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Lava Tube and Nature Walk

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 group.

Lunch & Snacks: We do not provide or sell food items.  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.