5 hrs
Minimum Age
Big Island

Hidden Craters Hike

Venture onto private land behind 3 locked gates to explore the upper slopes of Kona’s very own volcano – Hualalai.

This journey provides intimate, unique access to the site of multiple volcanic eruptions from the 1800s, all within a short distance. Explore a unique lava tube and capture scenic views of the coastline.

Highlights include:
  • Exclusive private access onto Hualalai volcano and into a native forest
  • Take pleasure in a 3-4 mile hike through untouched cloud forest with incredible vistas of the Kona coast.
  • Stand on the edge of precipitous volcanic craters that plunge deep into the earth below
  • Climb through a segment of a lava tube
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DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Tours depart from Hawaii Forest & Trail Headquarters. 5 hours round trip.

73-5593 A Olowalu Street, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive promptly 15-30 minutes before your adventure.
  • Trail bar snacks and bottled water.
  • Walking sticks, warm wear, day packs and rain ponchos.
  • Customers will receive a full refund with 24 hours notice of cancellation.
  • Private tours: Customers will receive a full refund with 72 hours notice of cancellation.

Cancellations within the cancellation period and “no-shows” will be charged the FULL AMOUNT of the tour.

Hidden Craters Hike
Ages 8 to 12.

This adventure is operated by Hawaii Forest & Trail

  1. How much hiking do we do? We’ll stop a couple of times throughout the adventure for short hikes of less than ½ mile.
  2. Is there elevation gain? Our tour ranges from sea level to 6,000 feet. We will meander on a single track trail through native forest with a mild elevation change of approximately 30 feet. While exploring the lava tube, expect to descend and ascend approximately 30 – 40 feet.
  3. How many different types of volcanic features will I see? Along the tour, we’ll see 200-year-old lava flow, spatter cones, fissures, and collapse pits.
  4. Do we need any special type of equipment to explore the lava tube? The lava tube we visit is perfect for the casual adventurer.  We’ll descend via earthen steps with a rope to assist and there’s enough ambient light to see all of the major features inside the cave.
  5. Is Hualalai Volcano active? Technically speaking, yes.  Hualalai’s last eruption ended in 1801 so it is considered active.  However, magma is not close to the surface so we won’t see any geothermal activity.