Hike to the Active Lava Flows and Ocean Entry
This lava adventure takes you through Hawaii Volcanoes National Park where you will witness the glow from Halema'uma'u crater at the very summit of the volcano, down the Chain of Craters Road to the ocean. Hike out amongst the lava landscape and along the sea cliffs to active lava flows. Scout for hot spots and experience the raw power of molten lava flows as they make their way to the sea. Choose either the early sunrise tour or the evening tour for best viewing of the molten lava at dark!
ERUPTION UPDATE: MAY 2018
**This tour has been temporarily suspended due to the hazards of the current eruption and there is no public access to active lava flows at this time. **
Current conditions require an 8-10 mile round trip hike along a gravel road and across uneven rocky terrain. Safety precautions are always taken first and all participants are expected to follow the guide's instructions while on tour. It is a strenuous and hot environment, so be well prepared.
Lava Adventure Requirements:
- Sturdy hiking boots or covered shoes with good tread.
- 3 liters of water per person.
- Long pants to protect from sharp rocks recommended.
- Rain jacket.
- A small backpack to carry water and personal belongings.
- Be prepared for sun, wind, and rain. Conditions can change quickly.
The lava hike is not recommended for persons with pre-existing health conditions such as any issues related to back, hip, knee, ankle or foot injuries or surgeries, heart conditions, asthma, poor vision especially at night, pregnancy or any other serious health problem. Volcanic gases may be present and can irritate the lungs. Minimum age for the lava hike is 12 years old.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Place of lodging in the Hilo or Volcano area.
End location: Place of lodging in the Hilo or Volcano area.
Duration: 8 hours
A comfortable ride touring in a clean, air conditioned vehicle. Group tours larger than 10 passengers, please send me an email.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
20 USD - Lunch and souvenirs (if interested).