There may be nothing more exciting or memorable as seeing a volcano, especially an active volcano. Unfortunately, there are hardly any active volcanoes in the world today. However, if you are visiting Hawaii you may be lucky enough to see lava spew from one of their volcanoes in the Volcanoes National Park. The best and safest way to see these volcanoes is by taking a Hawaii volcano tour. Here are some of the best Hawaii volcano tours.
Lava Ocean Tours
If you are looking to see the volcano by boat try Lava Ocean Tours. This guided cruise will take you on a boat ride by the Kilauea Volcano. If you are lucky, you may see red lava flowing from the top of the volcano. Lava Ocean Tours leaves at 10 am and will return right at 3 pm.
The guides at Lava Ocean Tours also offer guided hiking tours that allow you to get up close and personal with the volcanoes in the park. These hikes are about 4-10 miles long and will definitely be an experience to remember. The price is about 150 dollars per person. The tour lasts roughly 7 hours. Remember, children under 4 are not permitted on this tour.
Paradise Helicopter Tours
If you would like to see the volcano by helicopter, Paradise Helicopters is a great choice. Paradise Helicopter Tours are an experienced team of pilots that offer safe, unique tours. For the lava tour, you will board a helicopter that does not have doors in order to see the sights more clearly. You will be able to fly over the Kilauea Volcano and see firsthand what an amazing sight it is. You will get to see the newly created black sand beaches and some of the coolest craters in the world. If you’re lucky, you may get to see lava.
On this helicopter tour, you will also see get a bird’s eye view of the Puna rainforests and the beautiful waterfalls of Hilo. The tour usually lasts about 45 minutes. Remember you will want to dress warm as it can be a bit windy. Also, no sandals or open-toed shoes are permitted. The cost for the tour is $324 per person.
Hawaii Forest and Trail
For a hiking tour of the lava, try Hawaii Forest and Trail. Your experienced guide will help you not only see this area of Hawaii but also connect with it. This 12-hour tour will span about 3 miles of hiking. You will get to see firsthand how the recent eruption of these volcanoes has changed the history of Hawaii.
Another highlight is getting to see the unique yellow and gold bats that are only found near the lava. Make sure you wear suitable hiking gear that is okay to get wet. The price for this tour is $216 per adult and $192 per child. Just make sure you are physically able to both hike and walk on uneven terrain before booking the tour.
These are just a few of your options for Hawaii volcano tours. Remember to only book with companies that are reputable to ensure your safety and security.