Our tour with Chris was one of our favorite memories from our trip to Hawaii. We knew that we wanted to see lava during our trip to the island, and selected this trip after reading mixed reviews about the helicopter tours - we were not disappointed! Although folks in the village mentioned that the volcano has been really active, i didn't realize how lucky we were; even Chris was excited when we found the lava (always a good sign when your tour guide, who does this for a living, thinks that your tour is better than what he sees every day)! We watched the lava flow about 20 feet in the first 10 minutes and a few dozen yards during the hour that we rested, making different shapes and bursting in multiple directions. It was a unique and memorable experience.
Wear good shoes and expect a workout - we are moderately active, but the stabilizer muscles in our knees and ankles were sore for the next two days. Bring lots of water, sunscreen, and snacks! We were gone for about 8 hours (after meeting at 3:30 am).
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