Evening Volcano Explorer (Hilo)

Hawaii's original volcano adventure past sunset

Adult
$129
Child
$119

Make Kilauea Volcano and Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park your destination, and stay past sunset! This is a fully narrated adventure that starts at the KapohoKine Adventures’ store in downtown Hilo. Boarding your tour vehicle, the lush greenery of Hilo gives way to stark black basalt lava flows in Kalapana, a village completely destroyed by the advancing lava just a few years ago. First stop will be a walk across the recent lava flows to the newest black sand beach on the island. You will witness how the volcano engulfed everything in its path, even completely filling in Kaimu Bay with molten lava. This walk takes you over what once was the best swimming beach on Hawaii Island.

Next stop is the Lava Viewing Area in Kalapana, where your vehicle drives over the lava flows that overran the highway. Look for any current volcanic activity available before heading to the Painted Church. Now decommissioned, it was the first home in Hawaii to Saint Damien before he famously found his calling among the lepers of Molokai. This Church was so important to the determined local villagers that it was moved, not once, but twice, to evade the advancing molten lava flows. Finally, your trained park ranger guide reveals the highlights of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, from active volcanic craters and steam vents to the historic Jaggar Museum. Enjoy dinner at Volcano Winery. Guests can expect a private vineyard and tea orchard tour, plus a wine tasting or glass of wine included with dinner at the Winery. Return to the Park and watch for current volcanic activity as the sun sets before returning to Hilo.

Red molten lava may not be seen and cannot be guaranteed. Volcanic activity changes constantly and cannot be guaranteed. Comfortable walking shoes required. We’re happy to accommodate special dietary needs and restrictions, including children’s meals, with advanced notice. Order of itinerary may change. 24-hour notice required to cancel tour for full refund. Tour runs rain or shine.

What to Bring

Video and/or still cameras, government issued ID, and tour vouchers or method of payment

What to Expect

Moderate air temperatures at sea level with cooler temperatures at higher elevations on the drive from Kona; occasional rain showers; strenuous hike across uneven and steep, rocky terrain including black lava rock.

What to Wear

Comfortable clothes, shorts are fine, light jacket or sweater, sunglasses, and hat, comfortable closed-toe shoes are required (sandals and flip-flops or “slippahs” will not be accepted)

What We Include

Military-grade LED flashlights, umbrellas, walking sticks, camera tripod to share, mosquito repellant, sunblock, snacks and beverages (water, juice, soda) all day, picnic lunch at the Kona coffee farm and dinner at Volcano Winery (dietary requirements and restrictions accommodated on request with advance notice), all entrance fees and access to private locations

Duration

Approximately 7 hours depending on pick up and drop off locations

Restrictions
  • Guests should be able to negotiate stairs and walk for 20 minutes unassisted
  • Volcanic emissions, including sulfur gas, may affect those with respiratory concerns
  • Participants should be prepared for immediate evacuation in accordance with directions given by County, State and/or Federal officials

All ages can be accommodated with the following restrictions:

  • State law requires child safety seats for all guests under 4 years of age (we’re happy to supply seats at no charge with advance notice)
  • Booster seats required for all guests between ages 4 and 7 and under 4 feet 9 inches tall and 80 pounds weight (we’re happy to supply seats at no charge with advance notice)

Guests under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult.

Tours Occupancy Requirements

Please be advised that we do require a minimum number of participants on all of our excursions. Although your booking has been created, the tour can be canceled due to low participation. We will attempt to contact you and give advanced warning to any possible tour changes or cancellations. All tours canceled due to low participation are eligible for a full refund at the time of cancellation. In the event a tour must be canceled, we are happy to offer different times or dates that will confirm the excursion will take place.

Questions?
For more information please feel free to call us at (808) 964-1000.

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KapohoKine Adventures was born out of a desire to explore the natural beauty of Hawaii first-hand and then share this knowledge with our guests. Our Hawaii adventure tours and volcano tours truly provide a unique, exciting, and intimate experience that you will remember for years to come.

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