A visit to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and/or one of the many lava tubes on our island are good places to start. Another option is a guided tour. The advantage of these tours is that their guides are expertly trained and provide a wealth of volcano-related information.
If you’re particularly looking to see “Red Hot Lava “, these are among the best places to go to: #1: Stromboli volcano – the lighthouse of the Mediterranean. #2: Dukono and Ibu – Indonesia’s most active volcanoes. #3: Erta Ale, Ethiopia: the best lava lake to see from close.
Yes there are plenty of beautiful nature views on Oahu it is so much more than Waikiki please get out and explore it. 2. Re: Only want Lava Flows. One time we got lucky and had a relatively short (4 km one way) hike in VNP (over old lava field) to see the active lava field with lava flowing into the ocean.
Activity at Kilauea remains at very low levels, with no eruptions anywhere on the volcano, as has been the case since early September. It remains uncertain whether the eruption has completely ended or just temporarily paused.
The lava fields at La Perouse Bay in south Maui create a ruggedly beautiful and unique scene of brilliant texture and color contrasts that is a must- see while on the island.
Lava won’t kill you if it briefly touches you . You would get a nasty burn, but unless you fell in and couldn’t get out, you wouldn’t die. With prolonged contact, the amount of lava “coverage” and the length of time it was in contact with your skin would be important factors in how severe your injuries would be!
The good news is that Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is open 24 hours a day, so your chance to see glowing lava (from near or far) is pretty good when the volcano is actively erupting (it’s erupting only at the summit in Halemaumau currently, as of December 2020), especially when it’s dark. Just look for the red glow.
The Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. The Kilauea Visitor Center is located on Crater Rim Drive off of Highway 11 between the 28 and 29 mile marker south of Hilo. The visitor center is opened daily between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm.
The Diamond Head Summit trail hike is likely the most popular hike in Oahu, and for good reason. While fairly steep, this easy hike starts from the middle of the Diamond Head volcanic crater and climbs about 500 feet up the side to the top of the rim where panoramic views await.
Except for the occasional vog, the main islands of Oahu , Maui, Kauai, Molokai and Lanai are unaffected by the volcano . And even on the Big Island, it’s business as usual. The only exception is Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the Puna District and nearby areas.
How much does it cost to hike Diamond Head ? Entry to the visitor parking lot is $5 per car and pedestrians can enter for just $1 per person. If this is your first visit to Diamond Head , the self-guided audio tour is worth the $4 investment.
On the Island of Hawai’i, the youngest of the main Hawaiian Islands, Kīlauea and Mauna Loa are historically the two most active volcanoes, with frequent eruptions.
The volcanoes on all of the other Hawaiian Islands are considered extinct, with the exception of Haleakala on Maui which might just be dormant.
The Island of Hawai’i, with four active volcanoes , is liveliest. Between 1912 and 2012, there were nearly 50 Kīlauea eruptions, 12 Mauna Loa eruptions, and one Hualālai intrusion of magma. Mauna Kea most recently erupted only about 4,000 years ago.