Shore Excursion Details

The Land Of Frozen Fire

Hilo, Hawaii

The Land Of Frozen Fire


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Pass through the visually stunning countryside in the Puna district just outside Hilo, where you will see lava fields from past volcanic eruptions and walk along the Pohoiki black-sand beach, which is composed of lava fragments. According to legend, the volatile Hawaiian volcano goddess Pele lives in the district’s Kīlauea volcano. She not only creates new land, but also destroys what stands in the path of the lava, which is known as “frozen fire” once it cools and hardens. However, the historical Painted Church was spared during Kīlauea’s eruption in 1990 when the congregants raised the church onto a trailer and moved it to safety. While browsing the wooden church, which features wonderful painted ceiling frescoes, you will hear more about its salvation. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to shop for locally made merchandise and meander along Hilo Bay, whose jagged black rock shoreline is volcanic in origin.


  • Behold the devastation of past volcanic eruptions and the natural beauty left in their wakes.
  • See the Painted Church that congregants moved to save it from a nearby lava flow.
  • Walk on a gorgeous black-sand beach that a volcanic eruption created.
  • Shop for locally made merchandise in and around Hilo.


  • Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
  • Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.

Need to Know:

Note: Participants must be at least 5 years of age. All participants must be fully mobile and capable of walking at least 200 yards unaided on hills, lava and uneven terrain and be able to climb in and out of the van (scooters, wheelchairs, walkers cannot be accommodated). Guests who go ashore do so with the understanding that they will be mixing with members of the general public.

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Excursion Type:

Scenic & City Tours

Activity Level:

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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.
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