Evening Volcano Explorer in Hilo, HI

KapohoKine AdventuresGrand Naniloa DoubleTree by Hilton LobbyHilo, HI 96720
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Explore the natural beauty of Hawaii’s volcanoes with a sunset background in this epic hiking adventure. Offered by KapohoKine Adventures, your narrated tour includes stops at recent lava flows, a lava viewing area in Kalapana, and the historic Painted Church. Next, discover the wonder of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, enjoy dinner, and watch the sunset in the park before heading back to Hilo.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Hilo Travel Experts
  • Prepare for a unique experience at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to see the active Kilauea volcano and its lava flows at night.
  • The tour is about 10 hours long and includes transportation, park admission, dinner, snacks, drinks, and a guide.
  • Some of the highlights are visiting the Jaggar Museum, walking through a lava tube, seeing steam vents and sulfur banks, and viewing the glowing lava lake from a safe distance.
  • You should wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and bring a jacket, hat, sunscreen, camera, and any personal items you may need.
  • A flashlight and a rain poncho will be provided if needed.
  • The tour is appropriate for all ages.


from Evening Volcano Explorer (Hilo)
The original "volcano lovers’ tour." Start with a drive through quaint Hilo town where you’ll drive along the historic waterfront before heading out to the old fishing village of Kalapana. Your National Park Service certified guide will discuss the volcanology, geology, and history of Kilauea volcano, as well as provide in-depth narration on the various lava flows and flora and fauna that you’ll be passing by. Kalapana was destroyed by lava, as was the adjacent beach, Kaimu.

Hike out across the lava flow to the new black sand beach. Stop by Star of the Sea Painted Church. Moved twice by the community to save it from advancing lava flows in 1990, this decommissioned church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Next, travel to the crown jewel of Hawaii, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Visit the Kilauea Visitor’s Center, the Kilauea Iki Crater Overlook, and Steaming Bluffs. Stop in at the famous Volcano House for incredible views of Kilauea Caldera and hike to the cracks and sinkholes in the paved roads left behind by the historic eruption of 2018. A picnic deli-style is included.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Evening Volcano Explorer (Hilo)

Will I see molten lava during this tour?

Due to the sporadic and sudden nature of molten lava, they cannot guarantee lava sightings.

What should I wear for the tour?

Guests must wear sturdy hiking shoes in order to participate in the Evening Volcano Explorer tour. Flip flops, sandals, and slippers are not permitted on the tour. A light jacket, sunglasses, and hat are recommended. Guests should wear weather and activity appropriate clothing.

How long is the tour?

The tour is approximately 6-7 hours long from beginning to end.

Should I eat before the tour?

A picnic lunch and dinner is included in your tour price and experience.

Will the tour operate in the case of rain?

Yes. Tours operate rain or shine.

What health restrictions are in place?

Guests must be able to navigate stairs, walk for 20 minutes unassisted, stand without assistance, and walk on uneven terrain.

Are there other tour restrictions I should know about?

Yes. The following tour restrictions and regulations apply: - State law requires child safety seats for all guests under 4 years of age. - Booster seats required for all guests between ages 4 and 7 and under 4 feet 9 inches tall and 80 pounds weight. - 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. They are able to provide booster and safety seats for children who require them if given advance notice. Please note your request for a booster and/or safety seat when making your reservation.

What should I bring on the tour?

Guests must bring and present a government-issued ID. If desired, guests may bring a video camera/camera.

What is included in my tour?

The following items are included in your tour experience: - Military-grade LED flashlights - Umbrellas - Walking sticks - Camera tripod to share - Mosquito repellant - Sunblock - Snacks and beverages (water, juice, soda) all day - Picnic lunch at the Kona coffee farm and dinner at Volcano Winery (dietary requirements and restrictions accommodated on request with advance notice) - All entrance fees - Access to private locations

I have a food allergy or dietary restriction. Can this be accommodated?

Yes. Given advance notice, all food allergies and dietary restrictions can be accommodated. Please note this request when making your reservation.