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.


from Lava Expeditions (Kona / Waikoloa)
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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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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"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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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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"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 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.