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One Day Big Island Volcano Tour from Kauai

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  • Inter-Island Airfare from Lihue, Kauai
  • Hilo Town‘s Rainbow Falls
  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Air Conditioned Transport
No-host lunch
Professional Tour Guide
No-host dinner

Here is your chance to visit Hawaii’s only active volcano and see the youngest of the Hawaiian Islands. On this inter-island excursion, you’ll visit the town of Hilo, sites like Rainbow Falls, Volcanoes National Park, and a discovery of the life of the world’s most active volcano.

See amazing natural formations, including the Kilauea Iki Steam Vents and the Thurston Lava Tube, to the chronological life of the volcano at the Jaggar Museum, and the overlook of the Halema’uma’u Crater.

This exciting tour to Hawaii’s most distinct feature is sure to highlight your vacation. Book your tour today and witness the power of Mt. Kilauea and the Big Island.


  • Hilo Town & Banyan Drive

  • Rainbow Falls & Liluokalani Garden

  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

  • Kilauea Visitor Center

  • Black Sand Beach

  • Closest viewing of volcanic activity allowed by National Park Rangers

  • Jaggar Museum

  • Kilauea Iki & Steam Vents

  • Thurston Lava Tube

  • Halema’uma’u Crater

  • Chain of Craters Road & Crater Rim Drive

  • No-Host Lunch & Dinner Stops at Local Restaurants 

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M, Tu, W, Th, Sa5:15 AM17 hoursTransportation to the LIHUE Airport is NOT included. Please keep in mind that due to airline tickets restrictions, all tours which include airfare are non-refundable once the reservation is purchased. Airline tickets are non-changeable and non-transferable.
Frequently Asked Questions
While we can usually accommodate most last-minute bookings, we highly encourage those that are checking out our website far in advance to book 2-3 weeks prior to desired date. You never know if there's a convention, special event, or a increase in overall visitors in town, and it would be a shame if the activities that you want to do are sold out because you waited until the last minute. Basically, if you know you want to do it, just book it!
We take great pride into making your experience with us perfect. From the moment you begin considering Discover Hawaii Tours to your final drop-off with our tour guides, we go to great lengths to make sure your day is worry-free and that you get to experience the best of Hawaii. Our tours operate in smaller buses, allowing for more stops, getting you closer to the best spots, and giving you a more intimate experience.
Upon arrival to Hilo, guests will be met outside of the baggage claim terminal by the Discover Hawaii Tour Bus (White mini coach with red letters) Look for a Discover Hawaii Tour guide wearing a red polo shirt and black slacks.
Founded in 1995, we have been operating without causality or major accident for more than 15 years. Your safety, satisfaction, and input is a way of life for our company.
During the booking process online, there is a ‘Message’ box where you can let us know of any food allergies (when lunch is included), special occasions, requests, and any other important information that you feel is necessary. We take your tour personally, so rest assured that we will do our best to make sure that your requests are met and your tour is a perfect experience.
Our tour guides are our main assets to us, and you. After completing an intense 2 week training course in driving safety, Hawaiian culture, United States and Hawaiian History, customer service, and First Aid and CPR training, they become Hawaii's Ambassadors of Aloha.
At this time, our vehicles can accommodate collapsible wheelchairs only. We do not have a wheelchair lift. We ask that you let us know at the time of booking your tour that you will be traveling with a collapsible wheelchair so that we are able to make sure you are fully accommodated.
We do not provide or rent car seats at this time and the law does not require car seats on tour buses. If you wish to bring one, you will have to pay the cost for the seat on tour.
Yes, we have scheduled bathroom stops along the routes that coincide with scenic lookouts, beaches, and other stops and attractions throughout your tour. Should you require additional stops please let your tour guide know at the beginning of the tour and we will be more than happy to accommodate your request.
For your safety, please check with your doctor and find out if there are any limitations to your touring. Some sites have more medical concerns than others, like the Volcano on the Big Island, so be sure to find out of any restrictions you may have and we need to be aware of.
Yes, we have been working successfully with travelers of all ages since our inception and we wouldn't have it any other way! We do ask parents to keep their children under control at all times for the child’s safety and the enjoyment of others. Hiking tours are not recommended for infants, toddlers, and seniors who may have trouble climbing uneven terrain.
Payment & Cancellation
Cancellation Policy: No refunds.
Terms & Conditions
  • Due to airline tickets restrictions, all tours which include airfare are non-refundable once the reservation is purchased. Airline tickets are non-changeable and non-transferable.
  • Because this tour involves inter-island flights, we are required by Federal law to provide the Transportation Security Administration the full names, date of birth and gender of all passengers. U.S. citizens must present a current government issued pictured ID and international visitors are required to have a valid passport. Regrettably, we are unable to refund any portion of the tour due to non-compliance of these federal regulations.
  • Flight schedules are subject to change (Hawaiian Air flights are usually not direct and must go through Honolulu)
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Was the tour accurately described on the webiste? In other words did it meet your expectations?
(4.3 of 5)
This tour was amazing! I rarely go on tours because I feel I can see and do more on my own, but it would have been impossible to go all the places I went and learn as much as I did in one day otherwise. Our tour guide was of Hawaiian descent and told us about the Hawaiian oral tradition that had been passed down through generations mixed with historical accounts, and was truly a pleasure to listen ... moreto. I did the tour by myself and was a bit concerned about feeling out of place or being bored, but the group and guide were very friendly and the day was filled with exciting sites. Our guide made sure that we were very comfortable by taking us to places where we could get water and food as well as by telling us what to expect, and the van was extremely comfortable and roomy. This was my first time to the Big Island and the sights were amazing! The Rainbow Falls waterfall was flowing nicely, and while were at that stop our guide told us the accompanying Hawaiian story of the goddess Hina and her sons. He also told us about the surrounding plants, foliage, and their uses, which I was very interested to learn about. Lunch was at a country club high in the mountain, and the
service was courteous and attentive (I have a diary allergy and there were very accommodating). We had the good fortune to see the state bird, the Nene goose, taking a stroll just outside the restaurant!Throughout the day our guide pointed out plumes of think smoke from active calderas or lava flows hitting the water. At the Jagger Volcano Museum we were able to look into such a caldera, and I spoke with the very knowledgeable museum staff about earthquake detection and the geological events that cause one to occur. We next traveled to the Thurston Lava Tube where we walked through lush rainforest and a real lava tube! I have never been inside a cave or anything like it and thought I would not like it, but
I loved the feeling of being underground. It was amazing to walk through this otherworldly tunnel where lava once flowed. Afterward we headed to the black sand beach where we walked over the old beach, which had been covered by lava in the 90's, a quarter of a mile to the new beach. Along the way I discovered I really like volcanic rock and took many pictures, and the beach itself was delightful (I have only been on conventional beaches, mainly in New Jersey, so the smooth black sand was a novelty). Back at the van we were greeted by a big beautiful rainbow which lasted until nightfall and had a chance to visit the guide's uncle's stand where he sold 'awa (kava), a deeply calming beverage. As we drove to and from the beach we could see
where people were had built their houses right on top of the dried lava! Our final stop was a viewpoint of the lava flow from which we had been seeing giant smoke plumes all day. We walked out over volcanic rock to the closest point possible from the non-state park side, which was great because the smoke was blowing away from us and we had an unobstructed view. There was one giant red ball of lava that shot up while we were watching, and on the walk back just after the sun had set we could see the lava flowing down the mountainside in the distance and glowing red-orange. We headed back to the airport and got there with time to spare, and had a comfortable flight back to Oahu. I am very happy with the tour and highly recommend it to anyone that wants to see many beautiful sights on the Big Island all in one day with comfortable accommodations in between and a knowledgeable tour guide, and experience all (safe) aspects of a volcano. Have fun if you go!!A few tips:
* If you are flying from Kauai, sit on the right side of the plane for a
great view of the other islands on the way to the Big Island.
* Bring a light raincoat or buy a poncho at one of the stops (Jagger Museum
store, etc) – there are delightful sprinkles of rain throughout the day.
* The smoked mountain chicken at the country club restaurant is delicious.
* Wear sneakers or
Our tour guide was the absolute best thing about this tour. He gave us so much information and he was incredibly humorous. I think that this tour was the best and I highly recommend it.
I was staying on Kauai for two weeks but having never visited the Big Island I decided to take this tour. The trip to and from Kauai was long left at 515 to get to airport by 6 am, arrived at Hilo 915, and about four hours returning home past 11 pm. Happily, every flight was on time, which isn't always the case. Once arrived, had to wait another hour as picking up people from Maui flight, and then ... morewent to a hotel in Hilo to pick up third party. The good news that was our entire group 10 of us total, which was great, and we all got to know each other. Also, our guide, Kalani, was really excellent and went out of his way to make everyone comfortable. Since it was a cloudy/rainy day, the morning in Hilo was nice but not extraordinary. Cant help the weather. I might add that the restaurant was actually very nice and also went out of their way to figure out some way I could at least eat something, and everyone else liked the food. Then on to Volcanos Park. This was an excellent tour We had lots of opportunities to get off the bus. We saw films at the visitor center, drove from the visitors center down towards the beach with lots of stop offs, including an opportunity to walk through a Lava tube, incredible views of a many different types of lava, seeing a lake that had become covered with lava, seeing where lava had poured over a preexisting road in the park, and all different kinds of ore in the lava. We also passed steam vents, and ended up at the Jaggar Museum where there was a crater that you could see the red glow of lava in the steam. No flowing lava, but didn't expect that. I learned a lot and it was unlike anything I've seen elsewhere. At dinner gluten free was a problem again I should have brought my own food, Kalani serenaded us with Hawaiian songs on his guitar. Very sweet. I really had a great time, even though I was pretty exhausted at the end of day. Probably better to do this tour coming from Oahu or Big Island, but Im glad I went, because I couldn't have gotten as much out of this on my own in one day.