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Lava Tube and Nature Walk

Open from 9:30 – 3:30 seven days a week

Tours - NOTE: We are still required to maintain social distancing, masks are required by Hawaii State and County recommendations. We are pleased to be able to re-open on a limited basis. We conform to all current State of Hawaii regulations and the best interest of our staff and customers … Returning and new guests, please understand as we are no longer able to offer our regular tours every 30 minutes. The groups would be too large for required social distancing. We can no longer take guests into our roasting and packaging areas based on FDA food safety recommendations. We do have our 100% Kona Coffee for you to taste, we offer a “coffee talk” to show you how we grow, harvest, mill and roast our coffees. Additionally, we offer fee based ($10 per family group) Nature Trail Walk including native vegetation, coffee plantation, observation deck and lava tubes. For the immediate future we are no longer able to offer 4X4 Plantation Tours or the RoastMaster Experience. We will do our best to accommodate each family group separately to maximize social distancing. Please plan a bit of extra time in case there is a group or two ahead of you. Our hours are 9:30 – 3:30 seven days a week.

 

Lava Tube and Nature Walk

Mountain Thunder’s Nature Trail is a glimpse of Hawai’i’s unspoiled tropical landscape. Here, visitors can explore our unique “Cloud Forest” ecosystem with cool temperatures, misty clouds and a variety of dense, tropical vegetation.

Guests receive a guidebook that highlights points of interest along the trail and tells stories of Hawaiian culture, history and Mountain Thunder’s prized Kona coffee fields.

The trail leads down a winding pathway through the pristine forest. Guests will see large unexplored lava tubes, native Hawaiian plants, fruits, flowers and end at an expansive observation deck overlooking our organic coffee fields and the Kona coastline.

Many visitors spend 15-20 minutes exploring the trail, but we encourage you to take as long as you like photographing the plants and wildlife, taking in the scenery and even bringing a picnic to enjoy on our observation deck.

You might also see some of our local wildlife including…

  • Jackson’s Chameleons
  • A flock of wild parrots or cockatoos

  • ‘io or Hawaiian Hawk native only to the Island of Hawaii (endangered)

  • Wild pigs
  • Several of the 17 species of butterflies found in Hawaii

Availability: Every day from 9:30 AM - 3 PM

Reservations: Not required.

Duration: Usually 20 minutes, but take as much time as you’d like.

Cost: $10 per family group.

Lunch & Snacks: Sorry, at this time, we are not able to provide snacks or lunches for sale.  Picnic space is extremely limited, due to social distancing requirements.  Please do not count on space to picnic.  You are welcome to bring your lunch and picnic in the gift shop area or down the Nature Trail at the observation deck.

Note: We do experience rain many afternoons. Clouds often cover the farm by 11 AM, creating our unique Cloud Forest micro-climate.  We recommend this tour for the morning hours. To maximize your experience be sure to wear sturdy walking shoes, bring a rain jacket or umbrella, as well as insect repellent and sunscreen. A bottle of water will make for a more enjoyable walk!

The trail is gravel with many steps and a steep hill. It is not too strenuous if you take it easy…Unfortunately our nature trail is not walker or wheelchair friendly.