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Lava Update: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
The recent volcanic eruption of Kilauea affects only a part of the Big Island. While Hilo and Kona are unaffected, areas near the East Rift Zone have been closed off due to lava. The Park has also been closed to visitors indefinitely due to earthquake damage. Currently, you may get close to active lava flows by air, boat, or land tours. Fly over in a helicopter or take a boat to see where lava meets the ocean. Land tours take you nearby, letting you see the glow of lava from a distance.
Latest Update (August 2018): The most of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park remains closed due to earthquakes, corrosive volcanic ash, and continuing explosions from Halema‘uma‘u Crater. Some tours are now taking guests to Pahoa Town to see the mesmerizing orange glow of lava at night.
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 only affect fewer than 10 square miles of the Big Island.
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 small areas near the rift.
Q.
When will Volcanoes National Park re-open?
A.
As small earthquakes still occur near Halemaumau crater, the area is still considered unsafe for visitors. At this moment, the National Park Service has not announced any specific day it plans to reopen.
Q.
Can I still see lava?
A.
A helicopter or airplane tour is the best way to view the most current lava flow and, at your pilot's discretion, get as close as possible to the volcano. Please book in advance and prepare alternative tour days should your flight be canceled due to inclement weather.
Another exciting option is to view lava enter the ocean on an up-close boat tour. While these tours traverse rough waters, they'll take you so close to the lava that you'll literally feel the heat of the lava from the boat!
Finally, new land tours take people to the Puna area, allowing visitors to see the bright red glow of molten lava after sunset. These full-day tours allow you to go sightseeing, before going to Puna to see the glow of lava at a safe distance.
13Activities

    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 USD200.00

    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 USD259.00

    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. Fly from Waikoloa to Volanoes National Park. Soar over the inspiring Kohala Coast, see Kilauea Volcano, sea cliffs & waterfalls.
    Pick-up Provided
    Accessible

    From USD589.00

    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)
  7. Visit Punalulu black sand beach, have dinner at Kilauea Lodge & see the glow from the recent Kilauea eruption in Pahoa. Heading back, stop along Saddle Road for a mesmerizing stargazing experience.
    Pick-up Provided
    Meal Provided

    USD203.13

    Daily
    9 - 11.5 hour(s) (afternoon)
  8. Discover a different side of the Big Island. Visit Honaunau National Park, a coffee farm, Punalulu Black Sand Beach. After dinner at Volcano Winery, witness the glow of the current eruption.
    Pick-up Provided
    Meal Provided

    USD217.70

    9%
    OFF
    Daily
    11 - 13 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  9. Discover the best things to do in Hilo. Visit Rainbow Falls, Akaka Falls, Onomea Bay & Kaumana Lava Tube Cave. After dinner at Volcano Winery, witness the glow of the current eruption.
    Pick-up Provided
    Meal Provided

    USD155.21

    Daily
    7 - 7.5 hour(s) (afternoon)
  10. See all the beautiful sights of the Island. Stop at Kahuku Unit at Volcanoes National Park, visit a black sand beach, Rainbow & Akaka Falls! Includes BBQ lunch at Volcano Winery & wine tasting.
    Pick-up Provided
    Meal Provided

    USD238.54

    Daily
    10 - 12.5 hour(s) (morning)
  11. Take a guided bike ride to see the newest lava flows of Kilauea volcano's East Rift Zone! Explore the scenery of Puna, including rainforests, dried lava fields and red flowing lava!
    Pick-up Provided

    USD152.08

    Weekday
    5.5 - 6.5 hour(s) (morning)
  12. Experience the best of the Big Island and explore Volcanoes National Park! Enjoy fine dining at Kilauea Lodge & watch the glow of Halemaumau crater after dark.
    Pick-up Provided
    Meal Provided

    From USD238.54

    Daily
    -1 - 13.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  13. The volcano is the Big Island's most popular attraction! See a variety of Hawaiian nature in this tour, from rainforests to volcanic land, and see the glow of lava at night while stargazing!
    Pick-up Provided
    Meal Provided

    USD170.00

    Daily
    8.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
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