Kilauea Volcano Bike Tour ancient lava flows

Tour begins with biking around the most active volcano in the world!

Kilauea Volcano Bike Tour ancient lava flows

Experienced tour guides will share history, culture, and geology

Kilauea Volcano Bike Tour Halemaumau Crater

Kilauea I'ki Overlook. In 1959, it was a seething lava lake, with lava fountains up to 1,900 feet

Kilauea Volcano Bike Tour ancient lava flows

Biking through the lush rainforest in the Crater Rim

Kilauea Volcano Bike Tour steam vents

Journey continues to Puna area where you witness jagged shoreline and black sand beaches

Kilauea Volcano Bike Tour ancient lava flows

Witness Kilauea Volcano, one of the most active volcanoes in the world!

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With the Volcano Bike and Lava Walk Combo you will experience Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park and current lava activity all in one day! Witness the volcano up close and personal as you ride through lush jungle and hardened lava. Kilauea Volcano is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and there is no more exhilarating way to explore this natural wonder than cruising on a bicycle tour. Your exciting day begins at the Visitors Center in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where you will receive a tour orientation. The starting point is at the Kilauea Overlook, where you will get your first glance of the immense summit caldera. Your guide will give you an informative overview of the eruption history at the summit. You will then be fitted for a high quality mountain bike and safety equipment and receive a safety briefing.

Your adventure takes place around the rim of the Kilauea Volcano and through a portion of the Chain of Craters road.  You will be taken on a short hike through the rainforest full of birds and foliage, and also pay a visit to the famous Thurston Lava Tube.  Your professional interpretive guide will take you through fantastic terrains, all on mostly downhill and leveled paved roads/trails, while sharing geological and mythological information with you. From lush ancient Hawaiian rainforests to dynamic lava landscapes, you will experience a variety of micro climates, huge craters, steaming vents, and impressive lava flows (both young and old). Bike as much or as little of this majestic tour; the support van will always be close by.

After cycling, you will continue your adventure to the Puna area.  See firsthand the creation and destruction lava has brought to this area in the last 50 years.  As villages are destroyed, new land is also created.  The scenery will amaze you as you weave through the rainforest, and gaze upon the jagged cliffs high above the blue waters of the Pacific.  Hike out to where lava meets the ocean on the shortest hiking distance available in Kalapana. It is about 1 3/4 miles each way!  Depending on the volcanic activity, your tour guide will try to find “flow or glow” either at the coast or with a trip up to Halema’uma’u Crater.  The experienced tour guides will share the history, culture, and geology of the area.

Currently, this tour includes a volcano walk of 3.5 miles to the active flow at night!  Another option, for those who want to do a moderately strenuous hike to the spot where you may encounter red hot lava, see our Active Lava Hiking page.
General Information
Schedule:  Daily except Tuesday.

Duration:  The tour is approximately 10 hours from the Hilo area and approximately 14 hours from the Kona/Waikoloa area.

Bike distance: Approximately 14 miles

Pick up: Guests from Hilo – Hilo Hawaiian Hotel on Banyan Drive (71 Banyan Dr, Hilo, HI 96720 Click to view map) at typically around 9am. Guests from Kona / Waikoloa / North Kohala – Buns in the Sun Bakery in downtown Kona or Roy’s Restaurant at King’s Shops in Waikoloa around 7am. Guests from West side can drive on your own and meet the tour at Volcanoes National Park at typically 9:30am. Please allow ample time for the drive from Kona – about 3 hours. Time may vary depends on the season.

Tour includes: Lunch and dinner are served for this adventure. Snacks and drinks available all day.  Your choice of  Turkey, Ham, Tuna or Veggie Sandwiches for lunch. Dinner will be chosen in the morning with your guide.

Gear Provided: A 21 speed mountain bike, helmet, gloves, rain jacket and custom souvenir water bottle are provided.  We provide packs for those guests wishing to carry their cameras during the ride.

What to Bring & Wear:  Elevation is 4000ft so wear comfortable clothing in layers, sunscreen, and closed toe shoes (required).

Cancellation / Weather Policy: The bike tour goes out rain or shine. If there are adverse weather conditions you will be notified and your tour will be rescheduled. If increment weather happens during the tour and conditions become unsafe to bike you can take a break and ride in the van.

Restrictions: Minimum age to bike is 12. All van riders must be able to walk with the group and enter/exit the van without the need of assistance.

Rider Requirements: Intermediate – Participants must know how to ride a bike and be in good physical condition.  Participants must be at least 12 years old, 54” tall and comfortable riding a bike. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  The tour is not suitable for women who are pregnant. Natural sulfur gases may affect those with respiratory problems.

Group Size: 13

Note: Temperatures at the summit (4000′ above sea level) sometimes range in the low 60′s to upper 70′s. Exact tour route and features subject to modification based upon volcanic activity / weather conditions, etc.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be made at least 48 hours before the start of the event.

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Witness one of the world's most active volcanoes!
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Bike around Kilauea Volcano

CVolcano Bike and Lava Walk Combo ruise Ship Passengers

The Volcano Bike and Lava Walk Combo is not available for cruise ship passengers.

 

 

Activity Tips

Kevin Ditamore – Owner / Manager

We are very excited to now offer this unique way to experience Kilauea Volcano! The sights you see in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park are large-scale and breathtaking. Touring the Park by bicycle is absolutely the most unique and exciting ride anywhere on the Big Island of Hawaii. You will feel the heat: you will see, hear, smell , and almost TASTE this active volcano on this tour; all of these senses are heightened as you ride around this volcano on a bicycle.

The physical demands on this tour are rather moderate. You don’t have to be in shape for a marathon as most of the riding is level or downhill. If you get tired, the support van is always there for you to take a break – so don’t let your physical conditioning level determine your participation. You do need to be in over-all good health and you DO NEED TO KNOW HOW TO RIDE A BIKE. If you haven’t been on a bike in 20 years, you really should practice before contemplating this ride! Borrow a friend’s bike and ride around in your neighborhood. It will boost your confidence and help you enjoy this tour a lot more. While this tour is completely suitable for an average bike rider, your ability to safely do this ride is based upon you and your ability to competently steer, brake, and peddle a bicycle. If you can do that, you’ll enjoy this tour. If you can’t do that, WE DON’T WANT YOU TO TRY.

This tour includes comfortable, new mountain bikes that feature disc brakes, fenders, and have a comfortable upright seating position. Helmets, gloves, and a rainjacket are provided. Riders should be prepared for a VARIETY OF WEATHER CONDITIONS on this tour. It is common to experience chilly misty weather at the 4000 foot summit of Kilauea, and hot and dry conditions at sea level … all on the same day. Participants must wear closed toed shoes and eye protection (sunglasses) and should dress in layers. Summit temperatures can be in the low 60′s and temperatures on the ocean flats can be in the mid 80′s.

For those who are driving to Kilauea and meeting the tour company in the town of Volcano, you might want to check out the Volcano Winery. They offer wine tasting for $5 per person and you can apply that $5 toward the cost of any wine you buy from them. They have a very unique mac nut honey wine that has an exotic taste and aroma!