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Big Island EDITOR'S PICKS
Best Tours to See Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
The recent volcanic eruption of Kilauea affects only a part of the Big Island. While Hilo and Kona are unaffected, areas near the East Rift Zone have been closed off due to lava. Volcanoes National Park has been reopened after being damaged by seismic activity. While the park infrastructure and surrounding landscape has been changed significantly, the area is now open to witness firsthand the powerful and uncontrollable force of a live volcano.
Latest Update (September 2018): Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has been reopened on September 22. The landscape of the park has been changed considerably with fissures, collapses, rock falls, and infrastructure damage. The eruptions of Kilauea has paused, meaning you won't be able to see molten lava flowing in the park at this time. No significant lava glow is visible at night in the East Rift Zone, either.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q.
Is the Big Island safe to visit?
A.
Yes, the Big Island is safe. You don't need to cancel your trip! The recent eruptions only affect fewer than 10 square miles of the Big Island, which is now completely stable.
Q.
How is the air quality?
A.
The air quality for the vast majority of the island is clean and healthy. Emission rates near the volcano have drastically reduced.
Q.
When will Volcanoes National Park re-open?
A.
The park is now open as of September 22nd.
Q.
Can I still see lava?
A.
Currently, lava flows have paused at Pu'u O'o Crater, Kilauea Summit, and the Lower East Rift Zone. It is unknown when they will continue or where they will flow. For an overview of the volcanic activity, take a helicopter tour that flies over the most recent lava flows in the Puna area.
11Activities

    Availability varies by date for all activities.

  1. Embark on a in-depth exploration on the natural and cultural history of the recent volcanic eruptions. Hike around the now-reopened Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and visit a private lava tube cave with unique golden-colored walls.
    Pick-up Provided
    Meal Provided

    USD225.00

    Daily
    11 - 13.5 hour(s) (morning)
  2. Join the expert pilots of Blue Hawaiian Helicopters for unique aerial views of lava flows, cascading waterfalls and tropical rainforests.
    Accessible

    From USD246.05

    5%
    OFF
    Early Booking
    Daily
    2 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  3. See the best of the Big Island by air and land, with this complete tour package that includes two helicopter flights and a guided sightseeing tour. See Kilauea Volcano, Waterfalls, Punaluu Black Sand Beach & more!
    Pick-up Provided
    Meal Provided
    Accessible

    USD779.00

    Daily
    11 - 13.5 hour(s) (morning)
  4. Experience the best of the Big Island with Kailani Tours. Visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, a coffee farm, see Akaka Falls, Rainbow Falls and a black sand beach! Includes lunch at Kilauea Lodge Restaurant.
    Pick-up Provided
    Meal Provided

    USD197.39

    Daily
    9.5 - 11.5 hour(s) (morning)
  5. Volcanoes National Park is now open! Stop at a local coffee farm, visit a black sand beach and explore the new features of the park. Heading back, enjoy for a mesmerizing stargazing experience.
    Pick-up Provided
    Meal Provided

    From USD203.13

    5%
    OFF
    Daily
    11 - 13.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  6. Enjoy a Private or VIP Tour of Big Island's east-side with your very own guide, at your own pace! A unique tour personalized just for you.
    Pick-up Provided

    From USD140.62

    Group Discount
    Daily
    6 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  7. An expert guide will take you to see all the natural wonders of the Big Island! Visit Akaka and Rainbow Falls, Waipio Valley, Punaluu Black Sand Beach and Volcanoes National Park!
    Pick-up Provided
    Meal Provided

    From USD182.30

    Daily
    10 - 13.5 hour(s) (morning)
  8. Take a guided bike tour along the scenic Red Road and stop at historic eruption points. Hike to a black sand beach, explore the volcano zone district of Puna, and see the lava fields of Kilauea created during the 1955, 1990 & 2018 eruptions.
    Pick-up Provided

    USD152.08

    Weekday
    5.5 - 6.5 hour(s) (morning)
  9. Get ready to pedal on a mountain bike adventure at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park as you comfortably cruise down and around Kilauea's active volcanic landscape.
    Pick-up Provided
    Meal Provided

    From USD135.42

    Weekday
    4 - 7.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  10. See all of the Big Island from above, on a circle island helicopter tour flying over Kilauea Volcano, stunning coastlines, and thundering waterfalls! Conditions permitting, witness lava flows and smoke from Hawaii's latest volcanic hot spots.
    Pick-up Provided
    Accessible

    From USD559.00

    Daily
    3 - 5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  11. Embark on an incredible nature trip in Hawaii! Visit the iconic Rainbow Falls and explore Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. See Halemaumau Crater, steam vents & more!
    Pick-up Provided

    USD99.00

    Daily
    6.5 hour(s) (morning)
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