Evening Volcano Explorer in Hilo, HI

KapohoKine AdventuresGrand Naniloa DoubleTree by Hilton LobbyHilo, HI 96720
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Explore the natural beauty of Hawaii’s volcanoes with a sunset background in this epic hiking adventure. Offered by KapohoKine Adventures, your narrated tour includes stops at recent lava flows, a lava viewing area in Kalapana, and the historic Painted Church. Next, discover the wonder of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, enjoy dinner, and watch the sunset in the park before heading back to Hilo.

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from Evening Volcano Explorer (Hilo)
The original volcano lovers tour.

Start with a drive through quaint Hilo town where you'll drive along the historic waterfront before heading out to the old fishing village of Kalapana. Your National Park Service certified guide will discuss the volcanology, geology, and history of Kilauea volcano, as well as providing in-depth narration on the various lava flows and flora and fauna that you'll be passing by. Kalapana was destroyed by lava, as was the adjacent beach, Kaimu. Hike out across the lava flow to the new black sand beach. Stop by Star of the Sea Painted Church. Moved by the community twice to save it from advancing lava flows in 1990, this decommissioned church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Next, travel to the crown jewel of Hawaii, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Visit the Kilauea Visitor's Center, the Kilauea Ike Crater Overlook, and Steaming Bluffs. Stop in at the famous Volcano House for incredible views of Kilauea Caldera, and hike to the cracks and sinkholes in the paved roads left behind by the historic eruption of 2018. Then it's on to the famous Volcano Winery, the southernmost winery in the United States. You'll sample up to eight different types of wines, varying from sweet to dry, and all will a unique Hawaiian flare. The Volcano Winery also has estate grown teas to taste and soft drinks and water are also included. After sampling beverages, you'll enjoy a hearty Hawaiian-style BBQ lunch with a complimentary glass of your choice of Volcano Winery wine or other beverage.

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 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.
  • 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.

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KelleyM280
"Great Zipling trip!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 17, 2019 NEW
Loved zipping w/Ono, Jesse the Unicorn, & Kendal as our guides. And we had the amazing Tiffany as our driver. Thank you for the amazing and fun day!
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Voyage37968905153
Davis, California
"Spectacular time!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 16, 2019 NEW
My husband and I couldn’t of been more pleased with our helicopter,zip line and volcano tour through KapohoKine Adventures. Once we initially planned it we did not need to do another thing they took care of everything for us! If you’re really lucky you’ll end up with Rick as your tour guide for the volcano.
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Pioneer442699
"Excellent tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 15, 2019 NEW
We thoroughly enjoyed the volcanoes tour. We covered so much of the island in one day. Laurie was an amazing guide!
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Journey34367158439
Yakima, Washington
"Amazing!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 15, 2019 NEW
Great Guides they keep you safe and laughing!! Amazing lines and beautiful views!! I would definitely go again!!
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trunks_d12
"Recommend the ATV adventure"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 14, 2019 NEW
Went on the ATV adventure with my family. Great introduction into riding one as I have never ridden one before. They provide water, snacks, and bathroom.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Evening Volcano Explorer (Hilo)

Will I see molten lava during this tour?
Due to the sporadic and sudden nature of molten lava, we cannot guarantee lava sightings.

What should I wear for the tour?
Guests must wear sturdy hiking shoes in order to participate in the Evening Volcano Explorer tour. Flip flops, sandals, and slippers are not permitted on the tour. A light jacket, sunglasses, and hat are recommended. Guests should wear weather and activity appropriate clothing.

How long is the tour?
The tour is approximately 6-7 hours long from beginning to end.

Should I eat before the tour?
A picnic lunch and dinner is included in your tour price and experience.

Will the tour operate in the case of rain?
Yes. Tours operate rain or shine.

What health restrictions are in place?
Guests must be able to navigate stairs, walk for 20 minutes unassisted, stand without assistance, and walk on uneven terrain.

Are there other tour restrictions I should know about?
Yes. The following tour restrictions and regulations apply:

  • State law requires child safety seats for all guests under 4 years of age.
  • Booster seats required for all guests between ages 4 and 7 and under 4 feet 9 inches tall and 80 pounds weight.
  • Guests under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult.
  • 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.

We are able to provide booster and safety seats for children who require them if given advance notice. Please note your request for a booster and/or safety seat when making your reservation.

What should I bring on the tour?
Guests must bring and present a government-issued ID. If desired, guests may bring a video camera/camera.

What is included in my tour?
The following items are included in your tour experience:

  • 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 
  • Access to private locations


I have a food allergy or dietary restriction. Can this be accommodated?
Yes. Given advance notice, all food allergies and dietary restrictions can be accommodated. Please note this request when making your reservation.