Deluxe Big Island Day Tour: Volcanoes and Dinner
This tour does not include lengthy hikes but there are a few short walks to and from our points of interest.
What to Expect:
Take in expansive views of the Kona coastline on your way to a premium coffee farm for lunch followed by a sweet treat at the Punalu’u Bakery. Then, dip your feet in a black sand beach before our tour climbs 4,000 feet to visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park where you’ll see some of the world’s most unique geological landscapes. We end the day with a 3-course dinner, then head back to Kona over Saddle Road under the stars of the Milky Way. Catered meals, park fees, and private access to some of the island’s treasures are included. Our National Park certified guides invite you to relax, put away your GPS, and enjoy the scenery of the Big Island.
A deli-style lunch and a 3-course dinner at Kilauea Lodge are provided.
Vegetarian and vegan options are available.
For their comfort, this tour is not suitable for children under the age of 5.
This tour is for guests 5 years and older. It does not include long hikes but there are a few short walks to and from our points of interest. Passengers traveling with a wheelchair or walker are more than welcome to join our tour. Spacious Mercedes passenger vans provide the ultimate comfort for guests hoping to avoid large 50-passenger vans and want a more personal and authentic Hawaiian Experience. The Deluxe Volcano Experience is designed to give our guests an affordable first-class tour while experiencing all that the Big Island has to offer!
Points of Interest:
Premium Kona Coffee Farm, Punalu’u Bake Shop, Punalu’u Black Sand Beach, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kilauea Caldera Overlook, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Visitor’s Center, steam vents, Thurston Lava Tube, Saddle Road.
An English-speaking driver/guide, Mercedes 15 passenger mini-coach, a gourmet snack basket, bottled water, a variety of sodas and juices, hot beverages, lavender scented hot & cold towel service, umbrellas and lightweight jackets in the event of rain, parka jackets, a deli-style lunch, and a 3 course restaurant dinner. This tour has a maximum of 13 passengers to provide plenty of headroom in the cabin and comes with a state-of-the-art audio and visual public address package. If anyone in your party has dietary restrictions that are not indicated in your reservation, please contact our team at 808-938-4057.
What to Bring:
Sunscreen, sunglasses, camera, and a hat (optional). We recommend bringing a small backpack or tote bag for your personal items as there is plenty of room in our spacious cabin.
What to Wear:
Although Hawaii is home to the endless summer, there are places and times where the temperature can drop substantially. Weather can change dramatically from hot and humid to cool and wet conditions. Wear comfortable closed-toe footwear. A hat and sunglasses are optional but highly recommended. Most guests wear a light jacket and/or bring long pants for after sunset.
You can see the 10-day forecast for Volcanoes National Park here.
What is Served:
A deli-style picnic lunch will be served between 12:30-1pm
Seasonal selections may vary.
A three course dinner at the historic Kilauea Lodge will be served between 5:30-6:45pm
Seasonal selections may vary.
Tour description and itinerary are subject to change. Due to the topographical and weather changes that have recently affected the tour area, some attractions, and sites may be unreachable or unsafe to visit. Park officials have recently reopened Hawaii Volcanoes National Park with several restrictions as they continue to make repairs. Park officials have been known to restrict entry without notice. No refunds due to park restrictions.
Deluxe Big Island Day Tour: Volcanoes and Dinner
12 years and above
Ages 5-11 years old
We will promise an incredible volcano experience but unfortunately cannot control the weather. Guests will be charged 100% of the tour price for cancellations made within 24 hours of the scheduled tour.
A combined minimum of 4 guests is required for a tour to operate. Should a tour not meet the tour minimum, customers will have the option to reschedule or receive a full refund. Advance notice will be provided at least 12 hours before the start time.
How large will my tour be?
We operate Mercedes Sprinter mini-coaches with a maximum capacity of 14 passengers. If you’re looking for a private, romantic getaway for two, a small group of just a few, a large corporate event or wedding, we can handle up to 80 passengers at one time!
How comfy are the vehicles?
Very! Our guides want to work for us because we pamper the guests AND the guides! Having driven low-roof, hard-seated, worn-out vans in the past, we understand the importance of being comfortable on the ride to the volcano (or around the island!)
Maintaining a fleet of Mercedes Benz passenger vans is more expensive than using inferior vehicles, but we never cut corners on safety or customer service – ever.
Our brand new vehicle even has reclining leather seats! Our vans have high roofs to maneuver through the cabin, adjustable air conditioning, seatbelt extensions, cup holders, and large windows for the best views. Our audio/visual package is top-of-the-line with a large flip-down monitor and separate speakers for video and guide headset. This technology allows for the driver/guide to show video while narrating; it’s the ultimate way to cruise the Big Island!
Where do the tours start?
Free front door pick-ups at all major West Hawaii hotels and resorts. We also offer the option to meet at a central meeting point to accommodate a busy vacation schedule, if you prefer. For bed and breakfasts or smaller resorts, we’re happy to work with you. Leave the driving to us!
Can you accommodate wheelchairs?
Our vans are equipped to handle the easy storage of a collapsible wheelchair or other medical equipment. We do not have a wheelchair lift, however. We have also installed an extra hydraulic side step for extra easy on and off for all riders.
How much walking or hiking will I be doing?
Nearly all tours include the opportunity for a few short walks. However, none of them include any walking longer than 20 minutes with the exemption of the Kona Coffee, Cloud Forest, and Brewery Experience. Should guests choose to skip any of our short walks, guides are happy to make further accommodations.
For guests wanting to do extensive hiking, we are glad to customize a private tour to cover as much as much ground as you like. Our hiking guides are in excellent shape and will be excited to show off some of the many beautiful hiking trails here on the Big Island.
Passengers traveling with a collapsible wheelchair or walker are more than welcome. Please note, our mini-coaches are equipped to handle easy storage of a wheelchair or other medical equipment. We do not have a wheelchair lift on our vehicles at this time.
What should I wear? What should I bring?
Although Hawaii is home to the endless summer, there are places and times when the temperature can drop substantially. Temperatures at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park can range from 50 to 75 degrees F. Saddle Road temperatures can get even chillier, to perhaps 40 degrees F. recommends wearing comfortable footwear, a hat and sunglasses, and shorts or long pants. Most guests wear a light jacket or bring long pants for after sunset. You have plenty of opportunities to change as the weather changes frequently. Oh, don’t forget your camera!
Are snacks, meals, and tips included in tour prices?
We’ve chosen to work with the best restaurants and caterers on the Big Island to bring our guests an experience of all five senses. We like to eat well and our guests do too!
Tipping is, of course, at the discretion of the tour guest but is customary when great service has been provided. We think our professional tour guides are the very best on the planet and we know they appreciate receiving acknowledgments for their expertise, humor, and ability to make your tour memorable!
Will my cell phone work during my tour?
Although some cell phone carriers have spotty coverage on the Big Island, we’ll be within cell phone range for most of the tours. Private or charter tours to Waipio Valley will have very limited cell phone coverage. Locals seem to prefer it that way, too. We have a charger on board in case your battery runs low, but some guests bring their own mobile battery charger. Then again, it might actually be nice to set down your phone for a while, too. We also rely on “The Coconut Wireless” or shouting across canyons to communicate.
Do you operate tours on holidays?
On most holidays, we do operate. However, we do not operate our regular tour on the Ironman World Championships in October, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Our suppliers don’t operate on those days, so we’ve elected to do the same. Our guides have to get to the beach sometimes, right? If you or your group do wish to tour on a holiday, call us and we will be happy to make arrangements with other restaurants that may be operating that day.