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Lava Viewing Big Island

Discussion in 'US - Hawaii Timesharing' started by puppymommo, Mar 20, 2017 at 11:40 AM.

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    Hi! I am going to the Big Island in a few months and am interested in viewing an active lava flow, preferably flowing into the ocean. I have done a lot of research on line but most of what I have found involves quite a bit of strenuous hiking. Does anyone know of a tour or a viewing site that involves less hiking? (I'm thinking 2-3 miles each way.)
     
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    When I did the boat ride, we passed the hikers. They were like a mile away. Our boat pulled right up to the lava. Don't try to save a few bucks here. Go with the top rated guy.
     
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    The boat tour is the best option if it is in your budget. But have a backup plan, as the boat tours cancel all the time due to sea conditions.

    There are tours that can cut the hike in half. They can go up to the park boundary using small vans.

    A whole popup industry has started at the parking area for the trailhead offering bike rentals. That is the route we took - it's still a workout, but much easier trip back. I think one vendor was offering to shuttle bike riders out to the halfway part for an extra fee.
     
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    DH and friends did the "doors-off" helicopter tour, about $250 per person. They had a blast.
     
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    DW and I went over to the Big Island a few weeks ago to see the lava into the ocean. We used Moku Nui Lava Boat Tours (http://mnlavatour.com/) and cannot recommend them enough. The boat only holds 6 people. We saw the other lava boat mentioned above while were were out there any they were packed in like sardines. The captain backed us up to the area where the lava was flowing into the water and we had a fabulous unobstructed view of the lava. The captain indicated that the "fire hose" had tapered off a little bit due to surface flows drawing away some of the lava, but we thought it was still pretty spectacular. It was definitely an experience of a lifetime for us and was worth every penny. We'd visited Kilauea in the past and had seen lava in the caldera, but we had never seen the water entry. Some friends from the Big Island have done the bike ride out and recommended that highly, but we didn't have time to do that as well this time.
     

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