PLACE: Volcanoes National Park
LOCATION: The Big Island, Hawaii
NOTORIOUS: Where lava meets ocean
NEAREST AIRPORT: KOA, Keāhole, Big Island (20 minute drive)
COORDINATES: 19.3833° N, 155.2000° W
CURRENCY: American Dollar
Yes, this is what happens when lava meets the ocean. The Big Island in Hawaii is one of the only places in the world you can see it. The trouble with the Big Island is you have to fly into Honolulu or Maui and then shuttle via small plane to get here. These photos have haunted me for so many years… I find that an existential crisis tends to ensue when the earth’s core just leaks into plain view.
Hualalai, Mauna Loa, and Kilauea Volcanoes are currently active – Kilauea is where you are going to see the lava river flow out to the ocean. Apparently the hike is considered “difficult” and the amount of lava flow is dynamic (is known to vary throughout the day even) so you can hear a recording of the latest lava viewing opportunities by calling +1 808 985-6000, then pressing “1” and “1”. Note: 808 is Hawaii’s area code – this is not a toll-free number. There is a small fee to the park and it is possible to camp overnight. Trip of the year, I’m sure.
Have you seen it? Tell me about it. I feel like there has to be some good tips on how to get out here. Is boating a better idea?