Volcanoes National Park
Kilauea volcano has been erupting steadily since 1982
Kilauea Iki crater
Red hot lava on it's way to the sea
Lava covered the south end of the Chain of Craters road
Inside a lava tube
Rainbow Falls in downtown Hilo
Black Sand Beach
Serene Japanese garden in Hilo
Orchids thrive in the volcanic soil
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The Kilauea Volcano from Kauai is a unique way to spend you day. You will visit the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and learn about the seismic activity and culture built around it. Explore Mauna Loa, the world’s largest volcano, and Kilauea,the world’s most active volcano. Big Island’s culture & legends are closely tied with the natural phenomena of the volcanoes, steam vents, and lava beds. You are not guaranteed to see red-hot lava flow, you may experience a smoldering crater or a steam vent. Along with the volcano, you take in some beautiful & unique scenery.
On this tour, you’ll visit the town of Hilo, Rainbow Falls, Queen Lydia Liliuokalani Gardens, and see amazing natural formations, including the Kilauea Iki Steam Vents and the Thurston Lava Tube. Learn about the chronological life of the volcano at the Jaggar Museum, and view the overlook of the Halema’uma’u Crater.
Time: Departure at 7:00 am and return 10:30pm (Tour times are approximate)
Check in: Please check-in at Kauai Airport 1-hour prior to flight time.
Reservation: Payment is required for this tour at the time the reservation is made.
Cancellations: Since this tour includes interisland airfare, all reservations for this tour are final once the reservation is confirmed. There are no date changes, cancellations, or refunds for this tour because the airline does not allow any changes.
What to Bring & Wear: Please bring your photo IDs for flights. Wear comfortable, covered shoes and dress appropriately. You may wish to bring a light jacket and anticipate both sun and rain conditions. We also recommend sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses. You do not need a swim suit.
Note: No-Host Lunch stop on tour; cost of lunch is not included with tour. Snack opportunities available during tour.
Highlights include: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kilauea Iki Crater, Thurston Lava Tube, Rainbow Falls State Park, Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory, Richardson’s Black Sand Beach
Restrictions: It is not recommended for people with respiratory or heart problems, pregnant women, infants, and young children to visit the park.
Note: There will be times that certain ares of the park will be closed to visitors when Kilauea volcano is emitting high levels of dangerous gas, because volcanic fumes are hazardous.
As of this writing in June of 2020 there is a pause in the eruptive activity at Kilauea. The world’s most active volcano experienced a REALLY long eruptive cycle from 1983 to 2018, when the low-grade eruption and oozing of lava suddenly changed. In May of 2018 the Lower East Rift inflated with magma and new vents opened … one after another … in the heart of the Leilani Subdivision near the town of Pahoa. Spectacular lava fountains, rivers of lava, destroyed homes and businesses, and miles of roadways buried … the lava made its way alla the way to the Kapoho Beach Estates and completely buried vacation homes and some amazing snorkeling tidepools. I cherish my memories of days spent there admiring the corals and sea turtles, but that spot is now gone. The lava suddenly stopped in the late summer and early autumn of 2018 and Kilauea had been quiet ever since, entering what will likely be a 3 or 4 year period of recharging the main magma chamber.
Changes at the Volcanoes National Park are breathtaking as “the bottom dropped out” of the Kilauea Caldera. While there is currently no lava visible anywhere on the Big Island, there is evidence of the recent eruption everywhere, and it is fascinating to see.