Lava Bike and Hike Tours:
Lava bikes? Well, surely you’ve heard of them…Okay we made them up – there is no “lava bike”, but you’ll be able to enjoy a bike ride at the start of our Lava Bike and Hike Tours. We’ll provide you with a bike for the first (and last) leg of the tour so you can check out the otherworldly landscape of Kalapana’s vast lava fields as you roll down the gravel road where you’ll begin the hike.
The gravel road we’ll be riding on actually owes its existence to lava. The road was hastily constructed as an emergency route when another lava flow came within just a quarter mile of crossing Hwy 130 back in 2014.
The emergency road follows the path of the former Chain of Craters Road, which once linked Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park to Hwy 130. Lava flows from Kilauea’s East Rift Zone began pouring down on this 8 mile stretch of Chain of Craters Road in the 1980’s, and by 1990, when the village of Kalapana was covered, most of that road was beneath many feet of new lava.
When the current lava flow began making its way to the coastal plain the County of Hawai’i and Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park opened the emergency road for pedestrian and bicycle use only, so it’s a safe and pleasant ride through the amazing volcanic landscape.
Lava Activity Update- 7-16-16:
The lava flow, which HVO scientists have given the rather unpoetic name “61 g”, remains active but has not advanced much toward the coast over the past few days. Instead the flow is widening out on the flatter terrain of the coastal plain and is now most active a little ways behind the flow front.
The current bike ride is about 4 miles (each way) and from there the hike to the lava flow is only about 1/2 mile each way. The flow has spread out considerably and the flow front has stagnated, but there are several areas of activity farther back along the flow margins.
Channelized flows are still visible coming down the pali and make for some lovely views on the bike ride back.
Come see red hot active lava right in front of you with us on our exciting Lava Bike and Hike Tour
Our professional guides will escort you safely to the best activity on the flow field while explaining a bit about Kilauea’s geology, ecology, culture and history.