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Lava Update: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
As you may have seen on the news, the recent volcanic eruption of Kilauea has caused much damages to the surrounding area, and the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is closed. Currently the only ways to witness Kilauea's most active lava flows is either by air or by boat. Don't miss your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see molten lava rolling down cliffs and over charred fields!
Latest Update (June 4th, 2018): The most of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park remains closed due to increased and damaging earthquakes, corrosive volcanic ash, and continuing explosions from Halema‘uma‘u, the summit crater of Kīlauea Volcano.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q.
Is the Big Island safe to visit?
A.
Yes, the Big Island is safe. You don't need to cancel your trip! The recent eruptions happened in the lower Puna area and only affected fewer than 10 square miles (only 0.25%) of the total area of the Big Island which is around 4,028 square miles. The tourist-prone areas are far from the eruption, and no hotels, restaurants and other attractions have closed as a result of the volcanic eruption.
Q.
How is the air quality?
A.
The air quality for the vast majority of the island is clean and healthy. The emissions from Kilauea volcano only affect the small surrounding areas.
Q.
When will Volcanoes National Park re-open?
A.
At this moment, the National Park Service has not announced any specific day. We will update our website as soon as the park re-opens, and the tours are permitted to operate.
Q.
How can I view the most current lava flow?
A.
Helicopter or airplane tour is the best way to view the most current lava flow, and with the pilot discretion, you can get as close as possible to the permitted radius of the vent of the volcano. However, it is recommended that you prepare for the alternative tour days should your flight is canceled due to the inclement weather. Another exciting option is to view the lave ocean entry on an up-close boat tour. You will literally feel the heat of the lava from the boat!
6Activities

    Availability varies by date for all activities.

  1. Embark on a life change experience! Cruise along the Hilo, Puna & Kapoho coastline & watch new land being created as hot molten lava flows down from Kilauea and pours into the ocean.

    From USD175.00

    22%
    OFF
    Review Rebate
    Daily
    3.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon, evening, night)
  2. Join the expert pilots of Blue Hawaiian Helicopters for unique aerial views of lava flows, cascading waterfalls and tropical rainforests.
    Accessible

    From USD233.10

    10%
    OFF
    Early Booking
    Daily
    2 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  3. Hop aboard Big Island's only "Doors-Off" helicopter and fly over Kilauea in Volcanoes National Park to really experience the heat and smoke from below!
    Accessible

    From USD274.00

    Daily
    2 hour(s) (morning, afternoon, evening)
  4. See all of the Big Island from above, on a circle island helicopter tour flying over Kilauea Volcano, stunning coastlines, and thundering waterfalls!
    Pick-up Provided
    Accessible

    From USD559.00

    Daily
    3 - 5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  5. Discover all the Big Island has to offer in a single flight. Soar over the inspiring Kohala Coast & fly through volcanic smoke above Volcanoes National Park!
    Pick-up Provided
    Accessible

    From USD530.10

    10%
    OFF
    Early Booking
    Daily
    3 - 4 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  6. Fly over the Big Island by airplane to see some of Hawaii's most scenic sights. Epic views of Kilauea Volcano, Waipio Valley, Waterfalls & Black Sand Beaches!

    From USD367.71

    23%
    OFF
    Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat
    2 - 2.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon, evening)
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