Get a Front-Row “Hot” SeatBig Island
Madame Pele, the legendary HAWAIIAN VOLCANO GODDESS, continues to stay active from her home inside her favorite volcano, KILAUEA. Things may have changed by the time you read this, but there are eruptions at two locations: the vent within Halema‘uma‘u Crater (it can be viewed from the overlook at Jagger Museum) and the Pu‘u O‘o vent, which is not accessible to the public. A part of the current lava flow is headed toward Pahoa Village. It is important to follow any official advisories regarding this flow.
When fiery-hot lava, sometimes boiling at 2,100 degrees Fahrenheit, collides with cool seawater, the impact is staggering. Picture a powerful grenade that explodes into a fountain of steam and hurls volcanic debris every which way.
There are several ways to get in on the excitement of Kilauea’s activity. LAVA BOAT TOURS have become a popular attraction when the flows head to the sea. Boat companies like LAVA OCEAN TOURS will be ready to ferry passengers to a front-row seat. Meanwhile, there are alternate tours that offer safe viewing, including hiking, biking and nocturnal helicopter flights.
A 10-mile bike ride will get you to the show. BIKEVOLCANO.COM has designed a tour that provides sunset views of lava hitting the sea and includes a stop in KALAPANA, a village ravaged by earlier lava flows.
Or take to the sky for a panoramic view of molten lava burning and oozing over black lava fields. BIG ISLAND AIR conducts night flights, and PARADISE HELICOPTERS flies over the volcano in a chopper without doors.
KAPOHOKINE ADVENTURES offers LAVA EXPEDITIONS that aren’t for the faint of heart. Expeditions begin in either Kona or Hilo and involve a hike to get to the lava flow, but once you reach your destination, nothing can compare to feeling the heat as you watch liquid rock flow past. Afterwards, relax and let your guide do the driving back.
Lava flow updates can be found on the HAWAI‘I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK (nps.gov/havo) site and at hvo.wr.usgs.gov/activity/ kilaueastatus.php, or by calling (808) 967-8862.
Sign up for the twilight volcano tour! Tours available everyday.
• Big Island Air (808) 329-4868
• BikeVolcano.com (808) 934-9199
• Blue Hawaiian Helicopters Hilo (808) 961-5600 or Waikoloa (808) 886-1768
• KapohoKine Adventures (866) 965-9552 or (808) 964-1000
• Keikana Tours (808) 895-4181
• Lava Ocean Tours (808) 966-4200
• Paradise Helicopters (808) 969-7392
• Roberts Hawaii (808) 839-9400 Or (800) 831-5541
• Safari Helicopters (808) 969-1259
• Wasabi Tours Hawaii (808) 987-9995