My family and I all had a great time on the lava tour that departed around 5 pm. Our group consisted on my husband and I, my two kids aged 8 and 12 and my father-in-law aged 73. I chose to go with Cheryl and Scott (Poke a Stick) after speaking to Cheryl briefly on the phone about the tour and whether my kids could go or not and she was very friendly and reassuring. The hike that night was around 2.5 miles each way. The worst part for me wasn't the physical part of hiking, but rather just the fact that you have to concentrate on where your next step will be the whole time when you really just want to be taking in the scenery and the starlit sky. It briefly rained the night we went which made the lava a little slippery at times, but nobody fell and we all had panchos. There was no surface lava flow the night we went, but we did have an awesome view from the cliff above of the lava entering the ocean. We had plenty of time to view the lava, take pictures, eat a snack, roast marshmallows, etc. before heading back. Cheryl and Scott were very patient and accommodating to my children and my father-in-law who was a little slower at times during the hike. They also had a wealth of knowledge about the lava, the timeline of different flows, and stories about locals and local folklore. If you want positive, upbeat and friendly guides then pick Poke A Stick tours and you will not be disappointed! This tour will definitely be on my to do list again when we return to the Big Island.
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