Secrets of Puna
Experience life on the planet’s most active volcano during this deluxe tour to Kilauea. Meet your guide for the day and board your vehicle.
The drive to the volcano takes you through Banyan Drive where visiting dignitaries such as Babe Ruth, Cecil B. DeMille, and then-Senator Richard Nixon planted the famed Banyan trees. The drive also takes you past the waterfront Japanese Gardens of Queen Liliuokalani.
The lush greenery of Hilo gives way to stark black basalt lava flows in Kalapana, a village completely destroyed by the advancing lava flows just a few years ago. First stop is the Painted Church. Now decommissioned, it was moved by determined villagers not once but twice to evade the molten lava flows. Next up on this Big Island volcano tour, walk across the recent lava flows to the newest black sand beach on the island. You 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.
Continue along the scenic Puna coastline to view the jagged lava cliffs of MacKenzie State Park. Then, your guide shares a volcanically heated lava cove where you can take a refreshing dip or snorkel and look for tropical fish and the occasional giant green sea turtle.
Finally, visit Lava Tree State Park to view the incredible lava formations found here. Left behind a sudden lava flow in 1790, the hot lava cooled around the native Ohia trees in black rock formations that must be seen to be believed. Your return drive takes you through Hilo.
A Hawaiian-style BBQ lunch, which includes complimentary beer and French champagne, is prepared by your guide along the way, and special dietary needs are happily accommodated with advance notice. Tour capacity is limited, molten lava will not be seen, and the order of itinerary may change. There are opportunities to purchase local products and souvenirs along the way. Wear comfortable closed-toe shoes, and bring a swimsuit and towel. This volcano tour duration is approximately six and a half hours.
What to Bring
Towel, video and/or still cameras, government-issued ID, and tour vouchers or method of payment
What to Expect on Your Kilauea Volcano Tour
Moderate air temperatures at sea level, cool water temperatures, occasional rain showers, walks across uneven, rocky terrain including the recent black lava flows, and volcano tour locations created just for KapohoKine Adventures’ guests. There are unique locally produced gifts and products available for purchase at KapohoKine Adventures Store. Red lava will not be seen on this tour. Walking distances will vary depending on volcanic activity, which changes constantly.
What to Wear
Comfortable clothes, shorts are fine, with swimsuit (either under clothes or bring to change into), light jacket or sweater, sunglasses and hat, comfortable closed-toe shoes (sandals and flip-flops or “slippahs” will not be accepted)
What We Include
Umbrellas, walking sticks, camera tripod to share, mosquito repellant, snorkels/masks, water booties, sunblock, snacks and beverages (water, juice, soda) all day, Hawaiian-style barbecue lunch (dietary requirements and restrictions, including kids’ meals, accommodated on request with advance notice) including complimentary beer and champagne, all entrance fees and access to private locations
Kalapana, MacKenzie State Park and Puna Coastline, Pohoiki and Star of the Sea painted church in Kalapana (BBQ lunch), lagoon swim. Order of itinerary may change, itinerary may be altered due to weather or volcanic activity and alternate locations may be substituted
Red molten lava will not be seen. 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 advance notice. Order of itinerary may change. 24 hours’ notice required to cancel for full refund. Secrets of Puna volcano tour runs rain or shine.
Guests should be able to negotiate stairs and walk for 20 minutes unassisted, all ages can be accommodated with the following restrictions:
- State law requires child safety seats for all guests under four years of age (we’re happy to supply seats at no charge with advance notice)
- Booster seats required for all guests between ages four and seven and under 4 ft. 9 in. tall and 80 pounds in weight (we’re happy to supply seats at no charge with advance notice)
- 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
Guests under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult