See the Big Island's volcanoes by foot, by bike, by van, by helicopter or by special flight-seeing planes but by all means, do see them
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Big Island of Hawaii Volcano Tours
There is no activity we offer in Hawaii that provides more wonder and more education than a Hawaii Volcano Tour.
Perhaps of all the features that mark the Big Island's landscape the Kilauea Volcano at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is the most exciting and dynamic!
For over 25 years the fountains of fire have continued with tremendous intensity and today Mt. Kilauea is the volcano with the longest-lived rift activity in known Hawaiian volcano history. Its ever present and relentless march to the sea has proved unstoppable and has forever changed the landscape of the Big Island.
Sightseeing tours by van can also be taken to see the sites and pick-up can often be arranged from either the Kona or the Hilo side of the island. Perhaps the most intimate way to see the volcanoes however would be to go with one of the hiking tours that trek the safer outreaches of the volcano. Often times you can get within just feet of the slowly moving molten lava but one should only go to these areas with guides who are aware of the safety hazards and limitations of the hikes.
Lost in the rolling and fiery fields of lava have been thousands of archeological features and artifacts. Temple and heiau sites have been covered. Petroglyph fields and villages have been destroyed. Large stretches of the Chain of Craters Road have been buried and it is estimated that every minute 130,000 gallons of molten lava are forced through giant cracks and "pu'u's" in the earth's crust and flow their way to the ocean where they continue to expand the acreage of the Big Island to make it an even bigger Big Island.
Big Island Volcano Tours are very popular and are a "must" for your Big Island vacation.
The most exciting tours may be via helicopter. Since the rift area of Mount Kilauea is so large and in many cases so dangerous to traverse by foot, the best way to truly see the full scope of this natural phenomenon is from the air. Air tours can be by helicopters which depart from either Kona or Hilo side or they can be on a special sightseeing plane. Such planes in fact also depart from nearby Hawaii on a two hour flight over the channel to view the volcano before returning.
Any way you choose to do it the Big Island of Hawaii volcano tours of the active volcanoes are bound to be the highlight of your Big Island of Hawaii adventure.
Tom's Tips - Big Island of Hawaii Volcano Tours
- Of all the activities available to be seen on the Big Island of Hawaii the volcano tours should be on the top of your list.
- These moments spent at the active volcano will remain with you for a lifetime. If you have children there is no more educational experience you could provide for them than a Hawaii volcano tour.
- You can often view the lava flows from a remarkable close distance but always pay special attention to your guide's instructions regarding safety.
One of the most strange and exotic location you will be able to see on a tour with Hawaii Forest and Trail would be one of their spectacular excursions to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the Kilauea Volcano. The park itself is, in my opinion, one of the natural wonders of the world. We are all aware of volcanoes and their destructive potential but volcanoes in Hawaii, although they can also be quite destructive, have a bit of a less harsh nature to them. First off they generally don't just explode like Mount Saint Helens or Krakatoa but instead generally ooze magma from their vents and it slowly but steadily makes its way down the mountain to the sea coast. These "gentler" eruptions make viewing this phenomenal spectacle a much easier process. On almost any day Hawaii Forest and Trail can take you to see the live volcano and quite often even get fairly close to some of the hot lava. Of course everyday can be different and varying phases of the volcanoes flow can change course at any given day making for a re-routing of the touring path to see it, but remarkably enough, most days remain tame enough for a wonderful visit. These tours with Hawaii Forest and Trail will involve a bit of driving and some amount of walking but what you will see will be amazing. You'll walk through lava tubes, stand next to steam vents and in all likelihood witness the spectacle of the fire pit that is called Halemaumau.
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Hawaiian Walkways specializes in its tours and hiking adventures that experience the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. This park is special by any manner of measurement. The volcanoes of Kilauea have been going off non-stop since the mid nineteen seventies and the landscapes produced by this volcanic action present a stark beauty to the beholder. One simply cannot be anything but impressed with the reality one finds themselves in when visiting this special area. The essence of Hawaiian Walkway tours however is that over and above simply sharing with you the spectacular beauty of the place they provide for you the how's and why's of its very creation. Trained as a geologist, Hawaiian Walkways founder and owner Dr. Hugh Montgomery, has made certain that the disciplines of geology, biology, climatology and other scientific disciplines are interwoven in the structure of every tour. This is the perfect playground for a remedial course in the study of volcanoes and the sheer pleasure and exhilaration of being at one will go hand and hand with the education you will simply and effortlessly depart with. Since Hawaiian Walkways beginnings in 1984 as the very first Big Island hiking company, clients have felt a sense of richness for having been a part of one of these amazing educational and adventurous encounters.
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KapohoKine Adventures is a sightseeing company that provides tours to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park from both the Kona side of the Big Island of Hawaii and the Hilo side of the island as well. If you are taking one of these tours from the Kona side the tours will, understandably, be longer and more expensive given the much greater driving time to the volcanoes. Any of their tours however will be remarkably informative, professional and exciting. Tours on KapohoKine Adventures are always personal with tour groups generally not exceeding thirteen passengers and so you will be able to have all your questions answered by your informative, park ranger trained tour guides. All of these tours will investigate the curiosities of the volcanoes on the Big Island in particular detail and from varying points of interest. On many you'll be treated to special interpretive walks in the National Park, through the forests, lava tubes, past steam vents and have an opportunity to visit and spend time in the Jagger Museum at the crater rim of the mighty Halemaumau. Some tours will occur in the day time and others will take you to the volcano in the evening where you'll be able to see the molten red lava light up the night. Many of the locations you may visit are off-limits to most visitors and locals alike as they are located on private land and special permission has been given to KapohoKine Adventures by the landowners to visit. KapohoKine Adventures has provided excellent service over the years being both sophisticated and luxurious enough to be awarded the Princess Cruises "Best Tour" designation.
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The sightseeing tour provided by Nui Pohaku Adventure Tours is a full day tour that focuses on the wonders of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The events that happen at this park are among the most exciting to be found in all Hawaii. This after all, is the home of the Kilauea Volcano and the Crater of Halemaumau and is the only area in the world that has been continuously erupting since the mid-nineteen seventies. Not only will you see on Nui Pohaku Adventure Tours the evidence of previous eruptions and lava flows and lava tubes but you will witness the current live volcanic activity that is happening at this very moment. You'll visit the park from top to bottom seeing the fiery discharge and dense white smoke emanating from Halemaumau at the top and also see the recent lava flows as they pour into the ocean at the bottom of the park and hopefully even get close to some red hot molten lava flows. You will even have an opportunity to visit the Jagger Museum which presents scientific and historical displays of this wild region through its many exhibits.
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As you are undoubtedly aware, the single biggest attraction on the Big Island of Hawaii is the volcanoes found in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and one of the comfortable, efficient and cost effective ways to visit the spectacles found here is with Polynesian Adventure Tours. Polynesian Adventure Tours is one of the icons of the tour industry and as such is a well respected tour operator. They will take you to view the volcano area in special twenty-five passenger "big window" premier mini-coaches. These eight-hour tours will take you to the most interesting and important regions of the park and you will come away with a good understanding of what the volcano region looks like and also have a better understanding of how volcanoes are formed.
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Roberts Hawaii offers an interesting and reasonably priced tour that allows you to see the volcanoes at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park during the afternoon and also see the glow of the volcano's lava flows in the evening hours. These tours offered by Roberts Hawaii only leave from the Hilo area but take a full eight hours exploring the major points of interest in the park including a visit to the Halemaumau Crater, the Jagger museum, the Chain of Craters Road and the Thurston Lava Tube.
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Within the past 20 years or so the only place on the planet that you could consistently see an active volcano has been on the Big Island of Hawaii. Many believe that this is the ultimate helicopter tour in Hawaii. The molten lava flows, lava tubes, erupting vents and general rift zone areas are for many a "once in a lifetime" Hawaii activity experience.
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