The town of Hilo has a certain irresistible charm.
Described by many as one of the few places left to experience old Hawai'i. The town is friendly, laid-back, and you can't help but slow down, take a couple of breaths, and realize that this is what Hawai'i is supposed to be like. We don't want you to slow down too much though; we have some adventuring to do!

KILAUEA SUMMIT TO SHORE HIGHLIGHTS

•THE BIG ISLAND'S PUNA DISTRICT
•STEAMING BLUFF AND SULFUR BANKS TRAILS
•KILAUEA VOLCANO SUMMIT
•KILAUEA CALDERA
•THURSTON LAVA TUBE & KILAUEA IKI CRATER
•DEVISTATION TRAIL
•CHAIN OF CRATERS ROAD
•MAUNA ULU ERUPTION AREA
•PU’U LOA PETROGLYPH TRAIL
•THE RED ROAD (HIGHWAY 137)
•KALAPANA SHORES

KILAUEA SUMMIT TO SHORE SUMMARY

PICK UP FROM HILO: Your day starts early at around 9am and typically last about 9 hours. Your pickup time will vary depending on if you are sharing your adventure with another small group, or if your group is exclusive. We operate on first come first served. If you are first to book any given day, you’ll be the first to be picked up and get a choice of seating in the van. Calling shotgun rules DO apply; just don’t mess with the stereo, and stay out of the glove-box.

JOURNEY TO KILAUEA’S SUMMIT: After we're all strapped in and ready to go, the adventure begins as we slowly ascend Mauna Loa volcano’s North East rift zone on Hawai’i Highway 11 en route to Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park and the summit of Kilauea volcano. The journey will take us from sea level to 4,091ft. During that time we will pass through of the Big Island’s many microclimates. What was hot and sunny in Hilo, may turn into windy, rainy, and chilly once we reach the summit and the park. You’ll also see lush palms and jungles give away to Ohi’a trees and fern forests.

KILAUEA’S SUMMIT: Once at the park, we’ll first be exploring the vast summit area of the volcano. We’ll hike a few trails passing through steaming bluffs, sulfur banks, and a few cinder fields. During time we’ll share what we know about what is going on around you. We’ll also check out the Jaggar Museum where there are quite a few interesting displays to help you visualize both the inner and outer workings of our volcanoes. Kilauea Iki crater, Thurston lava tube, and Kilauea’s summit caldera are all on the menu for this portion of the tour.

KILAUEA’S SHORES: After the summit area, we’ll work our way down the slopes of Kilauea towards the shores along the Big Island’s southeastern coast. The trip will take us past huge lava flows both young and old, deep pit craters, and vents were lava has erupted from in the past. We will take a few short hikes to get up close and personal to some of the non-lava related volcanic activity. As we reach Kilauea’s shores, we will stop and walk the trail back to the Pu’u Loa petroglyphs were etchings of Hawaii’s past can found etched into the lava rock. Depending on where the lava flows are, we may very well encounter a lava flow at the end of the road here as it makes its way into the sea.

THE RED ROAD: After we have our fill of the shore, we will back track through the park, and head (via the famous Red Road) down to Kalapana, a town that was buried by 50ft. of lava in 1990.  When lava is flowing, this is one of the most accessible locations to watch it pour into the ocean as it forms new land. We typically like to get to this area close to nighttime as the sight is much more dramatic. PLEASE NOTE, THIS PORTION OF THE TOUR WILL ONLY COMMENCE SHOULD THERE BE ACTIVE LAVA OCEAN ENTRIES AT THIS PORTION OF THE ISLAND.

BELOW YOU'LL FIND THE LINK TO OUR BOOKING FORM. PRIOR TO YOUR TOUR, YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO SIGN AND SUBMIT A RELEASE FORM.

WHAT TO BRING

CAMERA: This one is optional, but we do recommend that you bring a camera. You will definately see something fantastic, and you'll definately want to share it with you friends and family back home.

FOOD: Lunch will be provided on every tour. Sandwhiches, drinks, and snacks will served, however, anything outside of that will be your responsability.

WALKING STICKS: We will be walking on some un-even ground. Those of you who aren't sure-footed, may be best helped by bringing a walking stick along. Plus it adds a certain mystique.

WHAT TO WEAR

PANTS, JACKETS, & HATS: Despite being in Hawai’I, it can get a little chilly up on Kilauea. Pants will help to cut the breeze and if you should trip, protect your skin against getting cut-up on the lava rock during hikes. Hawai’I is at the same latitude as the Sahara desert; regardless of a cooler temperature, the sun is still pretty strong. A hat, particular one of the larger, silly-looking ones, will help to protect your head and neck from the sun’s rays.

HIKING BOOTS: We won’t be doing any heavy-duty hiking; however, we sill encourage you to bring hiking boats along. We DO NOT RECOMMEND WEARING SANDLES. Hiking boats will give your feet extra protection and traction while walking on lava trails. Sandals can potentially be ripped apart, making the rest of the tour very uncomfortable.

SUNSCREEN: See Pants, Jackets, & Hats above. The sun can burn you, regardless of temperature.

WHAT TO EXPECT

MOLTEN LAVA: As we have stated many times throughout this side, the viewing of molten lava is not guaranteed, and is most often not expected. Typically, lava erupts outside of the general access of the population. However, there are times when flows will break out allowing for easier access and viewing. Most of the time though, seeing molten lava is a rare possibility.

HIKING: The best way to see a good majority of the sites is by walking. You can get a good feel for it by driving by, but in order to experience it, you need to get out of the van. In total, we will be walking about 4 miles over 5 trails. The trails are maintained fairly well, but are uneven in spots due to the natural geography of the land.

DELAYS AND CLOSURES: Unfortutely, we have no control of nature. Do to mostly volcanic circumstances, Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park and any road within can close at a moments notice. This goes for any road on the Big Island of Hawaii as well. There aren't many alternative routes like on the mainland. If an area closes and we expect it to effect our tour, we will let you know and discuss options with you.

AIR QUALITY: The air quality on Kilauea (or any active other volcano for that matter) is generally poor. It is recommened that individuals with breathing ailments and conditions use exteme caution when venturing into these areas. We will be visiting locations where sulfer and carbon dioxide are in great abundance

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