Epic Island Volcano Journey in Kailua-Kona, HI

Hawaii Forest & Trail73-5593 Olowalu StreetKailua-Kona, Big Island, HI 96740
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Overview

Offering an 11- to 12-hour experience, the Epic Island Volcano Journey lets guests enjoy a unique adventure exploring the Big Island with an active volcano. Included in the journey are a delicious island breakfast, a deli trio-style lunch, an afternoon snack, beverages and a souvenir water bottle. The tour also offers a visit to four national park sites, private tours at Kau Coffee Mill, and more.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Kailua-Kona, Big Island Travel Experts
  • Tour duration: approx. 12 hours.
  • Lunch included.
  • Walking sticks, day packs, warm wear, and rain ponchos provided.
  • Guests should bring comfortable closed-toe walking shoes, long pants, and a light jacket.
  • Active lava viewing conditions change daily and even hourly.

Description

from Epic Island Volcano Journey
Wander off-the-beaten path and visit the island's most awe-inspiring sites. This full day journey covers all your Big Island "must do" experiences and more, and is enhanced by a gourmet sustainably-sources farm to fork menu featuring island-inspired favorites and culturally themed delicacies. This unforgettable journey, led by an expert interpretive guide, is an amazing blend of history and culture.

Highlights:
- Explore an active volcano and visit 4 different National Park sites
- Search for sea turtles strolling the fine crystal black sands of Punaluu
- Learn how lava tubes are formed at a private cave system
- Enjoy private tours at Kau Coffee Mill and tropical fruit farm

Menu:
Savory Island Breakfast: Fresh fruit, choice of ham & egg or vegetarian breakfast wrap, local banana bread, 100% Kona coffee & assorted hot tea.
Farm to Fork Lunch: "Deli Trio" Turkey, Ham & Smoked Fish sandwiches or Garden Fresh Veggie sandwich, Big Island Potato Chips and Chocolate MacNut cookie.

Tour Time:
Duration: 6:50am - 6:30pm

Dress code:
Closed-toe shoes, wear/bring long pants, and a light jacket.

Restrictions:
Guests should not be physically challenged or unable to walk short distances on uneven terrain. Ages 8 years and older.

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AK907Angela
Anchorage, Alaska
"Awesome Mauna Kea Summit & Stars Adventure"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 19, 2019 NEW
Our group of four participated in the Mauna Kea Summit & Stars Adventure last night. Justin was our trusted leader & guide. From the very start, he was friendly, upbeat and learned all of our (sometimes unique and hard-to-pronounce) names. He outlined our itinerary for the day, explaining where we would stop, bathroom breaks, meal plans and, ultimately, what to expect for our sunset & Star-gazing experience. Every aspect of the trip was carefully orchestrated for efficiency, timeliness and fun. We had a great time hearing about the geologic history of the island, the evolution of the land, vulcanology, and Justin’s personal experiences with them all. Our group was 14 people from all over the world and Justin was a effective host / facilitator, encouraging us to get to know one another and then including everyone to share their personal backgrounds. Ultimately, I’d recommend this experience to the amateur astronomer, geologist, naturalist, scientist, or any small group looking for a cool (literally COLD 😉), nighttime excursion. Couple of tips: Long pants, warm socks, plenty of layers, and closed-toed, solid shoes (not a lightweight air-hole, mesh sneaker!) are an absolute must! Lastly, spend a couple minutes reading about altitude change & it’s effects. It effected us all differently. Some felt dizzy, others mildly nauseated, and others mildly drunk and tipsy. We all felt normal by the time we hit the visitor center at 9,000 feet. To break it down: Overall Experience: Five stars Tour Guide: Five Stars Bathroom trip frequency: Five Stars Food: 4.5 stars - Big portions, good flavors, but served at about 4pm. Eat a light lunch or late brunch beforehand. Some people in our group had only just finished lunch and skipped their meal. Would definitely go again! Angela from Alaska
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welwyntune
Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
"Great excursion, unfortunately weather was poor"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 18, 2019 NEW
Picked up as arranged on time, well looked after. Food reasonable. Parkas and gloves provided and were needed. Unfortunately the weather was blowing a gale and thick cloud but guide made a real effort to find a place where we could see the stars. He was very knowledgeable.
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Navigate46049577231
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
"Top od mauna kea"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 17, 2019 NEW
Awesome experience. Everything was thoughtfully planned and arranged. Our guide was friendly, caring and super knowledgeable about the sights. The setting is breathtaking and having our own portable telescope to use after dark was a nice touch. Never thought I would be wearing a PARKA in HI. Definitely recommend.
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Tom L
La Pine, Oregon
"An Excellent Value"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 16, 2019 NEW
My wife and I went on the Hakalau Forest Reserve outing. It was a 12 hour day. Garry was our guide. Extremely knowledgeable both Hawaiian culture and birding wise. Pleasant too! We spent a good seven hours in the Reserve. He made every effort to find birds and make sure we all saw the bird. We were lucky and had excellent weather on the trip. Not that it would have been their fault if we had not. So, we had a great day of birding with an excellent guide.
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Tourist08152872909
"Despite the weather, had a great time."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 15, 2019 NEW
Justin was our guide, and he was the best! Never saw such an enthusiastic and energetic guide in my life! The food was great, love the brownies and hot choco. The sunset was just amazing, must see event. We were unlucky because it was too cloudy to see the stars but still had a great time, we got to see the nebula and the stars in the orion belt and sirius. Didn’t know north star was that low in hawaii! Anyway, I recommend you all to take this trip, it was worth it. And hope you would meet Justin as your guide!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Epic Island Volcano Journey

How much hiking do we do?
We’ll stop a couple times throughout the adventure for short hikes of less than one mile each.

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. The best chance to see the active lava flow is on our Twilight Volcano Adventure.

How long is this tour?
This tour is approximately 11-12 hours round trip and departs from the Hawaii Forest & Trail Headquarters.

Can children 7 and younger go on this tour?
No, this tour is for ages 8 and up only.

What should I bring?
You should wear comfortable closed-toe walking shoes, long pants, and a light jacket. Rain Ponchos will be provided.

Are there any walking restrictions?
Guests should be able to hike on uneven or rocky terrain. They sometimes encounter cool, wet or muddy conditions.