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Lava Expeditions Kona/Waikoloa in Hilo, HI

KapohoKine AdventuresHistoric Cannario ComplexHilo, HI 96720
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Do you dare hike out to the most current active volcano eruption site? Embark on a several mile hike across lava flows and a gorgeous landscape while on the lookout for skylights, outbreaks, and more. Enjoy a picnic lunch while exploring Kilauea Volcano followed by a winery tour and tasting, as well as a scrumptious BBQ dinner. Spend the entire day on this adventurous volcano exploration.


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Not for the faint of heart, this tour takes you out to the most current active eruption site. While active red flowing lava cannot be guaranteed, our National Park Service certified guides will lead a several mile hike across the lava flows looking for outbreaks and skylights.

First, travel over Saddle Road between Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea Volcanoes on your way over to hilo. Pick up hotels is between 9:00 am - 10:00 am. Make a quick stop for provisions before heading to the Puna district and the Kilauea Volcano for your Lava Expedition hike. There is nothing quite as spectacular as seeing red molten lava, and nobody takes you to where the action is quite like KapohoKine Adventures! Join us as we take you on a thrilling discovery of Kilauea Volcano. Enjoy a delicious picnic-style lunch. We’ll drive as close as we safely can before setting off on foot to find the most recent surface outbreaks and ocean entries. The hike is approximately 2 miles each way from our private parking location. Watch as the black, smoking landscape changes right before your eyes. We will hike out to view any current skylights in the lava tube system and explore any possible surface flows. After our Lava Hike we visit a winery for a wine and tea tour before your BBQ dinner. After dinner we enter the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to vie the current eruption activity at the Jaggar Museum. We provide military-grade flashlights, walking sticks, sunblock, dinner and drinks. Please wear sturdy closed toe shoes as slippers, sandals and flip- flops will not be accepted. A light jacket, hat, long pants, and sunglasses are all highly recommended. We do our best to find molten lava on every tour, but due to the constantly changing nature of the eruption seeing molten lava cannot be guaranteed. Participants need to be capable of walking on uneven surfaces. Tour may be canceled at any time and participants should be prepared for immediate evacuation in accordance with directions given by County, State, and Federal officials on site. Guests will be back in Kona between 10-11pm.

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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 Lava Expeditions (Kona / Waikoloa)

Is hotel transportation provided?
Yes. Guests are picked up from area hotels between 9:00 am and 10:00 am to begin the tour.

How long is the tour?
The tour returns to guest hotels between 10:00 pm and 11:00 pm for an approximately 11-12 hour tour experience.

How much hiking is involved in the tour?
The hiking tour involves 2 miles each way, with a total of 4 miles hiked.

What should I wear for the tour?
Guests should wear the following clothing items for an exceptional hiking experience:

  • Sturdy walking or hiking shoes are required. Slippers, sandals, or flip-flops are not permitted for participation. 
  • A light jacket
  • Hat
  • Long pants
  • Sunglasses

Will I see molten lava during my tour?
We cannot guarantee lava sightings due to the rapidly changing nature of the volcanic activity.

What health restrictions are in place?
Participants must be able to walk and stand on uneven surfaces for long periods of time.

What happens in the case of rain?
Tours operate rain or shine. Please wear appropriate attire in the case of rain.