Big Island Active Volcano Adventure Tour

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Big Island Hawaii Volcano Adventure

From USD 180.76

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 10 hours 30 minutes
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


On this exciting full-day Kilauea volcano adventure, scour fields of jet black lava in search of volcanic activity, from steaming vents to gaping volcanic craters. Trek through the Thurston Lava Tube and In addition to the sights in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, you’ll also make trips to Rainbow Falls.
  • Full-day tour of Big Island Hawaii Volcano National Park
  • Explore Nahuku Lave Tube and Helema'uma'u Crater
  • Scenic drive through Hilo Town and Banyan Drive
  • Learn the natural history of the Big Island volcanoes
  • Professionally narrated tour

Why Travellers Choose This Tour

If you're looking to get as close to the lava flows as possible, this is your best bet. Your full-day adventure also features quality time on Kilauea and visits to the cavelike Thurston Lava Tube and the Jaggar volcano museum.

What's Included

  • Tour narration by a professional driver/guide
  • Pick-up and drop-off at specific Hilo hotels
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park admission fee
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
  • Transportation from Kona

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

07:30 am

What To Expect

Ever since it began erupting in 1983, Kilauea has been one of the most world’s most active and fiery lava flows. On this full-day Big Island volcano adventure, you’ll not only experience the volcanic formations Kilauea has left behind, but also potentially witness the lava as Earth is created before your eyes.

The tour begins in downtown Hilo by historic Banyan Drive, where you’ll next travel to either a macadamia nut or tropical orchid farm. Upon entering Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, trek through the rainforest to the Thurston Lava Tube that was formed by a river of magma, and tour this well-lit tube to walk where magma once flowed. While the lava tube area is green and lush, the landscape is rockier up near the rim of Haleama’uma’u Crater, where sulfurous steam rises up from the pit and its lava lake far down below.

It’s in this area you’ll tour Jaggar Museum and learn about Kilauea’s past. If current safety conditions permit, you’ll have the chance to seek out lava as it actively flows from the Earth.

Banyan Drive (Pass By)

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Chain of Craters Road (Pass By)

Mauna Loa

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Kilauea Volcano

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Steam Vents

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Nahuku - Thurston Lava Tube

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Akaka Falls State Park

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Hilo (Pass By)

Liliuokalani Gardens (Pass By)

Rainbow Falls

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A light sweater may be needed at the volcano area and sturdy walking shoes are required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Passengers with asthma and other respiratory problems should please consider other tour offerings to avoid potential health problems resulting from exposure to fumes
  • As we cannot predict volcanic activity, features may vary daily depending on conditions. In an effort to make this an unforgettable experience, the tour operators will take you as close as possible to the volcanic activity
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Lava sightings not guaranteed
  • Please contact the tour provider at minimum of 7 days prior to the tour date for ADA and all special requests.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 46 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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153 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travellers.
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Amazing Tour
Julie_D, Sept 2023
Dexter’s knowledge of everything! He was amazing and being able to get out to experience the various landscape. Highly recommend this tour.
Volcano and City Tour in Hilo
sauwanbessie_m, Sept 2023
Just come a long way to see volcanos, time to stay in volcano park should be longer. The weather changes a lot , from rainy in Hilo to the Park up to the top is sunny,I'm so lucky to take a photo with rainbow behind.
Mike_Y, Aug 2023
The MOST BORING TOUR I've ever been!!! I found myself nodding off 3x. Nothing against the driver/narrator Gabe.. but his monotone voice lulled me to sleep!!!😴 He could use an energy drink or coffee. The lack of energy was so contagious. I think the highlight of the Tour was the sandwich and chips we were given at lunch! They were so good but found our lunch interrupted by a couple of 5minute stops. I advice you to take this Tour on your own and save your money! The sights and stops are all bunched together and close by.. and can easily be driven to. My drive from Kona to the pickup location at Hilo was longer than all the drives this Tour made. Also, the van was so packed and we were all crammed at the back! Not to mention late.. But, if you have $325 to spare and need some sleep- then, this is the Tour to take!!!🤣🤣🤣 Sorry, I think the driver is nice and all (we even tipped him coz we felt so sorry the guy) but I think tourists shouldn't waste they're hard earned money and their day on this tour.
Response from Host, Aug 2023
Aloha, we are sorry to hear that the tour and driver's performance didn't meet your expectations. Thank you for the feedback, which we have shared with our management team for appropriate follow up. Mahalo.
Volcanoes and more!
Norma_M, July 2023
I like the places we visited and our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. We visited most of the volcanos but not all. However, the sound was terrible and at time it was hard to understand the explanation. The lunch that the tour provided was ok. I suggest to add some fruit to it. The tour lasted less than 10 hours.
Learned so much.
Karen_W, July 2023
The whole thing was great. Even got a little time in the farmers market and Hilo Town. Our driver had wonderful suggestions on what else to see on our own.
A Sight to See
Liz_G, June 2023
Joseph was great and the summit was one amazing experience! Glad parkas were available to everyone. Hot chocolate and learning about the night time stars with Wes was really interesting . Learned a lot.
Volcano Adventure
Nicole_M, Apr 2023
Our Tour Guide Dexter was excellent. Very knowlegable, helpful, personable. Enjoyed our adventure w him
Knowledgeable guide.
Dan_B, Mar 2023
Our guide was very knowledgeable. He was happy to chat and answer any questions as well as share his experiences.
Fantastic tour of Hilo & Kilauea
Chris_L, Feb 2023
Best way to see & learn about Hilo — I’m so glad we took this tour. Our guide Dexter is a Hilo native and shared a thousand pieces of info about Hilo and the surrounding area that we never would have known otherwise. Highlights were Kilauea (bring a raincoat, just in case), and Rainbow Falls. Mahalo, Dexter!
Couldn't be better tour of the Big Island
James_D, Jan 2023
The volcano and the lava tube were very interesting. We saw the best sites of the island in one tour.
Had a great time!
Ellen_C, Jan 2023
Our tour guide Dexter, was very kind and knowledgeable! He explained everything we were seeing so well and answered every question any of us had! There was so much packed into one day and it was organized very well to make sure we had enough time to see it all!
Great tour !!! Our guide...
Claire_P, Jan 2023
Great tour !!! Our guide dexter was very kind and full of knowledge. It was a full day tour with volcanos and waterfalls. We had the chance to see red lava . I recommend this tour
A bit disappointed with the tour
KIET_T, Dec 2022
Dexter was a good tour guide. He knew a lot about the island. However, the tour schedule could have been better. He just followed his schedule. The tour took us to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. We did stop at some popular spots there like lava rock, lava tube, overlook, etc. I think these are amazing. After the volcano trip, we drove 1.5 hour back to Hilo to see Akaka Falls, Hilo towns, black sand beach, Liliuokalani Gardens, Rainbow Falls and Kamehameha Statue. These places are so close to each other that's why we were able to see so many things. However, there are nothing special about them. I mean it's just a statue , a normal park and waterfalls. If you google those places I mentioned and look at photos, there are really nothing special personally. I wish I have a chance to see something better or more unique Overall, I think some people may like this tour but not for me. Some of these tourist attractions are so mundane. Also, on Viator, the tour said the start time is 8:15AM but in reality, it's 7:45! Tour company needs to update this information
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Mahalo for your feedback - we appreciate you taking the time to share your comments.
Best volcano tour
Vu_D, Nov 2022
I absolutely loved seeing the volcano and other parts of the island including the lava rocks, the lava tube, and the waterfalls.
Amazing Day at the Big Island
David_C, Oct 2022
I enjoyed this tour with my family It was a great tour on the Hilo side of the island and worked out great for me because I flew into Hilo Tour guide dexter was great
A perfect day to end my long weekend on the Big Island of Hawaii. Thank you. Ivan
IvanJoel_S, Sept 2022
Made a lot of stops through the East side of Hawaii. A great day. Experienced driver new from personnel experience about the island we tour. Thank you.
Worth every penny. Amazing tour.
Alejandra_G, Sept 2022
Dexter, our tour guide did an amazing job driving and explaining every detail on trees, places, volcanoes, flowers, etc. I am so glad we took this tour instead of driving myself because with Dexter we did not miss anything!
This trip is just ok.
Hermogenes_A, July 2022
This trip should have been a separate tour guide aside from the driver. To focus on telling us the story about the place. The itinerary presentation should have been well prepared to highlight the scenic spots and different stories and history about the place.
This was by far the WORST and I mean...
Hector S, July 2018
This was by far the WORST and I mean the WORST tour I've ever taken! To begin with, there's no such thing as a Volcano Tour here, period! Ever since Kilauea decided to erupt back in April, this tour should have been canceled--or else, call it a different name--period! The tour did not take us anywhere near the volcano, of course. Instead, they took us on a really long and boring tour around Hilo and some other natural attractions i.e., water falls, and a black sand beach. Other than that, all you see is the exiting town of Hilo, a nice Japanese park in Hilo too and have lunch at the Hilo mall. They also had to stop for some other people at the airport--the ones who actually booked a helicopter lava tour?. Of course, we had to wait for them sitting on a bus for I don't know how long. What bothers me the most about this tour is that even when they knew the Volcano National Park and Jaeger Museum had been closed for quite some time, they didn't even bother to contact me to let me know about the modifications they did to the tour--which, like I mentioned, had nothing to do with volcanoes at all. Instead, they just changed the scheduled altogether and that was that. I had to actually contact them directly to find out about the status of this tour. They person who picked up the phone sounded like a clueless high school kid with absolutely no knowledge of the services her company was offering (not Viator, by the way). The only redeemable feature of this tour was our guide Leroy, who was super nice and professional. He was able to tell us many interesting stories about Hawaii, which were very enlightening and entertaining. My daughter and I ended up taking a Lava Tour on a boat instead with a different local provider. That was a really an unforgettable experience. So... bottom line, if you want to do something, anything remotely related to volcanoes, this tour AS OF NOW is definitely not for you.
I absolutely loved the tour. I'd...
Abilynn M, May 2018
I absolutely loved the tour. I'd strongly recommend it for anyone looking for a fun and informative day tour from Hilo. The tour guide was informative and entertaining and we were lucky enough to be able to view some volcanic actions from Halemaumau after the fog had lifted. I can't wait to return to Big Island and take the tour again.

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