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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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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 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.