This activity is located on: Big Island

Evening Volcano Explorer (Waikoloa-Kohala)

4.8/5

Make Kilauea Volcano and Volcanoes National Park your destination, and stay past sunset on this fully narrated adventure from Waikoloa/Kohala that includes coffee and more.

Overview

After pickup in Waikoloa and Kohala we make the first stop at a world-famous Kona Coffee farm where you'll enjoy a delicious deli lunch with incredible views over Kealakekua Bay, upon it's shores rests Captain Cook Monument. Sample the incredible 100% Kona grown coffee, grown right there on the farm. From there we head further south making a quick stop at the Painted Church, Punalu'u Bake Shop and Punalu'u Black Sand Beach. (Watch out for Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles). We next take a break for dinner before heading into Volcanoes National Park for sunset.

Highlights:

  • Tour departs from Waikoloa/Kohala
  • Narration from experienced local tour guides
  • Stroll on a black sand beach (Punaluu) while looking for giant Sea turtles
  • Sample world-famous Kona coffee farm
  • The Kalapana Star By The Sea Painted Church
  • Kalapana Lava Fields
  • Visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • Watch for volcanic activity at Kilauea Volcano
  • Picnic lunch and Dinner
  • Comfortable tour vehicle featuring panoramic windows

Activity Times:

9:00 AM

Activity Duration:

12 Hours


Upgrade Options:

No upgrades available

What’s Included?

Videos


Hawaii Volcanoes National Park


Description

Travel south into Kona coffee country for the first stop at 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 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 southern most 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 Turtles) feeding just offshore or sun-worshipping on the sand. Picnic-style lunch will be served here weather permitting.

Next travel to the crown jewel of the Big Island, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Visit the Kilauea Visitor’s Center, the Volcano Art Center, and famed Sulphur Banks. Take a hike out to Keanakako’i Crater and step over the sinkholes and cracks in the roads left behind the historic 2018 eruption here, then on to Mauna Ulu. One of the most culturally sensitive locations in the Park you will see a landscape at Mauna Ulu like no other on Earth. Photo ops abound here, and the closer you look the more unusual and striking shapes and fascinating colors you will see. Take a quick break at Volcano House, welcoming guests such as Mark Twain and Jack London to Kilauea since 1864. Enjoy the views or check out there gift shop

Know before you book:

  • Comfortable clothes in layers, shorts are fine, light jacket or sweater, sunglasses and hat, comfortable closed-toe shoes are required (sandals and flip-flops or slippahs will not be accepted)
  • Moderate air temperatures at sea level with cooler temperatures at higher elevations; occasional rain showers; strenuous hike across uneven and steep, rocky terrain including black lava rock; red lava cannot be guaranteed on this Big Island volcano tour.
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