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Kalapana Cultural Tours

12-5038 Kalapana Kapoho Beach Rd, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778-7808
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Aloha Kapoho

t's been two weeks since we lost our home in Kapoho. A few days ago our family was offered a free... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
JillSteele
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Hilo, Hawaii
Lava boat tour

We took a lava boat tour out of Hilo the other morning. Although I became violently seasick (even... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
shannonspencer
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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
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  • Very good6%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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12-5038 Kalapana Kapoho Beach Rd, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778-7808
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Reviewed 4 days ago

t's been two weeks since we lost our home in Kapoho. A few days ago our family was offered a free lava excursion by Kalapana Cultural Tours, Ikaika Marzo’s outfit. At the beginning of the three and a half hour boat ride, he set the...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We took a lava boat tour out of Hilo the other morning. Although I became violently seasick (even after Dramamine) my husband very much enjoyed the tour. We got closer to the lava than we expected. Also we had heard the guide gives back to...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

There are two ways to see the destructive lava flows on Hawaii's Big Island now: helicopter or boat. I recommend doing both and recommend taking Kalapana Cultural Tours by boat to see the new land being created on Hawaii's east coast. The owners/staff are lava...More

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Reviewed 4 May 2018

There's only a few things i'm glad I paid for and this was one of them. For the reason being after dark the terrain becomes pitch black and you are walking with no reference points. We had Trevor as a guide and he was very...More

2  Thank ants573
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Reviewed 28 April 2018 via mobile

A great trip to see the red lava with a great guide, Trevor. I never believed we could have been only inches from the red hot lava but we were! Walking poles, torches, gloves & snacks were provided. The hike was a good pace &...More

2  Thank Val M
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

We took their guided bike and hike tour. I would HIGHLY recommend a guided tour. I don't know how people were doing this without a guide, but some did. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about the area and also very clear about how to be...More

4  Thank Jessica B
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Reviewed 31 March 2018

Visited in late February. Chose the self-guided tour with three of us renting bikes for the rather short trek to the beginning of the lava hike and two of us taking the shuttle to same location. The bikes were a little rough looking, but did...More

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Reviewed 29 March 2018 via mobile

What can I say Uncle Ernie and JC were very professional and safe guides.They took us right to the flow and taught is alot about there heritage and culture along the way!Thank You both! This a must do with this guide service when visiting the...More

1  Thank Billy C
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Reviewed 24 March 2018 via mobile

Our hotel recommended these guys, they are locals from the area where the lava destroyed the cities and everything around. Family owned business, very simple, but very nice people! Fair price as well. The guide was really good to adjust the tour for the group’s...More

Thank Samia C
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Reviewed 16 March 2018

Please do not come to the Big Island, especially to the volcanos, without waking up at 3:15 am to go hiking with Jaci into the erupting lava fields. It's a truly other-worldly experience, from the pitch-black journey over miles of old flows, the orange-red glow...More

2  Thank Heather F
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Nancy F
5 June 2018|
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Response from Jen2328 | Reviewed this property |
We did the bike/hike tour with them back in January 2018. The start of the tour was at the furthest south dead end of rt130 where the road turned to gravel. The company has most definitely pulled out of that location given... More
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jrbuff
4 May 2018|
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Response from SteveGrace | Reviewed this property |
Might not want to go there just now, unless you are an adventure seeker. Police cordons? The gas is probably more dangerous than the lava.
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Teresa G
9 November 2017|
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Response from SMTys | Reviewed this property |
I think there were 15 people and 2 guides
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