Volcanoes National Park & Waterfalls Explorer in Hilo, HI

KapohoKine AdventuresHistoric Canario ComplexHilo, HI 96720
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Offering a unique opportunity to see some of the best scenery on Hawai’i Island, Volcanoes National Park & Waterfalls Explorer is an ideal experience for guests of many ages. Adventures include a hearty lunch, plus views of Rainbow Falls, Hilo and the two largest volcanoes— Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea—on the island. Guests can also enjoy a visit to the Jaggar Museum, Thurston Lava Tube and more.


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Want to see it all in one day? This tour covers everything that makes Hawai`i Island unique. See Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, the two largest volcanoes of Hawai`i Island, on the way to famous Rainbow Falls and quaint Hilo-town, the site of two devastating tsunamis. Includes a brief stop at the KapohoKine Adventures store to top off on provisions before heading to Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park where your Park Ranger-trained guide will walk you through Thurston Lava Tube, past active steam vents, and into the Jaggar Museum. The return to Kona includes a stop at the beautiful Punalu`u black sand beach where endangered sea turtles feed and rest. A picnic-style lunch is included. Tour duration is approximately 10 hours.

Molten lava will not be seen. Volcanic activity changes constantly and cannot be guaranteed. Comfortable walking 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.

Guests should be able to negotiate stairs and walk for 20 minutes unassisted, all ages can be accommodated with the following restrictions:
  • 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)

  • Guests under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult

  • 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

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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 Volcanoes National Park & Waterfalls Explorer

What is included in the trip?
In addition to your admission fee, you will receive umbrellas, walking sticks, sunblock, transportation, bug spray, snacks and beverages throughout the day, a deli-style lunch, and pre-paid park entrance fees.

What should I wear?
Guests are required to wear comfortable clothing and closed toed shoes. Layers are recommended.

How much walking is required for the tour?

Guests must be able to navigate stairs and walk unassisted for 20 minutes.

Will I see molten lava?
Molten lava will not be seen on this exploration. In addition, volcanic activity cannot be guaranteed due to the ever-changing natural activity conditions.

Can my child come on the tour?
Of course. The following safety restrictions are in place and strictly followed for children:

-Children under the age of 4 must use a child safety seat. These can be available for no charge if given advance notice.

-Children ages 4-7 or individuals less than 4 feet and 9 inches tall or weighing less than 80 pounds must use a booster seat. These are also available for no additional charge if proper advance notice is provided.

-Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.

What should I bring on the tour?
All guests should bring a government issued ID and a camera.

How long is the tour?

Including pick-up and drop-off, the entire experience is approximately 12 hours long.

Does the tour operate when it rains?
Yes. Tours are available rain or shine.

I need to cancel my reservation. Will I receive a refund?

Any cancellations made by the listed cancellation date will receive a FULL REFUND with absolutely NO CANCELLATION FEES. Any reservations past the cancellation date cannot be changed or canceled.