Crater Quest- Hike the Trails of Kilauea
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Tour Duration: about 6.5 hours. Hike duration: about 2.5 hours.
Kilauea Iki overlook
Playing with the "captive" steam vent
Kilauea Iki overlook
Witness the incredible evidence of a living planet as you walk along the edge of the Kilauea Caldera, beside plumes of steam coming from the residual heat resonating from deep within the earth- it will blow your mind!
This tour features hiking in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and offers your choice of two options, both impressive. The 4 mile Kilauea Iki Loop is a bit more physically demanding; there is a 400’ drop to the crater floor- descending via stairs and railings, ascending on mild-grade switchbacks. The alternative choice is hiking 2 trails (total of 3 miles) on level gravel & asphalt along the Keanakako’i Trail, and the spectacular Crater Rim Loop.
Imagine the history of this impressive terrain as you listen to the local, cultural stories blended with the science behind Hawaii's unusual geographic history.
Embrace the testimony of Mother Nature's power.
Experience the awe, and extraordinary beauty.
(Enjoy being the only group having a picnic lunch with a wild view.)
Grab your water bottle, and LET'S GO!
Pickup at prearranged location and Volcanology 101 briefing
Scenic drive up to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Quick orientation at HVNP Visitor Center
OPTION A) Kilauea Iki Trail (4 mile loop)
OPTION B) Crater Rim Loop (1.1 miles): sulfur banks, steam vents, crater rim
Kilauea Iki scenic overlook
Hiking the Keanakako'i trail (1.7 miles RT)
Drive a portion of Chain of Craters Road
Devastation Trail- a short (15 minute) hike to the Pu'u Pua'i cinder cone created by the Kilauea Iki lava fountain.
Drive back to Hilo
Drop off at location of your choice
$590 plus $20pp park entrance fee
for up to 6 people
(with 5 people, each has a window.)
Includes all taxes, transportation, a delicious locally made 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.