Secrets of Puna Shore Excursion Detail
Activity Level
  • 4.6/5 Stars.
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Port: Hilo, Hawaii
Approx. Duration: 6½ hours
Adult Pricing: $179*
Child Pricing: $179*
*Prices vary by sail date.
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Adventurous:
  • 4.0/5
Cultural/Educational:
  • 4.5/5
Family Oriented:
  • 4.1111/5
Fun:
  • 4.3/5
See how Kilauea’s eruptions have changed the life and landscape of the Big Island, devouring villages and forests. Learn how the people that live here cope, and their dedication to saving what is precious.
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Secrets of Puna

On this deluxe tour to the Kilauea volcano, you’ll see how its eruptions have changed the life and landscape of the Big Island, devouring villages and forests, and extending the island’s shoreline. Learn how the residents cope, and how dedicated they are to saving what is precious from the onslaught of molten rock.


The lush greenery of Hilo gives way to stark black rock in Kalapana, a village completely destroyed by advancing lava in 1990. Your first stop is the lovely Painted Church. Now decommissioned, it was moved by determined villagers not once but twice, to evade the oncoming flow. You’ll see how the volcano engulfed everything in its path, completely filling in Kaimu Bay, and covering what was the best swimming beach on the island. Fortunately nature has provided a replacement – walk across now hardened stone to the new black sand beach.


Continue along the scenic Puna coastline to the jagged lava cliffs of MacKenzie State Park. Your guide knows the location of a volcanically heated cove where you can take a dip or snorkel among tropical fish and the occasional giant green sea turtle. You’ll also visit Lava Tree State Park, once a rainforest that happened to be in the path of a lava flow. The trees burned from the inside out, leaving hollow stone skeletons. Now covered with moss, they make for an eerie panorama.


A Hawaiian-style barbecue lunch, which includes complimentary beer and Champagne, is included. There are opportunities to purchase local products and souvenirs along the way.


Note: Participants must be at least 4 years of age. Tour capacity is limited and the order of the itinerary may change. Molten lava will not be seen. Wear comfortable closed-toe shoes and bring a swimsuit and towel. Special dietary needs can be accommodated with advance notice.
Activity Level
  • 4.6/5 Stars.
(10 Reviews)
Write a Review
Port: Hilo, Hawaii
Approx. Duration: 6½ hours
Adult Pricing: $179*
Child Pricing: $179*
*Prices vary by sail date.
rollover for activity details:
Adventurous:
  • 4.0/5
Cultural/Educational:
  • 4.5/5
Family Oriented:
  • 4.1111/5
Fun:
  • 4.3/5

  1. Tours with this activity level involve walking over relatively level terrain, possibly some cobblestone, gravel, or a few steps. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
  2. Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
  3. Tours with this activity level involve physical exertion for extended periods of time; can involve uneven or steep terrain or swimming in a light current. Recommended only for physically fit and adventurous travelers.