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Lava Viewing Area

End of Route 130 Volcano National Park, Kalapana, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
+1 808-961-8093
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No lava surface flow,no ocean entry on April 12

We went to watch the lava ocean entry last spring break.This year we wanted to see the lava up... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
papayazhu
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Sammamish, Washington
No lava flow

We went April 11. When we got there, all the shops were closed, no guides available. A large sign... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Castelsa1
,
Fallston, Maryland
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  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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“rented bikes” (44 reviews)
“gravel road” (50 reviews)
“bike ride” (29 reviews)
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End of Route 130 Volcano National Park, Kalapana, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
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+1 808-961-8093
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We went to watch the lava ocean entry last spring break.This year we wanted to see the lava up close.We got there at a little past 3:00 pm.All the shops were closed.This should be the warning sign,but we did not realize it until much later....More

2  Thank papayazhu
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We went April 11. When we got there, all the shops were closed, no guides available. A large sign instructed us to go to the second gate to park. We were followed by a car who told us that the road was “private”. He told...More

Thank Castelsa1
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Gate 3 is at (on Google map): 19.3339905, -155.0204936 Gate 2: 19.349921,-154.993100 Gate 1 / Parking / Bike rental tents: 19.354981, -154.987713 Hiking Level: Moderate As of April 2, 2018, the hike to live lava flow is about 6 miles RT from Gate 3 and...More

3  Thank KooKoo L
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just a few things to consider before setting off on this crazy but worthwhile hike. 1 - check the gov website to see where the hot lava is approx located, currently it's mainly on the national park side as opposed on private property ie Kalapana...More

10  Thank yeemai
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The lava viewing area is a great place to see the glow of the lava, but if you want to get up close and feel the heat the newly formed earth than you have to hike. The hike can take anywhere from 1-6hours depending on...More

1  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Me and my spouse visited surface lava flow vieweing area over thanksgiving weekend. There was no lava flowing into the ocean at that time. We chose to hike from kalapana side vs Volcanic NP as it was shorter with better accessibility. But make no mistake,...More

5  Thank Ketaki T
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

No need to rehash what others have articulated, but a few key points we learned: -Many reviewers reference the shuttle and/or bike option to save time and energy on the dirt road. This was not an option to those who entered the mountain via the...More

Thank Archie D
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just did this hike today with two kids ages 10 and 12. We were worried that it would be too challenging for the kids, but they had a blast. I would rate the hike as moderate difficulty, and a reasonably fit person could do it...More

3  Thank jehantho
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We just got back from hiking the lava fields and it was well worth the time and sore feet. A lot of the helpful tips have been covered already, so I won't go into too much detail, but will add a bit that might be...More

8  Thank 32litgirl
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is by far the craziest, unorganized, exciting and foolish hike of my life. I was deceived by the bike renter and I was mad at him for being dishonest about the difficulty of this hike ! It all started when we went to see...More

9  Thank max219
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maggymae
April 14, 2018|
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Response from old-jogger | Reviewed this property |
Those boots should be fine. We wore trail running shoes. We did meet one person who had melted his boots! Just be aware of your surroundings. The fresh lava has a silvery crust and the air is very hot - should not be a... More
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murlig2018
April 7, 2018|
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Response from ThomNY123 | Reviewed this property |
We parked along the Kaimu-chain of craters rd. in Kalapana. Rented bikes and rode out to the Lava viewing area.
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Castelsa1
March 14, 2018|
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Response from Judy R | Reviewed this property |
I don’t believe so. Either rent a bike or take the shuttle bus, which I think is $10 round trip.
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