Ever wonder what it’s like to get up close and personal with an actual lava flow? We are not talking about the fruity tropical drink here, you can do that later, we are talking full blown Fire Goddess Madam Pele’s 1000 degree liquid aloha fire! Here’s your chance…
It’s been years since the lava viewing areas have been this easy to get to, it previously has been very dangerous because of the uneven terrain and path of the lava flows. Viewing by sea is definitely an option, but it’s not for everyone. You may also choose to soar above it all in a helicopter, but in your heart of hearts, you want to get close, feel the heat, no where in the world can you do this!
The best way to get to the location is to drive to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and following the Chain of Craters Road past the Holei Sea Arch. You will find the pavement ending and a newly grated gravel portion starting. This viewing area is not staffed by the park rangers but is staffed by the County. They will direct you where to park, and the location of the path. You will need to wear sturdy shoes, pants, plenty of water, a light rain jacket, snacks, and a very good flashlight. Be prepared for a moderate hike, lasting 3 hours each way. This public viewing area is open from 3pm to 9pm.
You may choose to have a guided tour, we recommend Kalapana Cultural Tours
They have different start times, and are willing to customize your tour to suit your needs. It’s a very cultural experience to go along with a once in a lifetime opportunity to witness the Island growing.
If you plan to stay after dark and you could have a front row seat to this, happening every night! Be sure to bring your best camera to capture this!
Join us at Holualoa Inn and see this magnificent natural wonder for yourself. We’ll fuel you up for the exciting day ahead with a fresh gourmet breakfast.
A big Mahalo to David Chatsuthiphan, Owner of UnReal Hawaii for the photograph use! Check out all of their adventures at http://www.unrealhawaii.com.