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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Sunshine495524
"Best zipline experience!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 23, 2019 NEW
We had such a great time zip lining here. Views were breathtaking. Our guides were very knowledgeable and entertaining! I would recommend this adventure.
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KimP636
Rochester, New York
"Energizing outdoor activity!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 23, 2019 NEW
The staff are so entertaining and we had so much fun. It was a beautiful day to be in the hills outside of Hilo and be zipping over some waterfalls and lush scenery. Thanks for a great time Destiny, Ashley and Cody!
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petemW9443RE
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
"And fresh fruit!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 22, 2019 NEW
Did the helicopter/zip line combo package. Helicopter was first rate...plenty of room and a 180 view. Wesley the pilot was informative and very accommodating to fly on both sides to give everyone a view of rainbows and volcanoes and waterfalls. Music was nice...added to flavor without being overwhelming. Then did zip line. Ride there and back was cramped in a van, road is extremely rocky, and got stuck in traffic on way back. But ziplining itself was way fun. Destiny, ashlay (not Ashlee) and Cody were laid back but funny (and had fun with their jobs), yet did their jobs professionally and made sure everyone was safe Did four zip lines and then took a break for lunch. They advertised fresh fruit...pleasant surprise that it was straight from local plants and bushes...a new adventure in itself. Then did last four zips...last one almost a half mile. Glad they had the top of the line braking system...I may have gone through the platform at my weight. The whole package is a little pricy, but worth it. They asked for suggestions. Maybe music at one station would be cool. Good for all ages. Im turning 50 today and didn’t have issues getting up and around. And they were great with the little kids...even joining them in a “llama power” running joke. Thanks so much!
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Tashmon
Yeppoon, Australia
"Take on the Razor"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 22, 2019 NEW
This was our second ATV tour. Pros: good ‘clean’ fun, Eddie and Steven were great guides, Razor was great to drive, very quick and responsive. Cons: not really a ‘tour’, just driving around the property with some good time in the seat. We had a blogger group in the tour that took up way too much time with their takes and retakes. We just kept doing circuits where we could to maximise our time. Maybe they can arrange their own tour so they can do what they need to do........... Booking was very easy, as was check in.
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Compass29631972559
Leona Valley, California
"An Amazing Adventure"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 22, 2019 NEW
We did the Circle of Fire helicopter tour and ziplining, and both were absolutely amazing. They have the best property for ziplining, as it goes over multiple waterfalls. Literally breathtaking. Our ziplining guides were Emily, Tiffany, Waylen and Steven, and they were all a lot of fun. There was nothing negative about the entire experience.
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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.