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Evening Volcano Explorer Kona Pick-Up in Hilo, HI

KapohoKine AdventuresHistoric Canario ComplexHilo, HI 96720
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A unique way to experience Kilauea Volcano at sunset, Evening Volcano Explorer offers an exciting experience for guests of many ages to enjoy. Each fully narrated adventure begins with a picnic-style lunch, then proceeds with a visit to the renowned Punalu’u black-sand beach. Guests can also enjoy a delicious dinner at the Volcano House, as well as volcanic activity as the sun sets in the evening.


from Evening Volcano Explorer (Kona Pick-Up)
Make Kilauea Volcano and Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park your destination, and stay past sunset! This is a fully narrated adventure that starts with a picnic-style lunch at a local coffee farm, home to the world-famous Kona Coffee. After lunch, visit the famous Punalu`u black sand beach and look for giant sea turtles before arriving at the Park. Your Park Ranger-trained guide reveals the highlights of the 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 Kona. Lunch and dinner are included. Tour duration is approximately 10 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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Diane M
"Volcanoe tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 24, 2017 NEW
Our host and driver John O. was great. Gave interesting facts about the Island and it's history. Kept it like a family outing interacting playfully helping a Mom with two toddlers. Great stops along the way, too. Highly recommended especially with John O. 🌺
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"Best zip line on the islands"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 24, 2017 NEW
Been here twice and it keep getting better. Super friendly and knowledgeable staff. Everything from check in to returning was easy, simple, and very professional. Love going on this line. Keep it up and I'll keep returning.
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San Diego, CA, USA
"Enjoyed the Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 24, 2017 NEW
We took the "Volcano by Night" tour and were wondering why it was called that when we left our hotel at 9:45 in the morning. This was really more of an island tour, with an afternoon/evening tour of the volcano thrown in. But this tour was recommended by our hotel, and we were not interested in doing extensive hiking or a gut-wrenching helicopter tour to see the lava. We left from Waikoloa, which is quite a long drive to the volcano, so our first stop was a coffee plantation where coffee was sold for $100/lb, where we had lunch, picnic style, with beautiful hilltop views of Kona. Honestly I could have done without that stop and would have liked getting to the volcano earlier to explore more of it. But it was a great place to enjoy our lunch. The next stop was the black sand beach, which was beautiful and we were lucky to see several turtles resting on the sand. (Keep your distance as they are wild creatures who are trying to rest and relax). We then stopped at a bakery near the black sand beach, for additional snacks, and the guide joked that this should be called an "eating tour" due to all the food stops we make. By late afternoon, we finally arrived at the volcano. We looked at several vistas and hiked through the rainforest and the Thurston Lava Tube. We also visited several steam vents. Our guide was Aaron and he actually studied geology at UC San Diego, so he was very knowledgeable about the volcano and geology of Hawaii in general. Now it was dinner time, and we needed to stall awhile before dark, in preparation for seeing the glow of the volcano at night. So we stopped at the Volcano Winery for a BBQ dinner and tour of the winery itself. They had an interesting operation and the stop was definitely worthwhile. By now it was close to twilight so we went to the Jaggar Museum and watched the volcano begin to glow as the sky darkened. I was glad I brought binoculars as I could really make out a lot of spitting and flowing lava that others probably couldn't see with the naked eye. We stayed until around 7 pm and then made our way back to Waikoloa via Hilo and the Saddle Road. All in all, we enjoyed the trip and were happy to leave the long drive to someone else. But if you really want to spend time at the volcano, you may want to look at a different tour.
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"Not worth the money"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed September 23, 2017 NEW
Overall I'm extremely dissapointed by this tour! My family took this Tour because we thought this would be the best way to see as much off volcano national park as possible. This tour took about 7 hours but only had 4 stops (look at the stollen lava stream from 2014, lava tubes, lookout to the volcano & the ... Museum where you can see the volcano from a bit more up close (however it's stil very far away)). All off these stops you could easily visit yourself! We didn't even get close to (seeing) lava, which was yet another dissapointment. Most of the time during the tour you're either in the car or at the winery for dinner. Dinner was okay but very basic. The Tour also promissed luch, however this was not privided (they only handed out some chips, candy bars and sodas). At the different destinations the Tour guide didn't gave any information (he was kind though). He only gave information about the island and volcanic activity during the drives. This was quiet dissapointing as well. Overall this tour is definitely not worth your money (125$ a person!!!!!). Just do it yourself you will be able to see way more for way less money.
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Sandy F
"Volcano By Night"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 22, 2017 NEW
We had a wonderful time. Johno was an excellent guide. The volcano at night was thrilling. The whole day was memorable. We highly recommend it.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Evening Volcano Explorer (Kona Pick-Up)

How long is the experience?
The entire tour lasts approximately 10 hours.

Will I see volcanic activity?

We cannot guarantee that guests will see red molten lava or volcanic activity.

What happens in the case of rain?

Tours occur rain or shine. In the case of severe weather, a judgment call will be made.

Can you accommodate my food allergy or dietary restrictions for the picnic lunch?
Yes, if given advance notice.

Is this tour physically demanding?
Guests should be able to walk unattended and climb stairs. Guests with respiratory concerns should be cautious of the volcanic emissions (which include sulfur gas).

By state law, children under the age of 4 are required to use a child safety seat. Provide advance notice to avoid a charge. Booster seats are required for children ages 4 through 7 or those under 4' 9" and weighing less than 80 pounds.

Am I required to go on the tour with my child?
Yes. All guests under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent.

What should I wear on the tour?
Guests should wear comfortable clothing and closed shoes.

Can I be picked up at my hotel?
Pick up times and locations can be arranged if given advance notice. Call customer service for more information.