Volcano Venture- Hold a rock younger than you!
Experience the newest black sand beach in the world, then walk on, explore inside, learn about and marvel at the life-cycle of Hawaiian volcanoes.
Approximately 6 hours duration
Note: Does NOT include Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Hawaii's unique geological history is active and amazing!
Walk on the 2014 lava flow that came within ¼ mile of Pahoa- see where it entombed part of the Transfer Station. Let stories guide your imagination to flow like the lava.
Next, we drive over steel plates on the highway, placed there to span over cracks generated by the June 2018 eruption, often steamy from volcanic exhaust.
We leave the main route and amble along a hidden, jungle road that delivers us to Isaac Hale Park, spared, just barely, by the massive flows of the summer. There, we follow a 30' lava wall- the newest land in the country, along its path to the sea, and stroll along the brand-new black sand beach at Pohoiki.
Here is the perfect spot to enjoy a seaside picnic lunch.
We take the "Road less Traveled" back towards Hilo where we explore inside the lava tubes of Kaumana Caves, formed in the Mauna Loa eruption of 1881. Nearby, we visit iconic Rainbow Falls.
Back in Hilo, we share our final alohas at the lovely Queen Lili Park.
Pick up at your Hilo area lodging, from Hilo Port, or if your party is coming from the Kona side, at a pre-determined rendezvous point.
Drive directly to Pahoa Village to see the hardened lava flow from 2014-15. (While in Pahoa, we will pick up our fresh "to-go" sandwiches.)
Scenic route to Isaac Hale Park to see new lava walls and to stroll along Pohoiki Black Sand Beach.
Seaside picnic lunch.
Head back to Hilo and explore Kaumana Lava Tubes (Note: There are stairs (with railings) at Kaumana Caves and an inclined path over rocky and uneven terrain to enter the lava tubes. Although we take it slow and easy, should a guest decide to remain at the top -where you can still see the lovely entrance to the tubes, there is a very pleasant sitting area to wait while being serenaded by the local birds. Close-toed shoes are required for deeper exploration of the caves.)
We then drive the short distance to visit Rainbow Falls and Boiling Pots.
We end our day sharing aloha at the lovely Queen Lili'uokalani Park.
$600 all inclusive for up to 6 people
(with 5 people, each has a window.)
Includes all taxes, transportation, a delicious locally made lunch, light snacks & beverages, ponchos & umbrellas, flashlights for the caves, your own photo folder in the "Cloud", stories, jokes, and a knowledgeable, enthusiastic guide.
Does not include the purchase of items of a personal nature such as: souvenirs, "adult" beverages, any fruits or veggies purchased at the local market, etc.