KapohoKine Adventures - Evening Volcano Explorer
Visit the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and experience the Kilauea Volcano at sunset! This is a fully-narrated Hawaii volcano adventure starting from either Kona or Hilo.
Your adventure starts with a deli-style lunch at a local coffee farm, home to the world-famous Kona coffee. Choose between a tuna, turkey, ham or veggie sandwich served with lettuce, tomatoes and cheese on a sourdough brioche roll. A gluten free option is available as well (tuna, turkey, ham or veggie salad). After lunch, you’ll visit the impressive Punalu'u Black Sand Beach, where green sea turtles rest and feed.
At Hawaii Volcanoes National Park your Park Ranger-trained guide will show you the all the top attractions – from active volcanic craters and steam vents to the historic Jaggar Museum. Later, enjoy a delicious dinner at Volcano Winery, along with a vineyard and tea orchard tour, plus a glass of wine included with dinner. Then return to the Park and watch for current volcanic activity as the sun sets before returning to Kona.
The drive from Kona is usually on Saddle Road between Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea. The drive back to Kona is usually via the southern side of the island. The tour is approximately 10 hours long.
Your adventure starts at the KapohoKine Adventures store in downtown Hilo, where you can stock up on supplies (such as GoPro cameras, Patagonia gear, Keen gear, Columbia gear) or check out the indoor climbing wall. We’ll then continue on to the black basalt lava fields in Kalapana, a village that once lay in the path of the advancing lava flow just a few years ago and was completely destroyed.
The first stop will be a walk across the recent lava flows to the newest black sand beach on the island. Here the volcano engulfed everything in its path and completely filled in Kaimu Bay with molten lava. Then it’s back on the bus, which takes you (when possible) over the lava flows that overran the highway. You’ll also get to see the historic Painted Church, the first home in Hawaii of Saint Damien, which is now decommissioned. This church was actually moved TWICE by local villagers to protect it from advancing molten lava flows that threatened to destroy it.
You’ll then arrive at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to see the highlights of the volcanic areas, volcanic craters, steam vents and the Jaggar Museum. Later, enjoy a delicious dinner at Volcano Winery, along with a vineyard
and tea orchard tour, plus a glass of wine included with dinner. Then
return to the Park and watch for current volcanic activity as the sun
sets before returning to Hilo. The tour is approximately 7 hours long.
Tour Inclusions (for both Kona and Hilo pick-up):
- Dinner at Volcano Winery (see menu below)
- Military-grade LED flashlights
- Umbrellas, walking sticks, camera tripod to share, mosquito repellent, sunblock
- Snacks and beverages (water, juice, soda) all day
- All park entrance fees included
Dinner Menu at Volcano Winery:
BBQ: Guava Glazed Pork Ribs, Shoyu Ginger Chicken, Butter and Herb Corn, Pineapple Coleslaw, Pasta Salad with Italian Dressing.
Veggie: BBQ Veggie Skewer with Herb Seasoning, Butter and Herb Corn, Pineapple Coleslaw, Pasta Salad with Italian Dressing.
Gluten Free: Olive Oil & Salt Seasoned Pulehu (Broiled over a Fire) Chicken, Pulehu Ribs, Butter and Herb Corn, Pineapple Coleslaw
Dinner Includes: Wine or Tea Tasting or Glass of Wine, Soda, Water, Juice, Snacks