Kīlauea Iki Crater, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Kīlauea Iki Crater: Our most recommended tours and activities

Big Island: Volcano National Park Tour with Lunch and Transfer

1. Big Island: Volcano National Park Tour with Lunch and Transfer

Start your day with guided visits to some of the most majestic waterfalls on the Big Island. Stop at the Waipio Valley lookout, where you can admire a dramatic backdrop of lush cliffs that drop into the sparkling blue ocean. Continue riding along the Hamakua coast as more postcard-worthy views pass by your window. Take a short walk through the rainforest for an up-close view of Akaka Falls and the famous Rainbow Falls. In the afternoon, explore the wonders of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Explore steam vents and the Halema’uma’u and Kilauea Iki crater lookouts, and take a short hike along the crater rim trail. Then relax and take it all in at Punalu’u Beach, where you can spot marine life from the black-sand shore.

Volcanoes National Park & Lava Viewing Area E-Bike Tour

2. Volcanoes National Park & Lava Viewing Area E-Bike Tour

Experience the thrill of a lifetime as you ride an e-bike around the rim of an erupting volcano on this guided tour from Volcano Village. Explore the unique landscape of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and see the Kīlauea Iki Crater with entry tickets included. Begin your day in Volcano Village. Make use of the secured parking space and restrooms before getting fitted with an e-bike, helmet, bike bag, and rain jacket. Receive safety instructions before embarking on your adventure. Follow your guide around the national park on a bike trail through the lush native Hawaiian rainforest. Stop at Waldron Ledge and get your first panoramic view of the Kilauea Volcano's caldera and the active lava in Halemaumau Crater. Next, continue on a paved trail along the rim of the caldera to the Steam Vents. Feel the heat of the volcano and get another incredible view of the volcano's caldera. Bike along the edge of the crater, getting vast views unseen by most visitors. Heading to the opposite side of the caldera, bike through more of the rainforest before taking a short hike through the Thurston Lava Tube. The journey continues down Devastation Trail to the closest viewing point to see the active lava in the summit crater. Finish the journey back in Volcano Village where everyone can wish each other an Ahui Hou (until we meet again).

From Waikoloa: Big Island Tour with Lunch

3. From Waikoloa: Big Island Tour with Lunch

Circle the Big Island of Hawaii, stopping at many of its iconic attractions in just 1 day. Get picked up from your accommodation. Head to a Kona coffee farm for a private tasting tour to sample one of the island's most important products. Then stop at one of the black sand beaches the island is known for and spot giant sea turtles sunbathing. From there, head to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the island's natural crown jewel. Visit the Kilauea Iki Crater Overlook and Steaming Bluffs before taking a walk through the famous Volcano House to view smoking and steaming Kilauea Caldera. Journey down the lush eastern side of Kilauea Volcano to your next stop at Big Island Candies, an island institution boasting an assortment of high-quality, handmade confections. Peek through the windows into the factory or browse the selection of gorgeous jewel-box gifts. Next, head to the fertile Waipio Valley where taro farmers have tilled the land for nearly a thousand years. Catch sweeping views of the valley from the overlook and even glimpses of native wild horses if you're lucky. At the end of an epic day, enjoy drop-off at your hotel.

From Hilo: Kilauea Lava Flow Tour with Lunch and Dinner

4. From Hilo: Kilauea Lava Flow Tour with Lunch and Dinner

Start with a drive through Hilo along the historic waterfront, and head out to the old fishing village of Kalapana. Move on to Mackenzie State Recreation Area, take a hike along the now-closed highway. Follow the lava flow through the pine forest to the cliffs overlooking the new black sand beach. Enjoy a picnic lunch amongst the pine trees. Stop by Star of the Sea Painted Church, moved twice to save it from lava flows. Head to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to visit the Kilauea Visitor’s Center, the Kilauea Iki Crater Overlook, and Steaming Bluffs. Hike out to Keanakakoi Crater and walk over the most recent cracks and sinkholes left behind by the eruption of 2018. Later, enjoy a delicious dinner.

Waikoloa/Kohala: Elite Volcano Hike

5. Waikoloa/Kohala: Elite Volcano Hike

Your experience begins as you head out of Hilo to the Puna Coast, the location of the historic 2018 eruption and where your first stop of the Mackenzie State Recreation Area is. The highway there was closed by the marching 40-foot-tall wall of crumbly a’a lava as it continued to the sea. You will take a hike along the now-closed highway, and then follow the lava flow through the pine forest to the altered coastline and cliffs overlooking the new black sand beach. Isaac Hale Beach Park is next, where you can drive along the infamous “Fissure 8”, which erupted in the heart of Lelani Estate's subdivision. A picnic-style lunch will be served at the park, weather permitting. You will then travel to the crown jewel of the Big Island, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. You'll begin by briefly visiting the Kilauea Iki Overlook, before heading off on foot down the paved road to Keanakakoi. You can check out the activity there from the historic 2018 eruption, which buckled the road and caused racks and sinkholes. You’ll also get a birds-eye view of the Kilauea Caldera and the enormous Halema’uma’u Crater, along with views of the trail you will take into the Caldera. Throughout your 2-mile hike you can look for native birds, such as the yellow ‘amakihi and the red ‘apapane. Huge boulders came to rest at this location during ancient rock slides and eruptions, and you can look for marks left by previous visitors such as Benjamin Boyd and John Webster, just to name a few. Reaching the floor of Kilauea Calder there is an incredible rock slide to your left, evidence of the 2018 eruption, as well as the Halema’uma’u Crater which sits before you. The crater increased in size during the eruption, with the lava lake draining out of it leaving behind an enormous 1,000-foot-deep pit.

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What people are saying about Kīlauea Iki Crater

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 19 reviews

what an awesome experience. the tour guides were amazing and very outgoing and friendly. the rest of the guests on the tour were incredible people to be around. it was a first class experience and I highly recommend taking this tour and exploring some of the highlights of the big island for yourself!

We had such a wonderful time! Marcus was so knowledgeable, patient, respectful, and showed us quite a few places. He answered all of our questions, and we had many. Would recommend this tour and Marcus specifically!

The best! Adam was very efficient and fun to tour with. We would not have gotten to see all of the island without this tour. A+++

Great day exploring the entire island. Adam our guide was very knowledgeable and we saw so many great things on the island.

Our guide Adam was knowledgeable and entertaining. We enjoyed it very much.