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Exciting volcano news – the current lava flow has changed direction and is now heading into the ocean through the National Park!

According to the Hawaii Volcano Observatory, the lava reached the ocean on July 26th (see map of current lava flow). Some of our guests have been able to hike or ride bikes to the lava flow in order to see the lava up close and feel the heat!


While staying at one of our vacation homes, Shawn and his sons (pictured above) visited the lava flow from the county viewing area at the end of Highway 130 near Kalapana. They rented bicycles when the viewing area opened at 3 pm and rode them down ~4 miles (one way) of loose gravel road to see the flowing lava. Alternatively, guests could hike the 4 miles each way (4-5 hours round trip). We recommend that guests take flashlights, good sturdy footwear, and plenty of water should you choose to visit the county lava viewing area.

For updates on the current lava flow, please visit the Hawaii Volcano Observatory’s website. To learn about accessing the current lava flow (including safety information), please visit the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park website and read the post from July 15th. There are also options for viewing from within the National Park if you plan to spend more time visiting the volcano.

For more ideas on things to do while visiting the National Park, check out our Volcanoes activity page!