Volcano Express Daytime Kona Departure

4 Ratings
  • Live Guide
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Day Trip
  • Group Tour
  • E-Ticket
  • 8 hr

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is the biggest attraction on the Big Island, and home to many of Hawaii’s most impressive natural attractions. Our 8-hour daytime Volcano Express tour is designed for travelers short on time and takes you directly to the Kilauea Volcano with minimal stops along the way. With meals, park fees, and transportation included, you’re free to soak up the spectacular volcanic views. For their comfort, this tour is not suitable for children under the age of 5.

Itinerary Details

Operated by: Kailani Tours Hawaii

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Punalu'u Bake Shop

After departing Kailua-Kona, drive down the Kona coastline, by Kealakekua Bay, through Kona coffee country and some of the biggest lava flows on the island. The drive to our first stop is approximately 90 minutes. First stop: the southernmost bakery in the U.S.! Delight in fresh Hawaiian sweetbreads and Portuguese-inspired malasadas. This spot is loved by locals and travelers alike, and sits on the south side of the Big Island – the perfect place to pick up a tasty treat to fuel your adventure (own expense).

Duration: 2 hour

Stop At: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

After leaving Punalu'u Bakery, we travel 45 minutes to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, which contains two of the world’s most active volcanoes: Kilauea and Mauna Loa. From sea level to the peak, Mauna Loa’s peak stretches 13,667 feet above sea level, making it the world’s largest volcano. The park is designated an International Biosphere Reserve, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The visitors’ center hosts interesting and interactive displays, something to look at in between visits to see and feel the heat of steam vents and view the Kilauea and Kilauea Iki craters. During the visit, you can also take a short hike through the Thurston Lava Tube and admire the scenery from the Kilauea Caldera lookouts. Please note: In the event of an active lava flow, or an eruption, we will not be able to access certain parts of the park.

Duration: 3 hour 15 minutes

Stop At: Rainbow Falls

After leaving the national park, we travel 45 minutes to our next stop, Rainbow Falls. The scenery on the east side of the island is the postcard-perfect example of Hawaii — a lush rainforest that is home to the 80-foot-tall Rainbow Falls. The waterfall plunges over a natural lava cave and into the Wailuku River below. It is said that the Hawaiian goddess Hina, mother of the storied demigod Maui, dwells in the lava cave behind Rainbow Falls. On a sunny day, rainbows reflect off the mist of the falls, and it is perfectly magical. After Rainbow Falls we travel over Saddle Road, back to Kona, driving between the world's two largest volcanoes, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. Travel time from Rainbow Falls to Kona is approximately 90 minutes.

Duration: 2 hour 45 minutes
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