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“This Lava Tour is a must-see!”
Review of Aloha Lava Tours

Aloha Lava Tours
Ranked #2 of 10 things to do in Kalapana
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Aloha Lava Tour is located on the Big Island of Hawaii in Kalapana. We offer the experience of a lifetime hike to the actual hot lava surface flows. Our guides have an extreme knowledge and understanding of the active lava conditions,which enables them to provide a safe, fun and memorable lava adventure. Feel the heat under your feet as we hike to the new ocean entry.
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Reviewed 18 April 2014

This review is for Cheryl and Scott's Kalapana Lava Refuge Poke-A-Stick tour.

We had no idea there was a tour this close to the lava! We had initially though that the lava fields were no longer accessible since the lava fields are still privately owned by individuals. There were even park department personnel in the parking lot to make sure nobody snuck out on their own into the fields. Apparently, there have been enough people needing rescue over the years to warrant their presence.

By luck, we spotted a small vinyl sign for their tour. I took the number down but the call almost never happened since we had to drive back out to Pahoa to get a ATT/TMobile signal. Verizon seems to be the only carrier with reception out on the lava fields. Cheryl graciously answered all my questions and reminded us to bring plenty of water and closed toed shoes. The next day we arrived at 5:15pm for the evening hike. We found the parking area pretty easily since we walked right passed the driveway the day before. I suggest spraying insect repellent since the parking area is swarming with mosquitoes. After a safety briefing, we headed out with our poking stick. Thankfully, there were no more mosquitoes on the lava fields.

The hike distance varies according to the constantly changing flow of the lava. The hike was surreal trek through a crunchy landscape. Throughout the hike, Cheryl and Scott were a virtual fount of information drawing from their own personal experience and current volcanology. I don't want to give away too much. I will say that I came away with an experience that can't be replicated anywhere else.

2  Thank Ron Q
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Reviewed 14 March 2014

With this great company I achieve to see, feel and poke a stick to lava. On Big Island it's a must see & do thing.

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Reviewed 22 December 2013

Perhaps it was because we were in a small group, or our guide Cheryl was terrific, or that we got to "poke a stick in it", or great pics of flowing lava or combination of all of above, but when we are reminiscing on our 3rd trip to the Big Island in Feb. 2013, this tour is what we talk about more than any other of our adventures. You have to like hiking, new places and be of clear mind to appreciate what you are experiencing....likely a once in a lifetime event if you are fortunate enough to experience a surface lava flow. Highly recommended.

3  Thank 2Cougs
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Reviewed 30 October 2013

There's no one else but Cheryl to take you to see volcano! We had booked with Cheryl a few weeks before we left on our vacation. At that time the hike was around 4 hours and we were doing the sunset hike. A few days before we left to the big island Cheryl called us and told us that the lava flow had changed and if we want to see lava the hike would be around 10 miles round trip. We were a bit hesitant because although both my boyfriend and I are both healthy and fit, it's not easy! We decided to do it.

We started our hike around 7 am. On our way there we met another guide who said that there isn't any lava action that day.The other guide gave up and was taking her hikers back to where they started from. When Cheryl heard that she didn't give up she continued looking for lava action and tried her best. The other guide came with us and she left Cheryl to do what she does best! We stopped to have our lunch and Cheryl went to find lava but unfortunately we weren't that lucky that day. There was lava action the day before but not that day.

We went back from where we started and Cheryl gave us half our money back. Although we didn't see any lava it was worth the trip, even just to hear some of the stories she had to say about how they live so close to the volcano and how close they come sometimes of loosing their homes when the lava flow is so close.

1  Thank Ritienne P
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Reviewed 24 October 2013

Initially there is something very unsettling about paying $100 to access a National Park and experience one of the most amazing things on earth--the rebirth of the earth. However, it is quite that--one of the most amazing things on earth. The alternative is an overnight camping trip from the other side of the lava flow. The $100 (cash) buys you a short route across private land and an experienced guide to help safely navigate the freshly cooled lava flow in order to get right up to the oozing earth. It's a lot more then I'd usually spend on a hiking guide, but as there is no alternative, price wise and time wise, it makes the payment obligatory, because really, getting up to molten lava is one of the most amazing things to see and experience in the world, perhaps right up there with leaving the world. We did the sunset tour, the guide/owner was nice. Don't miss this opportunity. Swallow the price and do the hike...it's worth it!

1  Thank Brent R
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