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How to See Lava in Hawaii


Kilauea volcano started a new eruption in the Halemaumau caldera at 04:43 on June 7th. 

Located within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kilauea is one of the world’s most active volcanoes. As a result of millions of years of volcanic eruptions, the island has been shaped into a dramatic and captivating landscape. Lava flows and spouts into the ocean, continuously reshaping the island’s geography.

Lava viewing is a must-do activity when visiting Hawaii’s Big Island. The island is known for its mesmerizing landscapes, pristine beaches, and diverse culture. Kilauea’s eruption is one of the most breathtaking natural phenomena that captivates visitors from around the world. 


Lava viewing: When, Where, and How

You can go see the active volcano in the park by yourself or join one of the many excellent tours that are organized by local companies. Please visit our website or call to book one the unforgettable volcano tours: +808 400 4481


Lava on Big Island

When? The best time to see lava from the viewpoint is when it is dark. 

Around sunrise is the best time to skip the crowds, late at night (after 10 pm) is a good alternative if you don’t like to wake up early. Sunset viewing is of course also possible, but you are likely to be stuck in a traffic jam together with other lava enthusiasts if you visit the park between 6 and 9 pm.

Where? All eruptive activity is taking place inside the Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park.

How? You can see the lava from one of the many official viewpoints. However, the best way to see the lava is from the bird’s eye view. 

a view of a car

Thrilling Helicopter Flight

It is undeniable that nothing can beat a helicopter flight over the magnificent volcano. A helicopter tour over the eruption zone provides a once-in-a-lifetime experience where you can immerse yourself in the captivating sights, sounds, and even smells of volcanic activity. The amazing  Blue Hawaiian helicopter tours ensure a safe and thrilling adventure as you soar above the fiery spectacle. Embark on a breathtaking adventure seeking out the island’s unique and newly formed landscapes. Get your camera ready as you come upon Kilauea’s Iki Crater and Hale Ma’uma’u Volcano Crater. As one of the most active volcanoes on earth, and considered to still be active, view several steam vents and the ever-changing landscape.