Kilauea Hike and Glow
Get your hike on with one of our Park Service certified guides on our Kilauea Hike ‘n Glow tour. This is a specialized tour designed for adventurous guests looking to get off the beaten path and head off to unique areas of the Park not normally visited on organized tours. Starting at your resort in Kona, your guide will pick you up and drive you through the “saddle” between Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea volcanoes. Make a quick stop at our store in Hilo for provisions before heading off to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Here you will discover what makes this unique place a UNESCO World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Preserve. Start with a visit to the Kilauea Visitor’s Center and a picnic-style lunch. Visit the Jaggar Museum, and then on to the Thurston Lava Tube. Hike down into the Kilauea Iki crater through the rainforest and across the still-steaming crater floor. This 4-mile hikes culminates in a walk through the Thurston Lava Tube. Next we will visit the famous Volcano House. The Volcano House is a landmark which inspired the likes of Mark Twain and Jack London. Enjoy a delicious dinner with Kilauea Volcano safely erupting in the distance through the picture windows. End your adventure with a stop at the Halemaumau Crater to view the glow up close before returning to your hotel.
Tour duration is approximately 12 hours
Red molten lava may not be seen and cannot be guaranteed as volcanic activity changes constantly. Durable hiking shoes required. We’re happy to accommodate special dietary needs and restrictions, including children’s meals, with advance notice. Order of itinerary may change. 24- hour notice required to cancel tour for full refund. Tour runs rain or shine. Activity level: strenuous.
What to Bring
Video and/or still cameras, government issued ID, and tour vouchers or method of payment
What to Expect
Moderate air temperatures at sea level with cooler temperatures at higher elevations on the drive from Kona; occasional rain showers; strenuous hike across uneven and steep, rocky terrain including black lava rock; red lava cannot be guaranteed on this tour.
What to Wear
Comfortable hiking clothes (shorts are ok), light jacket or sweater, sunglasses and hat, and sturdy closed-toe hiking shoes are required (sandals and flip-flops or “slippahs” will not be accepted)
What We Include
Military-grade LED flashlights, umbrellas, walking sticks, camera tripod to share, mosquito repellant, sunblock, snacks and beverages (water, juice, soda) all day, picnic lunch and dinner at the Volcano House (dietary requirements and restrictions accommodated on request with advance notice), all entrance fees and access to private locations
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (may include Kilauea Iki crater floor hike, Thurston Lava Tube, Devastation Trail, Pu’u Pua’I Overlook, Pauahi Crater and East Rift Zone, Steam Bluffs, Kilauea Overlook, Hawaii Volcanoes Observatory, Jaggar Museum). Order of itinerary may change, itinerary may be altered due to weather or volcanic activity and alternate locations may be substituted
Red molten lava cannot be guaranteed as volcanic activity changes constantly. Comfortable walking shoes required. We’re happy to accommodate special dietary needs and restrictions, including children’s meals, with advance notice. Order of itinerary may change. 24 hours notice required to cancel for full refund. Tour runs rain or shine.
• All guests (including children) should be able to negotiate a strenuous 4-mile hike, unassisted, which includes a high number of steep uphill and downhill sections. Guests with small children are responsible for providing their own child carriers to safely navigate the entire hike.
• State law requires child safety seats for all guests under 4 years of age (we’re happy to supply seats at no charge with advance notice)
• Booster seats required for all guests between ages 4 and 7 and under 4 feet 9 inches tall and 80 pounds weight (we’re happy to supply seats at no charge with advance notice)
• Volcanic emissions, including sulfur gas, may affect those with respiratory concerns
• Participants should be prepared for immediate evacuation in accordance with directions given by County, State and/or Federal officials
Guests under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult
Italian Cold Cut:
Italian ham and Genoa salami, provolone cheese, fresh tomatoes, lettuce, dill pickle, Maui onions, topped with olive oil dressing, black pepper, on an Italian style roll with garlic, basil and oregano seasoning.
Diced chicken sauted in olive oil and butter with black pepper, soy sauce, steak sauce, ground red pepper, and mayonnaise on an Italian style sub
Albacore tuna, diced celery, black pepper, Maui onion, carrots, basil, and oregano with mayonnaise spread on an Italian style roll
Italian Ham, provolone cheese, dill pickle, white pepper, olive oil, and vinegar with mayonnaise and mustard on an Italian style roll
Lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, onion, Bell peppers and Carrots
*SALADS ARE OFFERED WITH THE SAME INGREDIENTS
Snacks & Refreshments:
Chips, cookies, crackers, Coke, Diet Coke, fruit juice, and
Water available throughout the day.
Volcano House Dinner Menu at THE RIM
Grilled Herb Chicken***:
Served with garlic mashed potatoes, sauted local kale from Johnson Farms, and a lemon macadamia nut butter sauce.
Coconut Encrusted Mahi Mahi:
Served with jasmine rice, stir fried bok choy, and a ginger mango sauce.
Island Tofu Vegetable Stir Fry ***:
Served with coconut jasmine rice and fresh pineapple.
Keiki Menu Options:
(Kid’s choice available ONLY to adventurers 12 years of age and under)
All beef frank on a Punalu`u Bake Shop roll, served with French fries
Waimea Tomato Marinara Sauce OR Butter & Cheese
Pepperoni OR 3 Cheese
Special requests to accommodate food allergies or other needs are taken at time of reservation.
*** indicates gluten free options***
INCLUDES: Iced Tea, Hot Tea, Coffee
Desserts and additional beverages are available for an additional charge. Ordered at THE RIM while on tour.
Umbrellas, lunch, snacks and beverages are also included throughout the day. This tour is an exclusive tour and only accommodates up to 12 people Per departure. Don’t forget to also bring along your camera to capture the day!
What to Bring:
Closed-toe walking shoes, swimsuit, light jacket & camera.