Lava Bike and Hike
Come be amazed by active lava on our exciting new Lava Bike and Hike Tour!
Please be sure to read ALL tour requirements and 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.
Our current tour begins with a bike ride past otherworldly lava formations where the coastal village of Kalapana once stood, before being covered by lava in 1990.
Then, after a hike across the 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. We cannot guarantee at the time of your booking that lava will be flowing on the day of your scheduled tour.
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.
Depending on conditions, we will access the lava via biking, hiking or some combination of both.
For more information about what you’ll see click here: Lava Flow Conditions
Interested in a Private Lava Tour?
Contact us for pricing and details here: Private Lava Tour Inquiry
Meeting Location: Kalapana Lava Viewing Area
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.
There is no address for the meeting location and GPS navigation systems do not work well here. We will send detailed written directions to the meeting point in your confirmation email.
Tour Duration: 3 – 6 Hours
A combination of biking and/or hiking for a total distance of about 4-6 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 and/or bike ride 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: 16 years
Children must be able to ride a bike and must have parental supervision at all times. (We can accommodate children 12 and up on Private Lava Bike and Hike Tours. Contact us for details.)
Meeting Time: 4:30 pm
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.
Now $99.00 special “return of the lava” celebration rate
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)
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
Provided on This Hike:
Flashlights (Powered by rechargeable batteries)
Bikes and helmets
This tour is not for everyone. Participants must be fit, and in good physical condition. The current tour will be a combination of hiking and/or biking totaling 4-6 miles round trip.
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.