Start in the lava-buried village of Kalapana where a short walk across the recent lava flow reveals the beautiful black-sand beach at Kaimu. Look for surface outbreaks and ocean entries of the current eruption. We then make our way down the Puna coast to Mackenzie State Park for an amazing view of the 40-foot cliffs that meet the Pacific Ocean. Next travel across the stark black lava flows to find where the lava met the sea in the 1960 eruption. Then travel to an iron-based cinder cone for a photo opportunity. This cinder cone was another creation of the Kilauea eruption of 1960. Then explore Lava Tree State Park and take a short walk to a 1790 lava flow which covered the jungle and ohia trees. This is certainly the perfect way to end your Big Island volcano adventure! Note: If you have any back problems, existing heart conditions or are pregnant, this tour is not for you. You must wear sturdy closed-toe shoes. You won't see molten lava on this tour. Order of itinerary may change.
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2 of 2(100%)customers would recommend this to a friend.
The tour guide, Keiko, was an authority on living in Hilo, on Kiluea, and on the local plant life. The hike on the lava was amazing. Mackenzie State Park was amazing. Lava Tree State Park was good, but the travel to all shows the real island where people live. 2 thumbs up!
Guide provided very educational information on the lava flows and the destruction left in its wake and how life is regenerating. Shared good info on the differences between lava. Went to a state park overlooking the beautiful coast line and the splashing waves against the land. Due to the time we spent very little time at the tropical garden but what we did see was beautiful. Definitely worth the time.