We were not sure about what to expect while reading some of the comments on trip advisor. We went on May the 28th, and our guide was Aaron from Epic Lava tours (ocean lava is outsourcing to them). This experience was unforgettable, and everything was well planned: all the gear was provided, including water, brand new boots and bagpacks, and some snacks.
The hike itself was 3.5 hours to reach the lava field, where we saw plenty of lava push, and we could stay as long as we wanted. The return trip was 3.5 hours as well. Aaron was very knowledgeable about Hawaii history and nature, and was taking care of slower persons, as well as keeping them motivated by discussing with everybody within the group, and even showing where to put the steps in the swampy areas!
As regards the hike, it is hard, but ok, and the people complaining about its difficulty have probably never hiked before! It is muddy, with a lot of roots and progression is slow because of the terrain, but it is explicitely written that the walk is strenuous when doing the booking, and the guides are very careful and experienced!
We also crossed an other group on the way back, without boots ( hiking shoes only), and we were really happy to have chosen epic lava tour at this time!
Thanks again, it was definitely a lifetime experience!
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