Explore Hawaii Island’s explosive side on foot!
Travel across Saddle Road between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, two of the tallest and most massive volcanoes on Earth. Your National Park Service certified guide will discuss the volcanology, geology, and history of these monstrous wonders, as well as in-depth narration on the various lava flows and flora and fauna that you’ll be passing by.
Moving on, you’ll explore the Kaumana Caves, part of the lava tube system that brought lava as close as 1.5 miles from downtown Hilo in 1881. Take a peek inside the dramatic cathedral-like space before taking a quick drive through Hilo, a quaint town where you’ll drive along the historic waterfront. Next, head to Mackenzie State Recreation Area, located along the Puna Coast, the location of the historic eruption of 2018. Take a hike along the now-closed highway and follow the lava flow through the pine forest to the altered coastline and cliffs overlooking the new black sand beach.
Isaac Hale Beach Park is next, where lava flows encircled this popular Park miraculously sparing the infrastructure while destroying everything around it. Look for steam still rising from the cooling lava as you drive across it, along with the infamous 'Fissure 8' erupting in the heart of the Leilani Estates subdivision. Picnic-style lunch will be served here.
Next travel to the crown jewel of the Big Island, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Visit the Kilauea Iki Overlook before heading off on foot to Keanakakoi. Get a birds-eye view of the Kilauea Caldera and the enormous Halema’uma’u Crater. The Crater increased in size during the eruption with the lava lake draining out of it leaving behind an enormous 1,000-foot deep pit. Lastly, you'll pass by Volcano House for some beautiful views.