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Address: End of Route 130, Volcano National Park, Kalapana, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
Phone Number: +1 808-961-8093
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Awesome fireworks show.

You definitely need to stay until dark. Easy drive from Hilo. Despite the recommended amounts of water food and hiking attire recommended by the park service, it is not needed... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Dan L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You definitely need to stay until dark. Easy drive from Hilo. Despite the recommended amounts of water food and hiking attire recommended by the park service, it is not needed. The road there is a gravel road. We rented bikes online for $45 dollars. Found out that you can rent them right there for only $40. Kaimu bike rentals did... More 

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Thank Dan L
Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A total 8 mile hike to see lava meeting the ocean. The hike is on a gravel road with little elevation gain/loss. It takes a total of 3 hours at an easy pace to complete it. You can also rent bikes here which makes the journey quicker. The views along the route are of lava fields and ones you reach... More 

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Thank Karthik M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Some people on here say it's easy but if you haven't biked or hiked in awhile it will be a little more challenging as there are hills. We saw two people being transported by ambulance so it's not a joke, you really need to be in shape before you do this one. Bring ponchos, headlamps, flashlights and lots of water... More 

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Thank Kerry L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was an incredible site. It's 4 miles from the end of the road to the out flow so 8 miles round trip. We rented bikes for $20 each and it included bike, head lamp, water, snack bar and a back back if you needed. We just needed the head lamp and took a snack bar. Lots of places renting... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went to volcanoes national Park, we intended to spend a few hours there then head to the lava viewing area. Visibility was bad at the park and raining so we purchased ponchos, $5.47 not bad for good ponchos, and headed to the lava viewing area. Arrived at the lava viewing area around 3:30. Waited a while for the rain to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having had a slightly anti-climatic experience at Jaggar Museum in the National Park, we started off around 8 PM for a simple fantastic experience! Do it! The journey: rented 3 bikes with water, snacks, head torch, backpack and a first aid kit for $20 (that last seller on the right just before the entry). 2 bikes were excellent, 1 could... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Even Volcanoes National Park Rangers recommend that visitors who want to walk to the lava flow from Pu'u O'o to the Pacific Ocean use the Highway 130 "End of Road" entry. There are bicycle vendors - ask prices, water?, first aid?, bike locks for when you must leave bicycle to get close, etc. The trade winds are at your back... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great view of the lava flow from a short distance away. Need to rent bikes or walk. It is a 4.2 mile distance each way. We rented bikes it took 2 hours round trip and was somewhat physically demanding to get up the hills. We went at sunset and the bike rental provides flashlights to allow for a safe trip... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were told to come here by several locals to see the lava flowing into the ocean, which was not an exaggeration. It's amazing to see the bright orange/red lava boiling into the ocean. We went to the National Park isotope center first to find out where to go for this and we're told that there were two entrances -... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was visiting Oahu with three other people when we decided last minute to hop a flight to the Big Island for 36 hours to see the Ocean Entry of the Kilauea lava flow. Before we flew over we went back and forth on whether or not we should hire a guide because I had trouble figuring out where/how to... More 

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