Lava Loop -1/2 Day Volcano Tour
Here you will walk on land that is younger than you!
Approximately 4-5 hours duration
Ever held a rock that is only 4 years old? Here, that's first on the agenda! We begin in Pahoa, where in 2014 a lava flow entombed part of the Transfer Station as it crept to within ¼ mile of this rural town. Let the stories guide your imagination to envision a glowing orange sky, lava swelling & bursting forth, folds of liquid rock hardening into pahoehoe lava, like elephant skin, now directly under your feet.
Next, listen to legends of Hawaiian folklore as we take the back roads up the mountain. Learn about the unusual geological history that makes our Hawaiian volcanoes unique.
Inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, we will visit the renowned Jagger museum with its stunning caldera overlook, hike along the volcano's edge, stand next to natural steam vents, eat our picnic lunch, & complete our loop by walking through the Nahuku (Thurston) Lava tube.
As we return to Hilo, we stop at the lovely Rainbow Falls, minutes from downtown, then end our tour at the delightful and serene Queen Lilio'ukalani Park.
Please note: We will not be seeing hot, flowing lava on this tour.
Pickup at prearranged location
Drive directly to Pahoa
Backroads to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (About 45 minutes)
Pick up our fresh picnic lunch (for later)
Quick orientation at Visitor Center
Jagger Museum and Kilauea overlook. (This is a popular stop with all buses and tour companies, so can get quite crowded. We will stay here as long as you would like, but then sidestep the crowds off the beaten path, choosing from several options of short hikes and striking vistas. )
Steam vents- steam rising through cracks in the earth from the hot molten magma below
Kilauea Iki crater overlook- site of the amazing 1959 eruption, with lava fountaining 1900 ft high!
Nahaku (Thurston) Lava Tube- - walking inside the tube. (Note: There are stairs with safety rails. )
Drive back to Hilo
(Optional stop at a wonderful, small local farmer's market)
Stop at Rainbow Falls- minutes from downtown Hilo
End of day at Queen Lili'oukalani Park
$425 all inclusive for up to 6 people
(with 5 people, each has a window.)
Includes all taxes, transportation, admission into the National Park, a delicious picnic lunch, light snacks & beverages, ponchos & umbrellas, your own photo folder in the "Cloud", stories, jokes, and a knowledgeable, enthusiastic guide.
Does not include the purchase of items of a personal nature such as: souvenirs, "adult" beverages, any fruits or veggies purchased at the local market, etc.