Four Seasons Hualalai offers guests chance to get up close, personal with active volcano


So what did you do on your Hawaiian vacation? Maybe you played a little golf, camped out on the beach, got some of those fruity cocktails with the cute little umbrellas. Maybe you even went to a luau or took a surfing lesson or went whale watching so you would have pictures to show your friends back home.

That’s nice. All of that sounds like fun. But if you’re looking for a next-level Hawaiian experience, consider touring an active volcano. You can do that and more through the

Four Seasons Hualalai’s Ultimate Pop-Up Volcano Adventure.

Volcanoes are, naturally, something of a theme at Four Seasons Hualalai. Much of the resort’s Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, ranked No. 70 among Golfweek’s Best Resort Courses, is framed by black lava.

The volcano adventure was created through the resort’s partnership with Paradise Helicopters. Four Seasons guests, accompanied by a volcanologist, take an aerial tour of Kilauea Caldera, then a guided bike tour to Kamokuna, where more than 1 million gallons of lava flow into the ocean each hour.

The pilot also will take guests on a tour to show off some of Hawaii Island’s natural wonders – waterfalls, beaches, lush valleys that are otherwise inaccessible – and touch down in secluded spots along the way.

The tour is an overnight adventure. Guests check into the resort’s Rainforest Cottage Hideaway, where they’ll enjoy a private Hawaiian music and dance performance while a Four Seasons chef cooks for them.

After breakfast the next morning, the aerial tour continues before guests are choppered to a secluded beach for private swimming.

This comes at a substantial cost. The 27-hour adventure is $39,500 for groups of two to four people. Since March, when the volcano tour was launched, three groups have taken the tour, according to a Four Seasons Hualalai spokeswoman. The resort will offer the Ultimate Pop-Up Volcano Adventure at least through the end of 2018.

(Note: This story appears in Golfweek’s “Ultimate Guide.”)

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