Big Island of Hawaii

Big Island BIG Volcano Adventure from Kona: Small Group

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Big Island BIG Volcano Adventure from Kona Small Group

From $227.50

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


The Big Island is one of the most diverse places on earth. For visitors, it can be difficult to comprehend the vastness of the island's diversity but this tour offers the chance to immerse yourself in it. You'll explore the rainforests and waterfalls along Mauna Kea's Hamakua Coast and the summit of the active volcano Kilauea in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, before watching Kilauea's lava lake glowing after sunset.
  • Choose between a small-group tour limited to 6 people or a private tour exclusively for your party
  • Get insights into local geography and history from your guide
  • Hassle-free pickup and drop-off from your hotel
  • See rainforests, waterfalls, sea cliffs, and lava flowing from an active volcano

What's Included

  • Hotel/Airport pickup and drop-off
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Picnic lunch
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Gratuities
  • Dinner

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

09:00 AM

Pickup details

We also pickup at vacation rentals and bed and breakfasts island wide.

What To Expect

The Volcano Van Private Tours

9 hours Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately. Conditions subject to change.
  • Please bring along close-toed shoes.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • A maximum of 6 people per booking.
  • A minimum of 2 people per shared and 1 per exclusive is required.
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers

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 canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The scenery was amazing, the volcano was extremely interesting to see and our guide, Scott, was very informative. We would definitely recommend this tour.


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Beautiful Island
Sandra_J, Sep 2023
The scenery was amazing, the volcano was extremely interesting to see and our guide, Scott, was very informative. We would definitely recommend this tour.
Cheryl_I, Sep 2023
Aloha!! Scott from the volcano Van was awesome with his geeky knowledge of volcanos. U can tell it is def his passion!! Driving in an active volcano was so cool and then to see the lave coming from the shield volcano was the best part of the whole HI experience and we r on tour for 2 wks of all 4 Islands. Still have maui to do. Ty, mahalo!!! Cheryl and Kevin. 😀
Amazing Big Island in a day
Doug_T, Sep 2023
We were lucky to experience Kilauea erupting. Scott was very knowledgeable about volcanoes and the history of the island. In addition to the awesome volcano experience, we traveled backroads through lush vegetation and saw dramatic waterfalls, gulch, lava tunes, bucolic pastures and incredibly beautiful and pristine coastline. This was an amazing one day overview of the big island.
Great experience. Essential tour for those who want to see it all quickly & comfortably!
Sara_F, Sep 2023
Scott was knowledgeable, very funny, kind & accommodating. I had a muscle injury in my back that got worse during my honeymoon on the big island, and I was really disappointed about not being able to hike and get around as much as I’d wanted. This tour covered all the essentials on the island, from hitting all the biggest wonders, to learning about the unique ecology of the island, to the vast and rich history over the centuries, and even seeing towns and getting an idea of what it’s like to be a local. We had a lot of fun and it was so great to get this experience in while there. Most of the trip was comfortable in the car, but when we were out and my back pain started to slow me down, I was so appreciate to Scott for his patience and kindness. This is a great tour for anyone who doesn’t have the time or ability to trek the whole beautiful island on foot! (There was moderate walking - I’d write with any mobility inquiries - I just know my issue was able to be accommodated.) Anyway, 5 stars!!!!! Wishing Scott the best + so grateful for the memories!!! Also lol at my husband’s foot sunburn - just wanted to display some of the black sand beach magic
Very enjoyable and informative island tour.
Michael_A, Sep 2023
Black sand beach and sea turtles and volcano plus waterfalls. Pastery was also delicious. Guide was very knowledgeable.
Great experience
Lori_R, Aug 2023
Scott was an excellent tour guide. Very knowledgeable & energetic of the island & specifically Volcanoes. Would definitely recommend!
Jennifer_D, Aug 2023
Scott was awesome! He knew all the perfect places to stop for sightseeing and to snack! We all learned a lot and had a great time.
A well narrated historic sightseeing tour
karen_w, Jul 2023
Scott, our tour guide was top-notch... his vast knowledge of Hawaiian history made it a very informative and enjoyable day. Going to Volcano National Park to the top of Kilauea to see the caldera and craters was an amazing experience, and we heard many stories about the lava fields and channels on the drive along the way. Added highlights were stops at Thurston Lava Tube, Akaka Falls and other historic state parks, including a black sand beach near the end of the tour. Scott continued a detailed overview of all that we saw and made the trip worthwhile.
Nice tour would recommend
Harold_W, Jul 2023
Scott did a great job very informative guide. We enjoyed the Volcano and the waterfalls. all the information provided was very interesting and we found Hilo to be a nice little community.
A lot of fun blended into an educational experience!
Lisa_P, Jul 2023
Scott did a fabulous job! His photography skills are exceptional. The small group is the only way to go!
Scott is a walking...
Navneet_V, Jun 2023
Scott is a walking encyclopedia of island’s history, culture, and natural wonders. His genuine warmth, and approachability created a friendly and comfortable atmosphere throughout the tour. He surely make an effort to connect with each member of the group. We highly recommend booking a tour with Scott and prepared to be amazed and inspired by island’s rich heritage and natural beauty.
Great way to see Big Island
Harrison_W, Jun 2023
Scott is very informative … he sure knows his volcanoes! The trip was smooth with some great little stops along the way. Would recommend this trip
Great tour
Jean_G, Jun 2023
Scott was very knowledgeable and gave a great overview of the island. Loved the waterfalls and lava tube.
Volcano Van fans!
Raelynn_M, Jun 2023
Amazing time with Scott and the volcano van! Great information about the drive and specific sights. He had a scope and binoculars which highlighted views at lava flow. Would go again. He also recommended Greenwell coffee farm tour. That was also very good and worth the time and money.
Volcano Man is the tour guide you want!!
DEBORAH_A, Jun 2023
Volcano Man was an awesome tour guide! He was very knowledgeable about The Big Island and all of the volcanic information you could possibly want! We were lucky enough to be here during an eruption and he knew just where to stand and brought awesome equipment to see it up close. The bamboo forest and lava tubes were so cool. Highly recommend this tour!!
Great view of most scenic...
Wendy_L, May 2023
Great view of most scenic & interesting parts of big island. Scott, our guide, was very friendly and extremely knowledgeable
The Volcano Man
Robert_R, May 2023
Don’t leave Big Island without doing this tour We booked this as private tour and Scott the Volcano Man was our guide. He knows everything about island and his volcano knowledge is extensive. Scott so friendly made us feel like family. Our best tour in Hawaii
Awesome Big Island Tour + Volcanoes Up Close!
Jody_C, May 2023
It was a magnificent excursion! Beyond our expectations. Scott, our driver/tour guide was wonderful. Not only did he take us literally around the Big Island but he really plussed the experience with his incredible knowledge about the islands’ history (geographically, politically, etc. ) and the science behind all the past and recent volcanic activities and how they shaped the island.. Standing at the edge of the crater seeing steam rising from the vents was magical. I highly recommend this particular experience. Cannot imagine anything better than The Volcano Van!!
Private eight hour tour of the Big Island and Kilauea!
Peter_C, May 2023
Scott, what a pleasure it was to be introduced to this Big Island by you. You were perfect in sharing the information about volcanos and everything that goes into making an island in the ocean. Love your heart too. Much more fun than I expected. Standing at the edge of Kilauea crater was something I will never forget! A small private tour is the way to go!! Scott is a walking encyclopedia of everything Hawaii.
Wow, Wow, Wow most of Kona
Pepper_M, May 2023
Scott was fabulous!!! We had what was a private tour because there were no other bookings on our day, wow, a $1200 value. Scott took us to a black sand beach and saw turtles, then Volcanoes National park to see the steaming caldera, then the lava tube caves, then to a beach with craggy black lava formations, Laupahoehoe, then old town Hilo with its Monkey Pod tree collection, whew…9 hours of driving! We saw 75% of the entire Kona Island….THANKS SCOTT! Wonderful trip.

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