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Kilauea Hike & Glow Kona in Hilo, HI

KapohoKine AdventuresHistoric Cannario ComplexHilo, HI 96720
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Overview

Follow a certified park service guide on this adventurous Hawaiian hiking tour off the beaten path. This 4-mile hike includes a walk through the Thurston Lava Tube, down into the Kilauea Iki crater, and explore Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Your hiking endeavor includes a picnic lunch in the park and dinner with a wine tasting at the picturesque Volcano winery.

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Get your hike on with one of our certified park service guides on our Kilauea Hike ‘n Glow tour. This is a specialized tour designed for adventurous guests looking to get off the beaten path and head off to unique areas of the Park not normally visited on organized tours. Starting at your resort in Kona, your guide will pick you up and drive you through the “saddle” between Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea volcanoes.

Make a quick stop at our store in Hilo for provisions before heading off to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Here you will discover what makes this unique place a UNESCO World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Preserve. Start with a visit to the Kilauea Visitor’s Center and a picnic-style lunch. Visit the Jaggar Museum, and then on to the Thurston Lava Tube. Hike down into the Kilauea Iki crater through the rainforest and across the still-steaming crater floor. This 4-mile hike culminates in a walk through the Thurston Lava Tube. Enjoy dinner at Volcano Winery. Guests can expect a private vineyard and tea orchard tour, plus a wine tasting or glass of wine included with dinner at the Winery. Return to the Park and watch for current volcanic activity as the sun sets before returning to Kona.

Red molten lava may not be seen and cannot be guaranteed as volcanic activity changes constantly. Durable hiking 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. Activity level: strenuous.

What to Bring:
Video and/or still cameras, government issued ID, and tour vouchers or method of payment

What to Expect:
Moderate air temperatures at sea level with cooler temperatures at higher elevations on the drive from Kona; occasional rain showers; strenuous hike across uneven and steep, rocky terrain including black lava rock.

What to Wear:
Comfortable hiking clothes (shorts are ok)
Light jacket or sweater
Sunglasses and hat
Sturdy closed-toe hiking shoes are required (sandals and flip-flops or “slippahs” will not be accepted)

What's Included:
Military-grade LED flashlights, umbrellas, walking sticks, camera tripod to share, mosquito repellant, sunblock, snacks and beverages (water, juice, soda) all day, picnic lunch and dinner at the Volcano Winery (dietary requirements and restrictions accommodated on request with advance notice), all entrance fees and access to private locations

Duration:
Approximately 12 hours depending on pick up and drop off locations

Restrictions:
• All guests (including children) should be able to negotiate a strenuous 4-mile hike, unassisted, which includes a high number of steep uphill and downhill sections. Guests with small children are responsible for providing their own child carriers to safely navigate the entire hike.
• 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)
• 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

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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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DJcheshire
"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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JoniSD
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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clive_londons
Belgium
"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 Kilauea Hike & Glow (Kona)

What should I bring for the hiking tour?
Guests should bring a camera, a government issued ID, and your e-Ticket.

What should I wear for the tour?
For the best hiking experience, it is recommended that guests wear the following clothing items:

  • Comfortable hiking clothes (Shorts are ok)
  • Light jacket or sweater
  • Sunglasses and hat
  • Sturdy closed-toe hiking shoes are required. Sandals, flip-flops, and slippers are not permitted.

What is included in the tour?
The Kilauea Hike & Glow (Kona) tour includes:
  • Military-grade LED flashlights
  • Umbrellas
  • Walking sticks
  • Camera tripod to share
  • Mosquito repellant
  • Sunblock
  • Snacks and beverages (water, juice, soda) all day
  • Picnic lunch 
  • Dinner at the Volcano Winery (dietary requirements and restrictions accommodated on request with advance notice)
  • All entrance fees and access to private locations


How long is the entire tour?
From start to finish, the entire experience is approximately 12 hours long.

Are there health, age, or weight restrictions for the tour?
Yes. Guests must adhere to the following restrictions in order to participate:
  • All guests (including children) must be able to navigate and complete a rigorous 4-mile hike without assistance. This hike includes multiple steep uphill and downhill areas. 
  • Guests with small children are responsible for providing their own child carriers to complete the entire hike.
  • State law requires safety seats for all guests under 4 years of age. We are happy to provide safety seats given advance notice. 
  • Booster seats are required for all guests between the ages of 4 and 7, and/or under 4 feet 9 inches tall and 80 pounds in weight. We can provide booster seats with advance notice.
  • Do note that volcanic emissions, including sulfur gas, may provide complications and difficulties for those with respiratory concerns.
  •  Participants should be ready for immediate evacuation (if necessary) in accordance with directions provided by County, State, and/or Federal officials.
  • Guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.


Will I see lava during this tour?
It is not guaranteed that red molten lava will be seen on your tour as volcanic activity changes rapidly.

What happens in the case of rain?
The tour runs rain or shine. Please dress appropriately in the case of inclimate weather. Hiking shoes/boots must be worn at all times.

I have a food allergy or dietary restriction. Can I be accommodated during the picnic lunch and winery dinner?
Yes. Given advance notice, we can accommodate food allergies and dietary restrictions. Please make this note when reserving your spot on the tour.

Is this tour difficult?
The level of hiking during this tour is considered strenuous.