Discover Volcano Country in Hilo, HI

Hawaii Forest & Trail1672 Kamehameha AvenueHilo, HI 96720
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Lasting about seven hours round-trip, the Discover Volcano Country tour offers a unique experience visiting Kau—home to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Guests can enjoy seeing the Jaggar Museum, Thurston Lava Tube, Halemaumau Crater, Kau Coffee Mill and more. Tours include park entry fees, a deli-style lunch, beverages, and use of warm wear, rain gear, walking staffs, and daypacks.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Hilo Travel Experts
  • Tour duration: approx. 7 hours.
  • Departs from Big Island Trading Co. in Hilo.
  • Deli-style lunch provided.
  • Recommended for all ages.
  • Sights include Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, crystal-fine black sand, sea turtles, lava tubes, and more.


from Discover Volcano Country
Travel through the remote and rugged landscape of Kau-home to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, historic farming plantations and the famous black sand beach of Punaluu. Discover how the powerful forces of nature have shaped the people and landscape of this dynamic region, Hawaii's largest and district. The perfect blend of nature and culture led by an expert Interpretive Guide.

- Discover all the "must see" spots within the Park; including Jaggar Museum, Thurston Lava Tube, and Halemaumau Crater.
- Sample and shop for award-winning farm fresh coffee at Kau Coffee Mill, along with other Hawaii Island grown treats like macadamia nuts, honey, and chocolate.
- Walk across a crystal-fine black sand beach searching for basking sea turtles at Punaluu.
- Immerse yourself in stories of Hawaiian legends and mythology, with a focus on Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of fire, lightning, wind and volcanoes.
- Explore a lava tube and discover the mysteries of how these tunnels are formed.

Operation/Operation Time:
- Daily
- Departs from Big Island Trading Co. in Hilo
- Duration: Approximately 7hrs

Guests on this tour should not be physically challenged or unable to walk short distances of 1 mile on uneven terrain. Closed-toe shoes required, long pants and a light jacket recommended.

Park entry fees, Coffee and Mac Nut tasting, Deli lunch, beverages, and use of daypacks, walking staffs, rain gear, and warm wear.

Turkey, Ham Tuna or Garden Fresh Veggie sandwich; Maui Potato Chips, Fresh-baked Cookie.

Big Island Customer Reviews

Michael Ricker
Omaha, NE
6 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Great Day"
January, 2019
Very eductional. Kent was out tour guide and he was able to explain the volcano’s and history / insight of the Big Island. Was able to talk to the plants and different climate zones on the tour.

Included a tour of a coffee plantation. I do not really like coffee but theirs was excellent. Best I have ever tasted.
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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
"Awesome hike"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 22, 2019 NEW
Our guide was super informative and totally cool he explained the legends and took us to a water fall so we could take a swim, really cold but awesome.
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Chicago, Illinois
"The stars, the sun and Kim...."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 22, 2019 NEW
We took the early morning star gazing and Mauna Kea Sunrise tour. At over $200 per person plus tip, it wasn’t cheap, but I’ll remember the night, and in the end isn’t that what it is all about? Even with a few caveats it was very memorable and we were all glad we did it. The skies were clear and constellations were incredible. We had a little less than a half moon, beware of the moon, we were fine. Sunrise over the clouds is something you won’t forget. I wish there was less traveling and more time at both spots. And now the small details: We showed up at 2:40 as requested but didn’t leave until after 3 and would have loved to have hit my snooze a couple of more times instead of waiting to rollout. We drove to 2 other pickups along the way. We drove up the mountain and we drove down the mountain and then to breakfast and then to drop off people at the other 2 locations. So you are in the van a very long time. You will spend the majority of time in the van. Anyways, layer up, or wear there parkas, it will get cold. I read about brownies, we never saw that. I heard and read about telescopes or binoculars to view the stars, we never saw either. Kim our guide did a very nice job with the laser point. Kim who I gave a tongue in cheek hard time for being “disgusting happy” at 3 AM was indeed a bowl of sunshine. My wife and I spent a lot of time asking her questions and just engaging in conversation during down time. When my daughter’s special meal didn’t show up, Kim gave her, her own breakfast sandwich. She probably does a lot of little things like that, it’s nice to see that what she does comes so effortlessly. I hope the company recognizes her as an asset.
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David B
"We saw the palia along with more than 30 other species including the pueo and Hawaii amakihi"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 21, 2019 NEW
This was the second time that my wife and I have gone on a birding trip with Hawaii Forest and Trail. It was excellent and I would recommend Hawaii Forest and Trail for anyone who is interested in seeing birds on the Big Island, especially rare endemic Hawaiian birds. Our goal on this trip was to see the palila, a Hawaiian honeycreeper, of which there are only about 1,000 left in the wild. Taj, our bird guide made it happen! We saw the palia along with more than 30 other species including the pueo and Hawaii amakihi. Taj has a wealth of knowledge, not only of birds, but plants, history, culture, and the Hawaiian language. This was a full 12 hour day beginning at 6:00am and we hiked 7 miles over some rough terrain. We will definitely go with Hawaii Forest and Trail again.
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
"Mauna Kea Summit Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 20, 2019 NEW
My husband and I really enjoyed our Mauna Kea Summit and Stars tour with Geraldo. He is an excellent guide who is full of energy and endlessly positive. He shared lots of insights on the native Hawaiian culture and the relationship of this culture with Mauna Kea. That added a richness to our experience. He also taught us a lot about the amazing array of stars that are visible from outside of the Mauna Kea Visitor Center. He made the trip worthwhile even though we won't able to get to the summit since the road was closed above the Visitor Center because of ice.
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"Volcano tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 19, 2019 NEW
2nd time using organization. Melanie and Taz are awesome! Friendly & knowledgeable!! Will use again!!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Discover Volcano Country

How much walking do we do?
They will stop a couple of times throughout the adventure; the longest walk is a short hike of about one mile. Guests should be able to hike on uneven and rocky terrain.

Is there elevation gain?
Except for the lava tube exploration, the trails are relatively level. While exploring the lava tube, expect to descend approximately 30 feet.

Will we get to see active lava?
Due to the dynamic nature of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Kilauea Volcano, active lava viewing conditions can change daily or even hourly.

What should I bring?
You should bring a camera, comfortable walking shoes, long pants and a light jacket.

How long is this tour?
It is about 7 hours round trip.

How many people does this tour take?
Tour is limited to a maximum of 12 guests.

What happens if it rains?
This tour operates rain or shine. Guides will bring raingear for everyone. They only cancel when weather makes transportation or walking hazardous.