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Private Guide: Meet In Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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Private Guide: Meet In Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

By Big Island VIP
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Ages 0-120
Duration: 3h 30m
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  • National Park Certified Interpretive Guide
  • Sunscreen and bug repellent
  • 4 trekking poles
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Binoculars
  • Private transportation
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Free photos of you and your family/group only.
  • We have adult ponchos only. Please dress children accordingly.
What's not included
  • Free to get in with a National Park Pass or pay the Park directly for $30/car good for 7 days.
  • We reserve the right to end a tour if this is not a private group (happened 11-27-21).


Departure details
  • Kīlauea Visitor Center, National Park, 1 Crater Rim Drive, Volcano, HI 96785, USA After entering the Park, and passing the booths, the first building on the right is the Visitor Center, look for a Mercedes van that says Big Island VIP. This is a Meet in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park tour. We do not pick up or drop off outside the National Park with this tour.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 8944P16

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • After entering the Park, and passing the booths, the first building on the right is the Visitor Center, look for a Mercedes van that says Big Island VIP. https://goo.gl/maps/7oNjFwvdZbFWQ1np8
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

A note from Private Guide: Meet In Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • As the Big Island’s #1 Private Tour Company, we have an obvious advantage, we ONLY do private tours and we have always specialized in only private, custom tours.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

How much is Private Guide: Meet In Hawaii Volcanoes National Park?
Private Guide: Meet In Hawaii Volcanoes National Park price starts from C$795.71. Discover and book Private Guide: Meet In Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Tripadvisor
What is the Private Guide: Meet In Hawaii Volcanoes National Park cancellation policy?
Private Guide: Meet In Hawaii Volcanoes National Park cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Private Guide: Meet In Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Private Guide: Meet In Hawaii Volcanoes National Park?
Private Guide: Meet In Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is hosted by Big Island VIP. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Big Island VIP on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Private Guide: Meet In Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Tripadvisor
How much time do I need for Private Guide: Meet In Hawaii Volcanoes National Park?
On average, this experience will take approximately 3h 30m. Discover and book Private Guide: Meet In Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 8944P16

About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

ckHI
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Big Island VIP are the BEST
This was by far our favorite day. Even though the weather was not cooperating Rob and Jodi found a way to make it
marysB4732QE
marysB4732QE
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Best tour
Jodi and Rob were amazing to work with from booking to touring. Jodi answered ALL my questions before and after our
destenyh2022
destenyh2022
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Big Island Tour
Mia our driver was amazing!! We had a lot of fun with her. She was born and raised on the island. She was very kno
Kyle F
Kyle F
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Amazing day
This day was the highlight of our week in Kona. Our driver/guide, Chris, was excellent with all ages from little ki
andrewlP5827MJ
andrewlP5827MJ
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Awesome private tour of Volcanoes National Park!
Decided to visit the Volcanoes National Park while visiting friends on Oahu. So glad we chose Big Island VIP! Jodi
David G
David G
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Awesome Day at Volcano National Park
We booked a private tour with Rob & Jodi and were not disappointed! Jodi picked 4 of us up at our condo in Waikoloa
anglmtncer
anglmtncer
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The best Hilo/Volcano excuraion ever!!
After having our cruise line excursion canceled, we decided to find a private tour. A quick Google search provided
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W9691BYmichaelr
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Volcano Tour - Must See
Unbelievable experience. The lava flowing was truly amazing but Jodi brought so much more to the tour. Her knowle
NickA697
NickA697
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Epic Volcanoes National Park Experience w/Family
This was the highlight of our trip to Kona. Rob and his wife Jodi made this an unforgettable experience for me and
michaelhG7953OI
michaelhG7953OI
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Incredible all-day experience!
It was a very thorough, very detailed, very interactive tour that will take up most of your day but is an experienc
jkkesqta
jkkesqta
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Great way to see Hilo and the volcanoes - thanks Jodi
Jodi was just a superb guide. My family and I had a great experience and my kids (son-9 and daughter-12) learned s
Angus2002
Angus2002
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Great Day Touring The Big Island
We had a great day touring the Big Island with Rob. He worked with us prior to our visit to customize our time toge
D4780JFmaryg
D4780JFmaryg
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Great Tour of Hilo
Rob was the tour guide for our eight-person tour. We loved the spacious Mercedes van that picked us up right on tim
Elijahdgraff
Elijahdgraff
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Big island tour
Fantastic tour really goes above and beyond with knowledge and doesn’t just take you to the touristy spots. The onl
abem4life
abem4life
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We're a group of 7 friends ....spent 2 days in Kona after attending a wedding in Waikiki.
Our road trip with Jodi was fun and very informative...she has a deep knowledge and love for the island....wish we
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Kathleen H
Santa Cruz, California, United States17 contributions
Oct. 2022
We did an early morning private tour with Rob this morning in Volcanoes NP. We met him at 5am at the visitor center in the park. Everything about this experience was seamless. Jodi, Rob's wife and partner, answered all of my questions before booking, allowed me to change my date after booking and then sent me this AMAZING suggestion guide of what to do on the island, where to eat, where to snorkel, etc. We visited a few of the places she suggested and were so happy we did. This was all BEFORE we even started the tour.

We had to get up at 245am to make sure we left our condo in Kona at 3am in time to meet Rob. While driving in the dark we questioned our decision. Rob quickly shuttled us to a closed road where we walked about a mile to an overlook to see the lava lake. Because we left so early we were pretty much the first people there and got a premium viewing spot. Rob brought us flashlights and binoculars and he had a camera with a huge lens to take pics and video of us and the lava. As soon as we got to the spot we knew we made the right choice to get up early and book with VIP.

After we watched the sunrise over the lava lake and clouds part from Mauna Loa, we headed back to the van. Rob, with his extensive knowledge of the park and weather patterns, changed up our route to help us avoid the rain (which was successful). He took us to see lots of different examples of lava flows, lava drains, native vegetation and the Thurston lava tube. In-between each stop he played us a curated set of video shorts, teaching us about previous eruptions and types of lava. His enthusiasm for the park and the volcanoes really came through and heightened our experience.

At the end of the tour he dropped us off at the Volcano House for breakfast. The kalua pork hash was really delicious. He also showed us a hike to do following breakfast that left from behind the restaurant/lodge. The hike took us down to the edge of the forested rim of the crater. We saw endemic birds (Apapane and Amakihi) and worked off some of our breakfast.

If we did not do this tour we would have arrived too late to the park to see the glowing lava lake. We also would have spent our morning in the rain as we would not have known when to go where. We also would have never gotten to see or learn so much in 3 hours. This was the best money we spent on our trip visiting the big island and Kauai!

Oh, and he is a great photographer and takes lots of photos and videos and shares them with you :)
Written October 23, 2022
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BigIslandVIP
Wow Kathleen! That is the most incredible review I have ever read! I'm so glad we were able to help make your visit to the Big Island a memorable one! Mahalo nui loa! A hui hou (until we meet again)!
Written October 24, 2022
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NatTK
Mississauga, Canada10 contributions
Wake up early it’s totally worth seeing the lava in the dark( would recommend binoculars for a close up view of the lava crashing against the cliffs ). Jody offers more than just a drive out to the see the lava. It’s an educational experience as well. Jody is super knowledgeable on the surrounding vegetation and various lava formations.I recommend booking this private tour over any other.
Written August 25, 2022
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BigIslandVIP
Thank you SO MUCH! Yes, binoculars are the best way to see it. I make sure we have 2 or 3 sets on every visit to the crater. Mahalo and a hui hou!
Written August 27, 2022
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Julie Rist
Woodbury, MN2 contributions
The Volcano National Park was amazing and Rob was FABULOUS! This tour was the top highlight from our trip! The van was very clean and was for our family only—a feature we really appreciated!

Meeting Rob at 5am was the best way to see the volcano and the changes sunrise brings. Rob was passionate, informative and helped us understand what we were looking at. After the tour concluded, we had breakfast at the Volcano House with a tremendous volcano view. Rob took many fabulous pictures that were emailed to us after the tour concluded.

The other highlight was the list of key activities emailed to us before we arrived in Hawaii. This list was amazing and we were able to do many of the activities during our week on the Big Island! A truly GREAT resource to help newbie visitors prioritize what to see and do.

You will not be disappointed if you book with Big Island VIP tours. An amazing experience! Thank you Rob for an fantastic day!
Written November 25, 2022
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BigIslandVIP
Mahalo Julie A pleasure showing you the Volcano. a hui hou Rob
Written November 26, 2022
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davis1492
Atlanta, GA18 contributions
We visited Hawaii for the first time with another couple, and we went to the big island specifically to visit Volcano National Park. We had some hesitation in paying for a guide, since we figured we could read all about it and find the lava flow, etc. however, we would do it all over again. Robert is a very knowledgeable guide who shared a lot of information with us that we would not have gotten on our own. He was great to keep in contact with us about what time we should arrive, and the importance of that as it was getting daylight earlier each day, and he wanted to make sure we had a good period of darkness to view the lava. We arrived right on time, he drove us to the area where we took a short hike to the lava, and we were treated to amazing views. As he drove us to other areas in the park, he was careful to avoid rainy places that he noted in the distance, so we could enjoy our tour without rain (stay on the big island for a week and you will understand our appreciation). Not only is Robert enthusiastic in sharing his volcano knowledge, he is also well versed in the flora and fauna of the area. We asked lots of questions, and our 4 tour was over too quickly. At his suggestion we then ate breakfast at the Lava House, which ended up being the perfect thing to do after our tour.
Written May 2, 2022
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BigIslandVIP
Aloha and thank you SO MUCH for the kind words! We appreciate you making the effort to arrive early, it is almost always worth the effort. I hope you enjoy your visit to the Big Island!
Written May 2, 2022
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Chocolatelover755
Merida, Mexico8 contributions
Jan. 2023 • Family
Big Island VIP is a must-do tour if you are visiting the Big Island. Their volcanoes tour provided another perspective to an already incredible park.

The structure of the tour is one of the biggest reasons to go with Big Island VIP. Unlike other commercialized tours, Big Island VIP offers private tours. Not only does this allow flexibility, but it makes the tour feel much more personal.

The guides are excellent too. For our tour, we had Rob, a charismatic and fun guide. He was extremely knowledgeable about not just the park but the island. In a way, it’s best to plan this tour for the beginning of your vacation, as he provides advice for other activities on the island. Rob was dedicated to making sure we had an enjoyable and comfortable experience. We could really tell his passion for the park and the tour.

The biggest selling point is the tour itself. It is one thing to see the park, but it is another to learn about it. Rob’s knowledge on geology provided a new insight. We visited the park before, but after our tour with Rob, we will never see the in park the same way. Rob took us off the beaten path, allowing us to see parts of the park few get to see. Even though we had a 2 hour tour, Rob doubled our time, making sure that we had the full experience. Along the way, he took excellent pictures. Giving us something to remember the tour by.

In short, Big Island VIP offers a tour that few other companies can match.
Written January 3, 2023
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BigIslandVIP
Mahalo it was a pleasure showing you Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Rob. A hui hou
Written January 4, 2023
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Andynnj
Hoboken, NJ41 contributions
May 2022
The volcano park tour with Rob was fun and informative, and he even took photos of the volcano for us! He showed us the amazing sites around the park (lava trees, Thurston lava tube) while sharing historical details and his own experiences with the volcanoes and the park. He gave us useful tips and recommendations for sights and places to shop and eat. I highly recommend this tour, especially if you would like to get up before dawn to see the glow of the volcano. Our time at the park would not have been as good without Rob’s information and guidance.
Written May 25, 2022
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BigIslandVIP
Mahalo! Thank you for trusting us and getting up early!
Written June 1, 2022
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Lauren S
Philadelphia, PA11 contributions
Nov. 2022
We had a fantastic time! Justin was awesome with our 4 and 6-year-old kids, and he was clearly very knowledgeable. It's such a huge, beautiful place. It was super helpful to know where to go! We were able to hike to see lava the night before when it was dark, so the 9am trip was the perfect compliment.
Written November 17, 2022
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BigIslandVIP
Aloha Lauren, mahalo for taking the time to write a review! I hope you enjoyed your time on the Big Island! A hui hou!
Written November 19, 2022
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kaylo_traveler
Huntersville, NC17 contributions
We had a great tour of volcanoes National park with Jodi. It was exactly what we were looking for and she really helped us make the most of our time in the park. We had an amazing experience viewing the lava before sunrise and then toured all the highlights of the park (plus some) after that. Jodi was knowledgeable, prepared, friendly and made the tour interesting/engaging for our whole family. Highly recommend!
Written November 19, 2021
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BigIslandVIP
Thank you so much! It was my pleasure!
Written November 20, 2021
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ScubaMan
14 contributions
Apr. 2022
We took the 6 hour Volcano National Parks tour with Jodi in mid-April. It was an absolutely spectacular experience for our family. First we got to see the lava flowing from the volcano. After that, Jodi showed us all around the park giving us information about the landscape, the birds and flowers, and the history of the area. My kids say this was the highlight of their trip to the Big Island. We would highly recommend taking a tour with Big Island VIP.
Written April 24, 2022
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BigIslandVIP
Aloha Marc, it was certainly MY pleasure! Thank you so much for taking the time to give a review. Mahalo nui loa!
Written April 26, 2022
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JBN723
Glen Ellyn, IL34 contributions
This tour exceeded my expectations and they were high to begin with. The owners, Jodi and Rob, flexed with our unanticipated schedule change, suggested an earlier Park visit to get a better view of the Kilauea Volcano, provided interesting and knowledgeable content on volcanic activity and local eruption history, added great insight on plant and animal life in the park, made frequent viewing stops, and overall made the tour super enjoyable.

The Kilauea eruption is one of the most incredible sights I have seen. Big Island VIP got us setup and in the best location and time for viewing the activity.

They took to a of photos of our park visit and made them easily and quickly accessible.

They are friendly people and fun to be with.

We hope to take another of their tour some day!

Highly recommend Big Island VIP.
Written January 20, 2023
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BigIslandVIP
Mahalo John & Lisa a hui hou kakou Roc & Jodi
Written January 21, 2023
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