Twilight Volcano Unveiled
Witness an active volcanic eruption as you journey through Hawaii Island’s incredible range of ecosystems and climate zones with your Hawaii Volcanoes National Park certified guide. This in-depth experience will take you off-the-beaten path to explore sites unknown to most visitors, including private access to a lava tube exclusive to Hawaii Forest & Trail.
Visit must-see spots within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, home of Pelehonuamea, the Hawaiian deity of volcanoes, as your interpretive guide illuminates historical events that have changed the landscape of the Park forever.
Your certified Park guide will share with you the geology and natural and cultural history that makes Hawaii Volcanoes National Park one of the most fascinating places on earth for residents, scientists, and visitors alike
Venture down Chain of Craters Road through rainforests, lava flows, and cinder fields
Get up close and personal with volcanic formations such as lava tubes, steam vents & craters
We’ll visit a large private lava tube, or cave, known for its 30+ foot tall ceiling and bright multi-colored microbial mats living on the cave walls. This lava tube is only accessible to guests of Hawaii Forest & Trail.
It takes around 11 to 12 hours from Kona, 10 to 11 hours from Waikoloa, and 7 to 8 hours from Hilo.
Easy to Moderate.
Trips depart daily from Hawaii Forest & Trail Kona Headquarters, Waikoloa Queen’s Market Place, The Shops at Mauna Lani and Kea’au. Tour time is approximately 12 hours round trip from Kona, 11 hours from Waikoloa, and 7-8 hours from the Kea’au pick-up location.
Please note that this tour has a late return time, be sure to have return transportation confirmed and scheduled from your designated pick-up location
Guests are served a deli-style picnic lunch and a warm picnic dinner with snacks and beverages available throughout the day. National Park entrance fees and private cave access fees are also included.
Walking sticks, flashlights, daypacks, raingear, bug repellant, & sunscreen.
What to Bring & Wear
Comfortable closed-toe walking shoes, reusable water bottle, long pants, light jacket, or sweatshirt.
Guests should be able to hike on uneven or rocky terrain. We sometimes encounter cool, wet, or muddy conditions. Other tour restrictions may apply.
Ages 12 and under
This adventure is operated by Hawaii Forest & Trail
- How much hiking do we do? We’ll hike for 2-3 miles at a location determined by park conditions that day.
- Will we get to see active lava? Although there are currently no active eruptions in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and on Kilauea Volcano, active lava viewing can always change in the future. Please contact our office staff for the most current volcano conditions, or visit the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory’s Eruption Update page.