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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Bob M
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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"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
"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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"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 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.