Hawaii wouldn’t exist if it were not for the continuous volcanic activity that created all of the islands in the state. And right now there are 5 (yes five!) active volcanoes in the state of Hawai’i: four on the Big Island (Mauna Loa, Kilauea, Hualalai and Loihi) and one on Maui (Haleakalå).
Most of the volcanoes on Hawaii erupt at a very calm pace (with ‘aloha’) and the Kilauea Volcano has been erupting continuously since 1983 – making it one of the most active volcanoes in the world.
So quite frankly lava viewing is a must-do activity while you’re in Hawaii – and it’s something every single one of the ambassadors fell in love with when we got up at the crack of dawn (4am) to view the lava from Kilauea from the ocean.
Want to check out the lava for yourself? Word hard and ensure you earn your spot to get to Global 2017, because you really don’t want to miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity!
Here’s what the ambassadors had to say about the whole experience:
“It’s a mixture between a waterfall, a sunset, the best fire you’ve ever seen, waves crashing on a beach and fireworks all rolled into one” (Paddy)
“waking up at 4am, as dark and tiring as it was, that volcano today was just unbelievable.” (Rachelle)
“the volcano today was by far the highlight and there were shooting stars galore” (Briony)
“It’s something I’ve never seen before, and will never see again. It was just amazing” (Carolyn)
“Seeing the hot lava was the most incredible experience. I felt like I wasn’t even on planet earth!” (Izzy)
“10 out of 10 the best thing I’ve ever done in my whole entire life. I don’t think I’ll be topping it anytime soon” (Zoe)
Check out some of the photos:
Once you’re in Hawaii there are heaps of ways to see the lava flow from both land and ocean.
If you’re a keen hiker, you can find up-to-date information about the lava viewing area on the Volcanoes National Park webpage. And while there is public access to the lava flow, we’d recommend booking onto a guided tour because the tour guides are trained professionals who really know the terrain and they’ll be able to offer you extremely interesting background information along the way!
If you want to see the ‘fireworks from the ocean’; then a lava boat tour is for you. The following four tour companies are permitted by the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources to offer lava boat tours:
About the Author
Becca is an avid traveller, a trained copywriter and one of Australia’s leading video marketers. As a creative content producer she’s pumped to be engaging, entertaining and intriguing the FCTG nations with written and visual communications in the run up to Global.