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Address: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI
Phone Number: 8089387842
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Lava - A Work Of Art

Words can not really describe what you can see and when you look at mother nature, there is so much beauty in this devastation. I found myself reminiscing and wondering what will... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 31, 2015
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Alice Springs, Australia
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Alice Springs, Australia
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155 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

Words can not really describe what you can see and when you look at mother nature, there is so much beauty in this devastation. I found myself reminiscing and wondering what will be next in this very active island. suggest you have a guide or ranger to explain everything you will see to put it into perspective.

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Delhi, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

There is a short path that leads to the ocean but it is easily accessible for most everyone. Lots of interesting "sights" to see along the way and puts you in 'awe' of what nature can do.

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Roseville, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Follow Hwy 137 to where it ends at the lava flow. There is a dirt road you can drive on that goes through the neighborhood where the most recent lava flow burned three homes. Follow the sign to the information house (small house with info sign on it). Remember that this is private property. This is not part of the... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

Right after you visit the Holei Sea Arch is the End of the Road. It was closed after a 2003 Lava flow, which buried the entire town of Kalapana under 30+ feet. of lava. More than 180 buildings were covered and new land was added to the island. Since lava moves slowly, the families were able to be safely evacuated,... More 

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colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Used to frequent this part of the island back in the 70's. What an impact the lava flow has made on this side of the island. Lots of history! If you have time to explore, do it!

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Nagano Prefecture, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

Kalapana is the end of the road on the southeast coast of the Big Island. The area is ever changing due to the continuing activity of Kilauea. The road here once connected with Chain of Craters road in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, but the lava flow put an end to that. Now you park your car and head out for... More 

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Do yourself a favor and make sure drive to Kipoho and follow the ocean road to Kalapana and then park and walk out on the lava to the ocean. This drive is one of 2 of the most beautiful, scenic drives you will experience on the BI; the other being the road down to Kealakekua Bay. Hopefully there are two... More 

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Daytona Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

My husband and I enjoyed the walk to the black sand beach at Kalapana. The waves were absolutely incredible to watch. We did not find the area that is seen in the pictures where you can walk across the lava to see the abandoned neighborhood.

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Normal, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

We enjoyed our stop here. It was pretty cool to see the steam caused by hot lava hitting the cool ocean, but we didn't get very close. It was quite a hike and after walking on the lava field for awhile, I got a little freaked out...the way it makes your shoes very hot and the sounds it would make.... More 

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BOULDER
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

I went not expecting anything, indeed I was just exploring that side of the island after a late dip on the king's bath? I didn't have a flash light , only my cell. I changed my wet clothes in the portable bathroom, at the parking lot and walked to see the lava flow. It was dark, beautiful sky! There were... More 

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