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Kilauea Volcano Tours

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Kilauea Volcano is the star of the Big Island’s Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii's only UNESCO World Heritage Site. Kilauea Volcano remains active, spouting orange lava, venting steam, glowing, and sputtering. When conditions are safe, it’s possible to drive around the volcano's edge on the 11-mile (17-kilometer) Crater Rim Drive.

The Basics
As a highlight of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (and the Big Island as a whole), Kilauea features on just about every sightseeing tour. At the Jaggar Museum and Observatory, you can see steam rising from Halema‘uma‘u Crater and, as it begins to get dark, a glow from the lava lake within. Those craving a more adventurous experience can opt for a guided cycling tour through the national park, hike to the summit of Kilauea, or combine a national park tour with an afternoon of ziplining over the Umauma River.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Kilauea is an active volcano, so some parts of the park can close at short notice as conditions change.
  • The volcano is a must-see for nature lovers, adventure travelers, and first-time visitors to the Big Island.
  • Dress in layers—temperatures can change significantly as the park’s elevation changes.
  • Wear sturdy shoes and lightweight pants, especially if you plan to hike on the lava fields.
  • The Kilauea Visitor Center, Jaggar Museum, and Volcano House are all wheelchair accessible, as are several pathways throughout the park.
  • There are no gas stations within the park, so remember to fuel up before your visit.

How to Get There
Kilauea Volcano is a 45-minute drive along Highway 11 from Hilo on the island’s south coast. The best way to get here is by rental car or organized tour.

When to Get There
Plan to visit the park in spring or fall when the island sees fewer visitors. If you’re visiting during peak summer season, arrive at the Jaggar Museum first thing in the morning or late in the evening after the crowds have dispersed. 

The Kilauea Visitor Center
To get the most out of your visit to the volcano, especially if you’re visiting independently, make the Visitor Center your first stop upon entering the park. Here rangers can update you on the latest conditions, offer suggestions for the best hikes, and let you know about any special programs or events happening within the park.
Address: Crater Rim Drive, Volcano 96785, USA
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12 Tours and Activities to Experience Kilauea Volcano

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Kilauea Volcano Bike Tour

Kilauea Volcano Bike Tour

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On this 2-wheeled, adventurous Kilauea tour, explore Hawaii’s active volcano from the comfortable seat of a bike, where you ride through multiple microclimates and past rugged volcanic terrain. This Hawaii bike tour is one of the best ways to explore Kilauea volcano, where every bend in the road reveals a new volcanic wonder, from steaming craters to lava fields to cliffs dropping off toward the sea. Even better, the tour includes visits to the steam vents and Thurston Lava Tube.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$179.44
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Big Island Spectacular Helicopter Tour

Big Island Spectacular Helicopter Tour

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Fly above Hawaii's spectacular peaks, coasts, and valleys on this helicopter tour of the Big Island. Watch lava bubble up out of volcanoes, fly over the lush rain forests of the Hamakua Coast, and complete your trip with views of the waterfalls lining the Kohala Mountains. Only a helicopter tour lets you see so many of Hawaii's charms on a single ride and from an unforgettable perspective.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$638.94
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Shore Excursion - Hawaii Volcano Tour

Shore Excursion - Hawaii Volcano Tour

Volcano National Park* Home of the world's most active volcano Kilauea, lava tubes, volcanic carters and more, Visitor Center / Steam Vents / Kilauea Iki Overlook Big Island Candies Factory* A true taste of the islands and home of the world renown Chocolate Dipped Macadamia Nut Shortbread Cookie.
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  • 4 hours 15 minutes
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$105.60
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Experience Hawai'i Big Island Helicopter Flight from Kona - Private Tour

Experience Hawai'i Big Island Helicopter Flight from Kona - Private Tour

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Look down on the varied landscape of the Big Island from the air on a helicopter tour from Kona. This flight is longer than typical heli tours and provides the opportunity to be wowed by Hawaii’s amazing natural features, from waterfalls to volcanoes to rainforests. Fly along the coast and over Waimanu and Waipio valleys, and spot island industry like macadamia nut orchards. Upgrade to guarantee a window seat.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$3,690.00
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Volcano and Kohala Landing Helicopter Tour on the Big Island - Private Tour

Volcano and Kohala Landing Helicopter Tour on the Big Island - Private Tour

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Soar over the rugged coastline, active volcanoes and cascading waterfalls of the Big Island on this unforgettable helicopter tour. Listen to expert narration from your pilot while soaking up incredible aerial views of smoking Kilauea Volcano and the magnificent mountains and sea cliffs of the Kohala Coast. Touch down on a lush and remote part of the island that most visitors never get to see, and enjoy your own private slice of paradise before taking to the skies again.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$4,350.00
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Full-Day Tour from Kona

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Full-Day Tour from Kona

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Discover Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and other attractions on the Big Island on a full-day tour from Waikoloa, Hapuna, Kailua-Kona, or Keauhou. Your guide shares highlights including Rainbow Falls, Saddle Road, and Punaluu Black Sand Beach. You'll get great views of the two active volcanoes: Kīlauea and Mauna Loa, and experience the natural beauty of Akatsuka Orchid Gardens. It'll be a stress-free trip as it includes a guide, transportation, and hotel pickup and drop-off from select hotels.
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  • 10 hours
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$179.00
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Private Doors-Off Helicopter Lava and Rainforests Adventure from Hilo

Private Doors-Off Helicopter Lava and Rainforests Adventure from Hilo

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Soar through the air with nothing between you and the radiating heat of an active volcano on a doors-off helicopter tour from Hilo. A must-do for adrenaline junkies, this aerial adventure takes you over the island’s volcanic landscape, so you can peer into craters and spot lava. Plus enjoy views of waterfalls and other natural features of the Big Island while aboard.
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$2,130.00
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Big Island Air Tour by Cessna Plane

Big Island Air Tour by Cessna Plane

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Soar above the Big Island’s volcanic steam vents, rainforests and rugged coastline on an air tour by Cessna Plane. Enjoy almost two hours of flying time as you explore Hawaii’s most iconic island, and explore a dynamic landscape of simmering volcanos, crashing surf and lava flows. Take in commentary from your pilot as you bank above Hawaii Volcanos National Park and get extraordinary aerial views of Kilauea and Mauna Loa, then watch for migrating whales as you glide over the coast’s beaches, farms and renowned surf breaks.
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$479.00
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$479.00

Private Guide: Meet In Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Private Guide: Meet In Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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The price listed is for a private family/group activity as listed. We added this activity the end of August 2019 because we live in Volcano and have heard from many travelers they didn't know what to do or where to go. We have gone to the Park for many years and we can ensure you get the most of your time. We created this activity to make learning about volcanoes budget and family friendly. There is so much to learn in the Park and so much to see it would be difficult to know how to prioritize if you are on your own. You will follow us in the Park in your vehicle. This tour is customized to your and your group's interests. There are easy hikes and more difficult hikes, there is a lot to see and do if you have a little help with your options. Give you and your family an exciting experience you will remember and get more out of the National Park than you would if you were on your own! This is customized to you so book today!
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Helicopter Sunset Experience Tour from Kona

Private Helicopter Sunset Experience Tour from Kona

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If ever there were a place to see by helicopter it’s the spectacular Big Island of Hawaii. Here on America’s largest island, the landscape ranges from snowcapped summits to crashing waves on the coast, and thundering falls through rich green rainforests to black-sand beaches and lava. On this VIP Big Island helicopter tour, which can only be booked on Viator, experience jaw-dropping aerial views and sip Champagne before soaring over the Big Island shoreline until sunset.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Big Island Sunset Flight from Kona

Big Island Sunset Flight from Kona

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Watch night fall over the Pacific on a 2-hour sunset air tour of the Big Island, and explore steaming calderas, rainforests and Hawaii’s rugged coast. Leave Kona in a Cessna plane and soar above the Hawaii Volcanos National Park; see Kilauea’s lava flows glow in the dusky light as you enjoy your pilot’s commentary on the island’s landmarks and history. Capture unforgettable images through the plane’s viewing windows, glide over the coast’s beaches and surf breaks then catch the night’s first stars as you touch back down in Kona.   
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  • 2 hours
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$532.00
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Small Group Tour: Hawaii Deluxe Volcano Experience with Restaurant Dinner

Small Group Tour: Hawaii Deluxe Volcano Experience with Restaurant Dinner

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See two of the largest volcanoes in the world and stop at one of the most active on this full-day, small-group excursion. First, drive between the Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa volcanoes, stopping for lunch at Mauna Kea State Park. Then watch for current activity at Kilauea Volcano, the most active of the five volcanoes in Hawaii. Head to Kilauea National Park to see the beautiful landscapes and enjoy dinner at Kilauea Lodge. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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