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Mauna Loa Active Volcano & Lava on Big Island

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On November 27th, the biggest active volcano on Earth erupted in Hawaii. The last eruption of Mauna Loa was in 1984. This Sunday the volcano erupted for the first time in 38 years! Authorities predict this eruption could last two weeks, but things could change. In this article, you can find useful information about Mauna Loa active volcano and the ways you can see the lava on Big Island.

About Mauna Loa Active Volcano

The Hawaiian name “Mauna Loa” means “Long Mountain.” The volcano is located in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The National Park is one of the main tourist attractions on the Big Island. People from all over the world come to Big Island to see the active volcanoes. There are a variety of tours and activities in Hawaii Volcanoes National park. There you can see highlights like Thurston Lava Tube, the Chain of Craters Road, Holei Sea Arch, and more.

You can see Lava on the Big Island of Hawaii from the sky or on walking tours. On the helicopter tour, you can view Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa while soaring over Hawaii. Hover above waterfalls cascading from the cliffs of Kohala; and marvel at the rainforest of the Hamakua coast.

Is it Safe to Travel to Hawaii with the Active Volcano?

Some residents on Big Island decided to leave their homes, however, there are no evacuations ordered on Big Island. Therefore, visitors should not be afraid to fly to Big Island and can keep their travel plans. Moreover, the Manua Loa eruption has increased the desire of some tourists to visit Hawaii during this time. Local authorities announced that at the current stage lava is not flowing outside the mountain’s summit. Therefore there is no immediate danger to populated areas.

Both airports on the Big Island are open and operate flights as usual. If you have planned to visit the Big Island these days there is nothing to worry about. On the contrary, you can catch the historic moment of the Manua Loa eruption! If you are looking for a great footage opportunity and an unforgettable experience you can take a helicopter flight and see the Lava from a bird’s eye view.

Mauna Loa Active Volcano & Lava on Big Island
Lava on Big Island