Evening Volcano Explorer Kona Pick-Up in Hilo, HI

KapohoKine AdventuresGrand Naniloa DoubleTree by Hilton LobbyHilo, HI 96720
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A unique way to experience Kilauea Volcano at sunset, Evening Volcano Explorer offers an exciting experience for guests of many ages to enjoy. Each fully narrated adventure begins with a picnic-style lunch, then proceeds with a visit to the renowned Punalu’u black-sand beach. Guests can also enjoy a delicious dinner at the Volcano House, as well as volcanic activity as the sun sets in the evening.

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from Evening Volcano Explorer (Kona Pick-Up)
The original evening volcano adventure and still the best!

This tour visits two National Parks. Travel south into Kona coffee country for the first stop at Pu`uhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park. Before coffee there was kapu, the ancient Hawaiian system of laws. Should a person break kapu and face almost certain death they could make their way to a place of refuge and be absolved. Pu`uhonau o Honaunau National Historic Park is one of those places of refuge. Explore this historic 420 acre Park with your National Park Service-trained guide and see temple platforms, fishponds, and remnants of ancient life in Hawaii.

Next, head up to Bay View Farm, a working 24-acre coffee farm nestled on the slopes of Mauna Loa Volcano just above beautiful Kealakekua Bay and known for the best Kona coffee since 1984. Here you'll see coffee growing on the trees and learn about the various steps and processes in making coffee, all of which happen right here on the farm. You'll sample 100% Kona Coffee along with a deli-style lunch at a gorgeous overlook with stunning views of Kealakekua Bay and the monument to Captain Cook standing on the only sliver of British land in the United States. The adventure continues as you head through the South Kona and Ka`u Districts. Stunning views, alternating between stark lava flows and Hawaiian dry forest, are visible through the huge picture windows of your tour vehicle. We stop briefly at Punalu`u Bake Shop, the southernmost bakery in America. Offering the finest time-honored Hawaiian sweetbreads since 1991, the Bake Shop offers an array of breads and cookies.

Shortly thereafter, you'll arrive at picturesque Punalu`u Black Sand Beach. Lined with swaying coconut palm trees, this is one of the best black sand beaches on the island. Stroll along the beach and look for honu (Green Hawaiian Sea Turtle) feeding just offshore or sun-worshipping on the sand. Next travel to the brown jewel of Hawaii, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Visit the Kilauea Visitor's Center, the Kilauea Ike Crater Overlook, and Steaming Bluffs. Take a hike out to Keanakakoi Crater and step over the sinkholes and cracks in the roads left behind the historic 2018 eruption here.

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 with 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 dinner 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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iderklr
"Very safe, friendly, cheerful; great even if you've never zipped before. Breathtaking views"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 18, 2019 NEW
This was our first experience on a zipline of any kind, let alone ones this long and in such dense forest & vegetation. Everything about our experience was very professional, friendly, and cheerful - even the less-than-exciting check-in procedures that everyone in this business has to go through. Transportation up to the start of the lines, suiting up, getting on the lines, and helping through the first few lines all went smoothly. The staff are cheerful and fun - they go out of their way to ensure you have a good time, even if you've never done a zipline course before. The experience itself was breathtaking. The views over waterfalls, through the forest, etc. were gorgeous. I can't speak to other courses so perhaps others might have "even better views" but our unbiased first experience at KapohoKine Adventures out of Hilo was very satisfying. Highly recommended!
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rapidtraveler949
Palm Springs, California
"Worth the trip to Hilo!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 18, 2019 NEW
The crew was awesome! Super supportive, helpful and safe. They made us feel comfortable and we hd a blast! The views are amazing and you get to see a different side of the Island. DO IT!
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Cruiser563525
Houston, Texas
"Amazing day In Hawai’i"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 17, 2019 NEW
What a treat! We got to Zipline over beautiful waterfalls. We had a delicious waterfall bbq and swim in a waterfall pool. Everything was perfect. Thanks for a great day!!
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Chuck H
"Levi made this excursion terrific!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 17, 2019 NEW
We were so pleased with this tour. It was our fortunate circumstance to have Levi as our tour guide. He is not only extremely knowledgeable about the history of the island, but he is a talented story teller as well! He made our trip so wonderfully outstanding! We highly recommend that you request Levi for your tour! The Hall Family from Delaware
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nancyton612
Long Beach, California
"Highlight of our trip!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 16, 2019 NEW
Our family, 4 adults and 3 kids (ages 7, AP, and 13) loved the Zipline adventure. Our guides, Forest, Mahena, and Jesse were very accommodating and made our little ones feel at ease during the excursion. The zip lines were safe and you can tell that the guides loved their jobs. Jesse shared some information and interesting facts about the types of vegetation in the area. We would highly recommend KapohoKine Adventures to anyone seeking an adventure on their trip to the Big Island.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Evening Volcano Explorer (Kona Pick-Up)

How long is the experience?
The entire tour lasts approximately 10 hours.

Will I see volcanic activity?

We cannot guarantee that guests will see red molten lava or volcanic activity.

What happens in the case of rain?

Tours occur rain or shine. In the case of severe weather, a judgment call will be made.

Can you accommodate my food allergy or dietary restrictions for the picnic lunch?
Yes, if given advance notice.

Is this tour physically demanding?
Guests should be able to walk unattended and climb stairs. Guests with respiratory concerns should be cautious of the volcanic emissions (which include sulfur gas).

By state law, children under the age of 4 are required to use a child safety seat. Provide advance notice to avoid a charge. Booster seats are required for children ages 4 through 7 or those under 4' 9" and weighing less than 80 pounds.

Am I required to go on the tour with my child?
Yes. All guests under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent.

What should I wear on the tour?
Guests should wear comfortable clothing and closed shoes.

Can I be picked up at my hotel?
Pick up times and locations can be arranged if given advance notice. Call customer service for more information.