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Volcanoes National Park, Black Sand Beach & Waterfalls Explorer Tour (from Kona)

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Experience an intimate tour of the Big Island with a professional guide and explore volcanoes, waterfalls, orchid farms, Hilo town and black sand beaches!


See stunning Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, two of the largest volcanoes in Hawaii, on the way to Rainbow Falls and historic Hilo town. Continue onto Volcanoes National Park, take a walk through the Thurston Lava Tube, past active sulfuric steam vents, and visit the Jaggar Museum. On the return drive to Kona, make a stop at the famous black sand beach of Punaluu where endangered Hawaiian sea turtles feed and rest. With convenient pick-ups and drop-offs in both Kailua-Kona and Waikoloa, this all day adventure is one of the best ways to visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park!


  • Guide

  • Walking Sticks

  • Sunblock

  • Soft drinks / Juice

  • Bottled water

  • Lunch

  • Insect repellent

  • Snacks
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Volcanoes National Park, Black Sand Beach & Waterfalls Explorer Tour (from Kona)

Duration: 10 - 11 hour(s)
Available: Daily
Pick-up: Available
Inclusions: Guide / Walking Sticks / Sunblock / Soft drinks / Juice / Bottled water / Lunch / Insect repellent / Snacks

From the beginning of the tour's pretty drive along the coast...where everything was green and blue and really jungle-like.....all the way to the National Park where it was rocky and arid and just seemed like a completely different island OR WORLD in itself....this was a remarkable day...and really showed the diversity of the Big Island that I really didn't know was there before. Glad I went on this tour and would definitely tell others to go on it. thanks.

Mr. Anonymous

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  • 08:30

    Pick-up from Select Kona and Waikoloa Hotels

  • Drive through Saddle Road

  • Rainbow Falls Nature Walk

    Visit the beautiful 80-foot tall Rainbow Falls, known for the rainbows that appear in the mist around the waterfall.

  • Lunch stop at Akatsuka Orchid Farm

  • Volcanoes National Park Tour

    Stops typically include Kilauea Iki, Thurston Lava Tube, Devastation Trail, Pu`u Pua`i Overlook, Pauahi Crater and East Rift Zone, Steam Bluffs, Kilauea Overlook, Hawaii Volcanoes Observatory and the Jaggar Museum

  • Punaluu Black Sand Beach

    Visit Punaluu Beach, where the volcano has created black sand. Lucky travelers might spot a Green Sea Turtle!

  • Naahelu

    Visit Naahelu, the southernmost town in the USA, stopping by Punaluu Bakery to sample their famous malasadas.

  • Drive through Kau and Kona

  • 19:30

    Drop-off at Kona and Waikoloa Hotels

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  • Guests should be able to hike on uneven or rocky terrain. You will sometimes encounter cool, wet or muddy conditions.

  • Although children of all ages are welcome, please note that if you are booking this tour from either Kona or Waikoloa, it is approximately a 2-hour drive each way and it is up to your discretion if you feel your child will be able to tolerate the drive.

  • Hawaii State Law requires child safety seats for all guests under 4 years of age, and booster seats for children between 4 and 7 years of age, under 4 ft 9 in (142 cm) tall and 80 lbs (36 kg). The seats will be provided with advance notice.

  • Guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Guests with asthma or other respiratory problems are not permitted to participate in this activity.

  • Guests who are pregnant are not permitted to participate in this activity.

  • This activity is not wheelchair accessible.

  • If less than 4 participants are booked, the activity may not operate.

  • Children of all ages can participate in this activity.

Required Items to Bring & Attire
  • Closed toe shoes

Additional Note(s)
  • Red molten lava cannot be guaranteed and may not be seen as volcanic activity changes constantly.

  • The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.

  • The menu is subject to change without notice.

  • Gratuity is not included in the price.

Booking Requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
  • You can book a maximum of 13.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do you generally stop at each location

Stop times will vary depending on weather, guide discretion and the people on the tour and could be between 15-45 minutes.

What is the difficulty level of this activity?

The difficult level of this activity is rated as easy.

How far in advance should I book this activity?

We recommend booking at least a few days in advance. If you have very specific schedule requirements and are not flexible, please book sooner. Last minute availability is often possible, but limited.

Is this activity family-friendly?

Yes, this would be great activity to experience with your family.

Will I see molten lava?

Your guide will try their best to get you to see molten lava, even if they have to modify the tour a bit. However, molten lava sighting is not guaranteed.

What is the lunch menu?

Lunch Menu: (choice of one)

-Italian Cold Cut Sandwich
-Turkey Sandwich
-Tuna Sandwich
-Ham Sandwich
-Club Sandwich
-Vegetarian Sandwich
-Salad (gluten free)
-Turkey Salad (gluten free)
-Tuna Salad (gluten free)
-Ham Salad (gluten free)

How far in advance should I book this activity?

We recommend booking at least 4 days in advance. If you have very specific schedule requirements and are not flexible, please book sooner. Last-minute bookings are often possible, but availability is limited.

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From the beginning of the tour's pretty drive along the coast...where everything was green and blue and really jungle-like........all the way to the National Park where it was rocky and arid and just seemed like a completely different island OR WORLD in itself....this was a remarkable day...and really showed the diversity of the Big Island that I really didn't know was there before. Glad I went on this tour and would definitely tell others to go on it. thanks. more

Mr. Anonymous

This was a great way to see a lot of the island in a single day. Our guide was very knowledgeable, helpful and informative. I li...ked the variety of waterfalls and volcano sights. Also, our guide pointed out some local stops for Hawaiian coffee, pastries and fresh fruit - I went back to a couple of those places and she was right! They were great places to go. Almost anyone would enjoy this day. more

Mr. Anonymous

This was a great activity. Our tour guide, Franny, did a wonderful job in explaining everything in detail. She was extremely kno...wledgeable. This is a very long day and you should be prepared to walk on some uneven trails and also for weather changes from sunny and warm to rainy and chilly. If you really want to learn about the Big Island in depth and what affect we have had and can have on its environment, then this is the tour for you! more


I very much enjoyed this day out. I did the same tour last year with a different company but it was short, felt rushed,and not inf...ormative. This tour was completely the opposite. The guide was very friendly and answered all questions. The chocolate eclairs from the bakery are to die for. more


The tour was very informative. And enjoyable. Get to see the rainbow waterfalls and sight see the volcanoes.

Mr. Anonymous

We had an amazing day with our guide Rose who was very polite and very knowledgeable. We were very impressed and would recommend ...te tour. more

Bridgett Zelasko

Worth every penny. Since this was our first time, we didn't know what to expect. We had John as our tour guide and he was ass...ume. We even got to see turtles at the black sand beach. The dinner was great and the view of the glowing lava at night was amazing. If I ever get to go to the Big Island again I will be adding this tour to the package :) more

V. Martinez

Our day with Rose as our tour guide went from brilliant to fantastic. She was extremely friendly, professional and informative, an excellent grasp on the local environment both flora and fauna. The bus was very comfortable and lunch was great. Rose fitted in as much as she could on our tour with plenty of stops at interesting places. It was our first trip to Hawaii and the Big Island will remain one of our favourite places. Definitely value for money and an excellent day all round. We loved it!! more

Rhon & Brendan

What a fantastic day! Me and my friend were flying for the day and this tour was perfect for us! Our group was small and the gu...ide Marcus was very knowledgeable and friendly, sharing with us valuable information and keeping us entertained during the whole day. It was a day full of wonderful surprises! To drive from Kona to Hilo we took Saddle Road and WOW! That's crazy how the landscape changes so fast along the way. The first stop was at Rainbow Falls, we took many pictures and a short walk around the area. Next we headed to charming Hilo Town. Make sure to try their shaved ice! For lunch we stopped at a Orchid Nursery and had a delicious sandwich. The highlight of the day for sure was the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. We hiked around Iki Crater. It's an easy short hike and there are many lookout points along the way. We also walked through Thurston Lava Tube and stopped to check the steam vents on the way to Jaggar Museum. At Jaggar Museum you have perfect view from Halema'uma'u Crater and great pictures opportunities! After the National Park we stopped at the incredible Black Sand Beach and our last stop was at a delicious bakery, Marcus got us delicious Malasadas! On our drive back to Kona we could witness a beautiful sunset. I recommend this tour for everyone staying in Kona! It definitely exceed my expectations. more


This was a great tour!!! From the moment we were picked up, till we got dropped off, our guide Marcus made sure that everyone on t...he tour had a fantastic time. My friend and I were picked up right on time from our hotel in Kona, and we were immediately told a bunch of fascinating facts about the area and the Big Island in general. Our group was even smaller than usual, so we had a lot of one on one attention which made the tour even better. The drive across Saddle Road was insane! The weather kept changing every few miles and so did the landscape. Once we got to Rainbow Falls, we got to take lots of beautiful photos and take a nice little walk around the area as well. We got some free time in Hilo and munched on some shaved ice (lychee, guava and strawberry with vanilla ice cream! YUMMM!!!) and picked up a few snacks and gifts. The town is just so cute and quaint. Love it! After resting at the Kapohokine store for a bit, we headed to the Orchid Farm for a totally delish lunch. You can totally tell that each sandwich is handmade with love :D I am not much of an outdoorsy person (seriously, computer nerd here!) but the hike was perfect! Like a mile around the rim of the crater in this rainforest-jungle place with a ton of plants and flowers. The stop at the lava tube really showed how awesome our tour was compared to the others I saw there. Whereas the other tour groups were flooding off of these HUGE buses and just getting pointed in the general direction of the tube, Marcus guided us and gave us a great experience! The stops at the Jaggar Museum and steam vents were incredible and then when we went to the black sand beach? Way too cool. Oh, be sure to stock up on cookies and some sweetbread when you are at the bakery. The best I have had! more

Lana Banana

Jeff the guide was great. Very courteous What a beautiful place.


Tour was fun and educational! Marcus was an amazing guide, very informative and full of knowledge! Would definitely recommend tour. We were picked up in Kona then drove north to pick up other passengers on the tour. On our way there, we could immediately see these huge acres of lava rocks and we learned that these were formed during the eruption of Mt. Hualalai. We took the Saddle Road to Hilo which took us a good 2.5 hours of a drive so make sure use the restroom before your pick-up. We only had one bathroom break in between. It was an interesting drive as we were able to view different landscapes; from green pastures to plain black; different climates from hot humid, to breezy wind, then drove through clouds to pouring rain as we were approaching Hilo. Our first stop was at Rainbow Falls, and it was beautiful! Then, we drove to the Akatsuka Orchid Gardens and saw great assortment of gorgeous orchids! This is also where we stopped for lunch, my tuna sandwich was huge and delicious!! Finally, our visit to the Volcanoes National Park! We got to view the Kilauea Iki Crater and walked through a small trail full of ferns, and blooming flowers that I've never seen before. We also visited the Thurston Lava Tube, the experience here is just amazing and unique! It's pretty steep though so make sure you are in your comfortable shoes. Then, we were off to steam vents, where we could see smoke coming out from the ground. The Jagger Museum was absolutely informative and I liked it that it was placed right next to the crater with such an amazing view of the Halemaumau Crater! Maybe when I return one day, I would come here at night to see the glow of lava. We also stopped by Punalu'u Black Sand Beach, another unique place I've seen where we also had a free coffee tasting! Then finally, a visit at Na'alehu, the "Southern Most in the USA" and made sure to taste the popular malasadas and cream puffs at Punalu`u Bake Shop, just perfect to end the day..Soo Yummy! more

Ms. Ems

This tour was a lot of fun! I had a great time considering that this was my first time on the island and I was skeptical about wha...t I would see. Our guide Marcus was great. Our pick-up was on time and he was very patient the entire way. We learned a lot about some of the more recent lava flows on the Kona side of the island. My favorite part was stopping in Hilo for some light shopping and a big cup of hot Kona coffee to keep me warm in the wind and rain. It reminded me of home. Hilo is a very charming town with friendly locals and great shave ice too! Our next stop was Akatsuka Orchid Gardens for lunch. A perfect place if you like flowers and see numerous varieties of orchids that Akatsuka is famous for. Afterward, we drove through Hilo to the amazing Volcanoes National Park! This was definitely the highlight of the tour. The view of Kilauea Iki crater was not so iki (small). It was enormous and highly worth going to again for the hike. I enjoyed the walk through the Thurston lava tube. I was able to view the lava formation and it is incredible to see that the earth is alive here. Halemaumau Crater was definitely the natural highlight of the tour. See the Jagger Museum and its (mostly) live seismograph! Cool stuff for volcano fans. The last stop was by far the most delicious. The Punalu'u Bakery in Na'alehu was chock-full of tasty baked goods like coco puffs and their mango malasadas. Yum! I recommend this tour for people who are short on time, like history, and want to see beaches, waterfalls, rainforests, and volcanoes (all on the same day as a matter of fact). I highly enjoyed this tour and so will you :) more


This was a great trip and our guide was marvelous! The "Big Island" was having a small tsumai alert! Lot of water but fu...n anyway. It was misting rain at Volcanoes National Park but we dried off fast. About 5 minutes after leaving the park the alert was raised on Kilauea . . . but only one level. Enjoyed the entire tour. more

Betty Latiolais

Excellent experience, Jeff our driver and guide was very knowable and informative and kept up a steady stream of interesting infor...mation. Good day more


A fantastic day!! We want to thank Kapohokine Adventures, especially Mike D. for a wonderful day! Mike was GREAT!! He was a wea...lth of information and we had a really fun day with him!! We highly recommend this tour!! more

Jill and Bruce

This was our first trip to Hawaii and we wanted to see as much as possible. Jon, our guide, was informative and fun. It was a day, but it passed by so quickly. The tour was amazing. I highly recommend this tour. This is a hiking tour, so be sure to bring hiking shoes and a light jacket. I took a lot of beautiful pictures during this tour and learned so much about the history of the island. more

Mel Sanfilippo

Our guide, Brad, was excellent and very informative throughout the tour. We witnessed lava “spattering”, which was phenomenal our time on Kilauea. Would repeat the adventure and recommend it to others! more

Michael Poulin

Our guide Marcus, took us on a tour of the island and visited some off of the beaten track locations, due to the national park shut. This was due to US government in shutdown. All in all a great alternative custom tour that was thoroughly enjoyable and could be set up as a tour in its own right. more


This was highly enjoyable and our guide Fiona was so knowledgeable and friendly! We were fortunate to be joined by only one other... couple so it was basically a private tour. Not recommended for young children as it is a long day of driving and walking (12 hours). It was a great way to get some info on the island and was very scenic and unique! more

Mr. Anonymous

Our guide Kelsey was lively and cheerful. She took us to several really interesting places and gave highlights and histories the way. The van initially had some issues but worked ok all day so happy about that. Loved seeing the waterfall and huge Banyan tree in Hilo, the orchid Farm and there were several turtles at the black sand beach. No red lava to see but did find some of Pele's hair and lots of steam with a huge rainbow. South end of island was different and fascinating too. A day well spent. more


It was very informative and very fun. I enjoyed letting someone else do the driving, so that I could take in the beautiful country...side. The evening volcano viewing is not to be missed. more


Informative relaxed day trip, very nice lunch provided.


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