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Kilauea Summit to Shore from Kona: Small Group provided by The Volcano Van Private Tours

Kilauea Summit to Shore from Kona: Small Group

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    The Volcano Van Private Tours
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    Discover Hawaii's most breathtaking natural sights on a small-group van tour that's brimming with towering volcanoes, lush rainforests, and magnificent coastlines. Experience the islands' many microclimates and environments during a tour that exposes you to a little bit of everything. After convenient pickup from your hotel, travel to the lush rainforests found in great abundance on the island's east side. Make your way to Hilo via Saddle Road, reaching an elevation of almost 6,800 feet (2,072 m). Along the way, pass through many of the microclimates that make the Big Island among the most exceptional places in the world. As you approach Hilo, glance inside a once-scorching conduit of molten rock from the Mauna Loa Volcano as your guide enlightens you to the significance of lava tubes to Hawaii's creation. After a quick trip into the nearby Kaumana Caves, check out Waianuenue, also known as Rainbow Falls. This stunning 80-foot (24-m) drop has beckoned generations of visitors to Hilo. After lunch at Hilo Sharks Coffee, visit the village of Pahoa and drive along the famous Red Road, which follows the Puna Coast on the southeast flank of Kilauea volcano. This beautiful stretch of paradise showcases some of the island's youngest and most scenic coastline. Lush rain forests give way to black cliffs, rocky coastlines, and crashing waves. Your journey along this road ends at Kalapana, a town that was mostly buried by lava in 1990. Next up is Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and the summit of Kilauea volcano. Gaze into Kilauea's vast summit caldera, formed 500 years ago. The drive takes you past pit craters, scorched earth, steaming ground, and lava flows old and new. Enjoy plenty of opportunity to stop, look around, and learn about what's going on both above and beneath the ground.
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9–11 hours
  • Hotel/Airport pickup and drop-off
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Picnic lunch
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Dinner (Guests are taken to a restaurant of their choice to purchase dinner for themselves)
  • Gratuities
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  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately. Conditions subject to change.
  • Please bring along close-toed shoes.
  • A maximum of 6 people per booking.
  • A minimum of 2 people per shared and 1 per exclusive is required.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
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For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Joan A wrote a review Mar 2020
Toronto, Canada2 contributions
In February we enjoyed two days of touring with The Volcano Van on the Big Island. Both the Kilauea Summit to Shore from Kona and Heavenly Hamakua from Kona were great tours. Scott is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide who ensures his guests are comfortable and enjoying
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Date of experience: February 2020
Janet J wrote a review Dec 2019
2 contributions
Scott is a great host, and made the trip very personalized for our group of four. He checked in regularly with us to make sure we were happy, and was willing to adjust the day to suit our wishes. Scott is extremely knowledgable about the volcanos, and the island in general.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Sabine wrote a review Nov 2019
1 contribution
This tour was amazing. We were a small group (4), so you are not wasting time waiting for everybody. We did a lot of things : coffee stop, turtle stop on black sand beach, volcano (the best ! stunning and really impressive), Rainbow falls, a quick tour through Hilo and much
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Date of experience: November 2019
505tammyc wrote a review Sep 2019
Warrenton, Virginia, United States9 contributions
My husband and I came to Hawaii for our vacation and we saw the great reviews for The Volcano Van tours. We can’t stress enough how much fun we had learning about Hawaii, it’s history and the volcanos. I would take this over a helicopter ride any day! Driving through The Big
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diyaiitg wrote a review Sep 2019
New York City, New York2 contributions
We had a comfortable ride, got to see a lot of volcanic deposits and learn a lot. Also got a sneak peak into Hilo and the Rainbow falls. Definitely recommend.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Truly Heavenly
Scott was very knowledgeable and extremely personable. He seemed to know what interested us most & took us to some
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I would recommend this tour to everyone going to the Big Island for the first time. Scott was so knowledgeable and
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Heavenly Trip
Scott was a friendly, knowledgeable and attentive guide on the trip from Kona to Hilo. Great stops on the way like
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Everything you wanted to know about volcanoes and more!
If you are on Hawai'i and came for the volcanoes, then you must take this tour with Scott. This man knows his "hot"
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A fun, fascinating tour!
Scott arrived at our hotel to pick up my wife and I on time in his van, accompanied by two others. This was an ide
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Best on the Big Island!!
What an incredible day with Scott!! The day absolutely flew by. Scott is a treasure-trove of knowledge about all th
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Amazing Time!
Scott was truly amazing during the tour from start to finish, from knowledge to conversation he genuinely cared abo
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Scott is fantastic!
Scott has THE BEST personality, is so kind and knows SO much about the island. Fantastic tour around the island!
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Fantastic day !!!
Scott picked us up on time from our hotel. He was very friendly and accomodating. He took us around the island seei
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Volcano Van tour was excellent!
We had a great 9 hour day with Scott. He was fantastic and flexible with what we wanted to stop and see!
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Great way to learn about the Big Island!
Scott is vey knowledgeable about the Island's history and different areas/climates. We asked a lot of questions but
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What a great day! Scott was amazing!! He’s VERY knowledgeable, very personable, and very funny! Our family, which i
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Volcano and New Flow Fields.
Scott is an amazing tour guide. Very fun and knowledgeable. We were able to see some epic geology and had a grea
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One jam packed fun day
We originally were not going to be able to take this tour as they were booked until after we would leave, but someo
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Great job Scott
My family took the Volcano Van around the Big Island. We saw waterfalls, volcano, ocean, jungle which is pretty co
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  • Duration: 9–11 hours
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Languages Offered: English
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