The geologic creation of the Hawaiian island chain, a timeless battle between the elemental forces of fire and water, is one of the world’s greatest natural history stories. There’s not a better place on earth to witness and understand the awesome nature of volcanoes than at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. There is no better way to explore the park than in the company of one of Hawaii Forest and Trail’s Interpretive Naturalists. They will show you the “must see” places within the park while you learn about their geological and historic significance.

Following the May 2018 eruption, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park was closed for several months. It’s back open again, and Hawaii Forest and Trail is thrilled to be able to offer “Kilauea Volcano Unveiled.”

Join the professionals of Hawaii Forest and Trail on an intriguing and provocative journey through space and time. On your way to the 13,796′ summit of Mauna Kea you will learn about the remarkable evolution and changes the Hawaiian islands have experienced.  Stand in awe amidst the largest collection of telescopes on earth -witnessing some of the most dramatic scenery you’ll ever experience.  Choose between Mauna Kea tours by sunset or by sunrise!
For cruise ship passengers, the Hilo Cruise Ship Volcano allows you to experience the awesome nature of volcanoes at Volcanoes National Park in a comfortable motor coach. In addition to the Volcanoes National Park, you will explore more of Hilo’s surroundings, including Akatsuka Orchid Nursery, Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory, and Rainbow Falls.
kilauea crater
Billowing plumes from the crater
mauna kea
Views from the highest point in Hawaii

CVolcano Toursruise Ship Passengers

Only Bike to Pele Tour and the Hilo Cruise Ship Volcano & Waterfall Tour are available for cruise ship passengers who are in port in Hilo. Transportation is available from Hilo Harbor.


Activity Tips

Kevin Ditamore – Owner / Manager

I can’t imagine going to the Big Island and not making the trip down to see the active volcano. Even on days when lava viewing is not possible the evidence of recent volcanic activity is everywhere. You’ll see steam vents and smell sulfur in the air. This park is rich in history too.The drive to Kilauea from the Kona side of the island takes about three hours each way. Having someone else do the driving for you while you are free to look out the window and take in the view is something that you will very much appreciate. Your guide will not only drive for you … you’ll also LEARN about what you are looking at out the window. You’ll come away with an understanding of how the Hawaiian islands were formed and gain a great appreciation for the unique climates and eco-system.Occassionally we get clients who are staying in Hilo ask about this tour. The price of this tour includes round trip transportation from the Kona / Waikoloa area. We don’t recommend this tour for people who are staying in the Hilo area. If you are staying in Hilo you are only 35-40 minutes away from the volcano and you are better off just driving there in your rental car. Admission to the national park is $10 per vehicle and there are visitor’s centers, films, exhibits, and lots of rangers to assist you in answering questions during your visit to the park.One of the advantages of doing this tour is the benefit of having an experienced guide with you to lead you out to the active lava flow (if there is red hot lava accessible). You’ll have the confidence to experience the lava firsthand knowing that the guide knows where it is safe and where it is not safe to go.

Lava viewing conditions change … it is sometimes possible to get close to the active flow, but not always. There is no guarantee that you will see red hot lava on this tour. Sometimes the closest lava is miles from the nearest road and the hike just isn’t possible in the time constraints of this tour. Other times lava can be viewed with a short 10 minute walk.

One final consideration … alcohol is not permitted on these tours. We recently had some clients show up with a cooler of their favorite adult beverage and the tour operator did not permit the cooler to be brought on board. You can’t drink alcohol in the tour vehicle per Hawaii state laws. Tthe tour operator is also concerned about the increased risk of a slightly tipsy individual falling while walking across lava field. Lava is basically rock made up of tiny glass particles and it HURTS if you fall on it!