Kilauea Volcano Bike Tour Halemaumau Crater

Halemaumau crater- a new vent opened here in 2008 and it is still active!

Kilauea Volcano Bike Tour steam vents

The summit rim is lined with steam vents - you can feel the heat!

Kilauea Volcano Bike Tour ancient lava flows

Kilauea Volcano Bike Tour - Bike around the most active volcano in the world!

Kilauea Volcano Bike Tour ancient lava flows

Biking through the lush rainforest in the Crater Rim

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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 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.

The adventure continues as you wind your way through the rainforest and down the Chain of Craters Road. You will see several large pit craters, a lava shield volcano, and petrified lava trees. The bike route ends at Mau Loa O Mauna Ulu where you’ll experience the massive Mauna Ulu lava flow. There are many stops along the bike route to view and photograph this incredible volcanic scenery and learn about the history of this ever-changing dynamic landscape.

You will then return to the Kilauea summit by van and pay a visit to the famous Thurston Lava Tube. At this stop you may take a short optional walk through the giant fern forest and explore this fascinating lava tube. This fully narrated adventure is truly one of a kind!

For Kona pickup the minimum party size is 6; smaller parties may do the Volcano Bike / Lava Walk Combo instead.
General Information
Schedule: Daily

Duration: Approximately 5 hours from Hilo and 10 hours from Kona/Waikoloa.

Bike distance: Approximately 14 miles

Pick up: Cruise ship passengers – Hilo cruise ship dock at typically 8:30am, but is adjusted to match your cruise ship’s arrival time for ships arriving later than 8:00am. Guests from Hilo – Hilo Hawaiian Hotel on Banyan Drive (71 Banyan Dr, Hilo, HI 96720 Click to view map) at typically at 8:45am. 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.

Tour includes: Deli lunch (turkey, ham & cheese, tuna, or veggie) and beverages. Van support throughout tour if you need to take a break from biking and ride in the van anytime during the tour.

Gear Provided: High quality mountain bikes, helmets, gloves, bike bag, and rain jackets

What to Bring & Wear: Layered clothing, closed toed Shoes, sun glasses, sunscreen, and camera

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: From Hilo – minimum age to ride a bike is 5, but children under 4’10″ and/or under 85 pounds will have a “tag-along” bike that connects to a parent’s bike. Parents must have the ability to ride with a tag along and keep up with the group. If the parent is unable to keep up with the group, or the child is too little to ride a bike of their own, the child may be required to ride in the van. From Kona/Waikoloa – 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. Minimum party size for Kona pickup is 6 … for parties smaller than 6 consider doing the Volcano Bike / Lava Walk Combo instead.

Rider Requirements: No complete beginners – all riders need to know how to ride a bike. Closed toed shoes and eye protection (sunglasses) are required. No pregnant women or riders with heart or respiratory problems are allowed on the tour.

Tour Minimums: A minimum of five participants are required to operate these tours … if your party size is less than 5 and they don’t get other bookings for your date, the tour operator will contact you to reschedule your tour on a date when they have other bookings.

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. Occasionally the tour operator schedules a shorter 2.5 hour to 3 hour tour instead of the full volcano bike tour described above. This shorter “summit special” tour does not include lunch and is $20 less per rider. If you prefer this shorter tour, please call our office toll-free at 1.877.678.7333 and we will check to see if the shorter tour is available on your requested date.

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

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Ride through lush fern forests
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Bike around Kilauea Volcano

CVolcano Bike Toursruise Ship Passengers

The Volcano Bike Tours are available for cruise ship passengers who are in port in Hilo. Round trip transportation is included.

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!

There are actually two different tour operators who run this Kilauea Volcano Bike Tour … we will reserve your tour with the company that best fits your group. The basic biker rate is the same either way … but sometimes one company will have a confirmed trip already scheduled for a particular date whereas the other company needs a few more reservations to make the trip a “go.” Trust us … a confirmed trip that is a “go” is the one you want to be on! One tour operator has a minimum age of 12 where the other takes bikers as young as 5, so if you have any children in your party that will determine which company we book for you. The other company does West Side pickups, so if you are staying in Kona or Waikoloa and want someone else to do the driving (a really nice option), that will determine which tour company we use. We’re good at this … you pick your date and your pickup location, and we’ll get you on the tour that’s best for you!