So you want to see lava - don't waste your time and money with helicopters or land tours - go see it close up, I mean really close up - 30 feet away! Took the sunset tour last night and was I impressed! The Captain has been doing this since he was a small child helping his father, lots of stories and really knows what he's doing! The crew, very knowledgable and have quite a bit of experience scuba diving the area and in doing these tours, personable and helpful. Pele was very cooperative for us, lava started flowing into the ocean again only 12 days ago on Apr. 29, 2010 and she put on quite a show for us. We had calmish seas and spent 50 minutes or so cruising the site of the lava entry. We could feel the heat, smell the lava; was blasted by the steam. At times we were 30 feet or so away from the lava pouring into the ocean. It was quite steamy, so pictures and viewing was sometime a challenge, but I think that only heightened the experience. They pulled a bucket of water into the boat from where we where cruising - bathwater warm. We could see lava floating in the water after the outside of the lava ball had cooled. The site is probably 1/2 mile long and has several "rivers" running into the sea. As we left we could see up the mountain where there was lava flowing on the surface. Lava Ocaen adventures admitted they they have to cancel 15-20 sunset trips a year because the seas would be too rough coming back - so be aware or that!
A truely awesome experience, I really can't say enough about the company, their comitment to your experience or about the show that Pele was putting on - 5 out of 5, made the whole trip and very reasonable for what I experienced!!!
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