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Evening Volcano Explorer from Hilo

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Evening Volcano Explorer from Hilo
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icon6 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Explore the fascinating world of active volcanism, biological diversity and past and present Hawaiian culture at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Visit Kalapana, a village destroyed by advancing lava, and the black sand beach on the island. Learn about everything from active volcanic craters and steam vents to the historic Jagger Museum. Watch for current activity at Kilauea Volcano, the most active of the five volcanoes in Hawaii. Hotel pickup and drop-off provide for a seamless experience.
  • Visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • Visit Kalapana and its black sand beach
  • Watch for volcanic activity at Kilauea Volcano
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93 Banyan Dr , 93 Banyan Dr, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
  • Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo - a DoubleTree by Hilton , 93 Banyan Dr, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4632
  • Hilo Intl Airport , 2450 Kekuanaoa St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
  • Hilo
  • 12:30 PM
    This activity will end right where it started.Meet at the KapohoKine Adventures store in the Grand Naniloa Resort 93 Banyan Dr, Hilo, HI 96720
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Closed toe walking shoes required
    • Bring a light rain jacket
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 26 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Kapohokine Adventures
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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    star-5
    Seeing Lava Break Through the Caldera!
    Patrick_B
    , May 2022
    Seeing lava breaking through the caldera floor was just a spectacular experience. Great tour guide (Kyle) - everything was well organized. Recommend 👍
    star-5
    Adam was a excellent tour...
    Brian_H
    , Apr 2022
    Adam was a excellent tour and a great driver. It was a very long day but well worth it. Favorite part was the lava tube cave
    star-5
    Volcano tour
    Travis_W
    , Mar 2022
    Marci and Kyle were the best. You get so much information on volcanoes and the island. We enjoyed it all.
    star-5
    Volcano Hilo your
    Jennifer_P
    , Nov 2021
    Tour was great! We learned so much about the history of the island and volcano. Tiffany was our tour guide and she was so friendly and helpful! Thank you Tiffany for the photos and for a great experience.
    star-5
    Great tour
    Blaine_P
    , Sep 2021
    Awesome views! Don our guide was knowledgeable and worked with us to give us a truly customized tour.
    star-3
    I wish I could rate the company and the tour separately
    Stephen_Y
    , Aug 2021
    I want to start by warning folks to double check on the actual tour website so you know what you’re really signing up for. The Viator page has apparently been outdated for well over a year, promising dinner and wine tasting. According to our tour guide, that hasn’t been a part of the tour since before Covid but neither Viator nor the tour company have bothered to update these third party pages despite several complaints from past customers (different third party sites offered a variety of experiences that are not a part of the tour that you actually paid for). Aside from the annoyance of being misled and the fine print that keeps you from being reimbursed in any way for the poor maintenance and upkeep of their services, the tour was phenomenal. Our experience was absolutely incredible and we know it has everything to do with our tour guide Don. We lucked out and basically ended up getting a private tour to ourselves. The entire day, Don was giving us recommendations on things to do, see, and visit. It’s also very clear that he loves his job and is passionate about the island and the Volcanoes National Park. The amount of knowledge he has on the plant life, different lava formations, volcano eruption history and how it’s impacted the locals and the surrounding terrain… his passion showed through and was truly contagious. He made the desert-like landscape seem all the more beautiful and full of life. He also did his best to make the most of our day by taking detours to show us other highlights outside of the typical tour and then other trails to check out if we return on our own time. Seeing him go out of his way to really give the best experience to visitors was unexpected. He really went above and beyond for us and absolutely made up for any disappointment over the booking inconsistencies. While I would caution folks and suggest they book directly through the website to double check what is actually promised, the tour itself is absolutely worthwhile, especially with Don. Viator gets a rating of 0-1 stars from us but the tour with Don as our guide is definitely a 5 star experience.
    3 travelers found this review helpful
    star-2
    Great tour guide, bad tour
    Tyler_L
    , Aug 2021
    The tour guide was super cool but I feel like If I had gone on my own I could’ve been done within a few hours and had the rest of the day to do other things or even explore the park even more. There were no hikes, we didn’t visit any winery like it said, and it felt like we spent more time driving than actually experiencing the park. Definitely just go to the park on your own unless you want a full lesson on volcanoes
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Well rounded, great tour!
    Crystal_M
    , Jan 2019
    We had an excellent time on our tour with Spencer. He was a wealth of knowledge and gave us so much information throughout the entire tour. He is passionate about the island and exudes the Aloha spirit we have come to love when visiting the islands.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Great experience would recommend...
    Barb
    , Nov 2017
    Great experience would recommend this tour. Guide was informative allowing extra time at some spots. The volcano crater looked great at nights unfortunately it was raining but this did not spoil the view. Barb S. ..Australia
    2 travelers found this review helpful
    star-5
    Absolutely amazing tour! The guide...
    Simon C
    , Sep 2017
    Absolutely amazing tour! The guide was extremely knowledgable and ensured that everything ran on time. Highly recommended if you're staying in Hilo.
    star-4
    This was a great trip - well worth...
    Lewis G
    , Aug 2017
    This was a great trip - well worth it. Our guide was excellent, she made the trip for us. The places we visited first before going up to the viewing platform for the Volcano were amazing - the lava tubes, the garden that is forming on the cooled lava which had previously flowed down to the ocean, the steam rising on a field with orchids growing. We also were taken to a Winery and given a tasting of their very different wines with a BBQ type meal and a glass of wine of our choice to follow, which was excellent. We were also shown round the Winery, then it was off to view the Volcano from a platform. On arrival, it was foggy but as we were due to leave it cleared and we were able to see the fire arising from the Volcano and spitting up molten lava. It was some distance away and the only thing I would change is, it would be great to be a bit closer and see the lava flowing.
    star-5
    Jessica was amazing, informative and...
    Dr. K
    , Jul 2017
    Jessica was amazing, informative and humorous. This trip was very informative. We appreciate the snacks, the thoughtfulness of the wet towels, the dinner as well as seeing a live volcano. I even had a orchid to Pele and apparently it worked as the volcano spurted while we were watching! We had a small and friendly group. It was 6 hours but the day went fast, yet they got us back in time knowing we had to drive back to Kona.
    star-5
    The tour was amazing! Our guide...
    willimel68
    , Jul 2017
    The tour was amazing! Our guide, Campbell, was knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor! He tailored the tour to us and never rushed us. The volcano crater at night was unbelievable! Highly recommend this tour!
    star-5
    Fabulous. I have made similar trips...
    Terry B
    , Jun 2017
    Fabulous. I have made similar trips before and this was the first time we actually saw the glow and some lava activity. Visit to the Volcano winery was a wonderful wine tasting and dinner experience.
    star-5
    Great experience. Our guide, Levi...
    Janice H
    , Jun 2017
    Great experience. Our guide, Levi, was wonderful. While traveling from place to place, he shared so much information about Hawaiian history and folklore. I was very impressed because he is not a native Hawaiian. He was an excellent driver a day very pleasant to be with. I really enjoyed the meal at the winery. I would have liked to spend more time at the museum. Definitely worth going back.
    star-5
    This trip was all that it is billed...
    Dave D
    , Feb 2017
    This trip was all that it is billed to be. The tour guilde was excellent. Kyle really knew his stuff, and his attention to detail was amazing. He was constantly checking to see if anyone needed anything and that we were having good time. No question was to trivival for him to answer, and if he didn't know the answer he was very quick to say so, and try and find out. The wine tour and tasting was super. The highlight of course was the volcano and laval tube. The view was fantastic. I would recommend that if you are trying to take pictures, you bring a long lens, and a mono pod. it was hard to get a steady shot due to the distance the volcano was from us. Even so the view was great. The tour was right on time from start to finish. Enough can not be said for the our guide. If you get the chance ask for Kyle. you will in no way be disappointed. You can see that even though he comes across as a easy going go with the flow type of guy, he is very preparded and is very good at what he does.
    star-4
    Great trip! We enjoyed all the...
    TJ_L
    , Jan 2017
    Great trip! We enjoyed all the stops...could have used a little more time at some. Really appreciated the guide's extensive knowledge and his willingness to spend some extra time at the volcano.
    star-4
    The day trip booked via Viator did...
    Fran_D
    , Jan 2017
    The day trip booked via Viator did not start off well, they failed to notify us that Kaphokine Adventures had changed location, so we went to the location Viator had told us to go to and found an empty storefront, after asking at several adjoining shops we found a lady who knew where they had relocated to, by this time we were running late, thankfully the new location was only a short drive away. The actual trip up to the volcano with stops along the way was very enjoyable, the young man university student who was our guide was very knowledgeable. He was able to give us information on any and all questions that were asked by the occupants of his bus/van. He had a good sense of humour and a lot of info on local plants and legends that he passed on to us making for an enjoyable trip. FD
    star-3
    Our guide Jessica was great and she...
    Veselin P
    , Nov 2016
    Our guide Jessica was great and she did everything possible to make the tour enjoyable. However, the information that we got when booking the tour was wrong and insufficient. We had multiple problems with this tour. First, we called them to let them know that 4 of us 6 in total were vegetarian and they said that this will be taken care of for our dinner at the winery. When we arrived at the winery, they told us that no special requests were made and they do not keep much food on the premises. Vegetarians had a choice of corn, coleslaw, pasta salad and, the owner was able to find some cream cheese dip with crackers. This is far from what I would call diner. Second, we had trouble finding the starting point of the tour. Apparently the the company moved to a new address and there was no way for us to know about it. Luckily the people at the old address knew where the new one was, otherwise we would not have been able to find the place since the tour company did not pick up the phone. Third, the tour description says that the tour includes: 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. This part of the tour did not happen. Finally, the tour description suggested bringing a light rain jacket no further description. Considering that the tour starts at 1:30pm, we were all wearing warm weather clothes and brought a light jacket each. When we asked the people at the tour starting gift shop if we needed to bring anything with us, they only said get a light jacket. Halfway throughout the tour, our tour guide told us that it gets quite chilly at the dinner location and the volcano lake/Jagger museum. To feel comfortable, one would need a long pants and a decent fall jacket, not a light rain one. Luckily the tour guide had some extra jackets. The lack of information and miscommunication were unacceptable. We got lucky that it did not rain on the day of the tour, otherwise we would have been freezing by the time we had to see the highlight of the tour lava lake/Jagger museum.
    star-4
    A great afternoon and evening with...
    Pauline M
    , Oct 2016
    A great afternoon and evening with informative commentary. Unfortunately the weather wasn''t kind to us but the van was equipped with raincoats and umbrellas so we were well looked after. We were also given drinks and snacks as we travelled. Dinner at the winery was delicious but the wine tasting was so quick that you had no time to appreciate the wines and make a choice. The evening was topped off with a great view of the glow probably made better by the fact that the power was out.

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