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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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 (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.