Whale Watching and Waterfall Tour February 03, 2014

Aloha Folks! Todays tour was awesome as we were able to see the waterfalls clearly. The weather was overcast and the ocean was calm, which made for a smooth and enjoyable ride. During this tour we witnessed an unbelievable sight as we saw Dolphins and Whales swimming next to each other. This was amazing and is another one of those things that make you feel insignificant. What a treat to be able to see these two majestic species swimming together. We spent more time finding whales and from a safe distanced we viewed many breaches, tail-flukes, tail and fin slapping. Not only are there adult Humpback whales, but we also saw the ever-playful baby Humpback whales, whose mothers are always nearby. What an amazing day. If that wasn’t enough, we even saw Manta Rays. Great Times. Until next time, Aloha!

Coastal/Whale Watching Tour January 18, 2014

Aloha Gang! The tours we had on Jan. 18 were awesome and our guests were extremely pleased with the beautiful scenery and of course the Whales. There were many whales that we viewed from a safe distance, including a calf  that was extremely playful and could be seen breaching and tail slapping. A few of the mature Humpbacks were seen breaching, tail slapping and just having a great time. The waterfalls were an awesome addition to the whales as well as the beautiful coastline. What an awesome day! Join us for an experience of a lifetime. Aloha

p.s. pics will be uploaded later today

Coastal/Whale Watching Tour- January 14, 2014

Aloha Everyone! The lava is currently still In a closed area that is illegal to hike to, so we are not conducting any lava hikes.

However, our Coastal/Whale Watching tours are operational. We passed by multiple remnants of sugar mills, which are a big part of Hawaii’s history. The waterfalls were awesome as they were flowing really well. The Whales were also in the area and we were able to see a few of them at a good distance. What an awesome surprise that added to the already great day. Until next time, Aloha!




Lava Tour Update

Aloha!  The active lava in Hawaii is currently flowing in an area that is CLOSED due to LETHAL CONDITIONS; therefore there are no lava tours offered at this time. (We conduct whale watching coastal boat tours to secret waterfalls so please call 808-936-0456 for more information). We understand that Hawaiiʻs visitors put significant trust in tour guiding companies and assure you that our guestʻs safety is our number one priority. Please be aware that if there are ANY companies or individuals offering tours to the active lava flow at this time that they are ILLEGALLY trespassing, lethal, indefinitely, closed area where no hiking permits are given.   Contact Hawaiiʻs Department of Land and Natural Resources (http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/land/contact/) who will assure you that nobody is allowed access into this area.

Be assured that as soon as the lava is in a safely accessible and legal area, an update will be posted on this blog and Kalapana Cultural Tours will continue operating lava tours. Until then, we will respect that the Volcano Goddess is taking a rest. We welcome any questions on lava conditions or if you would like to book a Hidden Waterfalls/Whale Watching boat tour: Call (808) 936-0456 open daily 9AM -5PM or email us at www.sales@kalapanaculturaltours.com


October 06, 2013 Guided Lava Hike Update

Aloha Gang! We will be resuming tours soon as the lava activity is picking up since the stalling out due to the major deflation last week. Breakouts are visible on the Pali and are approximately in the same area that we were touring to last week. We will be booking tours tentatively for tomorrow.

For more information contact us at 808-936-0456. Stay tuned for more updates. Aloha and A Hui Hou!

October 1st, 2013 Guided Lava Hike Update

Aloha! This mornings tour was able to see lava, but it has slowed down tremendously since the past few nights. The morning tour was treated to an a’a flow, which was a little sluggish, but the guests were very pleased and excited with the activity that they did see. The slow down in activity is caused by the ongoing deflation at the summit of Kilauea and the Pu’u O’o vent.

Due to the lava conditions slowing down tremendously tours have been cancelled, but we will be keeping an eye on the activity and may resume within a few days. Aloha!


September 30, 2013 Guided Lava Hike

Aloha! The lava activity has slowed slightly, but we were still able to view lava. As the sun set the colors of the lava really began to pop out. The flow slowing down can be credited to the deflation recorded by the tilt meter at Kilauea summit and the Pu’u O’o vent. This flow is still considered to be the Peace Day flow, which stalled on the coastal plains and stopped flowing into the ocean. Our guests had a great time with what they saw. Another beautiful evening.

Pics will be posted soon

September 29, 2013 Guided Lava Hike

Aloha Gang! Lava activity was good and there were multiple breakouts that we viewed. The flows that we are seeing are a’a flows, which is one of the two types of lava. During the time at the active lava there were two main breakouts with a few scattered flows in the immediate area. This hike is an Extreme hike and not recommended for beginner hikers. All in all this was a great evening, Aloha!

September 27, 2013 Guided Lava Hike

Aloha Everyone! We had awesome activity earlier tonight. Our guests were able to safely view surface flowing lava. When we first got to the flow area the activity was a little slower, but as the lava inflated breakouts started to happen and the activity picked up. One large flow broke out as a portion of a Tumulus broke off and an A’a flow made it’s way along the surface. This was a large one. This flow continued to flow as the a’a type lava, which is very broken up and jagged, not something you want to fall on. As night fell, the activity started to pick up even more and the view was amazing. Another awesome evening, Aloha!