Our family (5 adults) went on a pre-sunrise, lava viewing trip on Aug. 9, 2013. After having a little difficulty finding the park we arrived just as attendance was being taken so made it just in time to hear the safety presentation. My husband and I sat in the back of the boat (better spot for smoother ride) and the rest of our family (all adults) all sat in the very front seat (rough spot). On the way to the volcano my husband and I were constantly getting drenched but that wasn't a problem as we had on foul weather jackets and pants. The seas were very calm according to our captain and none of us had any seasick issues. Once we got to the volcano the viewing of the lava was absolutely INCREDIBLE!!! Yes, it is a pricey activity but completely worth it- what an amazing experience to see lava flowing into the water. We spent time on 3 Hawaiian islands and this was the highlight of our trip for all of us. If you're going to Hawaii to see the volcano this is the way to see it being active. Going out before sunrise allowed us to view the volcano in the dark, see the sun rise and then to view the lava/volcano in daylight. This allowed for a great variety of lighting for photographing and viewing the volcano. This is a MUST DO activity if you're going to Hawaii.
Family from Maryland
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