This is the ideal excursion for experienced hikers. From dramatic black lava flows to lush rainforests and plunging waterfalls, experience the scenic majesty of Hawaii’s natural landscape as you explore on foot.
In Volcanoes National Park, you’ll stride through a lava tube and trek down into a volcanic crater. The four-mile round-trip hike meanders through forests of trees turned to stone, and passes gaping, steaming fissures where lava once gushed over a thousand feet skyward.
Visit the Jagger Museum, with its real time seismographs, eruption footage, displays of lava and Hawaiian geology, and an overlook on the steaming vent in the Halemaumau Crater. Stop to admire Akaka, one of Hawaii's most impressive waterfalls, dropping 442 feet over green leafy cliffs into a deep pool below.
Note: Participants must be at least 10 years of age, experienced hikers, and in good health. The crater hike crosses some rugged sections requiring visual and balance acuity. Switchbacks, stairs, and uneven surfaces will be encountered, as well as highly variable weather patterns.
Infants are not permitted, even if carried by adults. Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes. Due to natural sulfur gases, this tour is not recommended for those with respiratory or heart problems. A light lunch, water, and ponchos are included. An alternative waterfall may be visited depending on weather conditions.