|On the west coast of the Big Island of Hawai'i is Kailua-Kona; the main resort area on the island.
Its dry climate allows a sprawl of sandy beaches, lush palms, restaurants and shops. With so much to do, you may actually find yourself getting a litte worn out. We don't want you to get too worn out though; we have some adventuring to do!
KILAUEA SUMMIT TO SHORE HIGHLIGHTS
•SOUTH KONA & KA'U DISTRICTS
KILAUEA SUMMIT TO SHORE SUMMARY
PICK UP FROM KAILUA-KONA: Because of the distance from Kailua-Kona to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, your pickup will be around 8 am, and typically last about 13 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 100 mile adventure begins as we travel towards Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park along highway 11. The route will take us along the South Kona and Ka'u coasts. Once we pass through Pahala, we'll slowly ascend Kilauea volcano's southwest rift zone. 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 Kailua-Kona, may turn into windy, rainy, and chilly once we reach the summit and the park. You’ll also see lush palms and scrubland 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.