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Pele´s Fire and Myths
7 days walking tour exploring Kilauea´s historic eruption sites, Hawai'i
Glow above Halema´uma´u crater with active lava lake at dawn
Glow above Halema´uma´u crater with active lava lake at dawn
Observing fresh lava outbreaks
Observing fresh lava outbreaks

Pele´s Fire and Myths

7 days walking tour exploring Kilauea´s historic eruption sites, Hawai'i
Tour type
Geologic walking & study tour: active volcanoes - geology & volcanism - nature & culture
Custom (variable)
Group size: 2-6
7 days / 6 nights
Custom and group dates
Price per person
$ 3470 €£¥
NOTICE: Since 4 May 2018 Kilauea started a new eruption in the East Rift Zone which is still ongoing but off-limits to visitors. Simultaneous crater collapse and explosions at the volcano's summit have resulted in the closure of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. We can therefore not offer any Kilauea expeditions at this moment, and it is impossible to predict many months in advance when we will be able to again organise tours on Kilauea.
But we are monitoring the situation closely and as soon as visiting conditions are reasonable, we plan to resume our tours. If you are interested in this Kilauea adventure, you can always send us a message by filling in the request form, or contact us directly through!
(Updated 9 June 2018)

Although Kilauea is the youngest of the famous Hawaiian shield volcanoes, it is also one of the world´s most active volcanoes! Its volcanic activity has attracted visitors from all over the world since the 1820s and made it into one of the world´s most studied volcanoes and the type location for ´hot spots´.

The primary purpose of this tour is to explore the different volcanic phenomena, historic eruptions and types of activity of Kilauea on the Big Island of Hawaii. Excursions include discovering the 1969-1974 Mauna Ulu eruptionand its lava trees, the frozen lava lake of the 1959 Kilauea Iki eruption, sunrise over the Halema´uma´u active crater, exploring old lava tunnels, visiting the green sand beach, sulphur deposits and fumarole vents, Kilauea´s majestic summit caldera, ... Depending on the volcano´s activity we will also try to get as close as safely possible to any over land lava out breaks, and offer the option of a helicopter tour over the active Pu´u O´o vent or sunrise boat tour in the event of lava entering the ocean. Moderate hikes packed with interesting geological features are alternated with more relaxing activities such as beach visits, delicious meals or exploring the town of Hilo.

This 7 days walking tour is aimed at people who want to learn more about the fascinating world of volcanoes and take a chance to witness a unique volcanic eruption from close in the tropical setting of Hawaii´s Big Island.
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  • Discover Kilauea: the most active volcano of our planet!
  • Travel in a small international group
  • Get as close to active lava flows as possible
  • Explore the volcano´s historic eruptions
  • Varied scenery and rainforest flora
  • Spectacular geological features (lava tunnels!)
  • Good balance between exploring and relaxation
  • Experienced volcanologist guide
  • Variety of tasty cuisines

Pele´s Fire and Myths - Kilauea Volcano

Day 1: Arrival in Hilo
Arrival in Hilo, transfer to the hotel and welcome dinner; -optional afternoon visit to the National Park and introduction.
Day 2: Kilauea Iki eruption site - Volcano winery
Morning hike along the Kilauea Iki trail to discover the volcanic deposits of the spectacular 1959 eruption. After a good lunch in Volcano we visit the local winery and have an early dinner near the hotel.
Day 3: Halema´uma´u at sunrise - exploring Kilauea caldera
Night sky observation and sunrise above the caldera is followed by a copious breakfast, exploration of the northern rim of the summit caldera, light lunch in Hilo and a relaxing afternoon.
Day 4: Lava caves and Mauna Ulu eruption site
Morning visit of the unique underground world of lava tubes and their intricate features, lunch in Volcano and afternoon exploration of the Chain of Craters Road with the Mauna Ulu eruption site, lava trees and petroglyphs.
Day 5: Observing Kilauea´s ongoing eruption
This day is dedicated to trying to spot some red hot lava! Depending on the current activity of Kilauea volcano you can undertake optional excursions such as a helicopter ride, ocean boat tour or overland hike to active lava flows. Parts of this day can also be used to explore areas of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park that have not been covered in the previous days or to visit the Botanical gardens and waterfalls near Hilo.
Day 6: Green sand beach and Punalu´u sea turtles
Morning drive to the southernmost point of the Big Island and hike to the famous green sand beach where we have a pick-nick lunch. On the way back to Hilo we take a scenic road and make a stop at the black sand beach to watch sea turtles.
Day 7: Departure or own extension
After breakfast you will be transferred to Hilo airport or a nearby starting point for your own extension.
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Tour guide

This volcano adventure will be guided by Belgian volcanologist Ingrid Smet who has a university degree in geology and completed a PhD on active volcanoes in Greece. She likes to share her passion about geology and love for nature with anyone interested to learn more - enthusiastically translating her scientific knowledge to a broad audience.

As the newest member of the VolcanoDiscovery team Ingrid started out helping Tom with the organisation of our tours and the website design as well as co-authoring our ´Volcano Discoveries´ photography book. Meanwhile she is the destination manager for all our tours in Ethiopia, DR Congo, Hawaii and Iceland which she sometimes (co-)guides besides acting as an extra geologist tour guide when we travel with larger groups. Besides her Dutch mother tongue Ingrid also speaks fluent English and she can communicate in French and German.
Ingrid on one of her trips to Stromboli volcano, Italy

Additional info

Physical requirements

Since this tour is primarily aimed towards interested individuals or small groups, the program and the physical demands can be adjusted to some extent. Generally, you don't need to be an athlete if you want to see an eruption and the hikes planned in this particular itinerary are easy to moderately challenging only.

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