2 Activity Rating
2 Crew Rating
Hike with a local guide in Volcanoes National Park where you are immersed in the fantastic terrain, microclimates, dynamic geology and flora of Kilauea volcano, unique in the entire world. Huge craters, steaming vents and molten lava (when access is feasible) are among the possibilities here on the youngest and most active of the Island's 5 volcanoes.
Hawaiian Walkways' routes in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park encompass lush rain forests, lava tubes, steam vents, craters, a desert, islands of vegetation isolated by lava flows, and sometimes eruption sites with molten lava. We venture into seldom-visited corners of this active volcano, giving us uncrowded settings. Trail routes range from an easy "sampler" to hard-core. We usually cover some 6 miles.
Kilauea remains a sacred place for those who follow traditional Hawaiian practices. Our exploration of these varied realms opens us to the astonishing scientific story of island creation and evolution, and the remarkably insightful explanations of the people of old - ka po'e kahiko - for the phenomena they observed so well.
Hawaiian Walkways is a charter member of the Hawaii Eco-Tourism Association, and received the "Tour Operators of the Year" Award in 2002. "We will take you to places that are so beautiful and grand they take your breath away," say Dr. Hugh and Kaulana Montgomery (Owner-Operators), "to give an understanding of the Island and its people that will help you feel enriched; to share an appreciation of the interplay of sea (kai), land ('aina) and life (ola) unique to Hawaii."
Schedule: Daily, year-round
Duration: Up to 6 hours hiking
Difficulty/Length: Moderate, up to 6 mile hike
Location: Meet at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Visitor Center
Time: Check in 10:00am
Children: Minimum age 8. Children 8-12 pay a reduced price.
Included: Light backpacks, Rain Wear, Walking Sticks, Food and Beverages (Deli-Style lunch, Cookies, Macadamia Nuts, Juice/Soda, and Bottled Water). Naturalist Guide Services at the ratio of one guide per ten hikers
NOTE: When flowing lava is accessible, we will get groups as close as safely possible. The footing on hardened lava is rocky and uneven. Closed shoes are a must. Forest paths are smoother, mostly on natural surfaces.
Some routes involve descents into craters with elevation changes of up to 1000 feet total gain and loss. Because of the different climates in the Kilauea Volcano region, hikers need to be prepared for sunny, hot weather (with a sun hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen) and for cool, perhaps misty weather (with a light jacket/sweatshirt).
Our family had a wonderful time on this hike. Our guide was exceptional!
For some reason I totally missed that this was more than just lava tubes but we had a GREAT time. The guide was the best part. He made it more than just a hike, it was also a fun and informative experience.
We had a great time on the tour and Flint was an excellent and fun tour guide. We would definitely request for him the next time we book a tour.
Flint was the BEST guide we have ever had. He was very friendly, knowledgable and so much fun to be around. We enjoy our tour very much and will use your service again when we come back next year
The guide makes the tour, and Joe did a superb job. He could speak in depth about the flora, history, the local economy, even the physics of volcanoes. There didn't seem to be a question that he could not give an interesting answer to. I was very satisfied with the value received, and I would highly recommend your programs to others.
This hike was beautiful and fun! I just wish that we had seen real live Lava....we were disappointed.
Joe was superb -- We enjoyed him as a guide so much so that we booked a second hike.
This activity was lots of fun. If you were to hike the volcano park ithout a tour guide, you would not learn the history of the park and other interesting things like the walking trees and the edible and delicious berries found in the crater.