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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Castaic, California
"Went zip lining and loved it."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 23, 2018 NEW
We are a family of 4 with a youngster of 4, so we had to split up. Kapohokine offered a walk along for myself and our young child while my wife and older son went zip lining. I loved doing this with them as it made us part of their experience. Plus, all the camera pictures I was able to get while they went zip lining above my head. My wife and older son loved the course too while they went over waterfalls. The course was great, the guides made my family feel safe. And a special shout out for our tour driver Kekei, for making that trip just that much better with your local stories and making it feel special. Absolutely recommend this company, can't wait to get back to the Big Island and go zip lining again!
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Fort Collins, Colorado
"Zippin' Volcano with Kent"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 22, 2018 NEW
Even with the alternate locations due to closure of the Volcano National Park, this tour was a highlight of our trip. We had a great time with the zipline (kids' favorite activity in a 10 day trip full of fun activities) and the volcano winery was awesome. However, the most surprising favorite part of the day was our tour guide, Kent. His expansive knowledge of culture, history, botany, and volcanic / geologic areas was impressive - mostly these were presented in entertaining stories. Kent was our
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Susan B
"Adventure in Paradise "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 20, 2018 NEW
I was very nervous about zip lining, but the team of Kapohokine Adventures made sure I was comfortable and confident every step of the way. Allison, Destiny, Ona, and Jessica were the dream team! If you are hesitant about zip lining this is the group to hang out with. With their help and expertise I was able to have the thrill of my life zipping over waterfalls and the rainforest.
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"Zipline tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 20, 2018 NEW
Took my 3 teens on this Super fun zip line tour!! Felt safe and in good hands entire time. Plus staff was so great kept us laughing all day.
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Joseph R
Indio, California, United States
"Zip line adventure "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 19, 2018 NEW
Went on this trip 4 years ago and it’s just as awesome today!! Awesome views, great for couples and families too. Cameras take photos on a few lines also! Able to see the coast as well as smoke plume of volcano fissure on this trip.
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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.