Witness Hawaii's land of frozen fire on this half-day excursion. After a brief stop at Rainbow Falls in Hilo, you'll head towards Puna, passing through Pahoa Town on the way. Experience the true feeling of old Hawaii as you venture to an area rich in natural wonders. Visit Lava Tree State Park, where the shapes of tree trunks can still be seen after the old lava flow of 1790 swept through. Take a dip in Ahalanui Warm Ponds: a geothermally heated pool of water near the ocean that's perfect for a swim (swimming not recommended for anyone with an open wound or cut). View Hawaii's natural beauty all around you; from pine forests, to cliff faces overlooking the Pacific, to black sand beaches. Speaking of black sand, prepare to view Kaimu, the site of a famous black sand beach and a small town that were destroyed in the 1990 lava flow. You can walk out onto the "frozen fire" and possibly even see the active volcanic vent in the distance. See Uncle Robert's Hawaiian Enclave which was spared from the lava flows by only a few feet. Knowledgeable guides will provide interesting commentary on the area's culture and geologic history. Please be aware that volcanic activity can lead to park and road closures, so your tour has been designed to take advantage of the best sites available.
This tour will be available on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Departure time from Arnott's Lodge will be 8:30 a.m. Tour duration will be 5-6 hours. Pickups are available from most major Hilo hotels.
$105.00 per person, or $85.00 per person for guests staying at Arnott's Lodge. Prices does not include tax. We require a minimum of 2 guests in order to run a tour.
(These rates apply to our summer tours only, 5/25-9/13/18. We can arrange a Puna: Land of Frozen Fire tour outside of these dates, but it will be considered a private tour and will be subject to private tour rates. Call or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in a private tour.)
*Age limit is 7 years old. Must be capable of walking at least .5 miles (.8 kilometers) independently.
Difficulty Level: Easy
**Bring your own lunch, or consider purchasing something to eat from Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory.
We recommend that you bring along swimwear, a towel, sunscreen, good walking shoes, water and an adventurous attitude.