Lava Hikes are back again:
Lava Hikes are back and we’re thrilled to announce that we’re once again accepting reservations for these very popular tours.
Your reward for this moderate to challenging hike will be the chance to walk right up to active red lava and watch its graceful and mysterious movement as it flows!
For now, these hikes are only for guests who are fit and in excellent physical condition. You will ride a bike for about 4 miles (each way) down a gravel road and then hike about 1/2 – 1 mile (round trip) over trackless rough and rocky terrain. Conditions are changing daily so check back here often for more specifics.
Click here to book your tour now: Book My Lava Hike
Our tours meet in Kalapana, near the end of Hwy 130. Please note this tour is not in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. (For park tours click here: Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Tours). The tour meeting point is about an hour’s drive from Hilo, 1.5 hours from Volcano Village, and 2.5-3 hours from Waikoloa and Kailua Kona. You will receive specific directions with your reservation confirmation.
Tours will begin at 4:30 pm. The hike out to the lava flow will be in daylight, but we’ll watch the daylight fade beside the lava flow and then stay a while to see the real show after dark, when lava is at its most spectacular. The hike back will be in the dark. We’ll provide flashlights for you.
You MUST have sturdy hiking shoes or boots with good tread. It’s best to be sure they’re well broken in before this hike. No tennis shoes, high tops. sandals or other substandard footwear because your safety depends on it.
It’s best to wear lightweight pants to protect your legs from the sharp rock, but shorts are okay too. In the afternoon it can be warm and sunny, but after dark it can get chilly so you’ll want a light jacket, or hoodie.
The coastal plain is subject to sudden intense cloudbursts and winds, so you’ll want to bring a rain jacket if you have one. If not, we can provide you with rain gear as needed.
Children who are at least 12 years old may join these tours, but they must be able to ride a bike for the 8 mile round trip, hike at least a mile over uneven terrain, and be supervised by parents at all times.
We’ll provide you with a lightweight backpack, drinking water, light snacks and gloves. You’re welcome to bring your own gear but we recommend packing light, with only essentials.
You can find out more here: Lava Hikes
Please Note: These hikes are NOT for anyone with preexisting health conditions, including but not limited to, heart conditions, osteoporosis, hemophilia, asthma, allergy to sulfur, foot, ankle, knee leg, hip or back problems, recent lower body surgeries, vision problems, night blindness, poor balance, vertigo, lack of stamina, or women who may be pregnant.
We’re so excited that our Lava Hikes are back again! We’ve missed the lava and are anxious to spend as much time enjoying it as possible. Take advantage of this amazing opportunity and let us take you to see flowing lava in all its glory!