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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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Amazing views of lava pouring into ocean at night

First, we went at night meaning we started our walk after the sun had set and got back to our car... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Jen R
Alameda, California
Great Experience

If you came for Volcanoes then this is a must. Is a tiring 4 mile walk each way to the roped off... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Melbourne, Australia
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End of Route 130, Volcano National Park, Kalapana, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
+1 808-961-8093
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Reviewed 5 days ago

First, we went at night meaning we started our walk after the sun had set and got back to our car at 11pm. Therefore it was not hot at all, but it is a very long walk 9 miles round trip on an easy dirt...More

1  Thank Jen R
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you came for Volcanoes then this is a must. Is a tiring 4 mile walk each way to the roped off viewing point (double it if you go up the hill to see actual lava flow close up) and you need to be somewhat...More

1  Thank rossgglover
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had seen the volcano on a previous visit, so this was the first on our list of things to do during this trip. If you are even only moderately fit, the 4.5 mile walk from the parking lot to the viewing area is quite...More

3  Thank HUFCBlaydon-UK
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Whatever you do DONT walk the 14miles! It is hot, humid and the landscape is desolate. It took about 2.5hours return plus the time you spend at the viewing site. All we saw was a whole lot of steam coming from the lava/ocean meeting point....More

Thank Pamela H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Arrive just before sunset & wear a jacket sine it's cold. If you position your phone's camera against the telescope then you can get even better pictures. Once the sun goes down you'll be able to see the glow of the lava. It's beautiful to...More

2  Thank Jessica M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Biked into the Lava Viewing Area, easy ride in, saw the lava flowing on the right (go early in the morning 4AM) and see the lava entering the water after you hike over the hardened lava off to the left. We had lights on our...More

1  Thank lgatz
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My son and I were very excited to see real lava up close and personal. We had read about others seeing the lava flow and saw pictures. My brother was luck enough to have gone about a month before us and he saw it. Unfortunately...More

5  Thank Rob H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Don’t go to Hawaii without doing this! Biking to the Lava was a highlight of our trip! We started early for sunrise over the ocean and view of lava flowing over the mountain and into the ocean. It was spectacular. I recommend biking, the path...More

Thank tiffp1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was BY FAR our favorite part of our Hawaiian vacation; the Kalapana lava viewing area shouldn't be missed! We planned to hike, but it started raining upon our arrival. We negotiated 2 get 2 bikes for $20 total ($10/ea); they weren't the nicest, but...More

2  Thank XCrun12345
Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

We rented bikes for $20 each, the ride there is easier than the ride back but do be careful as you riding on gravel. Our hire place included a free shuttle and we so could have got picked up about 3 miles in on the...More

Thank Sonia G
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Hi, Pamela - it's only 4 miles, not 14. You couldn't walk 14 miles in your stated time in those temperatures & conditions
20 June 2017|
Response from shopaddict | Reviewed this property |
I think it depends how far In you walk and if you walk the whole way or take a bike or the ride.
Hi, can you please let me know where did you rent the bikes? What was the name of the company? And what time did you start your bike trip (and when did you get back). I am concerned if you can see the bright lava during the day, but then don't know how one would bike back in the dark. Thanks!
21 March 2017|
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Response from inFlightFun | Reviewed this property |
if you're not wanting to pay extra for an organized tour. You can rent bikes at entrance, 4- 4:30 is a good time to head to lava. You can see lava during the day however night time is more spectacular. Have a backpack with a... More
Dawn Z
Hi! We are visiting next month and trying to figure out our options to hike out with our kids who don't ride bikes. Could someone tell me where you went to get an ATV ride/rental out closer or where to find the Jeep shuttle and was there a way to get a pickup on the return hike? We may try to hike the entire way but one of our kids is not as strong a hiker so looking at all the possibilities. Thanks!
18 March 2017|
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Response from mayantraveler | Reviewed this property |
The hike is over 4 miles each way. There were several places that were advertising shuttle rides at the end of the road. One is Kalapana bike tours, we rented bikes from them and the equipment was great. I imagine you should... More