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Lava Viewing Area, Kalapana
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  • The long drive is worth it. When you arrive at the parking lot you are inundated with booths offering to rent you a bike.... Take the bike! It's 8 miles to the lava viewing area. It's a long, hot, uns...  more »
  • I don't think there are any words that can adequately describe standing in front of a lava flow, it's simply something you have to see for yourself. As for the viewing experience, the "trail" out to t...  more »
  • As of early November, lava is freely flowing into the ocean making for an amazing show. In the dark it looks particularly incredible! You can't get too close, but you can still see the big picture. Ma...  more »
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  • The 4.5-ish mile hike there isn't that bad. It's mostly small inclines/declines and just flat land. When you reach the end, you'll have to walk on the lava rock (a funky terrain, but manageable). Turn left, you'll see where lava meets water. Turn right, you'll see a hot vent where lava is glowing. Go a bit later in the afternoon as the glowing orange is very bright and beautiful near the sunset.
  • Absolute a must while on Big Island. Rent a mountain bike for 25 from a local and bike the 9 miles to the lava flow. It's a long, straight, well kept gravel road. Do not walk. It's not worth all your time when you could so easily bike!
  • Spectacular views of the ocean and the lava flow. It was a long hike on gravel that will tire out your legs, but worth it. If you can rent a bike, it makes the trip easier. Be courteous of eyes in the dark and keep your flashlight pointed low to the ground.
  • Amazing experience to see the lava entering the ocean and to see the surface flows. Bring a lot of water, wear a hat, good shoes, sunblock and a snack for energy as it's at least an 8 mile round trip.
  • Exciting place to visit, if you want to see the lava flow! We walked from the parking area around 4.4 miles in for a total all 8.8 miles. Actually you can rent bikes for an easier trip to get there. Don't forget to bring a lot of water and some snacks.