FAQ


 ALOHA GUIDED LAVA TOURS 

Walk Right Up to Red-Hot Lava and feel the heat!

Aloha, this is Cheryl with Aloha Lava Tours.

For more detailed directions, please see our DIRECTIONS page.

  • We meet at the End Of Highway 130 for the Sunset Tour every evening at  4:30pm Return at 9:00pm.  This is the departure point for all of our hikes.
  • Once you get onto Hwy 130 you go straight to the End, you’ll pass a RESTRICTED ACCESS SIGN, Continue 1 MILE until you get to the COUNTY VIEWING AREA.
  • At this time you will be asked by the CIVIL DEFENSE PERSONAL “WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO DO”? Say “you are going with CHERYL”
  • You will have permission to continue 1 more block, then turn RIGHT down the long red cindered driveway.
  • I’ll be waiting at the end of that drive for you.

This hike is 6 miles round trip!

You must be able to hike over VERY UNEVEN TERRAIN, going out during daylight hours returning after dark!
Takes 3 hours hike in and 3 again back out with an hour or so viewing. Returning around 9:30.

COST $100.00 per person cash.

We have limited phone/internet reception so NO CREDIT CARDS accepted. Ask for large group rates, military, and Kama áina rates. Call 808-987-3456 to CONFIRM your spot in the hike and get current lava conditions.

Must have good walking shoes or hiking boots.
Closed toed. NO SLIPPERS please. Shorts and T-shirts or lite cargo pants are good.
A liter to a liter and a half fluid per person, eat before you come and pack a lunch.

Typically, hikes will last from five to six hours, depending on current conditions. We like to hike in shorts and a light long-sleeved cotton shirt. Thanks to the steady trade winds from the north, the hike itself is usually comfortable.

Please come prepared with:

  1. Small day pack
  2. 2.5 liters of water per person
  3. Lunch or snacks
  4. Closed-toed sturdy hiking boots or shoes
  5. Light rain jacket or poncho
  6. Sunscreen and sun hat
  7. Don’t forget your camera with fresh batteries!

Parking.
We provide safe parking on private property where your car will be locked behind a security gate, Lights, Walking/Poking Sticks and Ponchos if you don’t have a lite rain jacket.

We have water available onsite in case you forget, but prefer you bring about 2.5 liters for each person. The lava is very warm at the surface and our day hikes can be hot out on the lava fields.

We have bathroom facilities for our clients within feet of the lava fields!

Can I play in the lava?
What type of question is that? No, you cannot play in the lava! Its 1500+ degrees.  We encourage photography of the molten lava, you even try some Time lapse video.

How do I book a tour?
The location of the lava flow changes from day to day, so be sure to call us 808.987.3456 for up-to-date activity.

If your party consists of 6 or more hikers we will set it up just for your group.

Make sure to browse our Guided Tours page for detailed tour descriptions.

We hope to hear about your trip’s dates via our Contact Page.

Follow our current conditions page social media for regular updates.

What do I bring on the hike?
Typically, hikes will last from five to six hours, depending on current conditions. We like to hike in shorts and a light long-sleeved cotton shirt. Thanks to the steady trade winds from the north, the hike itself is usually comfortable.

Please come prepared with:

  1. Small day pack
  2. 2.5 liters of water per person
  3. Lunch or snacks
  4. Closed-toed sturdy hiking boots or shoes
  5. Light rain jacket or poncho
  6. Sunscreen and sun hat
  7. Don’t forget your camera with fresh batteries!
  8. We supply your flashlights
  9. We have extra ponchos available
Is it safe?
Yes, our hiking tours are perfectly safe! In fact its healthy to hike 4+ miles but remember to be prepared for a long trek over very uneven terrain.

Read our liability waiver form.

Kama'aina Military Discount
Discounts are available for Kama`aina, Military, and larger groups. Due to continually changing conditions, pricing and departure times may vary. Please call or Contact us for details.

Will it Rain?
Yes we may encounter some light passing showers along the hike, so we suggest you bring a light rain jacket along or we will provide you with a poncho in case you don’t come prepared.

Do you guarantee to see lava?
Unfortunately we cannot control mother nature nor the volcano, so we offer no guarantee’s. BUT we do hike every day to the active lava and can give you an accurate update on the day before hike.

Do you supply water or do we bring our own?
We have water available onsite in case you forget, but prefer you bring about 1.5 liters for each person. The lava is very warm at the surface and our day hikes can be hot out on the lava fields.

How many miles and long will the hike last?
The total round trip at the present time is about 4/8 miles over very uneven terrain and will take about 5/6 hrs to complete on the average including viewing time at the flows and ocean entry.

What if I’m pregnant?
Depending on how far along you are, it’s your decision to make a smart safety first call and your capability to complete the hike. The air quality is fine on our hike, but winds change and we can’t control that at times. Our insurance does not allow us to hike anyone after 3 months into the pregnancy. No children under 8 year of age.

Does your company have insurance?
Absolutely we are an insured, licensed and legit touring company in Kalapana, Remember lots of these tour companies don’t carry any type of insurance, so check for that when booking your tour.

Has anyone died on the lava fields?
Yes there has been a couple of actual deaths due to people trespassing and being unprepared for the hike, like not enough water, lights, no backpacks and hiking alone. There are DLNR posted signs that clearly define no unpermitted people past this point for a reason, it’s very dangerous out there, if you don’t know what you’re doing. TAKE IT FROM THE PROFESSIONALS.

Should we eat before we come?
Yes, we suggest you eat before or pack a small lunch you can take in your pack. You can sit and eat at the ocean entry area on the cliffs while watching the sunset. The sunset tour is during dinner time! (NOT AT THE OCEAN AT THIS TIME)

When coming from Kona what’s the fastest way?
Take Saddle road if you’re short on time. It’s the quickest now since they have re-done a lot on that highway.  Time frame from Kona is About 2.5 hours to Kalapana.