Hawaii Forest & Trail

Hawaii Forest & Trails Waterfall

Experience Hawaii Island’s fascinating outdoors from dramatic volcanoes, soaring summits, tropical forests and stunning waterfalls in small guided tours.

Welcome to the dynamic Island of Hawaii! An island of fire and ice that reminds us, nothing is permanent and there is always time to slow down and take in the beauty.

The Island of Hawaii offers endless adventures – a perfect fit for travelers who crave the authentic and dare to seek out the tallest mountains in the world, volcanic craters, hidden lava tubes, black sand beaches, and nature’s tropical waterfalls. Hawaii Forest & Trail has been the premier Big Island adventure tour service for more than 25 years.

What continues to bring travelers back to Hawaii Forest & Trail is our team of highly knowledgeable Interpretive Guides, our unparalleled access to private land, and our intimate small group tour sizes. All that, paired with all the comforts you’d expect from a first-class tour company, our experiences are designed to keep you comfortable and captivated.

We invite you to be our guest and experience the best spots in Hawaii Nei!


Hidden Crater Hike

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Venture onto private land behind 3 locked gates to explore the upper slopes of Kona’s very own volcano – Hualalai. This journey provides intimate, unique access to the site of multiple volcanic eruptions from the 1800’s, all within a short distance. Explore a unique lava tube and capture scenic views of the coastline.

Highlights include:

  • Exclusive private access onto Hualalai volcano and into a native forest
  • Take pleasure in a 3-4 mile hike through untouched cloud forest with incredible vistas of the Kona coast.
  • Stand on the edge of precipitous volcanic craters that plunge deep into the earth below
  • Climb through a segment of a lava tube
  • Time: Tour is approx. 5 hours. Travel time round-trip is less than 1 hour.

Duration: 5 hours
Rated: Easy to Moderate, Ages 8+
Group Size: Max 9


Kohala Waterfall Adventure

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Immerse yourself in stunning private Kohala waterfalls, tranquil streams, scenic coastlines, and rugged valleys on this North Kohala adventure. Experience an off-road drive to an exclusive trailhead.


A Hawaiian Waterfall tour, unlike any other. During this exciting adventure, guests will:

  • Ramble off-road in a 4-wheel-drive vehicle.
  • Take a relaxed, guided walk through a private nature reserve.
  • Cool off with a swim under one of seven cascading waterfalls.
  • Enjoy a private picnic lunch with views of soaring sea cliffs and remote valleys at one of the island’s most iconic lookouts.

Duration: 7-8 hours
Rated: Easy. All ages
Group Size: Max 10

Tour is approx. 7-8 hours. Travel time round-trip is approx. 3.5 hours from Waikoloa resorts and 4 hours from HFT, Kona.


Mauna Kea Summit & Stars Adventure

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Our journey from sea level to the nearly 14,000-foot summit of Maunakea reveals the wonders and world-class clarity of the Hawaiian night sky.

Maunakea Summit & Stars Highlights:

  • Enjoy a warm picnic dinner at our private location and learn about Hawaiian star navigation.
  • Learn about the historical accounts of early travelers through the mountain regions
  • Delight in the awe-inspiring Hawaiian sunset at the top of Maunakea, the highest point in the Pacific
  • Descend to a lower elevation at 9,000 ft. as the sun slips over the horizon
  • Sip hot chocolate during a private star show with our 11” Celestron telescope

Duration: 7-8 hours
Rated: Easy to Moderate, Ages 13+
Group Size: Max 9

Please read restrictions and FAQ carefully before booking this experience.
Time: Tour is approx. 7-8 hours. Travel time round-trip is approx. 3.5 hours from Waikoloa resorts


Volcano Unveiled

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An in-depth volcano experience on the Island of Hawaii is offered by Hawaii Forest & Trail. Your National Park Certified Guide will share a mix of natural and cultural history about the island’s formation, illuminating the stories behind the ever-changing landscape of our island home. Stay after dark to see Kilauea’s latest eruption light up the night sky!

Highlights include:

  • On this in-depth park experience, your interpretive guide will illuminate the historical events that changed the landscape of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
  • Enjoy 2-3 miles of hiking around the park’s dynamic terrain.
  • View Kilauea’s latest eruption after dark, when when the glow from lava deep in the caldera lights up the night’s sky!
  • We’ll visit a large private lava tube known for its bright yellow and gold microbial mats living on the cave walls. This lava tube is only accessible to Hawaii Forest & Trail guests.

Time: Tour is approx. 10-12 hours. Travel time from most resorts is approx. 6 hrs round-trip.

Duration: 12 hours
Rated: Easy to Moderate, Ages 8+
Group Size: Max 12