Kīlauea Volcano: Fly, Hike, Swim & Bike

July 20, 2017, 10:11 AM HST
* Updated July 26, 1:33 PM
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Whether you prefer to fly,  hike, swim or bike during the day or at night, there are a variety of ways to experience Kīlauea Volcano and get your lava fix. Here are five adventures that offer something for everyone.

Kīlauea Lava Hike

This tour of Kīlauea Volcano includes a moderate to strenuous four- to five-mile hike over rocky and uneven terrain to see where the lava flow meets the ocean at Kamokuna. During the tour, a Hawaii Forest & Trail guide shares scientific and cultural insights about volcanoes.  Hawaii Forest & Trail also offers special access to a private parking area—which means hikers will be two miles closer to the flow front than the public parking area offers, subtracting four miles off the round-trip hike to the ocean entry…

Hawaii Forest and Trail twilight tour. Courtesy photo.

Twilight Volcano Adventure

After dark, the red glow of Kīlauea Volcano gets even more intense as hikers can experience the home of Pelehonuamea, the Hawaiian deity, at Halemaumau Crater. That is just one of the highlights of this 12-hour Hawaii Forest & Trail tour that will take you to must-see spots in the Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, as you venture down Chain of Craters Road to the coast through rainforests, lava flows and cinder fields…

Fly and Swim: Volcanoes & Waterfall Swim. Courtesy photo.

Fly & Swim: Volcanoes & Waterfall Swim

Paradise Helicopters, partnering with Hawaii Forest & Trail, offers the Volcanoes & Waterfall Swim air adventure. The first part of the journey is a ride in a helicopter with no doors, over Kīlauea, in search of glowing red lava. The helicopter then touches down in a tropical fruit farm where Hawaii Forest & Trail provides a guided ground exploration with private access to three Hilo waterfalls where the adventure is capped off by a dip in the water…

Volcano By Air & Land. Courtesy photo.

Volcano by Air & Land


Paradise Helicopter’s Volcano by Air & Land tour allows you to explore the Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park area in flight and on foot—including sinking your toes into a beautiful black sand beach and sipping on award-winning coffee. This adventure departs from the Kona International Airport in an executive style Bell 407 helicopter.  En route to the Volcano area, you will overfly the world-famous Kona coffee district and skirt three of Hawai‘i’s towering volcanoes: Hualālai, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa…

Kīlauea Volcano Bike and Lava Adventure

Hike & Bike the Crater


Nui Pohaku Adventure Tours offers the Kīlauea Volcano Bike and Lava Adventure. This entails a ride through plush rainforest on a 21-speed mountain bike. Experience the volcano up close and personal as you ride through rainforest and lava frozen in time. Your cycling adventure will take place around the rim of one of the most active volcanoes in the world. It consists of mostly level terrain with a couple of small uphill and downhill sections thrown in for fun. Along with the cycling portion, you will hike through an incredible rainforest that leads you directly through an amazing lava tube. Other mini hikes are to scenic overlooks to witness the heart of the volcano exploding at Halema’uma’u Crater. This fully narrated adventure is truly one of a kind…

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