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.

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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 providing 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 by the community twice 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 Ike 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. Then it's on to the famous Volcano Winery, the southernmost winery in the United States. You'll sample up to eight different types of wines, varying from sweet to dry, and all will a unique Hawaiian flare. The Volcano Winery also has estate grown teas to taste and soft drinks and water are also included. After sampling beverages, you'll enjoy a hearty Hawaiian-style BBQ lunch with a complimentary glass of your choice of Volcano Winery wine or other beverage.

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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lchest902019
"Great Views"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 07, 2019 NEW
Our guide, Henry was really cool. The way he spoke and how knowledge he was about the island and the history really showed how much he really enjoys his job. I'll definitely recommend doing this to anybody that wants to learn more about the island.
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laura m
Honolulu
"Zip through Paradise"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 05, 2019 NEW
Overall a super pleasant experience from beginning to end. They were flexible in changing our start time and the check in process was a breeze. We zipped through paradise with the help of Gtes, Kendall and Rachel. Good tips on agriculture, botany, geology and history. They were knowledgeable and fun! They made it an exhilarating (and safe) experience for my pole-hugging, leg-shaking, scared-of-heights mom, so super thankful for that! Would come back again. Mahalo
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Naomi D
"Fun, Informative and Adveturous"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 05, 2019 NEW
We are not zip-liners and would never have taken on something this radical without the sense of professionalism and safety and care we felt. Great service, great value and great fun. This is a group of people who care for their customers and are really well versed in local indigenous folklore, flora and fauna. It was a super informative and exciting day. Congratulations all on a well rounded experience.
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ARS24681357
"Great Adventure - Loved It!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 05, 2019 NEW
Our group of 6 did Ziplining Through Paradise with KapohoKine Adventures with a Groupon.  It was the first time ziplining for all of us and we all had a blast!  We arrived at the KapohoKine Adventures store at the Double Tree Hotel about 45 minutes before the van left to go to the ziplining camp.  There's a nice area outside of the hotel near the ocean that we were able to sit at and relax prior to departing.  In total there was a group of 12 in our ziplining group.  The drive from the hotel to the ziplining camp took about a half hour and once the van left the paved city roads, it was a very bumpy ride, especially for those sitting in the back like I was!    Once arriving at the ziplining camp we met our 3 guides who got everyone geared up and went over the safety rules.  All 3 of them were phenomenal (I can only recall one of their names - Emily and there was another male and female guide on our tour).  They were all very patient with our party as some of us were hesitant to "jump" off the platform at first but they were good sports about it.  In order to get up to the ziplines and transfer from one zipline platform to the next, you have to walk up/across suspension bridges.   After the first 4 ziplines we had a break for water, fruit (Apple Banana, Rambutan and Longan) and the restroom.  The second half of the course had the longest and most fun lines!  If you have a Go Pro be sure to use it the whole time!  My only regret is filming the second half of the course instead of the entire thing.   The guides were all very personable and made it a point to learn and use all of the guests names.  They all had great chill personalities which made the entire tour that much more enjoyable.  Anything you bring with you you have to carry the whole time, so be sure to have a light backup that can hold everything.  We had great weather during the day but it did start sprinkling during the last line of the day, so bringing a light jacket is suggested.  After the last line, we got out of our gear and then drove back to the hotel where we were able to purchase photos that were taken during the trip or souvenirs from the gift shop. Overall, I highly recommend this if you are looking for a Zipline Adventure.  Definitely worth the money!  
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melimir
California
"Great zip lining with a 7yr old"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 03, 2019 NEW
My daughter, age 7, wanted to zip line so badly on this trip to Hawaii. She is featherweight, just under 50lb so I had to call over the island for a place that would take her. Luckily, we found Kapohokine Adventures, and on our last day on the island we drove 2hrs across for a spectacular afternoon. Destiny, Leigh, Maria, and Chevy were expert, funny, and took great care of all of us- taking her tandem on a couple of the super long lines so she wouldn’t get stuck. The lines were thrilling, over tree canopies and several waterfalls. Highly recommend to anyone wishing to zip line with little ones (age 5 and up, 35lb and up).
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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, we 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.

We 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.