Are you interested in volcanoes? Check out a volcano tour like no other: hike down into the crater of Kilauea Iki, complete with active steam vents and volcanic formations from the 1959 eruption.
This is the ideal tour for experienced hikers and a popular tour with our cruise ship guests. From dramatic black lava flows to lush rainforests and plunging waterfalls, experience the scenic majesty of Hawaii’s natural landscape as you explore on foot.
In Volcanoes National Park, you’ll stride through a lava tube and trek down into a volcanic crater. Enjoy scenic rainforest with native birds flitting through the trees. The four-mile round-trip hike meanders through forests of trees turned to stone, and passes gaping, steaming fissures where lava once gushed over two thousand feet skyward. Visit the Jaggar Museum, with its real time seismographs, eruption footage, displays of lava and Hawaiian geology, and an overlook on the steaming vent in the Halema'uma'u Crater. You will visit Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Farm and Snack Shop on the way to admire Rainbow Falls, an 80 ft waterfall along the Wailuku River in Hilo.
This tour is offered on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, and leaves from Arnott's Lodge in Hilo at 8:00 a.m. Pickups are available at most major Hilo Hotels. Tour duration will be 5-6 hours.
$100 per person for Arnott's Lodge guests, $125 per person for Non-guests. Prices does not include tax. We require a minimum of 2 guests in order to run a tour.
(These rates apply to our summer tours only, 5/25-9/13/18. We can arrange a Kilauea Iki Crater Hike and Rainbow Falls tour outside of these dates, but it will be considered a private tour and will be subject to private tour rates. Call or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in a private tour.)
Bring your own lunch, or consider purchasing something to eat from Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Farm after your hike.
Note: Participants must be at least 10 years of age, experienced hikers, and in good health. The crater hike crosses some rugged sections requiring visual and balance acuity. Switchbacks, stairs, and uneven surfaces will be encountered, as well as highly variable weather patterns.
Difficulty Level: Challenging
Infants are not permitted, even if carried by adults. Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes. Due to natural sulfur gases, this tour is not recommended for those with respiratory or heart problems.