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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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 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.