Hawaii Volcano Tours

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

On Monday morning we woke up early to catch an interisland flight on Hawaiian Airlines.  We headed to Hilo on the Big Island to go on Hawaii Volcano Tours with KapohoKine Adventures.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park


We went on the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park & Evening Volcano Lava Combo.  We were picked up by KapohoKine Adventures at our Hilo hotel and then we went to Queen Lili’uokalani Park for lunch.

Queen Lili’uokalani Park


After lunch we headed to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Our first stop was the overlook on the edge of Kilauea Caldera.  We enjoyed spectacular views of the caldera and the main crater Halema`uma`u. An ash-laden fume cloud is issuing out of a new crater within Halema`uma`u crater.

Next we looked around the Jaggar Museum. Before it was a museum it was the location for the offices for the US Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. Seismographs and displays of equipment used by the scientists are some of the exhibits we saw at the Jaggar Museum. Check out this video from our day on the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park & Evening Volcano Lava Combo Tour.

After looking around the Jaggar Museum we explored Hawaii Volcanoes National Park with our knowledgeable KapohoKine Adventures guide. We saw breathtaking views and many steam vents.

Volcano Steam Vents


Next we headed to Thurston Lava Tube. This lava tube was discovered in 1913 by Lorrin Thurston. We were greeted with the beautiful sounds of birds and a lush tree fern forest.

Entering Thurston Lava Tube

As we entered Thurston Lava Tube it was amazing to think we were walking in the same location that a river of red lava rushed through hundreds of years ago. Today lava currently travels from Pu’u O’o to the ocean in lava tubes similar to Thurston Lava Tube.

Next we headed over to Puna Girls Farm.  Here we were treated to macadamia nuts and a delicious bbq dinner!

After dinner we headed to the Black Sand Beach at Kaimu.  This site was truly amazing. It was unreal to walk along lava paths to a black sand beach that is the youngest beach in the world.

In 1990, a lava flow from Kilauea volcano destroyed the town of Kalapana along with the neighboring subdivisions of Kaimu and Royal Gardens. Just last week, Pele claimed the last standing house in the Royal Gardens neighborhood.

Today at the new beach locals and visitors plant coconuts to try to restore the area.

Sunset at Kaimu Black Sand Beach.

Normally this tour sets off to see the most recent surface outbreaks and ocean entries from Hawaii Volcanoes.  Since there was not any active lava flow the night we went on this Volcano tour we headed back to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to see the glow of Kilauea Caldera.


If your Hawaiian Vacation takes you to the Big Island be sure to take time to experience Hawaii Volcano Tours. KapohoKine Adventures offers a variety of Hawaii Volcano Tours and tours that include Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Another great way to experience active lava flow is from Big Island Helicopter Tours.  Check out our Big Island Helicopter Tour post to see photos of our bird’s eye view of bubbling, flowing lava.

Have you seen active lava flow? What did you think about it?

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