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Top Hiking Trails on the Big Island of Hawaii

Top Hiking Trails on the Big Island of Hawaii

With its unusual mix of lunar-like lava fields and tropical jungle, the Big Island offers some of the most scenic hiking in the Hawaiian Islands. Here are a few of the most popular trails:

Mauna Ulu/Pu‘u Huluhulu Hike — 2.5 miles (4 kilometers)

This hike takes you through lava tree molds to the solidified remains of the Mauna Ulu flow. Most of the hike is fairly easy but one portion features a challenging 210-foot (64-meter) ascent to the Pu‘u Huluhulu cinder cone. Your reward? Views over Mauna Ulu and, on clear days, all the way out to the Pacific Ocean.

Ha'akulamanu (Sulphur Banks) Trail — 1.2 miles (2 kilometers)

This trail is a good place to see volcanic steam and gases rising from solidified lava. It combines paved pathways with wooden boardwalks dotted with interpretive signs, and it’s wheelchair accessible.

Kaumana Trail  — 2.8 miles (4.5 kilometers)

Situated in the Upper Waiakea Forest Reserve, this trail is a great option for families and those with less hiking experience. It's surrounded by misty forest and offers great views of Mauna Kea, without much elevation gain. 

Waipio Valley Trail — 3.8 miles (6.1 kilometers)

The lush, forested Waipio Valley is considered one of the prettiest places on the Big Island, and is best experienced on foot. This hike involves navigating some steep and muddy hills (and dodging the 4x4s that frequent the area) but if you’re willing to put in the work, you’ll be rewarded with access to a secluded beach with unique ocean views. 

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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

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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. What’s more, receive an iPad to use on the tour. Use it for photos, videos, and info, as well as playing games or watching movies while traveling between the sites.
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Private Tour: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Eco Tour
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Private Tour: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Eco Tour

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Explore the world’s most active volcano on a private eco tour around Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. These 3- and 6-hour, education-based explorations focus on the native flora and fauna, the geology and the amazing Hawaiian culture that still thrives on the volcano today. Experience the highlights of Kilauea’s summit area, including a sunset eruption viewing or hike to both the hidden and highlight areas of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
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Kohala Waterfalls Small Group Adventure Tour
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Kohala Waterfalls Small Group Adventure Tour

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Delve into Hawaii’s history and prepare to get wet on this full-day waterfall adventure tour of the Big Island’s Kohala coast. Begin with a drive up the Kona coastline past lava flows, and take in sweeping views from the old Kohala Mule Station lookout. Rumble through the rugged landscape in an off-road vehicle and hike along the tunnels and aqueducts of a historic sugar plantation. Admire the seven Kohala waterfalls and cool off with a dip under the final cascade. A picnic lunch and hotel transport are included.
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Triple Crater Hawaii Volcano Hiking Adventure

Triple Crater Hawaii Volcano Hiking Adventure

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Explore three volcanic craters during one great trip on this 11.5-hour excursion on the Big Island. Travel aboard a high-end Mercedes van as you trek to the still-steaming Mauna Ulu, enjoy an amazing hike across Kilauea Iki crater and discover the summit of Kilauea Caldera. All entrance fees, plus a deli-style lunch and and local-style dinner are included.
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Hidden Craters Hike
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Hidden Craters Hike

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Discover Hawaii's Big Island which is famous for volcanoes—on an off-road craters Tour. Hop aboard a 4 Wheel Drive van for a breathtaking ride up the side of the Hualalai volcano. You'll pass giant craters and among both rainforest and lunar landscapes climbing 6,000 feet to explore an incredible lava tube on foot.
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