Our 'lava hike option' is an option that gets you safely and legally within a hands reach of the flowing lava! This hike requires each guest in the party to be in very good to excellent physical condition, and at least 12 years of age due to the long difficult nature of the hike. Currently the hike is just around 9-mi (15-km) round trip and takes around 6-hrs to complete (2.5-hrs each way, 1-hr viewing time). Due to the constant changing eruption conditions we cannot guarantee that the flows will be accessible when you arrive here on the Big Island. We can make your tour a 'lava hike priority' in which case if the flows are safely and legally accessible we can make that option a priority for your private tour. Again the total will depend on how many guests you have in your party. If the lava is not accessible we will explore Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park in depth for your private tour.
Closed toe shoes and pants are required for this hike, and we recommend at least 3 liters of water per person. The weather can be very unpredictable in this area so please be prepared for rain or sun by dressing in layers. We will provide each guest with a headlamp, hand held flashlight, gloves and rain poncho in the event of heavy rains. Bringing some lights snacks is a good idea and we highly recommend eating before the tour due to the demanding physical nature. Please note there are no restrooms available on our lava hike due to the isolated location of the surface flows. Don't forget your camera because we will have amazing photo opportunities!