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Hilo Evening Volcano Guided Tour

Location: Hilo, Big Island

Make Kilauea Volcano and Hawai'i Volcanoes National park your destination, with a past-sunset adventure! Join us for a fully narrated night tour of the volcanoes on Big Island. We'll meet at the Grand Naniloa Hotel in downtown Hilo. As we head towards the park, the lush greenery of Hilo starts to give way to stark, black basalt lava flows.

The Kīlauea volcano eruption paused on September 17th, 2023. No lava or night-time glow is visible from any overlooks. Volcanic conditions can change at any time.

What to Expect

We'll pass through Kalapana, a village completely destroyed by advancing lava just a few years ago. We believe a good Hilo lava tour gets you up-close-and-personal with the lava, so we'll stop to walk across the recent lava flows to the island's most recent black sand beach. You'll see first-hand how the volcano swallowed everything in its path, even completely filling in Kaimu Bay with molten lava. Once the best swimming beach on Hawaii Island, you can now walk a road of lava where the volcano carved its path.

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 among the lepers of Molokai. This Church was so important to the determined local villagers that it was moved, not once, but twice, to evade the advancing molten lava flows.

Finally, your trained park ranger guide reveals the highlights of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, including volcanic craters, steam vents, the Kilauea Iki Overlook.

During the tour you can expect 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.

After exploring the Volcano, we head back down to Hilo to return you to the Grand Naniloa Hotel.

*Red molten lava may not be seen and cannot be guaranteed. Volcanic activity changes constantly and cannot be guaranteed.

What to Bring

  • Video and/or still Cameras
  • Government Issued ID
  • Tour vouchers or Method of Payment
  • Comfortable Walking Shoes Required
  • Comfortable Clothes (Shorts are Fine)
  • Light Jacket or Sweater
  • Sunglasses and Hat


  • Military-Grade LED Flashlights Umbrellas
  • Walking Sticks
  • Camera Tripod to Share
  • Mosquito Repellant & Sunblock
  • Snacks and Beverages (water, juice, soda)
  • Deli Style Picnic
  • All Entrance Fees and access to private locations.


  • Guests should be able to walk up stairs and walk for 20 minutes unassisted
  • Volcanic emissions 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.


7 Hours


Our check-in locations is at our KapohoKine Adventures Store in the Naniloa Hotel Lobby, 93 Banyan Dr Hilo, HI 96720

Cancellation Policy

Guests must cancel tour no less than 24 hours before tour departure for a full refund less 10% of the total booked amount. Molten lava will 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. Tour runs rain or shine.