I'll be on the NCL POA cruise next May and am really torn about how to spend our limited time in Hilo. We'll be in port from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. and I really want to get a feel for the volcanic character of the island. After we leave, we may have an opportunity to see lava flowing into the sea -- but it looks like that may be my only opportunity to actually see a lava flow. Checking out ship's excursions and other tours available, I see a lot of disclaimers "you will not see lava flowing on this tour." If that is the case, I can live with it so I looked for an interesting tour itinerary. I booked a tour called "Secrets of Puna" that includes a visit to the village of Kalapana, black sand beach/Kaimu Bay, MacKenzie State Park, and Lava Tree State Park. I like the variety, but it does NOT visit VNP. The ship does have a few other tours that do visit VNP, including a biking tour. I'm just not sure they'll be all that interesting if there is no lava to be seen. So for those of you who are really familiar with this area -- will I regret not visiting VNP? There is still time to change my tour choice. Thanks!