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Kilauea Volcano Special

- volcano tour to watch the ongoing eruption of Kilauea volcano, Hawai'i -

" It was, for me, an experience of a lifetime! " (Regina R., New Hampshire)
Lava shooting into the air from an erupting skylight
Lava shooting into the air from an erupting skylight
Lava flows into the ocean
Lava flows into the ocean
Lava flows at the base of the pali
Lava flows at the base of the pali
Glow from the Halema'uma'u lava lake
Glow from the Halema'uma'u lava lake
Lava lake
Lava lake
Lava flowing into the sea
Lava flowing into the sea
At the steaming grounds near the caldera
At the steaming grounds near the caldera
At the lava sea entry
At the lava sea entry
Photographing lava flows
Photographing lava flows
Lava flow in the dark
Lava flow in the dark
After a pause of almost 3 years, lava flows are again flowing into the sea and accessible in the coastal area of the Hawai'i National Park. Additionally, there are two spectacular lava lakes active.
This is a unique opportunity to witness volcanic activity from close!

The primary purpose of this expedition is to enable a small group to spend several days on and near the active volcano of Kilauea, Hawaii, to observe volcanic activity and study volcanic/ geologic features: active lava lakes and lava flows. We will spend several full days to approach the active areas repeatedly by land, sea and from the air, depending on circumstances.
The best times will usually be in the afternoons/evenings, at night and early mornings (best light for photography), while we have the mid-days to relax, perhaps go for a swim etc. Options to get close to lava include on foot (longer hikes required), by sea (if lava enters the ocean, we can charter a boat conditions allowing) and by air (helicopter flights).
This Volcano Special tour is aimed at people who are looking to photograph or film, learn about or simply enjoy witnessing a spectacular volcanic eruption from close.
  • Get to know Kilauea volcano in depth: the most active volcano of our planet
  • Several days to observe Kilauea's activity: lava flows and lava lakes
  • Lava flows from close
  • Spectacular geological features
  • Small group size
  • First-hand knowledge from experienced volcanologist guide

Kilauea Special (7 days)

Note:
For a tour like this, there is no fixed schedule. Instead, the program will be adjusted according to volcanic activity, weather conditions and preferences of the group. Our aim will be to observe the ongoing activity from close up if possible and weather conditions permitting. A rough schedule could look like this:
Day 1: Arrival in Hilo - Kilauea's caldera
Arrival in Hilo, pick up from the airport and transfer to the hotel (seaside of Hilo Bay). If your arrival leaves time, we can drive to the Kilauea volcano for a first impression.
Acc.: Comfortable seaside hotel in Hilo
Day 2-3: Kilauea volcano’s summit and active eruption
Today, we explore the summit of Kilauea volcano and its some of its numerous geologic highlights: the huge caldera with the inner pit crater Halema'uma'u - home of Pele, sacred to Hawaiians -, fumaroles, steam vents, faults, lava tubes, historic lava flows. If conditions permit, we will go and visit the active lava flows at the sea entry in the evening.
Acc.: as before (Volcano or Hilo) (B)
Day 4: The world's largest lava tube - active lava flows hike
In the morning, we visit what is the largest known continuous lava tube in the world. Once, a mighty river of lava was flowing here for over 20 miles down from the summit of Kilauea to the sea. Today, it is a pristine lava tube with accessible sections full of volcanic wonders, such as streamlined current eddies once formed by the flowing lava inside. We'll spend about 3-4 hours inside the lava tube to explore some of them. If conditions permit, we hike out to areas in the coastal lava flow field where there is interesting volcanic activity, e.g. active pahoehoe flows, lava pouring into the sea etc.
Acc.: as before (Volcano or Hilo) (B)
Day 5-6: 2 full days to explore Kilauea volcano
Two full days to spend on and around Kilauea: lava viewing excursions by land and sea, exploring features of the rift zones, the active craters and lava lake(s) of Kilauea volcano, options to take helicopter or boat tours to see lava flowing into the sea.
Acc.: as before (Hilo) (B)
Day 7: End of tour
Departure (transfer to Hilo airport) or own extension program.
Acc.: none (B)
Tour code: HAW_KVS
Tour type: Volcano expedition: active volcanoes - geology & volcanism
Difficulty: Custom (variable)
Group size: 2-6
Duration: 5-7 days / 4-6 nights

Dates:

Custom and group dates
31 Mar - 6 Apr 2018

Price (p.p.): $ 2950  ? 

Included:

  • Professional volcanologist / geologist guide
  • Accommodation in comfortable seaside hotel in Hilo (double-room basis)
  • Transfers in own rental car / van
  • Copious breakfast
  • Entry to National Park and lava tube

Tour guide:

The tour is organized and accompanied by a trained volcanologist (usually Tom Pfeiffer) who has worked at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and visited Kilauea and many other volcanoes with groups.
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