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Big Island Hike to Molten Lava

  • Challenge yourself with an energetic hike across lava fields
  • Get insights into geology and local history from your guide
  • Includes walking sticks and flashlights to ensure safety
Big Island Hike to Molten Lava
From $129.00
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Big Island Hike to Molten Lava
From $129.00
If you are looking for a challenge that takes you off the beaten track, embark on a guided hike to one of the Big Island's most active lava fields. Starting in mid-afternoon to time your hike with sunset, follow your guide over uneven lava fields to see glowing plumes of molten lava glow against the darkening sky until finally reaching the 50-foot-high (15-meter) cliffs where the lava empties into the Pacific.
What to Expect

Meet your guides in mid-afternoon at their private property near the town of Kalapana. Please eat a meal, bring two liters of water, and dress appropriately for your round-trip hike.

To get to the molten lava, you will hike 1-2 miles (1.5-3 kilometers) gravel road and 1.5 - 3 miles (2.5 - 5 kilometers) over uneven solidified lava fields. These are approximate distances due to the changing nature of the lava flow.

As you head toward the ocean through the lava field, expect to see glowing plumes of molten lava set against the backdrop of the sunset and the darkening sky until finally reaching the 50-foot cliffs where the lava empties into the Pacific. This is a once-in-a-lifetime sight for adventure seekers and nature lovers. Please note that the tour is only able to go to the lava ocean entry if it is safe. If not, the tour will go to the surface flow where you can poke a stick in lava, which is a priority.

You'll be provided with walking sticks and flashlights for hiking in the dark.

Reviews (10)
1 - 5 of 5 reviews
Reviewed March 17, 2018 via mobile
Lava Hike

A group of us did the lava hike that started in the late afternoon. Overall, we were satisfied with our guided hike out to the lava. Our tour guides were knowledgeable and made sure everyone was taking the proper safety measures before going out on...More

1  Thank BPer822
cbig, Owner at C Big Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded April 2, 2018

Aloha, glad to hear you enjoyed hiking to the molten lava with us and thanks for your review. We depart at a specific time so that we can hike out while there is still light and then once we get to the lava it is...More

Reviewed March 5, 2018
Hike to Molten Lava

An incredible hiking trip to see flowing lava!! Because of the rainy weather, we went for an afternoon hike. Much safer than at night in the rain, and we could easily see the lava flowing. Our guide, Nick, was excellent, and able to find many...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank virginias729
Reviewed January 21, 2018
Nice travel guide

Nice travel guide and great service! We really like it. I suggest that people go to this trip and enjoy it. My wife, my daughter, and I love this trip.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank xinfa
Reviewed January 2, 2018
Hike to lava flow was amazing.

So glad we decided to book a hike to the lava. Our guides Jerry and Cheryl did an amazing job of guiding us to where there was current lava flow. Although lava flow can change daily, we had the most awesome experience viewing it. To...More

Date of experience: December 2017
2  Thank laurenashley84
cbig, Owner at C Big Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded March 3, 2018

The lava has really been amazing lately ! Many thanks for the review

Reviewed December 1, 2017
Great experience with one exception

We really loved the experience and our guide was very nice and helpful. It was definitely a once in a lifetime experience. The only negative was that we started our in the daylight and came back in the dark, With no light and nothing to...More

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank budstentz
cbig, Owner at C Big Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded December 5, 2017

Aloha Budstentz, I believe there must be some kind of mistake. Could you please reply back with the guides name, what gate you went out of, and company. We always provide lights to customers, not missed one time and we use GPS pin points so...More

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