KapohoKine Adventures

KapohoKine Adventures – Depart from Hilo to Go on Sightseeing Adventures to Remember
The Bottom Line:

When you want to see all the most breathtaking sights in Hilo, sign up for a trip with KapohoKine Adventures. On their tours, you’ll get to trek along powerful volcanos, paddle by waterfalls, and even gaze into the cosmos. Want to create a private van tour all your own? They can do that, too.

- The HawaiianIslands.com Local Expert Team

Are you looking for a fun way to see all the greatest sights in Hilo? Just sign up for a whirlwind tour with KapohoKine Adventures. Depending on your tour of choice, you’ll get to see volcanos, waterfalls, and lush tropical landscapes galore. Plus, they offer an amazing nighttime tour that lets you gaze at the stars in wonder through a powerful telescope. Prefer to dream up your very own private van tour? They’re happy to make that happen as well.

To get started on your adventures, you just have to select between their tours, and then book your spot online. As you choose your desired date and time, keep in mind that you need to check in about 20 minutes early. You’ll also have to find your own transportation to their kiosk at the Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo. Traffic can get heavy, especially during the tourist season, so it’s best to leave much earlier than you might expect.

Before heading out, put on light layers, closed-toe shoes, and SPF 50+ reef-safe sunblock. Then, be sure to bring your camera, sunglasses, and a rain jacket. Want to capture an amazing video of your travels? Ask to rent a GoPro. You’re welcome to bring a water bottle and snack, too, although refreshments are provided on most trips. Put all your items in a backpack, so they’re easy to carry on your adventures. If you do not have one, they’ll provide a backpack for your use on the tour.

Upon arriving at their kiosk, you’ll get checked in, and then have to wait a bit for your guide to come out. Once they arrive, you’ll get a quick chat about the safety rules and what to expect on the trip. Then, you’ll hit the road on your adventure of choice. You’ll likely need to load up in their transport van to travel to the starting point for the tour. All along the way, your guide will share interesting facts about the Big Island while pointing out all the most memorable sights.

After enjoying your tour experience, your guide will transport you back to your resort. You’ll need to turn in your GoPro rental, backpack, or any other gear loaned to you for the trip. If you want to return in the next couple of days, check-in at the kiosk to see if they have any openings before you leave.

Their top tours include:

Evening Volcano Explorer
For a memorable trip along the Kilauea Volcano, sign up for the Evening Volcano Explorer Tour. Your guide will take you to the old fishing village in Kalapana, and then lead the way over the lava flows to the beach and beyond.

Maunakea Stellar Explorer
The Maunakea Stellar Explorer tour lets you gaze deep into the cosmos after a hike past Rainbow Falls. You’ll use a powerful telescope to safely view the sun and stars, fueling your space travel fantasies forevermore.

Historic Hilo Bay and Waterfalls
On the Historic Hilo Bay and Waterfall tour, you’ll get to explore the waterways in paradise by kayak or stand-up paddleboard. You’ll travel all across the bay, getting to see hidden waterfalls, sea turtles, and even the hydroelectric plant.

If you want to dream up your perfect tour itinerary, just ask about their private tours. The team will help you design your ideal 4- to 12-hour tour for just you and your friends. Your trip may include hiking, kayaking, swimming, and even stargazing if you wish. Their private tour slots fill up fast, however, so try to plan your adventure as early as possible.

Insider Tips:
-Schedule your adventures for early in your trip to the Big Island. Otherwise, you won’t have time to come back and do it all again.
-They offer discounts for large groups. You’ll need to email them before booking your tour to get the special rate.
-Put on locally-sourced bug spray before you go to avoid getting bothered by mosquitos and other insects.