We are scheduled to visit Hawaii this June. Our base will be Honolulu and I am planning to take a one day Volcano tour to the Big Island. I know the Big island has other great sights, but we would be obviously delighted if we get a chance to watch the lava flow at least from a distance, if not close up. I have googled/yahooed for information and read that lava flow direction has been mainly eastwards since 2010 and that the best places to watch lava are a few privately owned estates around Kalapana. Is this information true and still valid? If this is true, what are the chances of being able to see the lava flow if I take a standard volcano day tour conducted by operators like Roberts Hawaii or
Discover Hawaii tours, since I believe they will able to take tourists only to the areas with public access?
I also found interesting, Kalapana Cultural Tours which conducts treks inside the private estates and takes tourists real close to the lava flows, but I am wary about fitting in a 10 mile trek in our hectic itinerary, especially with the youngest member in our family being an 8 year old. Is there any other way to access the lava flow (eg. in a 4WD vehicle + a short trek). For safety reasons, I not considering the boat tours as an option.
Thanks in advance for your replies!