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Kalapana Cultural Tours

12-5038 Kalapana Kapoho Beach Rd, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778-7808
+1 808-345-4964
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See the lava from the boat!

I went to Hawaii for my 50th birthday to see an active volcano and lava. I did a lava boat tour... read more

Reviewed yesterday
A great experience!

We found out that perhaps the best way to see the Kilauea lava flow into the ocean was by bike. It... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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LAVA Tours: Boat | Bike | Hike Big Island, Hawaii Native Kalapana Hawaiian Owned & Operated See lava with someone whose house is buried in it! Lava Tour Schedule 2016 Boat: 5:00am, 8:00am, 2:30pm, 5:00pm, 8:00pm Bike / Hike: 5:00am, 8:00am, 3:30pm, 5:00pm Private Tour/Boat Charter: anytime upon request
  • Excellent90%
  • Very good6%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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12-5038 Kalapana Kapoho Beach Rd, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778-7808
+1 808-345-4964
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Reviewed yesterday

I went to Hawaii for my 50th birthday to see an active volcano and lava. I did a lava boat tour and it was the highlight of the trip. I also had a fantastic helicopter tour but being in a boat with only 5 people...More

Thank Tdaver
Reviewed 1 week ago

We found out that perhaps the best way to see the Kilauea lava flow into the ocean was by bike. It takes the same route as the hiking route, but being on a bike really speeds up the trip. Unlike a large resort on the...More

1  Thank Spectre68
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great experiences! Our guides were the best. So glad we went with Kalapana Cultural Tours amd didn't try to find lava ourselves. Will never forget how awesome this was.

1  Thank Caroline N
Reviewed 1 week ago

We recently took the bike and hike tour to the surface lava flow with tour guide JC and it was a phenomenal experience! JC was so sweet & kind. She made us feel safe and well cared for. She also brought us to the most...More

Thank donner2016
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unfortunately our boat tour got cancelled due to rough ocean conditions. They gave me an email warning the day before that it might get cancelled and let us know when we got there that they had went out for the first tour of the day,...More

Thank planner_9
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We chartered a six person boat ride out to the lava flows on the coast. It was a priceless experience. The trip out and back was quick and enjoyable. We even saw some spinner dolphins and our guide was kind enough to even stop and...More

Thank tom m
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did the morning hike to surface lava flow. It was a real commitment: starting at 4 am and hiking over 2 hours each way over rough surfaces. But it was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Herbie, our guide, was great. Unquestionably worth the money and...More

Thank msgre2
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As with any tour the guide really makes or breaks the experience. Jaci couldn't have been a better guide. It was great to see the enthusiasm even though she has to hike 20 km every day. Also seeing lava as close as you could handle...More

1  Thank Ben S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What an amazing experience! My fiancee and I went the other day and it well exceeded our expectations. I'm a bit of a nervous person, and I felt so comfortable and safe with Andrew as our captain. He was a wealth of information about the...More

1  Thank jlf1975
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fabulous! Wonderful! Stunning! We signed on for the daybreak boat tour to view the lava flow into the ocean. Boat carried just six of us, three on a side facing out. Could not imagine a better way to get so up close and personal with...More

Thank Jim S
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Gloria M
23 April 2017|
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Response from Kalapana_CT | Property representative |
Aloha Mrs. Menor, Can you please specify where you saw our age limits? We double checked on our website and reservation site, and can't find an area where it states our age limit is 60 years old. We are sorry for the... More
21 March 2017|
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Response from CBe987 | Reviewed this property |
We just returned from doing this tour this week. The length of the hike varied day to day depending on where the surface lava is. It changes minute to minute. When we did the bike/hike the first time, the lava was less than... More
oddkorat p
21 January 2017|
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Response from Ted S | Reviewed this property |
Depends on the tour you take, they offer many (their boat for example was $200 / person while the hike I saw listed was was $85)