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More than anything else, the town of Kalapana is a town that was, not a town that is. It is a sad, black, graveyard of homes where dreams, memories and material possessions were incinerated by nature’s fury. Prior to the eruption of Kilauea volcano, Kalapana was a sleepy town along the Big Island’s eastern coastline. All of that changed in 1990 when Kilauea literally rolled through town. By the time the molten carnage was through, over 100 homes had been burned and swallowed by the shifting orange magma.

Today there are still about 35 homes remaining in Kalapana, although the main highlight is where visitors can hike to watch lava spill into the sea. Ever since Kilauea began erupting in 1983, over 500 acres of new land has been created along the coastline, and even though it isn't officially a part of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kalapana is often the best place to watch the drama unfold.

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Eruption Tour Hilo and Kalapana Private Tour Mercedes 11 PSGR

Eruption Tour Hilo and Kalapana Private Tour Mercedes 11 PSGR

Step aboard a private 11-seat Mercedes van for a high-end Hawaiian road trip during this 6-hour, private, guided tour between Hilo and Kalapana. Climb aboard with up to 11 guests as you explore historic Hilo and travel the Onomea Scenic Drive past towering sea cliffs and rugged coastline. A soak in the volcanically heated pool of Ahalanui and stop at Richardson Ocean Park complete the experience.
  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Kalapana can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 1 Kalapana tickets and tours on Viator.

Currently, an entrance ticket to Kalapana costs USD 1167.56. Guided Kalapana tours start around USD 1167.56 per person. See all 1 Kalapana tickets and tours on Viator.