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  • Excellent82%
  • Very good3%
  • Average3%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible9%
4 Dec 2016
“Local knowledgeable charismatic guide!”
6 Oct 2016
“Amazing Lava Viewing - Dont Miss Out!”
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Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

Although chasing fresh lava flows is extremely dangerous, Chris' years of experience and keen instincts combines for a thrilling adventure. Me my teenage boys sat on a cliff in silent awe, in the middle of the night watching lava waves crashing the shore then hiked...More

Thank SandiA85
Reviewed 6 October 2016

My family has been going to the Big Island almost every year for the last 30 years. We have been to Volcano National Park multiple times (always enjoyable), but never in my life have we experienced something like our trip with Chris and Big Island...More

Thank Ana B
Reviewed 30 September 2016

You need to be there at 3am but it's worth it. Chris was on time at the rendez vous point. He lends you a walking stick and you can poke the lava with it. He's very knowledgeable about the volcanoes and the island. You get...More

Thank Lyne D
Reviewed 5 July 2016

Our timing was not good. Questioned several tour operators and all were (understandably) pessimistic on actually finding flowing lava. Chris was the only one suggesting it would be relatively easy. That should have been fair warning. We tromped around on 2-year old lava flows for...More

Thank Mark D
Reviewed 12 March 2014

The only reason I rated this a 4/5 was because of the guide. He was wacked. The trip lasted about 3am to 9am. It was expensive (really every place we looked was). Chris was very knowledgeable but every time he talked his back was towards...More

Thank CapeCd9
Reviewed 20 October 2013 via mobile

Definitely need to be up for the hike since you start at 3am, but it is definitely worth it. Don't think there is any other place to play with lava.

1  Thank Jonathan F
Reviewed 9 May 2013

Our tour with Chris was one of our favorite memories from our trip to Hawaii. We knew that we wanted to see lava during our trip to the island, and selected this trip after reading mixed reviews about the helicopter tours - we were not...More

2  Thank kellyanne084
Reviewed 6 May 2013

Hello travelers! Listen, you can read my earlier review from last spring, and it all stands. I just wanted to share that my last experience was so good that I decided to repeat the adventure when I returned to the Big Island this year. It...More

3  Thank Kent B
Reviewed 16 April 2013

I wasn't too sure what exactly to expect when we emailed Chris about booking a tour but it was nothing short of spectacular. When you pull up to the meeting spot to meet Chris the adrenaline starts going and you head out on an unforgettable...More

2  Thank vanguy28
Reviewed 15 April 2013

You must do this hike if you're visiting the big island. This was better than a helicopter tour because you get up close and personal with the flowing lava. Chris is a great guide, very informative. Must have good shoes and be able to hike...More

1  Thank Karenjj1979
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