Take a Lava Tour
Every day for more than 25 years, Kilauea Volcano has pumped red hot lava through a vent on the side of the mountain sending thousands of gallons into the sea. It hits the water at a blistering 2,100 degrees F. and explodes into a fountain of steam hurling volcanic debris every which way.
This is nature giving form to the next generation. Little by little, new chunks of land are forming in the wake of the fiery explosions that occur when rivers of molten rock collide with the cool waters of the sea.
Get a Front Row Seat to the Lava Flow
To see this process occur is to glimpse creation. It’s possible to get a front row seat on a vessel that will take you out into the ocean to a spot within viewing distance of the lava flow, but safe from its explosive charge. Travel in a boat piloted by an experienced captain at the right time of the day and expect to be awed. (Early in the morning, just before sunrise, or later in the day, at sunset, are the best times to show up.)
Best to Book a Boat Tour
Many people try to watch from the shore, but shore viewing, often attempted from unstable land, can be hazardous and sometimes fatal.
Tours depart from Isaac Hale Beach Park boat ramp, near Pahoa, and cruise down the Kalapana Coast. This is an adventure that demands both safe vessels and experienced captains. Check it out before you book. And remember, Isaac Hale Beach Park is a long way from anywhere, so if you’re planning an early morning trip, be prepared.
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