Twilight Volcano and Stargazing Tour




Twilight Volcano and Stargazing Tour

Duration 12 Hours

Adults 13+ $199
Children Ages 12 and under $179



Experience the Big Island’s most spectacular natural splendors

See rare black sand beaches, walk through a lava tube, visit famous Kona Coffee Farm and the magnificent Volcanoes National Park, finish the adventure with stargazing near Mauna Kea. Experience the Big Island’s most spectacular natural splendors on this small-group tour with a professional local guide sharing knowledge of the history, cultures, and geology of the island.

Enjoy a fully narrated adventure that starts with a stop at a Kona Coffee Farm. Walk through the orchards with your guide learning about the harvesting and milling process while sampling a warm cup of Kona-grown coffee.

Continue the leisurely drive and pass the scenic view of the Kealakekua Bay and South Point, the southernmost point of the United State, then relax and take it all in at Punalu’u Black Sand Beach, a great place to spot marine life from the shore, like Hawaii’s green sea turtles.

In the afternoon, visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park with a trip around the Chain of Craters Road, for the “mountain to sea” experience. Various stops are made to view magnificent volcanic eruption, and flow sites of the past, the beautiful park coastline, and the remarkable Thurston Lava Tube. In addition, your certified tour guide provides an educational and insightful narrative about the volcanoes as you visit Kilauea Iki Lookout, steam vents, Halema’uma’u Crater, and crater rim trail.

After enjoying a sit-down dinner at a local restaurant near the park, your guide will take you to a secluded and ideal location for stargazing near Mauna Kea, depending on weather condition, you will observe stars, planets, galaxies, moon, and much more while your guide shares interesting legend and lore of the sky.

 

 
Highlights
Take a tour of a Kona Coffee Farm to learn about the harvesting and milling process while sampling Kona Coffee
Dip your toes in the sand at Punalu’u Black Sand Beach and scan the horizon for green sea turtles on the shore
Visit the stunning display of the dynamic natural wonders in the Volcanoes National Park including the twilight lava glow at Halemaumau Crater from the latest eruptions.
Observe stars, planets, and galaxies under the pristine night sky near Mauna Kea, weather permitting.
Professional guide sharing knowledge of the history, cultures, and geology of the island.

Pick up location and Time

Tour departs daily. We pick up from all resorts and hotels in Keauhou, Kona, Waikoloa, and Kohala area between 9:30 am to 11 am. Actual pick up time vary depending on hotel location. Tour duration is around 12 hours.

What to bring and wear
Wear comfortable clothing in layers as temperatures vary from warm to cool. We recommend to bring a light jacket and wear covered walking shoes.

Group Size: Tours are limited to a maximum of 10 guests per vehicle

Tour difficulty: Easy hiking over a short distance. Ages 4 and older are recommended.

Included in the tour: Assorted juices, snacks, and bottled water. Bento lunch consists of teriyaki chicken, grilled fish, local sweet potato, and steamed rice. Sit-down dinner at a restaurant near the park, the menu will be provided on the tour. In addition, all admission fees, jackets, and rain gear.

Cancellation Policy: Minimum 24 hours notice for groups of 1-5, 48 hours notice for groups of 6 or more, and 72 hour notice for private groups to receive a full refund.


How much hiking do we do?
A: We will have a couple easy hikes over a short distance on this tour. Total distance is no more than a mile

Will we get to see active lava?
A: Due to the dynamic nature of active volcanoes, lava viewing conditions change daily or even hourly. The best viewing of current eruptive activity is on our Twilight Volcano Tour. We will do our best to get you to the closest viewing area providing it is safe and legal.

Frequently asked questions

What should I wear on one of your tours?

Closed toed shoes are required and a light jacket is recommended.

 

Where do you pick up for your tours?

We pick up our guests from all major resorts and hotels between Keauhou, Kona, Waikoloa, Mauna Lani, and Hapuna area. For Histroic Kona Tour, we can pick up from Kona Pier. In certain cases we will pick you up from a nearby, easily identifiable establishment. Kona Airport pick up for Circle Island Tour and Twilight Volcano Tour may be available upon request.

Can I island hop to do your tour and return the same day?

Yes, we can pick up and drop off at Kona Airport for the Circle Island Tour. Please arrive airport by 7 am and depart after 8:30 pm.

What is the group size on your tours?

Our small group tours range from 4 to 10 guests. We take up to 14 guests for private or custom tours per vehicle. If you have a larger group we can provide multiple vehicles and guides.

How much hiking should I expect to do on your tours?

Our tours include light to moderate hikes throughout the day. Short hikes of .5 miles (.8 km) up to one mile (1.6 km) are common. Be sure to check our FAQ page specific to each tour we offer for more information!

Our your tours child/senior/disabled friendly?

Yes they are. However we don’t recommend our tours for very young children (i.e. < 5yrs old) or those with serious mobility ailments. Our tour vehicles are not equipped with a wheel chair lift, but do have plenty of storage space for a collapsible wheelchair and have low steps making them easy to board.

Are meals provided on your tours?

We provide local style lunch for all of our tours, made fresh daily at our commercial kitchen. It includes teriyaki chicken, local fish , sweet purple potato, and white rice. Dinner on Twilight Volcano Tour will be served at either Lava Rock Cafe or Kilauea Lodge near Volcanoes National Park with selected entrees. We can accommodate most dietary needs with advanced notice!

 

 

How far in advance should i book my tour?

We provide local style lunch for all of our tours, made fresh daily at our commercial kitchen. It includes teriyaki chicken, local fish , sweet purple potato, and white rice. Dinner on Twilight Volcano Tour will be served at either Lava Rock Cafe or Kilauea Lodge near Volcanoes National Park with selected entrees. We can accommodate most dietary needs with advanced notice!

Our Twilight Volcano Tour and Circle Island Tour run daily. Waipio Valley Tour is unavailable on Sundays, and the Historic Kona & Coffee Tour is unavailable on weekends.

We highly recommend booking your tour in advance. Some of our more popular tours sell out days in advance and other tours are sold on demand. Booking early means you get to do the tour you want on the day you want.

 

 

Will the tour be cancelled if it rains?

Our tours will operate in wet weather. Rain is common in certain areas of the island which is why we always provide rain gear for your convenience. We only cancel when weather makes transportation hazardous and/or there are road closures.

 

 

WIll I see lava on any of the tours?

Due to the dynamic nature of active volcanoes, lava viewing conditions change daily or even hourly. The best viewing of current eruptive activity is on our Twilight Volcano Tour. We will do our best to get you to the closest viewing area providing it is safe and legal. Currently, there is no active lava any where on the island. Please call us for most up to date information.

Is it customary to tip my guide?

Due to the dynamic nature of active volcanoes, lava viewing conditions change daily or even hourly. The best viewing of current eruptive activity is on our Twilight Volcano Tour. We will do our best to get you to the closest viewing area providing it is safe and legal. Currently, there is no active lava any where on the island. Please call us for most up to date information.

Tipping is a great way to show appreciation for the hard work and dedication it takes to be a guide. Was your guide friendly, attentive and accommodating? Did he or she provide a well informed and enjoyable experience? Was the overall tour operated safely and comfortably?

What if I need to cancel my tour?

Due to the dynamic nature of active volcanoes, lava viewing conditions change daily or even hourly. The best viewing of current eruptive activity is on our Twilight Volcano Tour. We will do our best to get you to the closest viewing area providing it is safe and legal. Currently, there is no active lava any where on the island. Please call us for most up to date information.

Tipping is a great way to show appreciation for the hard work and dedication it takes to be a guide. Was your guide friendly, attentive and accommodating? Did he or she provide a well informed and enjoyable experience? Was the overall tour operated safely and comfortably?

We require at least 24 hours notice for groups of one to five guests, 48 hours for groups of six or more, and 72 hours for private/custom tours for a full refund. “No-shows” will be charged full price – so give us a call and we’ll do our best to work it out to win-win.




ally g wrote a review Apr 10, 2021
 
Derek was absolutely awesome! This was our day one here on the big island and what better way to have a local take ya around the island. He was knowledgeable, courteous, and super friendly! Yes the tour is long, but he gives you water and snacks along the way. Not to mention the lunch and dinner were amazing!! You may also get to see Lava glow if the conditions are right. If you are looking for a tour around the big island for sight seeing this one is great!
 
 

 
texasgal63 wrote a review Apr 9, 2021
Grand Junction, Colorado
First let me say our driver , Derek, was great! We have done a lot of these types of tours on vacations and he was courteous, knowledgeable and fun. We enjoyed great coffee at the plantation with lunch under a covered area looking out at the ocean. Then on for a very informative tour in volcanoes National park. Derek really knows about volcanoes and lava! Dinner was a sit down meal in a local restaurant in a local restaurant that was very good. My husband had the ribs and I had the Mac-nut encrusted mahi mahi. Both were excellent. Then back to the hotel in the park to see the glow from the lava with a million stars above. Truly breathtaking. We took the saddle road back to Waikoloa and stopped along the way to do some stargazing. Again, Derek was a wealth of knowledge and pointed out constellations and planets. This trip was worth every penny and was a great way to start off our vacation. Thank you Derek for a memorable day!