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Did see lava flow, but I believe the tour offers two types of hikes.
I was ready to go in a jungle and hike, never happened on my trip, we just walked down a dirt road about 2 miles and walked across some dried lava fields to find some break outs flowing lava.
Our guide was great but I still wanted more of a jungle type journey for the price.
One of the highlights of our recent trip to Hawaii. Fun, challenging and well worth the effort to see something that most will only see on TV. Our guides were professional, fun and most importantly concerned about everyone's safety. At no time during the trip did I ever feel like excessive risks were taken. They even provided gloves to protect our hands from the sharp edges of the old lava flows. Just as a warning to those who may be considering doing this, if you have back, knee or ankle troubles I don't recommend attempting this trek. It was a total of just under 5 miles round trip with about 2 of those over rough terrain. You have to do this while carrying your own water and food which can easily total 20 pounds or more depending on what you bring. Also, wear sunscreen! The Hawaii sun is unforgiving and doesn't mind toasting your skin to near lobster colors. : So, wear sunscreen regardless of how the weather looks when you start.
Would I recommend this to others? Absolutely! I may have been exhausted at the end of the trip but every bead of sweat was well spent and made for a lifetime of memories. My youngest son even posted a picture and video on Facebook and said This was easily the coolest thing I have ever done.
It was really cool to see Lava and was definitely a once in a life time opportunity which we were very glad we did. That being said, this was a very grueling activity.
1. The trail is a one way 3 mile machete-cut path through the rainforest to the active lava fields. It is full of mud holes, small hills, and roots. We were very lucky and our deepest mud was only 8 inches but it can get up to the knee if it rains. The guide provides rubber boots and ducktape to keep the mud out, which is very nice. They mostly have size 8-12, so if you have other size feet, you may wish to buy your own. There is a hardware store at the meeting point that sells them.
2. The trail is hot and there is a high chance of getting some rain, so bring a light raincoat and long pants. Bugs are everywhere, so mosquito repellent is a must. Make sure you bring snacks and lots of water at least 3 liters per person to stay hydrated. There are no bathrooms except the bushes. The hike lasts about 10-12 hours. If it lasts longer, you will have to come back in the dark through the rainforest, so bring a Bright Flashlight.
3. The activity is not dangerous, despite what the locals say, but it is very exhausting and you can get scarped by the bushes. This is designed for hikers with moderate experience who can easily walk 8 miles a day. If you are not at least moderately fit, this will likely be a bad activity for you. There is no way to turn back once you start. We had several not very fit people and they all made it, but I'm not sure about their level of satisfaction with the experience...
This was really awesome and will definitely make or break your vacation if you are not prepared.
Most amazing thing we did on the island - and we did a lot of amazing things. They don't joke though when they say it's a grueling hike up to the lava fields. Muddy, jungle-like - expect to get dirty. The reared however for this hike is seeing live lava flow - within inches of where you are. Our guide - Chris - was awesome. He was extremely knowledgeable in native Hawaiian stories, legends and facts - he made the hike go by quickly while keeping everyone safe.
If you can hike 4 miles through rough terrain read the email and please wear pants and good sneakers/hiking boots you'll love this tour. We'd do it again in half a second.
Had a great time!! It can be rough on the ankles so wear supportive shoes!!
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