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GPS Audio E-Bike Tour of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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- How close will we get to the active lava? Kilauea Volcano is one of the most active volcanoes on earth, the eruption sights can change from time to time, and as of now the best way to see active lava is at Halemaumau Crater. There are many different lookouts around the park. On the day of your visit, ask a park ranger where the best spot to watch the eruption from a safe distance based on the conditions.
- Are the trails difficult or suitable for any cyclist? The tour route consists of paved roads and trails in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park which are moderate-level and are suitable for recreational cyclists. All cyclists are required to have the ability to ride a bicycle confidently, beginners are not allowed. All cyclists are encouraged to bike at their own pace.
- What is the terrain like on the bicycle tours? The terrains at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park are level around the erupting summit crater of Kilauea Volcano and then slopes downhill when we enter the native Hawaiian rainforest area. There are a few short hills on the tour course and a long hill on the return to the headquarters, which is easily manageable with the e-bikes.
Local expert tips
- This activity books up quickly, and we highly suggest booking 2 to 3 weeks in advance, especially during busy seasons like summer and spring break.
- Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is a great place to visit year-round. It often rains and tours will operate rain or shine.
- Temperatures at the Summit (4000ft above sea level) sometimes range in the low 60’s to upper 70’s.
- Group tours: If a minimum of 6 guests is not reached, we will contact you offering to join another tour time
- The GPS Audio Tour App will take you through fantastic terrains, all on mostly downhill and level paved roads and trails
- Free Parking at Bike Volcano's shop in Volcano Village.
- All guests must be at least 15 years old to participate.
- Recommend attire: comfortable clothes, rain jacket, and closed-toe shoes are required. As the temperatures can drop during the day, we suggest dressing in layers (t-shirt, shorts, jacket, and/or sweatpants).
- What to bring: Credit Card and Identification for the equipment deposit, Closed Toe Shoes, Protective Eyewear (sunglasses), Hat, Sunscreen, Camera, Backpack, and Binoculars.
How to get there?
- Kona/Keahou hotels: 2 hours - 2.5 hours.
- Waikoloa/Kohala hotels: 2 hours - 2.5 hours.
- Hilo hotels: 50 - 60 mins.
Check-in at Bike Volcano's Shop in Volcano Village
Once you check-in and receive your e-bike, make your way through the many beautiful areas in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. With turn-by-turn GPS and Audio Tour guide installed on your smartphone, you will be able to visit the steam vents, lava tubes, rainforests, and Kilauea Crater!
Pick-up/check-in time & location.
Drop-off/Check-out Time & Location
- located behind the Lava Rock Cafe
Location, direction and description
- Pick-up anytime between 10AM - 12PM return before 4PM.
- You can access our free turn-by-turn navigation GPS system by signing up for a free account using your email (please do not use google or facebook to sign up) and downloading the following app "RIDE WITH GPS" (https://ridewithgps.com/). Also, get your park pass if you don't already have one: https://www.recreation.gov/sitepass/2753.
- Guests who are pregnant are not permitted to participate in this activity.
- This activity is not wheelchair accessible.
- People 15 years old and above can participate in this activity.
- Guests must be at least 4 ft 10 in (147 cm) to participate in this activity.
- Participants are required to sign a liability waiver at the time of check-in.
- Minors are required to have a parent or guardian sign their liability waiver.
- All cyclists need to have the ability to balance, steer and stop on a bicycle.
- You will be required to provide a credit card at the time of check-in and you are liable for any damages to the bicycle.
- A fully functioning and charged smartphone is required in order to use the GPS Audio App.
- You must get your Hawaii Volcanoes National Park pass. If you don't already have one, visit: https://www.recreation.gov/sitepass/2753.
Required items to bring & attire
- Closed toe shoes
- Credit Card and Identification for the equipment deposit.
- Layered Clothing (warm layers, athletic pants, jacket). Temperatures at the Summit (4000′ above sea level) sometimes range in the low 60’s to upper 70’s. Be prepared for windy and possibly misty & wet conditions.
- Protective Eyewear (sun glasses or prescription glasses)
- Rain Jacket (If you don't have one, you can purchase at the adjacent Kilauea General Store)
- Backpack (If you don't have one, you can rent for $5)
- Binoculars (optional)
- The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.
- This activity operates regardless of weather.
- Lava viewing is unpredictable and is not guaranteed. The active flow status is constantly changing. The lava viewing area can close at anytime due to hazardous conditions.
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- Any cancellations made after 10:00 local time, 2 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.
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Hawaii: Volcanoes National Park E-Bike Rental and GPS Audio
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to explore the majestic volcanoes of Hawaii up close? Well, with the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park E- Bike Rental and GPS Audio tour, you can satisfy your curiosity and embark on a thrilling adventure.
This unique experience allows visitors to navigate the park’s awe-inspiring landscapes on an e-bike while receiving informative and captivating commentary through a GPS audio guide.
But is it truly as exhilarating as it sounds? Well, there’s only one way to find out, and the answer awaits those who are ready to embrace the unknown and discover the wonders of Hawaii’s volcanic landscapes firsthand.
So, are you up for the challenge?
Best Place To Reserve: I highly recommend using GetYourGuide to reserve. They are the most reliable and have the best cancellation policy. This means you can save your spot now and can cancel for free right up to the day before.
Good To Know
- Free cancellation and full refund options available for the e-bike rental
- Flexible travel plans with no payment required upfront
- Opportunity to ride around an active volcano and explore the lush rainforest
- Use of a GPS audio guide and smartphone app for navigation and information during the tour
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When planning your adventure to Hawaii’s Volcanoes National Park, it’s important to know the details about ticket information.
To provide flexibility and peace of mind, Bike Volcano offers free cancellation and a full refund if canceled up to 24 hours in advance.
To secure your spot, you can reserve now and pay later, allowing you to make your travel plans without any immediate payment required.
The ticket is valid for one day, but it’s essential to check availability for starting times.
With these options, you can easily adapt your itinerary to suit your preferences and explore the park at your own pace.
Highlights and Activities
Embark on an exhilarating journey through Hawaii’s Volcanoes National Park, where you can experience the thrill of riding around an active volcano and explore the lush native rainforest on a convenient e-bike.
Get ready to learn about the breathtaking beauty of the park as you navigate through its diverse landscapes. Explore the rainforest, with its vibrant foliage and unique wildlife, as you pedal along the designated bike trails.
Feel the adrenaline rush as you ride along the rim of the erupting crater, potentially catching a glimpse of active lava. And don’t forget to stop by the steam vents and lava tube, where you can truly feel the volcanic heat.
With the help of a smartphone app providing GPS navigation and an audio guide, you’ll have all the information you need to make the most of your adventure.
Get ready to explore, enjoy , and experience the wonders of Hawaii’s Volcanoes National Park.
Itinerary and Location
Start your adventure at Bike Volcano Headquarters in Volcano Village, where you can pick up your e-bike and begin your exploration of Hawaii’s Volcanoes National Park.
The itinerary for the day includes riding along the permitted National Park Bike Trails, where you can explore the volcanic landscapes and witness the beauty of the lush native rainforest.
The e-bike provides numerous benefits, allowing you to effortlessly navigate the park and cover more ground while enjoying a thrilling ride around an active volcano. With the GPS audio app, you can easily navigate the trails and learn about the park’s highlights, including the Kilauea Overlook and the Summit of Kilauea, where you may even catch a glimpse of active lava.
After a leisurely exploration of the park, return to Volcano Village by 4PM and make your way back to Bike Volcano Headquarters, where secure parking and restrooms are available. Don’t forget to pass the Lava Rock Cafe on your way.
To enhance your volcano adventure even further, consider exploring other volcano-related attractions and activities in the area. Here are some recommendations for related experiences and outdoor exploration :
Take a helicopter tour : Get a bird’s-eye view of the volcanic landscape and witness the awe-inspiring sight of lava flowing into the ocean.
Hike to the lava flow : Set out on a guided hike to witness the raw power of an active lava flow up close. Feel the heat and hear the crackling sounds as the molten lava meets the ocean.
Visit the Jaggar Museum : Learn about the geology and history of the Hawaiian volcanoes through interactive exhibits. Catch a glimpse of the glowing lava lake at night for a truly mesmerizing experience.
Explore the Thurston Lava Tube : Walk through a natural tunnel formed by flowing lava and marvel at the unique rock formations inside. Don’t forget to bring a flashlight to fully appreciate the beauty of this underground wonder.
With these recommendations, you can make the most of your time in Hawaii and learn about the captivating world of volcanoes. Get set for an unforgettable adventure!
Get ready to dive into the nitty-gritty details of your thrilling volcano adventure in Hawaii. When it comes to exploring Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, renting an e-bike and utilizing a GPS audio guide can enhance your experience in multiple ways. With an e-bike, you’ll enjoy the benefits of effortless riding, allowing you to cover more ground and conquer challenging terrains with ease. The GPS audio guide, on the other hand, provides you with insightful and entertaining commentary as you navigate through the park, ensuring you don’t miss any important information or hidden gems along the way. Together, these two features offer the perfect combination of convenience and guidance, making your volcano adventure an unforgettable one.
Embark on an exhilarating journey through Hawaii Volcanoes National Park as you follow the directions to your e-bike rental and GPS audio guide headquarters.
Start the day at Bike Volcano Headquarters in Volcano Village, where you can pick up your e-bike between 10AM and 12PM.
Explore the permitted National Park Bike Trails with the GPS Audio App, which will provide you with turn-by-turn directions and fascinating information about the park.
Ride along the rim of the erupting crater and potentially witness the awe-inspiring sight of active lava.
Return to Volcano Village by 4PM after a leisurely exploration of the park, making sure to follow the driveway to the rear parking lot and look for the white canopy at the north end of the parking area.
With the convenience of e-bike rental and the guidance of GPS navigation, you can confidently navigate the park and make the most of your adventure in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Are There Any Age Restrictions for Renting an E-Bike in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park?
There are age restrictions for renting an e-bike in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park due to safety concerns . It’s important for visitors to check the specific requirements and guidelines before planning their adventure.
Is It Safe to Ride an E-Bike Around an Active Volcano?
Yes, it is safe to ride an e-bike around an active volcano. However, there are hazardous conditions to consider. It is important to take necessary safety precautions and follow guidelines provided to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.
Can I Bring My Own Bike Helmet or Is One Provided With the Rental?
Yes, a rental helmet is provided, but adventurers can also bring their own personal helmet for added comfort and familiarity. Safety is a top priority when riding around an active volcano.
Are There Any Additional Fees or Charges for Using the GPS Audio Guide?
There are no additional fees or charges for using the GPS audio guide. Renters of e-bikes can enjoy a safe and thrilling ride around the active volcano in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
What Happens if the E-Bike Breaks Down During the Rental Period?
If the e-bike breaks down during the rental period, the repair policy depends on the rental company. Customers should inquire about liability for damages to the e-bike to ensure they are aware of any potential costs.
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Discover the awe-inspiring beauty of Hawaii’s volcanoes with the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park E-Bike Rental and GPS Audio tour. This thrilling adventure allows you to explore the park’s stunning landscapes on an e-bike while learning from a GPS audio guide.
From active volcanoes to lush rainforests, this tour offers an unforgettable experience for nature lovers. With flexible booking options and a full refund policy, you can plan your adventure with peace of mind.
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Shaka Guide's Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Tour Itinerary
December 07, 2023
What to Expect
A trip to Volcanoes National Park allows you to see the product of Mother Nature’s handiwork work in real life.
Home to the most active volcano in the world, you’ll walk across barren lava fields, see where wildlife is beginning to regrow following massive eruptions and hike some of the world’s most unique terrain.
This park is also home to a bounty of Hawaiian myths and legends and we’ll share these with you along the way.
This tour begins at the entrance of the park and is a one-way out and back drive.
The trip has over 40 audio points and takes about 4-6 hours to complete.
You’ll drive from the Visitor’s Center down Chain of Craters Road all the way to the ocean.
Things To Remember
Please keep in mind that the 2018 Kilauea eruption resulted in closures and changes in parts of the park.
Also, there are not many food or drink options in Volcanoes National Park aside from a water fountain and some snacks at the visitor’s center (peanuts) or a sit-down meal at The Rim, a restaurant located in Volcano House.
Be sure to pack snacks and water for your visit. Also, the park has a $30 entrance fee per vehicle.
This tour takes between 4-6 hours to complete, depending on how much hiking you’re looking to do.
We recommend starting around 9:00 a.m. *See notes below about combining this tour with our South Island Epic Coastal Adventure.*
Approximate time: 10-20 minutes
Stop here to ask a park ranger some questions, fill up your water bottle, or use the restroom.
If you didn’t bring a jacket, the gift shop at the Visitor’s Center usually has sweatshirts for sale.
You might want to pick one up here as temperatures vary drastically across the park.
Once you’re done, turn around and drive back the same way you came. The road to start the tour is just past the front entrance.
NOTE: The Visitor’s Center closes at 5:00 p.m.
PLEASE NOTE: The visitor’s center is currently closed due to Covid 19. There is a park ranger available to answer questions you may have.
Approximate time: 5 minutes
Stop and stare at a cloud of steam formed from underground water meeting hot volcanic rock.
Kilauea Military Camp
Approximate time: 10 minutes
The Kilauea Military Camp dates back almost 100 years and offers accommodations near the park for military families.
Although civilians can’t stay at the camp, the game room and cafe are open to the public if you need to make a pit stop.
Approximate time: 15 minutes
Perhaps you heard about the 2018 Kilauea eruption that destroyed homes and roads and closed down parts of the park?
Well, prior to the eruption, Halemaʻumaʻu Crater (which is part of Kilauea) was filled with lava.
At night, you could see an orange glow emanating from the crater below. Now, there’s a small lava lake at the bottom of the crater.
Sulphur Banks Hike
Approximate time: 30 minutes
This 1.2-mile hike (roundtrip) is actually a leisurely walk along a paved path where you’ll see more steam rising from the ground.
Kilauea Iki Overlook
Here you can get a wonderful aerial view of the Kilauea Iki Crater. Continue down the road to see Thurston Lava Tube and to get to the shorter hike to Kilauea Iki Crater.
Approximate time: 20 minutes
This magnificent natural landmark is one of the most popular spots at the national park.
There is a well-maintained trail that takes you inside a 600-foot lava tube and through a lush rainforest.
Pro tip! You also can park at Kilauea Iki Overlook and walk over to the start of the hike if parking is full and you don’t mind a short walk.
Kilauea Iki Crater Trail
Approximate time: 1 hour
The Kïlauea Iki Trail is technically a 4-mile hike that takes you along the rim of K? Kilauea Iki and down to the crater floor.
Because we know you’re pressed for time on your trip, we’ve got a great shortcut for you!
Just across the street from Thurston Lava Tube is a short trail to the bottom of Kilauea Iki Crater -- feel the pulse of this magnificent volcano from the still-steaming crater floor.
This shortcut takes about one hour to complete. Please know, there is a steep decline through the forest into the crater.
Once you get to the crater floor, snap as many photos as you’d like, then work your way back up to the parking area the same way you came.
PRO TIP! You also can park at Kilauea Iki Overlook and walk over to the start of the hike if parking is full and you don’t mind a short walk.
You’ll feel like you’re on Mars as you take in the terrain on your walk along Devastation Trail.
This one-mile trail takes you along the path of a destructive and explosive eruption dating back to 1959.
Along the way, you’ll see spots where life is beginning to regrow and find a large barren lava mound called the Pu’u Pu’ahi Cinder Cone -- a perfect example of how mother nature forms new mountains.
Does seeing the views of massive volcanic craters ever get old? We didn’t think so!
Chain of Craters Road got its name from the handful of massive craters with viewpoints along the road.
This crater was likely formed around 1500-1800 AD. It’s a gigantic pit crater and in our opinion, it’s one of the best views on the tour.
What’s a pit crater you ask? It’s when … collapses and forms a giant hole.
Thermal Hot Spot
Approximate time: 2 minutes
In this area, you will notice the vegetation suddenly looks dead.
Pull over to the side of the road to learn a bit of geology about a thermal hotspot where magma is believed to be just 500 feet below the surface.
Devil’s Throat Crater
Some people call this pit crater the best-kept secret in the park. You won’t see signage, so be sure to listen closely to the tour.
There’s a 5-minute walk to the crater’s edge but when you get there you’ll see a 165-feet deep and 150-feet wide crater.
Be sure to keep your distance from the edge — there’s no railing.
Take a short walk to the boardwalk where you can take an epic photo in front of Pauahi Crater -- another huge pit crater that’s roughly 360 feet deep and 1,600 feet long.
Mauna Ulu Fissure Hike
More of a stroll than a hike, the Mauna Ulu Fissure Hike is at the site of a 1969 eruption that spewed lava up to 200 feet in the air, destroying an Ohia -- a native Hawaiian plant -- forest in the area.
As you walk you’ll see lava trees and a variety of volcanic formations. The trail is marked with stacked rocks.
Muliwai A Pele
Pull over and get out of your car for a quick stop at Muliwai A Pele. In Hawaiian, Muliwai means river of lava.
This lookout might just appear to me more lava rock, but from a bird’s-eye view you can actually see how the Mauna Ulu eruption flowed from this volcanic cone about 5 miles down into the ocean... truly a river of lava.
The overlook is built on Holei Pali, a steep cliff with a 2,000-foot drop.
At the Kealakomo Lookout, in addition to the panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean, you will also have an expansive view of the vast lava flow in 1971 that completely buried the village of Kealakomo.
Kealakomo was an ancient coastal community.
PRO TIP! If you brought snacks or some lunch there are picnic tables near the lookout. This is a great place to stop, marvel at the terrain around you and enjoy a bite to eat. After this, we descend quickly to the lower lava fields with less of a view.
Pull over quickly and try to look for South Point in the distance. On clear days you might be able to catch a view.
Puuloa Petroglyphs Hike
Approximate time: 50 minutes
One of our favorite stops on the tour, the Puuloa Petroglyphs Hike tells the story of Hawaii’s past.
As you walk along this trail you’ll see ancient petroglyphs, or inscribed images on stone.
This hike takes about 20 minutes each way and ends at a well-maintained wooden boardwalk that circles many of the 23,000 petroglyphs in this area.
In fact, this site is home to the largest grouping of petroglyphs in Hawaii! As you walk remember to respect the sacredness of this place.
NOTE: This hike can get hot and there's no shade. Remember to bring water.
Holei Sea Arch
Located at the end of the Chain of Craters Road, this 90-foot sea arch was formed from an ancient lava tube, roughly 500 years ago, that hardened as it entered the ocean.
And just within the last 100 years or so, the sea arch was created by ocean erosion.
Here you will also find a small ranger shed that sells snacks and drinks, porta-potty restrooms, and picnic tables at the end of the road.
This is a good place for a break after all the fun you’ve had today.
Return to the Visitor’s Center
After you check out the sea arch you’ll make your way back towards the visitor’s center to exit the park and continue your day.
There are no stops on the return trips, but we’ll tell you loads of stories for the roughly 40-minute return drive.
PRO TIP! You can pair this tour with our South Island Epic Coast Journey . If you do, you’ll have to buy the tours separately (or buy the tour bundle and save!).
Once you’re in the park, turn off the South Island Epic Coastal Journey and turn on the Volcanoes National Park Tour.
Then, once you’re done here in the park, you can rejoin and continue the South Island tour.*
When you’re in Hawaii, we ask that you act respectfully toward the locals, land, and wildlife. Please pick up your trash; never touch any marine life, plants, or other animals; and avoid unsafe spots. Hawaii’s natural resources are precious, it’s up to all of us to help preserve these resources.
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Explore Hawaii's active volcano with our GPS driving tour app! Shaka Guide is your perfect companion with turn-by-turn directions, information on what to look for, places to explor...
We are a small company of only two Geologists that have the drive and inspiration to teach Hawaii's geological past along with all the other forms of this islands beauty. We have i...
Discover our world beneath the waves with Atlantis Submarines Kona! Our battery-powered vessels are the worlds most technologically advanced passenger submarines. A special added b...
Get a real taste of Honolulu while enjoying Hawaii's outdoors. We leave the Waikiki concrete jungle with nature surrounding our shoreline glide. Stops include Gilligan's Island ope...
Go on short loop drive around the Big Island's Kohala Coast. Drive along the beautiful green coastline, through tree-lined rolling hills, and down the scenic Kohala Mountain road t...
A fun bite-sized loop tour that begins in North Kona and takes you down south to Puuhonua and back! Hear cool stories about King Kamehameha, Captain Cook, and the sacred rituals of...
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Last updated: January 31, 2022
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