Wild and Scenic Volcano Experience

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Wild & Scenic Volcano Experience

24 hour Cancellation - 100% refund


Tour Description: Waterfalls, tropical forests, and volcanoes – oh my! Travel in style and comfort with Big Island’s Premier Tour Company – Kailani Tours. Cruise along the wild and scenic Hamakua coastline on your way to see Akaka Falls, Onomea Bay, and Kilauea Volcano! This brand-new tour traces the rugged Hamakua Coast, explores the two-waterfall loop in a tropical rainforest, and reveals amazing viewpoints at Kilauea Volcano. Features of this tour include everything from our first-class beverage and towel service, exceptional food selections, to our incredibly knowledgeable guides. This luxury tour highlights the lush and tropical side of Hawaii Island while focusing one of the world’s most active volcanoes. This unique and unforgettable tour provides the most comprehensive exploration of Kilauea Volcano’s past, present and future.

*Continental breakfast, malasadas from Tex’s Drive-In and lunch at Kilauea Lodge included.*
**Meal locations and menu are subject to change.**

Points of Interest, Meals, and Rates

Points of Interest: Tex Drive-In, Akaka Falls State Park, Onomea Scenic Outlook, Kilauea Lodge, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kilauea Caldera, Chain of Craters Road, Visitor Center, Steam Vents, Thurston Lava Tube, and Saddle Road. *Locations Subject to Change
Meals: A continental breakfast and restaurant lunch are included on this tour. Each meal is served individually to comply with sanitary/COVID standards. Pre-orders are not necessary but please let us know if guests have any dietary restrictions.
Granola Island-Style yogurt parfait and Tex Drive-In’s malasadas.

Lunch at Kilauea Lodge – Choice of: 

  1. Big Island Beef Burger with fries.
  2. Ranch Turkey Wrap with fries.
  3. Nicoise salad (Seared or blackened catch, island greens, sliced eggs, green beans, fingerling potatoes, tomatoes, kalamata olives, anchovies (red wine herb vinegar).
  4. Tofu burger with fries.

Keiki menu: Keiki burger or hot dog.

* Meal menus are subject to change without notice*
**Vegetarian and vegan options available. Please call reservations to notify any specific dietary restrictions. 808-938-4057.**



Blue Marble Berries & Brews!
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Mahalo Lauren and Derek! Our group had the best time with you both! Your extensive Geological and cultural knowledge far exceeded all of our expectations. The van made the day so easy and we are all most grateful for the umbrellas and rain gear that you provided. We learned much about coffee and tea from the Mountain Thunder Coffee staff and we were absolutely fascinated with the Ola Brew Co origin story and facility. It was so much fun spending the day with you, I'm now conspiring and daydreaming a move to The Island of Hawaii. Swoon...

--Rose P | May 10, 2019 | TripAdvisor
Best tour guide ever
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We did the circle island tour and Aaron was our guide. He was so incredibly knowledgeable and helpful. He even offered us his number after the trip in case we had additional questions while we were on the island. Phenomenal guide, phenomenal company, phenomenal tour.

--Mnmnan21 | May 20, 2019 | TripAdvisor
Our deluxe volcano tour was outstanding
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We have no reservations recommending Kailani Tours. It was first class all the way. Our guide, Jim Carey, was brilliant and his knowledge was astounding. His enthusiasm was contagious. We were treated like royalty.

-- Stay1055... | May 17, 2019 | TripAdvisor
Explore with Aaron the AMAZING walking Encycopedia!
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Wow! This was the BEST tour I have ever been on. Chris the owner has thought of everything for you! From picking up/dropping you off at your resort to, breakfast, lunch, large comfortable Mercedes 15 passenger vans, a step that comes out when you open the door for a extra support getting in an out, binoculars, movies about the volcanoes, snacks, drinks, rain coats and umbrellas as well. Aaron was full of information just like a encyclopedia! It was AMAZING! I am a Cruise Planners franchise owner an I HIGHLY recommend Kailani Tours!

--Jenifer K | May 13, 2019 | TripAdvisor
Big Island Ride Adventure
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WOW! What a tour! Grant Mitchell was AWESOME! I can't imagine another guide knowing as much about every bit of the island or being as entertaining. Kudos to Kailani tours and Grant for a memorable visit to Hawaii. Unfortunately my wife was on crutches on this tour, but still had a great time. Thanks to Grant for looking out for her and the rest of us. Mahalo

--Vacation697582 | May 14, 2019 | TripAdvisor


English-speaking driver/guide, Mercedes 15 passenger mini-coach, continental breakfast, restaurant lunch, umbrellas in the event of rain, hot and cold towel service, bottled water, bottled juice, soda, rain and parka jackets, scented hand towels, and hot beverage.  This tour has a maximum of 13 passengers to provide plenty of headroom in the cabin and comes with a state-of-the-art audio and visual public address package.

What to Bring:
 Sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, camera, and a hat (optional). We recommend bringing a small backpack or tote bag as there is plenty of room in our spacious cabin.

What to Wear:
 Although Hawaii is home to the endless summer, there are places and times where the temperature can drop substantially.  Weather can change dramatically from hot and humid to cool and wet conditions. Kailani Tours Hawaii recommends wearing comfortable footwear, a hat and sunglasses, and shorts or long pants.  Comfortable and light clothing is recommended. Jackets will be provided in the event of cooler temperatures or inclement weather.



Recommendations & Insights:

Water, juice, soda, snacks and two meals will be served. The tour makes occasional stops for snacks and beverages.

Tour description and itinerary is subject to change due to weather or changes in volcanic activity. Park officials have recently reopened Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and at times Park officials have been known to restrict entry without notice. Kailani Tours Hawaii will not issue refunds caused by park restrictions. 
This tour is for guests 5 years and older.  It includes a few short walks to and from several sites.  Passengers travelling with a wheelchair or walker are more than welcome to join our tour.  Kailani Tours Hawaii’s spacious Mercedes passenger mini coaches provide the ultimate in comfort, for guests hoping to avoid large 50 passenger busses and want a more personal and authentic tour experience.



A: We operate four Mercedes Sprinter Vans with a maximum capacity of 14 passengers. So if you’re looking for a private, romantic getaway for two, a small group of just a few, or you have a large corporate event or wedding, we can handle up to 56 passengers at one time! Should you have an even larger group, we can arrange to work with one of our sister companies to handle your needs.

A: The Deluxe Volcano Experience group tour operates every day. It is very popular! We want to accommodate as many guests as possible, but we don’t want to travel in a big bus; we prefer comfort and privacy. Our company mission is to make the tour experience as personal as we can; it’s why we limit our tour to 14-passenger vans. Small groups allow for more interaction with the guide and give our guests a chance to meet others from around the world in a comfortable and relaxed vehicle.

On a “private or charter” tour, however, you and your party (up to 14) pay the charter rate and have the tour guide and vehicle all to yourselves.

A: Very! Our guides want to work for us because we pamper the guests AND the guides! Having driven low-roof, hard-seated, worn-out vans in the past, we understand the importance of being comfortable on the ride to the volcano (or around the island!)

Maintaining a fleet of Mercedes Benz passenger vans is more expensive than using inferior vehicles, but we never cut corners on safety or customer service – ever.

Our brand new vehicle even has reclining leather seats! Our vans have high roofs to maneuver through the cabin, adjustable air conditioning, seatbelt extensions, cup holders, and large windows for the best views. Our audio/visual package is top-of-the-line with a large flip-down monitor and separate speakers for video and guide headset. This technology allows for the driver/guide to show video while narrating; it’s the ultimate way to cruise the Big Island!

A: Kailani Tours Hawaii offers free front door pick-ups at all major West Hawaii hotels and resorts. We also offer the option to meet at a central meeting point to accommodate a busy vacation schedule, if you prefer. For bed and breakfasts or smaller resorts, we’re happy to work with you. Leave the driving to us!

 A: Our vans are equipped to handle easy storage of a wheelchair or other medical equipment. We do not have a wheelchair lift, however. We have also installed an extra hydraulic side step for extra easy on and off for all riders.

A: When you book your tour, you have the opportunity to make your lunch and dinner meal selections from among multiple options, including vegan or vegetarian. We’ll also pass on information to the restaurants about any food allergies ahead of time. That’s Aloha!

A: The Deluxe Volcano Experience, our signature Big Island volcano tour, does not include any walking longer than 20 minutes.  Should guests choose to skip any of our short walks, Kailani guides are happy let them rest at Volcano House or the Visitor’s Center.

For guests wanting to do extensive hiking, we’re glad to customize a private tour to cover as much ground as you like. Our Kailani hiking guides are in excellent shape and will be excited to show off some of the many beautiful hiking trails here on the Big Island.

The tour is not recommended for women who are pregnant or may be pregnant. Passengers traveling with a wheelchair or walker are more than welcome. Please note, our vans are equipped to handle easy storage of a wheelchair or other medical equipment. But we do not have a wheelchair lift.

A:  Although Hawaii is home to the endless summer, there are places and times where the temperature can drop substantially. Temperatures at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park can range from 50 to 75 degrees F. Saddle Road temperatures can get even chillier, to perhaps 40 degrees F. Kailani Tours Hawaii recommends wearing comfortable footwear, a hat and sunglasses, and shorts or long pants.  Most guests wear a light jacket or bring long pants for after sunset. You have plenty of opportunities to change as the weather changes frequently. Oh, don’t forget your camera!

A: We’ve chosen to work with the best restaurants and caterers on the Big Island to bring our guests an experience of all five senses. We like to eat well and our guests do too!

Tipping is, of course, at the discretion of the tour guest but is customary when great service has been provided. We think our professional tour guides are the very best on the planet and we know they appreciate receiving acknowledgments for their expertise, humor, and ability to make your tour memorable!

A: Although some cell phone carriers have spotty coverage on the Big Island, we’ll be within cell phone range for most of the tours. Private or charter tours to Waipio Valley will have very limited cell phone coverage. Locals seem to prefer it that way, too. We have a charger on board in case your battery runs low, but some guests bring their own mobile battery charger. Then again, it might actually be nice to set down your phone for a while, too. We also rely on “The Coconut Wireless” or shouting across canyons to communicate.

 A: On most holidays, we do operate. However, we do not operate our regular tour on the Ironman World Championships in October, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Our suppliers don’t operate on those days, so we’ve elected to do the same. Our guides have to get to the beach sometimes, right? If you or your group do wish to tour on a holiday, call us and we will be happy to make arrangements with other restaurants that may be operating that day.

A: Private tours of the Big Island are offered in half-day (approx. 5 hours) and full-day (10+ hours) blocks and a la carte one-hour blocks with a minimum of three hours for any tour. Private Tours are $140 per hour per Mercedes Van. Private tour guests are responsible for any additional expenses incurred on the tour such as park fees, food, and/or beverages, or we will be glad to provide an all-inclusive price if you prefer.

A: Our online booking system is easy! Click here to book now. Or, if you would like to call directly, we are available at 808-938-4057. We also have an online program with live chat as well. Kailani Tours Hawaii’s reservation center and office is open every day from 7 a.m. HST to 8 p.m. HST. For online inquiries, please send an email to [email protected]. Our reservation team will be happy to customize a tour, provide local information about the island, or just share some Aloha! We love to “Talk Story.”


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