint town of Kailua-Kona, to see the historic Hulihe’e Palace, once the vacation home of the island’s royalty. Then continue south to Magic Beach, where the sand sometimes simply disappears. After that is Kahalu'u Beach, a perfect place for snorkelers, followed by the sacred Lekeleke Burial Grounds. Next, pass the remnants of Hikiau Heiau, an important religious site in ancient Hawaii. Beyond that is the Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park. Then see the Honaunau Rodeo Arena and learn all about Hawaii’s cowboys. Next up is Pebble Beach, to get to know the Hawaiian volcano goddess Pele. Have the option to check out the Kula Kai Caverns, left by ancient volcanic activity. Reach the startling Punalu'u Beach, which features totally black sand. The route then passes an old sugar plantation, followed by the huge volcanoes Kilauea and Mauna Loa. This half of the tour concludes by Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where you can explore the island’s volcanoes up close. The second half of the tour picks up farther to the east, in the picturesque town of Hilo. Then, cruise through the scenic Liliuokalani Park and Gardens. Watch surfers catch waves next at Honoli'i Beach. After that is Onomea Bay, featuring a hiking trail with incredible views. Then, admire the astonishing flora at the Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve & Garden. Arrive at the surprising sight of the Honohina Hongwanji Mission, a historic Buddhist temple. Pass the Laupahoehoe Train Museum before reaching Laupahoehoe Point, a spectacular ocean vista. Do not forget to snap some photos. Anyone hankering for a snack will definitely want to stop at the Hamakua Harvest Farmers Market before continuing on to the cowboy town of Waimea. Up next are 2 beaches, Hapuna Beach, the largest white sand beach on the island, and Beach 69, beloved by locals. Arrive at the Kings Highway Foot Trail, to have the chance to see the ancient Waikoloa Petroglyphs. After that are another few scenic overlooks, followed by the beautiful Kekaha Kai State Park. Your tour concludes here, just north of where the first half began.

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What people are saying about Kailua-Kona

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 10 reviews

It was a wonderful day, and an unforgettable experience. Our guide Jon Knight was very knowledgeable and also followed an interpretive guide methodology so he was great at using storytelling to captivate our imagination. He was good at getting to know his crowd. Because of this, I’d say that it was a great experience for all kinds of people, from solo travelers to couples and families. I loved the experience of seeing lava from afar at a very safe distance, as well as visiting the lava tubes, boulders, and various geological types of impacts that the volcanoes have created. It was nice to get to know Madame Pele, the goddess of volcanoes! Recommend to be prepared for rain, as you’re going to be in tropical as well as dry areas. If you’re not prepared, they will supply some jackets, (and snacks and meals). If you’re up for an adventure, this is for you!

We loved the whole journey! It was a great learning experience in the amazing world of geology and volcanoes. We explored many places, from dry Mars-like landscapes to deep rain forest, All the way to observing lava bubbling. We had very pleasant dining. The staff accommodated our dietary restrictions and we had two meals sitting all together, and plenty of snacks along the way. Our guide, Jon Knight, was very kind, knowledgeable and patient. He answered all our questions and enriched every step with great stories and anecdotes. The overall experience took the whole day but it went very fast, very suitable for families with kids.

The guide was kind to me, who is not familiar with the language, and I enjoyed participating. I felt Aloha's heart very much in his hospitality and explanation of Aaron, and in that sense, I am glad that I participated in this tour. His English was very easy to hear, so I thought it would be good to recommend it to Japanese travelers who want to challenge English.

Aaron was an amazing tour guide and tried to make our experience great. He had snack bars ready, took us to amazing spots for pictures and touring, and willingly went out of his way to bring us to great places outside of the tour. He even brought us to a warmer area for star gazing

The tour guide was very knowledgeable about the history of the Islands. The restaurant chosen for our dinner was a great place.