Evening Volcano Explorer in Hilo, HI

KapohoKine AdventuresHistoric Cannario ComplexHilo, HI 96720
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Overview

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)
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 where you can stock up on adventure gear from Patagonia, Keen, and Columbia, or start your adventure on their indoor climbing wall. 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 colvano engulfed everything in it's path, even completely filled 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 amongst the lepers of Molokai. This Church was so important to determined local villagers that it was moved, not once but twice, to evade the advancing molten lava flows.

Finally, your Park Ranger-trained guide reveals the highlights of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, from active volcanic craters and steam vents to the historic Jaggar Museum. Watch for current volcanic activity as the sun sets before returning to Hilo. Dinner is included. Tour duration is approximately 7 hours.

Red molten lava cannot be guaranteed may 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. 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 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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Dennis K
Madison, Wisconsin, United States
"The glow"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 16, 2018 NEW
Had a wonderful excursion to the Kilauea active volcano. Krystal was our tour guide. She was extremely knowledgeable, attentive, and patient. She made the excursion as good as it was even though it was quite foggy in the evening when we enjoyed the glow of the volcano. For the price this excursion was a great value.
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lrlolacher
"Tour worth taking"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 13, 2018 NEW
We thoroughly enjoyed the tour, the only opportunity for improvement we notice was related to the barbecue meal. The meat could have been hotter.
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kimberlyr0berts
Pahoa, Hawaii
"Best Time Ever- There are no words!!!!!!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 13, 2018 NEW
If you are looking for something Amazing to do while seeing the Hidden Secret Spots of Hawaii then put this on your Agenda! This was both my and my Fiance's first time Zip-Lining. The experience was outstanding from the friendliness and professionalism of the Guides and Staff to the Awesome feeling of flying through the air. Worth every penny and some! Also they take pictures throughout your adventure so you don't have to worry about capturing the moments you can just sit back and enjoy the ride! Many Mahalos to Kapohokine who really know how to do it right!
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ikrcr
"Fun tour, great dinner."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 10, 2018 NEW
This was a fun and educational tour. Loved the short hike on the lava field to the black sand beach view. The dinner at the winery was great. I was so happy they offered a gluten-free option. Loved tasting the wines too. Our evening was capped off by a spectacular view of the glow from the crater. Well worth the cost.
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Marilyn D
"We took the Volcano By Night Tour with Mitch from WM Kona 2/9/18."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 10, 2018 NEW
Mitch was the best...great sense of humor, accommodating and very knowledgeable! He obviously loves this island! We weren't hurried to keep a schedule. Every place went visited during these 11 hours was spent as if it was the only one we'd see today...Kona Coffee Farm, Black Sand Beach, Painted Church, Great bakery, Thurston Lava Tube, Jaggar Museum. Lunch and dinner were delicious. They even accommodated my GF request. It was a long day but oh so worth it the time!
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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.