Volcanoes National Park and Mauna Kea


Tour Number

Activity Level



Adventure / Active, Day Trip / Out of Town, Nature and Wildlife, Shore Excursion


Kid Friendly: No. Anyone over 12 years of age is welcome.

Friendly: No.
You must be able to get in and out of the truck unassisted.

Maximum travelers: 4



English (fluent)

Kilauea Volcano, Mauna Kea

Starting on the Hilo side of the island we head straight to Volcanoes National Park.

This private tour of Volcanoes National Park offers you the ability to see and do the things you want to do without feeling like a herd of cattle on a large tour bus. We will see the billowing Halema'uma'u Crater at Kilauea Volcano, steam vents, walk through rain forest into a lava tube and drive right through lava flows.

When finished at the park we'll make our way to Mauna Kea with a stop at the visitor center at the 9, 200 foot elevation. It's recommended we stay here for about 30 minutes to acclimate to the higher elevation before making our way to the summit (13, 796 foot elevation). Once acclimated, we make our way up to the summit with stunning views around every turn!

Once we reach the summit, you may be able to see Maui - depending on weather. We'll also go inside a viewing room at Keck Observatory (if it is unlocked when we arrive). The views at the summit are amazing!

Let me show you the beauty of Hawaii!


Please note: Because of the high altitude, this tour is not recommended for those with motion sickness, breathing problems and anyone that has been scuba diving within 24 hours.

Please note: The road to the summit can close at any time and is totally out of my control. If this is the case we will replace the summit with other amazing sights.

From Hilo we drive about 45 minutes to Volcanoes National Park. We usually spend about three hours exploring the park before making our way back to Hilo. Along the way we can stop at an orchid garden and macadamia nut factory. Then we begin are accent to Mauna Kea, which takes about an hour from Hilo.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: We will begin the tour on the Hilo (east side) of Hawaii Island. This includes the Port of Hilo for cruise ship shore excursions, the Hilo Airport (ITO), hotels and B&Bs.

End location: We end the tour at the location of your choice on the Hilo side of the Island.

Duration: 7 hours

The duration of this tour is an estimate and can change based on the length of time we spend at each stop. Remember, this is YOUR tour and it is my goal to give you an experience of a lifetime.


4-door, Air Conditioned, 2016 Ford F-150 4WD, which has tons of room for up to four full sized guests. This truck has been modified for off-road use with a higher step up than usual.

What’s Included

Guiding service, entrance fee to Volcanoes National park, bottled water, hoodies and jackets for the summit.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

10 USD - per person for snacks, drinks, etc.

I usually do not include a dedicated lunch stop on the tour because it takes so much time away from seeing other sights. If this is something you desire, we certainly can stop for lunch. Lunch can cost anywhere between $10 and $20 per person, depending on where we go. I do provide water and granola bars.

You are more than welcome to bring sandwiches and other snacks with you.

What’s Extra

Drinks / Snacks / Meals / Souvenirs, etc. Please bring warm clothing, as the weather can change in an instant.

A Recent Review of this tour

Scott was super nice and professional during our tour. We have been given a wide range of knowledge on the volcanos and seen some breathtaking view that very unique. It is definitely a lifetime experience only by with Scott! Definitely recommend anyone would come to Big Island next time!
Yanhua Yao

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