Big Island of Hawaii

Small-Group Big Island Tour: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Kona Coffee Farm

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Small Group Big Island Tour Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Kona Coffee Farm

From $209.00

Select Date and Travelers

up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 12 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

On this tour from Kona to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, experience some of the Big Island’s best sights in a small group capped at 14 people. In addition to stopping at Punalu’u Beach Park to walk down a black-sand beach, you have the chance to sip Kona coffee on the plantation right where it’s grown, as well as hike through a lava tube that was formed by Kilauea volcano.
  • Day trip to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park from Kona or Waikaloa
  • See turtles basking on the black sand of Punalu’u Beach
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch and taste freshly brewed Kona coffee
  • Small-group tour limited to 14 people ensures a more personalized experience

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Potential to see active lava.

What's Included

  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Fees included
  • Lunch, dinner, water, and snacks
  • Black sand beach with potential to see the green sea turtles
  • Two short optional hikes
  • Kona coffee farm tour
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from Kailua-Kona, Waikoloa, Kohala Coast (personal pick-up time varies)
  • Gratuities

Meeting and Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • Target
    74-5455 Makala Blvd, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

08:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

Your morning pick-up time depends on your hotel location, the volcanic conditions, and the time of the year. The booking system always shows 8 AM but your personal pick-up time varies. Please provide your hotel information at least 48 hours before the tour date. We will contact your party the day prior to the tour with a personalized pick-up time and instructions. Please do not book any other activities for your tour day.

What To Expect

This Kona volcano tour begins at your hotel in either Kona or Waikoloa, where you board a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle for the journey to Kilauea volcano. 

Along the way, stop at the 'coffee belt' in the cool uplands above Kona, and enjoy a cup of Kona coffee on a plantation right where it’s grown. Enjoy a light snack in the cool mountain air, and, if you’d like to pick up some coffee for home or gifts to bring back from Hawaii, buying the coffee straight from the source is a great way to help local farmers. 

The tour continues around the south end of the island, where you next stop at Punalu’u Beach Park for a walk down the black-sand beach. This scenic spot on the southeastern shore is known for its Hawaiian green sea turtles, which occasionally haul out and sun on the sands or bask in the shade of a palm. 

Upon reaching Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, follow your guide on a short hike through a cavernous, naturally formed lava tube, which is created by the swelling and eventual cooling of an underground river of lava. When you approach the rim of Halema’uma’u Crater, you can see the steam as it rises from the Earth and the hiss of volcanic gas, and as the sunlight slowly fades into night, the crater emits an orange glow from the lava lake deep down inside. Since the temperature toward the volcano’s summit can be a bit chilly at night, enjoy a warm dinner of tasty soup that’s served with bread and then dessert. 

Throughout this Kona volcano tour, every traveler has use of an iPad for reading more info about the sights, as well as scouring photos and videos or playing games in the car. 

Finally, at the end of the fascinating Big Island adventure, return to your Kona or Waikoloa hotel.

Kailua-Kona (Pass By)

Greenwell Farms

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Captain Cook (Pass By)

Mauna Loa (Pass By)

Punalu'u Black Sand beach

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

2 hours Admission Ticket Free

Steam Vents

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Halemaumau Trail

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Kilauea Volcano

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Nahuku - Thurston Lava Tube

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Chain of Craters Road (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 4 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Minimum age is 6 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please note that the tour may change due to weather, traffic, volcanic conditions, vehicles, and availability
  • A small amount of walking is involved (please bring comfortable walking shoes)
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress in layers and bring a rain jacket
  • Bring money if you would like to buy coffee or souvenirs
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Big Island adventures!!!
Donna_A, Apr 2024
We had a great time on this tour. Our Guide Katie was very knowledgeable. We went to the coffee farm tour. I loved see Hawaiian Sea Turtles on the black sand beach. Volcano National Park was a blast seeing lava tube. Katie added personal touches with a ukulele performance at dinner. Loved the donut at the southern most bakery Would highly recommend
Great volcano experience
Ernestine_R, Apr 2024
The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. It was a great tour and I recommend it for anyone who's interested.
Highly recommended
Lynn_W, Apr 2024
Katie is an outstanding guide. The tour was fun and informative. I would love to do another tour with Katie some day.
We enjoyed the entire...
Barbara_R, Apr 2024
We enjoyed the entire trip. Katie was knowledgeable, kind, funny and sweet. This was the best excursion of our trip. There were only four of us touring with our guide. Good food and good company!
Best tour I’ve ever had!
Joselyn_G, Apr 2024
Katie was super helpful and informative! This memorable experience was one of a kind! A full day of learning about volcanoes and the history of Hawaii!
Great Experience!
Anthony_A, Mar 2024
Katie was great! She really made the trip a memorable one…very knowledgeable and informative!! Had a great time.
Wonderful experience
Delia_J, Mar 2024
First time on the Big Island and the tour was an excellent way to explore different parts of the island. Katie is a great tour guide; she provided a lot of information about the volcanoes and all the other areas we visited. The lunch, snacks, and the coffee tasting were delicious. The lava tube was unique and the black sand beach as well. Enjoyed seeing the turtles sunbathing at the beach and all the other wildlife we saw during the tour (mongoose, Hawaiian goose, etc.).
Katie was a wonderful...
Jennifer_H, Feb 2024
Katie was a wonderful tour guide. She was knowledgeable and made the trip comfortable and interesting!
An amazing day!
Mark_L, Feb 2024
My wife and I had a wonderful, memorable day on this tour. Everything was as advertised. Tour guide Katie was very efficient and provided a wealth of information and great stories along the way. She was very attentive and helpful to us old folks and went above and beyond to insure all had a great day. Would do this again in a heartbeat, recommend it highly.
Volcano Tour
Paul_P, Feb 2024
Katie was very knowledgeable and was a great guide. Highly recommended. Lots of history along the way.
Great day on Hawaii!
Dave_M, Feb 2024
We enjoyed a full day of visiting key big island sights. We viewed and learned more then we could have done on our own and our great guide did all the driving.
Fantastic!!
Mary_H, Feb 2024
Katie was fantastic and her love for what she does shows! Nice to have such a relaxing drive and learn so much about the island.
Katie was a great tour...
Luis_L, Jan 2024
Katie was a great tour guide. She was very knowledgeable of local history and also added her own personal experiences to narrations. Above all, she is very friendly and approachable. The tour covers a lot of ground but nothing is strenuous or exhausting. Definitely would recommend this tour.
Great small group tour.
HaroldB_L, Jan 2024
Great tour and fantastic guide Katie. On time, very knowledgeable and went the extra step to give us an enjoyable day. Highly recommend her and Hawaii Outdoor Guides.
Comprehensive Big Island tour!
Teresa_B, Jan 2024
This tour was wonderful and Katie was an excellent tour guide! Well worth the money; we absolutely loved every part but especially the volcano parks. Katie’s knowledge about every stop & the Island in general was excellent & we loved learning so many facts from her.
Excellent Tour!!!!
Anonymous, Dec 2023
The best way to see multiple sites in one day if you don't have a car. Katie was extremely knowledgeable and covered everything from the history of the island to native plants. This tour was incredible and the food was delicious! Well worth the money.
Great Time!
Daniel_B, Dec 2023
The tour was well-organized and we liked it. Katie, the tour guide, was knowledgeable and pleasant, left us plenty of time between jaunts to relax and for downtime. I would recommend this!
Very memorable trip
Bruce_J, Dec 2023
Our guide (Katie) was exceptional. We enjoyed our short hikes in Hawaii Volcanoes NP. The group we traveled with was compatible.
Well worth going on this tour!
Christine_F, Dec 2023
Trip was well worth the time and all the driving. It will show you the National Volcano park along with a lava tube, black sand beach with turtles, and a local coffee producer. Although it rained all day it actually made the roads and trails less crowded. Our tour guide Katie was full of information and knowledge and really made the trip memorable and enjoyable. She really knows her stuff and learned a lot about Hawaiian history, trees, plants, and animals on the island. We had a small group and it made for asking questions and conversation very easy. Highly recommend!
Amazing tour to see volcanoes
Deborah_F, Nov 2023
Fantastic tour to coffee farm, black sand beach and national volcano park. Kelly was amazing, so knowledgeable and personable. I highly recommend this tour!
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