Lava Proximity Hike / Eruption Showcase

- lava life adventure: hike safely to active lava if possible, or best eruption views -

Thank you so much for a day I will always remember and for helping to make a life long dream of viewing active lava come true!
Active lava flows close upLava flowing into the Pacific Ocean
Tour code: HAW_LPH
Tour type: Volcano expedition: active volcanoes - adventure
Difficulty: Moderate-Challenging
Duration: 6+ hrs from trailhead


Custom and group dates
no scheduled dates at present

Price (p.p.): from 250 USD/p


  • All transportation on the Big Island in private 4WD vehicle
  • Expert local guide with presentations on eruption history
  • Legal access over private land with contribution to local community
  • Fresh local fruits, local snacks and juices en route
-No more than 6 people per guide for safety & personal attention
-When possible, see lava within arm's reach
-Activity can change at a moment's notice, we adapt to offer you the best options
-Experienced, friendly volcano guides
-Specialized equipment for your use & comfort (incl. respirators for gas dangers)
-As of November 2013, lava is not legally accessible by land, the best back-up viewing option is within the National Park. Lava can resume any day and become accessible via a long hike over uneven terrain (to be determined based on changing eruption conditions).
-If less hiking is involved, we focus the remainder of the tour on viewing & understanding Kilauea's most recent eruptions of the last 50+ years.
  • Kilauea - one of the most active volcanoes in the world
  • Best views of activity, including lava up-close when possible
  • Adventurous hike
  • Accurate first hand geology information
  • Expert local guide with presentations on eruption history

Sample itinerary

Day 1: The Lava Proximity Hike
HIKE as close as safely possible, when it's possible! At present, this hike requires 7mi / 12km / 4-5 hrs walk at sea-level over uneven terrain crossing recent & historic lava flows and islands of native vegetation, allowing ~2 hrs at the site of activity on an 8-hr tour leaving from Hilo or Volcano (or 6-hr meeting in Kalapana). This itinerary can be combined with our other tour offerings and customized to your preferences, please enquire!

Arrival info:

The tour starts and ends on Big Island, ideally in Hilo or Volcano. Pick-up and transfers to and from Kona can be arranged, but the guided transfer time counts towards the time of the tour.


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