from Evening Volcano Explorer (Waikoloa/Kohala 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.
What to Bring:
Video and/or still cameras, government-issued ID, and tour vouchers or method of payment.
What to Expect:
Moderate air temperatures at sea level with cooler temperatures at higher elevations on the drive from Kona; occasional rain showers; strenuous hike across uneven and steep, rocky terrain including black lava rock.
What to Wear:
Comfortable clothes, 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)
Military-grade LED flashlights, umbrellas, walking sticks, camera tripod to share, mosquito repellant, sunblock, snacks and beverages (water, juice, soda) all day, picnic lunch at the Kona coffee farm and Hawaiian-style BBQ dinner (dietary requirements and restrictions accommodated on request with advance notice), all entrance fees and access to private locations.
Approximately 10-12 hours depending on pick up and drop off locations
• Guests should be able to negotiate stairs and walk for 20 minutes unassisted.
• 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.
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 advanced 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.