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Lava Hikes and Lava Walks

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Lava Hikes are back by popular demand! This is our original walking-only tour to active lava. 

If you prefer to bike check out our popular Lava Bike and Hike Tour by clicking HERE

Please be sure to read ALL tour requirements, meeting time and location, and other details on this page before booking. Viewing conditions, distance and duration are subject to change. Surface flow (lava flowing on the ground) is not always available and IS NOT GUARANTEED.
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Our Lava Hikes are afternoon through evening tours which begin with a walk past otherworldly lava formations where the coastal village of Kalapana once stood, before being covered by lava in 1990.

Then, after a hike across Kilauea’s lava fields, you will have an intimate experience with one of nature’s most awesome forces. You’ll witness the creation of the planet’s newest land as you see active red lava. We’ll watch as evening falls to see active lava in its full glory and then return you safely back.

Our seasoned lava guides all have years of experience on the lava fields and understand the mechanics of how lava behaves very well. We’re out at the lava flow almost every day, so we know where to take you to find the most vigorous activity available, over the safest and smoothest routes.

Visiting the lava with an experienced professional lava guide is a must – especially if you want to be there to see the lava’s most spectacular show after dark.

We are able to offer lava tours only when there are active flows and conditions are safe. 

What you will see on the tour:

Volcanic activity is highly variable, changes from day to day and is impossible to predict. Our guides will take you to the best activity available on the day of your tour. This might be to the ocean entry (where lava flows into the sea), or when available, to surface flow (lava flowing on the ground). Please note that surface flow is not always available and cannot be guaranteed. When conditions allow, we’ll take you to both ocean entry and surface flow, however this cannot be guaranteed.

For more information about what you’ll see click here: Lava Flow Conditions

Interested in Private Lava Hikes?

Contact us for pricing and details here: Private Lava Tour Inquiry


Lava Hike Tour Details

Meeting Time: 4:30 pm
Meeting Location: Kalapana Lava Viewing Area

Please note the meeting point for this tour is not in, or near, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park or Hilo, but is over an hour’s drive from either place. Transportation is not included on this tour so you will need a rental car to get to us.

Also, there’s no address for the meeting location and GPS navigation systems do not work well here.

Below is a rough map of our meeting point location for this tour with approximate driving times. We’ll send you detailed written directions to the meeting point with your confirmation email.

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Tour Duration: 4 – 6  Hours

About 4-8 miles round trip, depending on conditions.

Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging

The access road has a few hills and loose gravel in patches. Lava field terrain is extremely rough, uneven and rocky. (There is no trail). Weather conditions can vary widely and include intense sun, rain and wind. The return hike will be in the dark. Volcanic gasses (including sulfur dioxide) may be present. Lava viewing conditions do vary due to ever changing volcanic activity.

Minimum Age: 14 years

Children must have parental supervision at all times. (We can accommodate children 12 and up on Private Lava Hike Tours. Contact us for details.)


You will see some of the newest land on the planet forming before your eyes as hot, molten lava flows from Kilauea Volcano. See lava in its full glory after dark, on our very popular lava tours.

Provided on This Tour:

Rain gear
Flashlights (Powered by rechargeable batteries)
Drinking water
Water-resistant backpacks

Price:  $99.00 (+ tax)
What to Bring:

Sturdy shoes with good tread
Shorts are okay and will probably be more comfortable
(convertible shorts/pants are a good option for protection and comfort)

About Shoes:

Good, sturdy shoes with adequate tread are essential to your safety and comfort on the lava. Running shoes are good. For this hike you MUST have good shoes. You can see some examples here: Footwear for Lava


Important Information:

Lava Hikes and Lava Walks are not for everyone. Participants must be fit, in good physical condition and able to hike 4-8 miles round trip over rough, uneven terrain.  

If the guide believes you are not able to safely proceed at any point, or you are unable to keep up with the group, you will not be allowed to continue with the tour.

Our lava hikes and lava walks are NOT for anyone with preexisting health conditions including but not limited to: hip, knee, ankle or foot issues, recent surgeries, vision problems, poor depth perception, night blindness, poor balance, osteoporosis, heart conditions, asthma, hemophilia, allergies to sulfur, lack of stamina, any serious health problems, or women who may be pregnant.



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