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Kona V Hilo

We are heading to Hawaii in Sept and are wanting to do a volcano tour, love to see the lava flowing. Does it makes any difference leaving from Hilo or Kona and who is a good tour company to book through with wanting to see as much as a day tour can fit in.

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1. Re: Kona V Hilo

Book in and out of ITO. You could rent a car and do a DIY tour too. Sure you can't stay longer? Possibly see the 'red glow' in the crater overnight?

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Things may change between now and September, but as of today, there is no place you can go where you'll see lava flowing.

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Welcome to Trip Advisor Jayne!

Are you only staying on the Big Island during your holiday? Or are you visiting other islands as well? How long do you have total for the whole trip? That would help us to help you a bit more. Wondering if flying into one airport, and then out the other airport (Hilo and Kona) would be a better option, depending on what else you are hoping to do.

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It is very unlikely you will be able to see flowing lava in September (but one never knows for sure!).

However, if you choose to do a day tour of Volcanoes National Park, which is fascinating even sans flowing lava, you'll want to fly into and out of Hilo. Booking a rental vehicle and doing a self-tour is by far the best way; you can also check with the park directly to see if there will be any ranger-led tours on the day you will be visiting. The park rangers are much more knowledgeable about the park and its feature than most tour guides anyway, and if you can join a tour led by one of the park's Native Hawaiian rangers, you are in for a very special experience.

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Yes, it's best to visit Volcanoes National Park from the Hilo side as it's much closer. You can even stay right in Volcano, the town adjacent to VNP, as there are many lodgings that are cute affordable, and there's also a hotel within the Park.

I do not recommend day trips from the other islands just to visit VNP because it's a big expense and chunk of time and things like weather and air quality can close parts of the Park or make walking and hiking in the Park difficult. In addition you will not be able to see the only accessible lava action occurring as of now - the glow from the lava lake inside Halema'uma'u crater - unless you spend the night. The Park itself needs about 8 hours if you plan to do a couple of the shorter hikes and visit the major stops. Regardless though of whether you come for the day or overnight, it's best to self drive and tour.

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We went on a helicopter tour yesterday and saw a lot of lava flowing

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Yes, things have been changing so as usual it's impossible to predict how it will be months or even weeks from now.

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Hilo side and http://www.nativeguidehawaii.com/ is an EXCELLENT tour guide!!

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