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Kilauea Volcano Special
volcano tour to watch the ongoing eruption of Kilauea volcano, Hawai'i
" It was, for me, an experience of a lifetime! " (Regina R., New Hampshire)
Lava shooting into the air from an erupting skylight
Lava shooting into the air from an erupting skylight
Lava flows into the ocean
Lava flows into the ocean

Kilauea Volcano Special

volcano tour to watch the ongoing eruption of Kilauea volcano, Hawai'i
Tour type
Volcano expedition: active volcanoes - geology & volcanism
Difficulty
Custom (variable)
Group size: 2-6
Duration
5-7 days / 4-6 nights
Custom and group dates

Price per person
open
NOTICE: As of end of 2020, Kilauea volcano is not erupting. In addition, global travel restrictions prevent us from being able to offer the tour right now. Once traveling is possible again, the tour can be offered as a geo tour to get to know the volcano from a geological and cultural viewpoint. If it is erupting, focus will be to access and photograph or film the activity from as close as safely possible.

The primary purpose of this expedition is to enable a small group to spend several days on and near the active volcano of Kilauea, Hawaii, to observe volcanic activity if present and study volcanic/ geologic features: active lava lakes and lava flows. We will spend several full days and nights to approach active or geologically interesting areas repeatedly by land, sea and from the air, depending on circumstances.
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  • Get to know Kilauea volcano in depth: the most active volcano of our planet
  • Several days to observe Kilauea's activity: lava flows and lava lakes
  • Lava flows from close
  • Spectacular geological features
  • Small group size
  • First-hand knowledge from experienced volcanologist guide

Kilauea Special (7 days)

Note:
For a tour like this, there is no fixed schedule. Instead, the program will be adjusted according to volcanic activity, weather conditions and preferences of the group. Our aim will be to observe the ongoing activity from close up if possible and weather conditions permitting. A rough schedule could look like this:
Day 1: Arrival in Hilo - Kilauea's caldera
Arrival in Hilo, pick up from the airport and transfer to the hotel (seaside of Hilo Bay). If your arrival leaves time, we can drive to the Kilauea volcano for a first impression.
Day 2-3: Kilauea volcano’s summit and active eruption
Today, we explore the summit of Kilauea volcano and its some of its numerous geologic highlights: the huge caldera with the inner pit crater Halema'uma'u - home of Pele, sacred to Hawaiians -, fumaroles, steam vents, faults, lava tubes, historic lava flows. If conditions permit, we will go and visit the active lava flows at the sea entry in the evening.
Day 4: The world's largest lava tube - active lava flows hike
In the morning, we visit what is the largest known continuous lava tube in the world. Once, a mighty river of lava was flowing here for over 20 miles down from the summit of Kilauea to the sea. Today, it is a pristine lava tube with accessible sections full of volcanic wonders, such as streamlined current eddies once formed by the flowing lava inside. We'll spend about 3-4 hours inside the lava tube to explore some of them. If conditions permit, we hike out to areas in the coastal lava flow field where there is interesting volcanic activity, e.g. active pahoehoe flows, lava pouring into the sea etc.
Day 5-6: 2 full days to explore Kilauea volcano
Two full days to spend on and around Kilauea: lava viewing excursions by land and sea, exploring features of the rift zones, the active craters and lava lake(s) of Kilauea volcano, options to take helicopter or boat tours to see lava flowing into the sea.
Day 7: End of tour
Departure (transfer to Hilo airport) or own extension program.
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Tour guide

The tour is organized and accompanied by a trained volcanologist from our team who has in-depth knowledge about Kilauea and many other volcanoes.

Additional info

Physical requirements

Since this tour is primarily aimed towards interested individuals or small groups, the program and the physical demands can be adjusted to some extent. Generally, you don't need to be an athlete if you want to see an eruption but excellent general physical condition and good hiking capabilities are required, if you wish to access the most remote eruptive sites up to 10 miles from the nearest accessible road -- unless you are interested in chartering a helicopter to quickly fly over these areas instead, you should be prepared for long hikes.
People with asthma or other breathing problems should contact their medical doctor and inform us.
Although temperatures are generally very pleasant on Hawaii all-year through, heat can sometimes be intense when observing fresh lava from black lava fields,- it can become hot. The access to the active lava flows can be both extremely easy as well as very demanding, all depending on the actual situation. Hiking with gear for up to 6 hours over 500m of relief should not be a problem. If you are in doubt, please contact us directly.

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