To be honest - we were going to skip the Volcano altogether, saving it for another trip, but my in-laws are insisting we cannot go to Hawaii without seeing it. We are interested in seeing the Volcano… but not really looking to spend a 15 hour day travelling for 10 minutes of oohing and ahhing if you know what I mean? We will be on Oahu, Kauai and Maui and are considering two options.
OPTION 1 - An all day trip - HNL to the Big Island, a 9-5 tour of the Island, evening return to HNL and then a hop over to Kauai. Pluses - seeing more of the Island, visiting the park, being "on the ground"
Minuses - all day trip, no view of the lava from above
OPTION 2 - Volcano Air tour from Maui.
What I like about this is that its only 2.5 hours and we will get to see the lava from above as well as Maui from the air which I am told is incredible.