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Kilauea Summit to Shore from Kona: Small Group

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    Discover Hawaii's most breathtaking natural sights on a small-group van tour that's brimming with towering volcanoes, lush rainforests, and magnificent coastlines. Experience the islands' many microclimates and environments during a tour that exposes you to a little bit of everything.

    After convenient pickup from your hotel, travel to the lush rainforests found in great abundance on the island's east side. Make your way to Hilo via Saddle Road, reaching an elevation of almost 6,800 feet (2,072 m). Along the way, pass through many of the microclimates that make the Big Island among the most exceptional places in the world.

    As you approach Hilo, glance inside a once-scorching conduit of molten rock from the Mauna Loa Volcano as your guide enlightens you to the significance of lava tubes to Hawaii's creation. After a quick trip into the nearby Kaumana Caves, check out Waianuenue, also known as Rainbow Falls. This stunning 80-foot (24-m) drop has beckoned generations of visitors to Hilo.

    After lunch at Hilo Sharks Coffee, visit the village of Pahoa and drive along the famous Red Road, which follows the Puna Coast on the southeast flank of Kilauea volcano. This beautiful stretch of paradise showcases some of the island's youngest and most scenic coastline. Lush rain forests give way to black cliffs, rocky coastlines, and crashing waves. Your journey along this road ends at Kalapana, a town that was mostly buried by lava in 1990.

    Next up is Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and the summit of Kilauea volcano. Gaze into Kilauea's vast summit caldera, formed 500 years ago. The drive takes you past pit craters, scorched earth, steaming ground, and lava flows old and new. Enjoy plenty of opportunity to stop, look around, and learn about what's going on both above and beneath the ground.

    Purchase dinner at the Lava Rock Cafe in Volcano before traveling back to Kilauea's summit. Here, after the sun has set, witness the stunning glow from the volcano's active lava lake, making for a powerful and serene end your tour.
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    Reviewed March 19, 2019

    Our tour guide Kane,with Wasabi tours was outstanding. His passion for his homeland and for the tourists to understand the importance of the history of Hawaii was ever so apparent as he guided our tour though out the island. I have never been so drawn...More

    Date of experience: February 2019
    Thank pickup93
    Reviewed February 11, 2019

    This tour was fantastic! My husband and I took this tour with Scott a couple of weeks ago and had the best day! Scott is a fun, knowledgable, and passionate tour guide - his enthusiasm for the Big Island volcanoes was contagious! He has the...More

    Date of experience: January 2019
    Thank ClareD63
    Reviewed June 24, 2018

    Just writing this review after a few months, but wanted to tell everyone that this is an excellent tour! We had a small group of four and joined another two for this tour. During our visit there was no active lava like there is now,...More

    Date of experience: February 2018
    Thank Michele B
    Reviewed May 7, 2018

    First, a quick precision, we went on the Volcano Van tour on the 27th April 2018, one week prior to the Kilauea new eruption. We had a great time touring the island with Scott. He picked us up at the Hilton Waikoloa Village at 9.00...More

    Date of experience: April 2018
    1  Thank Chris L
    Reviewed March 10, 2018 via mobile

    Be prepared for a very full day if you book the summit to shore volcano van tour. Scott picked us up in Kailua at 9 am, and we were back after 7 pm. A full day! Scott had tons of information about the formation of...More

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