Evening Volcano Explorer from Hilo
Tour ID: BKPK-03
Duration: 6 hours
Location: Big Island of Hawaii
Departs from: downtown Hilo
Make Kilauea Volcano and Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park your destination
and stay past sunset! This fully-narrated adventure starts in downtown Hilo where you can stock up on
adventure gear from Patagonia, keen, and Columbia, or start your adventure on
our indoor climbing wall. Boarding your tour vehicle, the lush greenery of Hilo
gives way to stark black basalt lava flows in Kalapana, a village completely
destroyed by the advancing lava just a few years ago. First stop is a walk
across the recent lava flows to the newest black sand beach on the island. You witness how the volcano engulfed everything in it's path, even completely
filling in Kaimu Bay with molten lava. This walk takes you over what once was
the best swimming beach on Hawaii Island.
Next stop is the Lava Viewing Area in
Kalapana, where your vehicle drives over the lava flows that overran the
highway. Look for any current volcanic activity available before heading to the
Painted Church. Now decommissioned, it was the first home in Hawaii to Saint
Damien before he famously found his calling amongst the lepers of Molokai. This
Church was so important to determined local villagers that it was moved, not
once but twice, to evade the advancing molten lava flows. Finally, your Park
Ranger-trained guide reveals the highlights of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park,
from active volcanic craters and steam vents to the historic Jaggar Museum.
Watch for current volcanic activity as the sun sets before returning to Hilo.
Dinner is included. Tour duration is approximately 6 hours.
What to Bring: Video and/or still cameras, gov't-issued ID, tour vouchers/method of payment
What to Expect: Moderate air temperatures at sea level, occasional rain showers, walks
across uneven rocky terrain including the recent black lava flows, and tour
locations created just for guests. There are unique
locally produced gifts and products available for purchase at Puna Girl Farms.
Red lava cannot be guaranteed on this tour. Walking distances and viewing
opportunities will vary depending on volcanic activity which changes
constantly. Federal, State, or County officials may close or open the lava
viewing area at any time depending on conditions and hazards present. Every
attempt is made to get as safely as possible to the lava viewing area, and tours
depart whether the area is currently open or closed as conditions do change
What to Wear: Comfortable clothes in layers, shorts are fine, light jacket/sweater, hat,
sunglasses, comfortable closed-toe shoes. (Sandals, flip-flops, "slippahs" not accepted.)
What We Include: Military-grade LED flashlights, umbrellas, walking sticks, camera tripod to
share, mosquito repellant, sunblock, snacks and beverages (water, juice, soda)
all day, Hawaiian-style barbecue dinner (dietary requirements and restrictions
accommodated on request with advance notice), all entrance fees and access to
Destinations: Kalapana Lava Fields, Puna Coastline, Pohoiki and Puna Girl Macadamia Nut
and Honey Farm (BBQ dinner). Order of itinerary may change, itinerary may be
altered due to weather or volcanic activity, and alternate locations may be
Duration: 2:00 - 8:30pm daily. Approx 6 hours depending on locations for pick-up and drop-off.
Restrictions: Red molten lava cannot be guaranteed, may not be seen. Volcanic activity
changes constantly and cannot be guaranteed. Comfortable walking shoes
required. We're happy to accommodate special dietary needs and restrictions,
including children's meals, with advance notice. Order of itinerary may change.
24 hours notice required to cancel for full refund less 10% (see pricing page
for details). Tour runs rain or shine.
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 children under 4 years of age. We're happy to supply seats at no charge with advance notice.
* Booster seats required for children 4-7 years old and under 4'9" tall and 80lbs weight. We're happy to supply seats at no charge with
* Guests under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult.
* Volcanic emissions, including sulfur gas, may affect those with respiratory concerns.