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June 09, 2007

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Sheila

Oh my goodness!! Thank you so much for all your

great research and time! (I'm sorry it too so long

to investigate.)

What a great post! I think a lot of first time

visitors (like I was several years ago)are

under the impression that you just park the car

at the end of the lava flow and watch the liquic

rock flowing :-)

One tour company said that they that they had

"heard of a boat tour company out of Hilo" that

had only just started offering tours to show the

new Poupou entry. Maybe it's too new or maybe

they hadn't heard it correctly.

DoubleBrush

I am glad you liked the post Sheila. Don't feel bad about how long it took me to investigate, I usually spend quite a bit of time on many of my posts!

Kapuhi

I would also recommend looking at some helicopter tours! I don't know, maybe a boat tour was requested because Sheila doesn't like flying. :) Not unusual! But I do know of some very safe helicopter companies who are happy to take you not only to see the lava, but to circle Kilauea's actual active vent, Pu'u 'O'o.

My husband and I have hiked out to the lava many times, from both the Chain of Craters road and from Kalapana side. However, *nothing* would induce me to get close to Pu'u 'O'o! :) I sure would like to see it by air, though.

Here's me at the lava a few years ago:

I'm the world's biggest scaredy cat, and not much on hiking far! But, I will say, if you can find a way to see the lava, it is totally worth it. I complained the whole way out the first time, but after that, I was ready to go again without complaint, simply because it is so incredible.

Aloha!

DoubleBrush

Re: Helicopter Tours, use my link "helicopter tour" in my post.

At HVN Park, you can tell when you are getting close to the flow because all of the cars are lined up and parked on the side of the road, and people are walking. After you pass by all of the cars, the pavement stops. Then it is more walking on uneven terrain of old lava flows.

In the day time there was a ranger there directing people where to walk. Even though he said it was safe, we could see orange molten lava through the cracks we were walking over. It was soooo hot that I felt like the bottom of my sneakers were melting off!

Cruise Deals

Hey :) I can tell this is a bit old, but I was thinking of getting a trip down to Hawaii soon. I don't know what about you but I love to travel by foot. Can you enter the Lava Tour by foot? Or is it only by car? Because I heard a few different versions and you seem like you know what you're talking about. Thanks in advance!

big island helicopter tours

Never gets old on me. Still one of the beautiful places.

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