Evening Volcano Explorer in Hilo, HI

KapohoKine AdventuresHistoric Cannario ComplexHilo, 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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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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Bob M
"Hike"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 20, 2017 NEW
Rented bikes and road to lava field on closed highway and viewed fresh lava coming down the mountain, awesome once in a lifetime experience, adventure employees very helpful and gave us a ride to end of road, then cycled to lava field, hiked 1.5 miles over very rough terrain up mountain to lava flow, very eerie experience , not for the faint of heart. Hike back in total darkness was surreal, all the stars wee visible above, wow!
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pattim129
"Fantastic Trip!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 19, 2017 NEW
Ask for Levi - he was an awesome tour guide! The coffee plantation was beautiful. The winery and BBQ were delicious and being that close to an active volcano is humbling. Well with the time! Oh, and don’t forget to ask for Levi and ask about TRex!!
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Lori-ann B
Lloydminster
"Mother Daughter Delightful Day Adventure"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 17, 2017 NEW
What an amazing way to explore the Volcano, the crater, the lava tubes and the lava glow! The hikes, the stories and all the extras( snacks, water, peppermint refreshing clothes) all made this an unforgettable experience. Jessica, our guide was amazing, and we loved listening to her stories of the area and the time she took with us to make certain our time was exactly what we wanted it to be. The steam vents, Pele’s hair, running into some NASA Scientists, the rainbows, and the old lava waves made the hike across the crater -AMAZING! Ending the night watching the glow from the lava lake was a perfect way to end an incredible day of adventuring. We would highly recommend this tour to anyone who loves hiking and we will be back!
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keithhammock
"Excellent experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 17, 2017 NEW
Tour was very informative and exciting for my wife and i. John is very knowledgeable of this area and kept the whole tour entertaining. Would highly recommend.
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Kay E
Dunedin, New Zealand
"Evening volcano explorer"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 16, 2017 NEW
We had a fabulous day and PJ was excellent. The entire trip was comfortable, informative and really enjoyable. Thanks for a great day PJ, except for the jokes!
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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.