Discover the duality of Pele (Volcano Goddess) in this tour highlighting the beauty of Puna. Learn how volcanoes like Kilauea can both destroy and create, which is spectacularly on display in the lower east rift zone that experienced the 2014 and 2018 eruption firsthand. Pass through Pahoa town, a unique place full of resilient people who truly know how to “go with the flow”. See the island’s newest black sand beach and learn the story behind its creation. Along the way, stop at some of Puna’s most iconic landmarks, such as the Sea Arch and Painted Church. See Hilo’s own Rainbow Falls, an 80 ft marvel on the Wailuku River. Finish your tour with a visit to charming downtown Hilo and treat yourself to Hawaii’s favorite treat, a shave ice.
Need to Know:
Note: All participants must be fully mobile and capable of walking 300 yards on moderately rough surfaces, hills and uneven terrain unaided (Scooters, wheelchairs, walkers cannot be accommodated). Participants must be at least 10 years of age. Tour will only go to areas designated by Civil Defense and US Geologic Survey, if an actual lava-viewing area is established it will be included in the tour, possibly leaving out other features listed. Tour may run in a different order or, in case highways are closed for any reason, may go to an alternate safe area of Scenic Value not related to the Eruption. In this case, guests will be briefed before the tour. Hiking sticks and water will be supplied as needed. This tour may be run in a different order, we will go to Lava viewing if it becomes available and may have to go in a different direction if Civil Defense or USGS deem the current area unsafe. As this tour is intended to show you latest volcanic events your guide will inform you of any changes on the day of your tour.
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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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