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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: Private Discovery Tour

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: Private Discovery Tour

From US$ 2,200 per group up to 4

Embark on an unforgettable private tour that will take you into the heart of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Experience some of the most unique geological, biological and cultural landscapes on earth

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Duration 13 hours
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible
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  • Allow the gorgeous scenery at Punalu‘u black sand beach to take your breath away
  • Witness the spectacular volcanic eruption in Halema‘uma‘u Crater and its glow
  • Explore the beautiful Chain of Craters Road in its entirety from top to bottom
  • Experience a massive 600-foot long lava tube that is over 20 feet tall in places
  • Settle in for a wonderful 3-course dining experience of Hawaiian-infused cuisine
Full description

Set off on a full-day customizable adventure tour with hotel pickup. Meet your private guide and drive along the beautiful Kona coast to stop first at the famous Punalu‘u Bakery. See Punalu‘u Black Sand Beach before entering one of the most unique geological, biological and cultural landscapes on earth, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Enjoy a picnic lunch and a 3-course dinner.

Following hotel pickup, travel south along the Kona coast and take in breathtaking views of lush vegetation and pristine coastline. Listen to your guide describe the cultural history of the area as well as the local flora and fauna. Arrive at the southernmost bakery in the United States.

Punalu‘u Bakery is world-renown for its sweet bread, malasadas (Portuguese fried dough), and other delicious treats. Enjoy a complimentary coffee or tea and choose a malasada before heading on to explore the most beautiful black sand beach on the island, Punalu‘u. Enjoy the relaxing feeling of black sand under your toes while listening to the wind move through the palms and across the water. Your guide will keep a look out for green sea turtles and endangered hawksbill sea turtles that frequent the beach. The iconic Hawaii Volcanoes National Park encompasses the summit of 2 of the world’s most active volcanoes and extends from sea level up to the summit of Mauna Loa at 13,677 feet. You’ll spend the majority of your tour in the park taking in all the natural wonders.

Explore the main attractions in the park including the Thurston Lava Tube, Chain of Craters Road, Pu‘u Loa Petroglyph field, as well as many other lesser-known locations. Enjoy a guided 2 to 3-mile hike and marvel at the incredible views of the current eruption inside Halema‘uma‘u Crater during the day and “the glow” at night.

If there is no active lava flowing at the time of your tour, you’ll also have the opportunity to stargaze with a state-of-the-art Vaonis Stellina telescope. Sit for a 3-course dining experience sourced with local ingredients and Hawaiian-infused cuisine at a top-of-the-line Kilauea Lodge just outside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Depart Volcano and head back to your place of lodging feeling happy, full, and filled with exciting new memories.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Admission into all venues and parks
  • Guided tour with educational materials and commentary
  • Photo package of 20-25 professional edited photos
  • Coffee, tea, and malasadas at Punalu‘u Bakery
  • Picnic-style lunch
  • Afternoon snacks
  • 3-course dining experience
  • Patagonia rain jacket and Nano puff
  • Nikon ProStaff binoculars
  • Headlamps
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • Cruise ship guests
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Thermal clothing

Know before you go

  • You will be contacted by the local partner to discuss options available for your tour. This experience is totally customizable
  • Tours can be adapted to accommodate all ages and abilities
  • Assuming there are no modifications for this tour, guests should be able to walk at least 1-2 miles with some stairs
  • Guests must be able to walk on uneven or rocky terrain and be ready to encounter cool, wet, or muddy conditions
  • Tour activities are weather dependent
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Much seen and many explanations by Shawn. Everything as we wanted it

July 20, 2022

This was an incredible experience. Our tour guide, Shawn, was informative of the island's history and landscape and could not have been more accommodating. I highly recommend this trip

November 28, 2022

Product ID: 420798