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Where is the Lava?

Hawaii eruption tracker & updates, kilauea volcano is not currently erupting, last updated:  december 5, 2023.

If you're heading to Hawaii's Big Island, then one of the first questions you may have is, 'Where is the lava? I want to see lava! Wait, or is it magma?' First, yes, typically, it's lava you're looking for - lava is anything that's erupted from the volcano (to the surface), and it comes in two flavors, Pahoehoe and A`a. You can read more about the two lava types on our  Hawaii Geology  page. If it's still within the volcano, it's known as magma.

The top photo above is a USGS photo of the previous Kilauea Eruption.

Kilauea Eruption Updates

Last eruption activity: september 2023, lava had returned to halemaumau crater in hvnp.

  • See our ' What's Happening on Kilauea Now ' section for current information on the Kilauea eruption.

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Locating the Lava Flows

Now, to answer the question of ' where .' Well, the answer to that question depends on the mood of Pele (the Hawaiian Volcano Goddess). And Madame Pele is very unpredictable.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park  is open 24 hours a day, so your chance to see glowing lava (from near or far) is pretty good when the volcano is actively erupting (it's periodically erupting only at the summit in Halemaumau currently), especially when it's dark. Just look for the red glow. As always, the Park Rangers at the entry station are your best guide to current conditions - we advise all visitors to check in with them before exploring the park. 

Ultimately, in our opinion, even if you don't get to see any flowing lava in person, which you might not at times, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the Big Island are well worth the time. 

September 2023 Eruption - USGS YouTube

September 2023 Eruption - USGS YouTube

September 2023 Night Eruption - USGS YouTube

September 2023 Night Eruption - USGS YouTube

Kilauea & Volcanoes National Park Lava Viewing Guide

  • What's Happening Now at Kilauea
  • September 2023 Eruption
  • June 2023 Eruption
  • January - March 2023 Eruption
  • 2021-2022 Eruption Details
  • 2020-2021 Eruption Summary
  • 2019 Lava Lake Development
  • 2018 Eruption Summary
  • Circa 2018 Noteworthy Eruptions
  • Mauna Loa Eruption Updates  - after 38 years, Mauna Loa erupted in late 2022
  • Hike to the lava yourself
  • Or check our recommendations for Guided Kilauea Tours
  • Helicopter tours over the volcano
  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Maps

Separately, don't forget to review our Hawaii Safety Guide for the Volcano Area (and other important Hawaii safety tips).

Kilauea Summit Eruption

What's Happening Now at Kilauea?

Periodic kilauea eruption; volcano is not currently active.

Kilauea volcano, on the Big Island of Hawai i, is NOT currently erupting at its summit. Current conditions are additionally included below.

Kilauea Eruption Timeline

The eruption that began at the Kilauea summit on September 10, 2023, has ended. Lava supply to the vents on the downdropped block in Kilauea's summit caldera ceased on September 16, 2023, based on visual and geophysical observations.

The last three eruptions which previously ended in June 2023, March 2023, and in early December 2022 respectively, were each similar to the preceding recent Kilauea eruption, which was also confined to Halema'uma'u crater and generated a lava lake; from December 2020 to May 2021.  More information and a timeline of Kilauea's historical events   (including the current eruption, when applicable) are included below.

Current Kilauea Conditions Summary *

At this time, Kilauea is no longer erupting. Lava supply to the Halemaʻumaʻu lava lake paused on September 16, 2023, based on lava lake levels and the behavior of the crater floor. Kilauea could begin erupting again at any time, however.

HVO continues to closely monitor Kilauea for signs of renewed activity. Should volcanic activity change significantly a new Volcanic Activity Notice will be issued. 

Activity Summary: Current conditions, updated daily, can be found on the USGS site .

*Activity Summary, Summit Observations, and Lava Lake Observations courtesy of the USGS and/or  NPS

Halemaumau as seen from Keanakako'i Overlook in late August 2022

Halemaumau as seen from Keanakako'i Overlook in late August 2022

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This situation is rapidly evolving and the Hawaii Volcanoes Observatory will continue to issue statements when more information is available to the public. For now, you can receive ongoing eruption updates by following the social media accounts of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park ( Facebook ,  Instagram , and Twitter ).

  • View the live cameras located at the Kilauea summit.
  • Additional updates can be found on the Hawaii Volcanoes National park website .
  • Animated GIF of the latest webcam footage from the current eruption

Additional video footage and imagery, of the current eruption at Halemaumau Crater in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, can be found below.

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Noteworthy events at kilauea volcano, click any link below to learn more....

  • September 2023 Eruption - Fountains of lava return to the summit crater
  • June 2023 Eruption - Lava returned to Halemaumau crater
  • January - March 2023  Eruption - Eruption activity resumed within Halemaumau
  • 2021-2022 Eruption - additional summit activity in Halemaumau
  • 2020-2021 Eruption - Lava returned to Halemaumau
  • 2019 Eruption  -  Lava Lake Developed in Halemaumau Crater
  • 2018 Eruption  - Significant event in the East Rift Zone
  • Previous Historic Eruptions

This section will be updated accordingly.

Eruption temporarily resumes in Halemaumau Crater

September 2023 eruption.

At approximately 3:15 p.m. HST on September 10, 2023, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory observed eruptive activity in Kilauea summit webcam images and from field reports indicating that an eruption has commenced within Halemaʻumaʻu crater and on the down-dropped block to the east in Kīlauea's summit caldera, within Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.  The eruption was preceded by a period of strong seismicity and rapid uplift of the summit.

We will continue to post updates above , on this page as eruption(s) continue.

Eruption resumes again in Halemaumau Crater

June 2023 eruption.

At approximately 4:44 a.m. HST on June 7, 2023, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory detected glow in Kilauea summit webcam images indicating that an eruption had commenced within Halema'uma'u crater in Kilauea's summit caldera, within Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park.

This summit eruption event at Kīlauea volcano ended on June 19, 2023.

Kilauea June 2023 Eruption Photos

USGS Photo of Eruption on June 7, 2023

USGS Photo of Eruption on June 7, 2023

Eruption on June 7, 2023 - USGS

Eruption on June 7, 2023 - USGS

Eruption resumes in Halemaumau Crater

January 2023 - march 2023 eruption.

Kilauea volcano was previously erupting. At approximately 4:34 p.m. HST on January 5, 2023, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory detected a glow in Kilauea's  summit webcam images, indicating that the eruption had resumed within Halemaʻumaʻu crater in Kilauea's summit caldera, within Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.

This eruption concluded on March 7, 2023 .

Kilauea Early 2023 Eruption Photos

Halemaumau Crater - Jan 6, 2023 at Sunrise :: Credit USGS

Halemaumau Crater - Jan 6, 2023 at Sunrise :: Credit USGS

Lava Fountains during January 2023 Eruption :: Credit USGS

Lava Fountains during January 2023 Eruption :: Credit USGS

Eruption in January 2023 - Credit: USGS

Eruption in January 2023 - Credit: USGS

Lava fills crater floor - Credit: USGS

Lava fills crater floor - Credit: USGS

HVNP October 2021 Eruption

Halemaumau in October 2021

More activity in Halemaumau Crater

September 2021 - december 2022 eruption.

The 2021-2022 eruption within Halemaumau Crater started about 20 minutes after 3 p.m. Wednesday - September 29, 2021; all lava was confined within the crater. The eruption came after a day of increased earthquake activity at the volcano and summit.

The eruption from September 2021 - December 2022 was confined to Halemaumau crater, within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.  As of December 9, 2022, Kilauea was no longer erupting. Lava supply to the Halemaʻumaʻu lava lake ceased based on lava lake levels and the behavior of the crater floor.

At the time of the last eruption, HVO did not see any indication of activity migrating elsewhere on Kilauea volcano  and expects the eruption to remain confined to the summit region.

Kilauea summit eruptions over the past 200 years have lasted from less than a day to more than a decade.

The eruption slowed in early December 2022, coinciding, but likely unrelated to, the eruption of neighboring Mauna Loa. As of approximately December 9, 2022, Kilauea was no longer erupting.

View from the Keanakako'i Overlook in late 2021. Credit: NPS Photo/J.Wei

View from the Keanakako'i Overlook in late 2021. Credit: NPS Photo/J.Wei

Eruption in Halemaumau Crater (Credit: USGS)

Eruption in Halemaumau Crater (Credit: USGS)

Two of the many spattering sources within Halemaumau (Credit: USGS)

Two of the many spattering sources within Halemaumau (Credit: USGS)

September 29th 2021 Eruption at Halemaumau Crater (Credit: USGS)

September 29th 2021 Eruption at Halemaumau Crater (Credit: USGS)

HVNP Lava Lake Map

Lava lake statistics through May 7, 2021 (Click for full size) - via USGS

Lava returns to Halemaumau Crater

December 2020 - may 2021 eruption.

After the huge changes that occurred with the 2018 eruption and subsequent summit collapse, some had speculated that Kilauea would not erupt for a significant period of time. Pele had other plans, however.

At approximately 9:30 p.m. HST on Sunday - December 20, 2020, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) detected a new glow within the Halemaumau crater at the summit of Kilauea Volcano.

Within Halemaumau, an eruption had commenced at Kilauea's summit caldera. Previously, as noted below the caldera had been filling with a green-ish water lake , but that quickly disappeared, as lava has once again made an appearance inside of the crater. Within one week, what had been a history-making lake of water was replaced by a nearly 600-foot deep lake of molten lava.

  • Animated GIF of eruption first occurring on December 20, 2020

A magnitude 4.4 earthquake additionally hit about an hour after the volcano began erupting. By the morning of 12/21/20, two of the three initial fissure vents on the wall of the Halemaumau crater were feeding a growing lava lake.

The eruption paused in late May 2021, after several months of activity in the Halemaumau crater.

2020-2021 Eruption Images

Halemaumau crater at kilauea volcano.

Credit: USGS/M. Patrick

Credit: USGS/M. Patrick

Credit: NPS/A. LaValle

Credit: NPS/A. LaValle

Credit: NPS/J. Wei

Credit: NPS/J. Wei

Credit: NPS/A. LaValle

Kilauea's Lava Lake - Credit: USGS

Development of Water Lake in 2019

On August 1, 2019, USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) scientists confirmed a growing pond of water in the recently enlarged Halemumau crater. Initially, it appeared as small, separate turquoise ponds, but over time, the small ponds united and began to grow dramatically. For a period of time, the depth of the growing lake was increasing several inches per day. In the space of just over one year's time, a persistent lake of lava had vanished in a dramatic collapse, only to be replaced by the first lake of water to be recorded at Kilauea in modern history. Over the course of its relatively short lifespan, the lake grew to be approximately 160 feet (49 m) deep. That's taller than a 10-story building, for reference. The lake also changed color due to the precipitation of iron-sulfate minerals and SO2 being dissolved into the water.

2018 East Rift Zone Eruption

Kilauea caldera has undergone a tremendous amount of change over the last decade, and prior to the eruption in December 2020, had not been very active since 2018. See the maps immediately below to get an idea of how volatile the years between 2009 and 2018 were at the park or explore this geo-narrative by the USGS about the 2018 eruption.

In the first days of May 2018, the lava lake that had existed in Halemaumau crater for almost a decade began to drain away. Magma moved from the summit of Kilauea to the Lower East Rift Zone, marked by a series of earthquakes. On May 3rd, the first fissures opened up in the subdivision of Leilani Estates and the massive eruption of 2018 began to unfold in lower Puna. With less magma left to support the summit, the Halemaumau crater began to collapse. Every 28 hours, on average, the ground within the summit caldera of Kilauea sank with dramatic collapse events. By the end of the 2018 eruption, the Halemaumau crater had sunk by 1,600 feet (488m), and its diameter more than doubled.

Halemaumau Crater Changes from 2009 to 2018. Provided by the USGS.

Halemaumau Crater Changes from 2009 to 2018. Provided by the USGS.

2018 Eruption - Source: USGS

2018 Eruption - Source: USGS

Activity circa 2018 East Rift Zone Eruption

Prior to 2018, you could just as easily have witnessed lava flows chewing on  Chain of Craters Road  as you could view a steam plume from afar. Kilauea is a living, breathing volcano with a mind of its own.

Kilauea's oldest lava flows are dated between 210,000 and 280,000 years ago. Those flows are considered generally young, geologically speaking, for an active volcano.

For the last one thousand years, Kilauea's ongoing eruptions have dramatically shaped the southeast portion of the Big Island of Hawaii. 

The most recent 100 years of volcanic activity at Kilauea can be divided into seven distinct eruptions.

Summaries are provided below from the USGS website:

  • May 1924 explosive eruption
  • 1955 Lower East Rift Zone Eruption
  • 1959 eruption of the Kilauea Iki
  • 1960 Kapoho eruption
  • 1969-1974 Mauna Ulu Eruption  
  • 2008-2018 Summit Eruption & Lava Lake
  • 1983-2018 Pu'u 'O'o Eruption

Hiking to Lava

Lava viewing guide.

Check THIS SITE  for updates on lava flows and Kilauea activity. We've also included some maps below to generally help provide you an overview of the park and where the lava might be located during your visit. Just remember, this is an active living and breathing volcano and things regularly change, the maps are always out of date for that reason to some extent.

If the flows have recently been near the surface within the Park and IF it's safe to access (check with the Rangers), it's pretty easy to locate the lava yourself - so don't feel like you HAVE to join a tour to experience a lava flow. Before heading out, be sure you've prepared accordingly - dress appropriately with the right footwear for your adventure; be sure to keep water with you at all times, it can be easy to get dehydrated on the lava fields. Sunscreen is also your best friend on this part of the island.

As always, remember that lava flows outside the Park's boundary are on private property and you should not explore these locations without a guide who has permission to properly access the property.

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Our recommendation for Kilauea & lava tours is to contact Scott and Becky at The Volcano Van . They offer amazing tours of Kilauea, including several tours that depart from Kona.

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Helicopter Volcano Tours

Another great option is to take a helicopter tour over Pu`u O`o for a look into the bowels of the earth. While that too could change tomorrow, as lava has a mind of its own - a helicopter tour is your BEST opportunity to see lava.

Our recommendation for helicopters tours is to fly with Safari Helicopters. They have some amazing tours over the volcano that are perfect for experiecing Kilauea from above.

Mauna Loa 2022 Eruption

Mauna Loa Eruption

Mauna loa eruption updates, last activity: november 2022 - december 2022, after 38 years, mauna loa briefly erupted.

  • Mauna Loa , the world's largest volcano, which had been rumbling since mid-September 2022,  erupted from late November until mid-December 2022 .
  • Check out some great USGS photos of the 2022 Mauna Loa Eruption
  • View the USGS eruption map for a visualization of the eruption location
  • See our ' What's Happening on Mauna Loa ' section below for current information.

What happened?

The Mauna Loa volcano, located on the Big Island of Hawaii, recently erupted on Sunday - November 27, 2022 . The eruption, which was the first in nearly 40 years, was relatively small and caused no damage to nearby communities or infrastructure. The eruption was preceded by several weeks of increasing seismic activity, as well as ground deformation and elevated sulfur dioxide emissions. The HVO had placed the volcano on "watch" status shortly before the eruption, indicating an eruption was likely. As of December 11, 2022, the eruption has concluded .

As noted above, the eruption was relatively small, and no evacuations were necessary. No major highways were damaged, though initial concerns were that Saddle Road (Daniel K. Inouye Highway) might be impacted. Fortunately, it never was impacted by the lava flows. The lava flow was not close enough to any populated areas or infrastructure to cause any damage.

The recent eruption is a reminder of the power and unpredictability of volcanoes. Mauna Loa is one of five active/dormant volcanoes in the Hawaiian Islands and is the largest active volcano on Earth.

Latest Mauna Loa Developments

Updates provided by the usgs.

Current daily updates on the status of the Mauna Loa Eruption can be found on the USGS website .

See the USGS eruption map  to visualize the current eruption location, or view these incredible USGS photos of the recent Mauna Loa eruption .

Mauna Loa Eruption Maps

USGS Mauna Loa eruption map

USGS Mauna Loa eruption map

Mauna Loa Eruption Photos

Lava channel on Dec 4th - USGS

Lava channel on Dec 4th - USGS

Mauna Loa Fissure 3 - Dec 4th - USGS

Mauna Loa Fissure 3 - Dec 4th - USGS

Closeup View of Fissure 3 Mauna Loa - December 1st. Credit: USGS

Closeup View of Fissure 3 Mauna Loa - December 1st. Credit: USGS

Fissure 3 on Mauna Loa's Northeast Rift Zone - December 1st. Credit: USGS

Fissure 3 on Mauna Loa's Northeast Rift Zone - December 1st. Credit: USGS

Mauna Loa eruption on Nov. 30th - Credit: USGS

Mauna Loa eruption on Nov. 30th - Credit: USGS

Mauna Loa eruption on Nov. 30th - Credit: USGS

Mauna Loa Lava Fountains - USGS

Northeast Rift Zone Eruption - USGS

Northeast Rift Zone Eruption - USGS

Mauna Loa Eruption - USGS

Mauna Loa Eruption - USGS

Mauna Loa Lava Fountaining - USGS

Mauna Loa Lava Fountaining - USGS

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One of the Big Island’s most amazing features, the Kazumura Cave is Hawaii’s longest cave as well as the lengthiest-known lava tube in the world. You can explore a portion of this 42.5-mile-long natural tunnel thanks to the Kazumura Cave Tours led by the knowledgeable and passionate Harry Shick. Get a taste of subterranean Hawaii and learn some fascinating geology down in the darkness.

Its volcanic furnaces give the Big Island of Hawaii some of the most remarkable geologic spectacles in the world. Those spectacles aren’t limited to what we see at the surface in the form of massive shield-volcano domes, the Halemauu lava lakes, black-rock headlands. There’s some remarkable stuff underground as well, and Kazumura Cave is a spectacular example. Kazumura Cave Tours give you a rare guided look at this longest and deepest known lava tube on Planet Earth.

Lava tubes form within active lava flows, which, over time, have been in no short supply on the Big Island. As the roughly 2165-degree-Fahrenheit lava tongues its way along, it’s cooled by the air and the ground, forming an outer crust that hardens over. Insulated within, though, the flow has a molten heart that keeps flowing—sometimes for a long time. Once the inner active channel of lava drains away, you’re left with a long, linear void inside a hardened shell.

The Kazumura Lava Tube, surveyed to nearly 43 miles long, lies within a pahoehoe basalt flow of Kilauea Volcano’s Ailaau eruption from between 300 and 500 years ago. The cave’s flow runs northeast off the Kilauea flanks, and may have reached Kaloli Point on the coast. At more than 3,600 feet deep, the lava tube is also the deepest known cave in the U.S. In sections, its portal is nearly 70 feet wide and 60 feet high.

Hidden by dense windward vegetation as well as development on the surface, Kazumura Cave has at least 10 known entrances. In 1996, having explored the cave access on his property, Harry Shick began offering public tours. He’s a leading expert at this point, passionate about the Kazumura’s geology and its protection. He’s even penned a book on lava tubes and lava caves.

His Kazumura Cave Tours only explore a small portion of this vast subterranean system, but show off some spectacular features. These include dangling lavacicles, lava straws, and the extraordinary sculpted plunges known as lava falls. 

There are three tour options appealing to visitors with different physical capabilities, interests, and timetables. All begin with a walk through lush rainforest to a ladder dropping into the dark lava-tube underworld. You’ll want hiking boots (or at least sturdy hiking shoes) as well as long pants for your exploration. Flashlights, hard hats, and gloves are provided.

The two-hour Lava Falls Tour , considered easy to moderate, covers two-thirds of a mile and provides a broadly appealing introduction to the cave.

The four-hour, two-mile Pit Room exploration is a bit tougher, involving some clambering over jumbled cave breakdowns. It takes visitors to a great collapsed sink within the cave.

Then there’s the Maze Tour , which is suitable only for experienced cavers. It’s four- to six-hour rope-assisted foray explores such amazing realms as Eureka and Red Column falls and the epic Sexton Maze. 

Kids 11 and up can do the Lava Falls Tour, while the Pit Room and Maze tours are better for older teenagers. 

All of the tours feature Harry’s enthusiastic explanation of the Kazumura Cave’s geology and natural history. He shares some great and meaty information, and his care for this place comes through clearly. 

Kazumura Cave Tours puts great emphasis on low-impact cave stewardship, which is important: Parts of Kazumura Cave in the past have suffered from trash dumping and other insults. Introducing people to the wonders of this mighty lava tube is one way to help protect it. Don’t touch anything in the cave—its features can be surprisingly fragile—and don’t bring food, which can introduce bacteria and fungus that may threaten cave life.

You’ll learn a great deal on any of these three tours, and see a corner of Hawaii that few visitors even know about. 

Insider Tip: Bring along a rain jacket or windbreaker for your Kazumura Cave tour. The temperature within hovers around the mid-60s, and there’s quite a bit of dripping in the passageways.

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Cheryl did a great job of showing us the way in and most important the way out in the dark. I had seeing the lava flowing on my bucket list for ten years Cheryl got it done. thanks for the memories John

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As a lazy guy who mostly read reviews but barely writes some, I have to say this tour is one of the BEST experience I ever had! I have to post this five stars review as gratitude! Cheryl and Scott are remarkable guides and really care about our experience and safety. We saw some breathtaking views and took some awesome photos! I highly recommend Cheryl as your local guide if you would like to see the Lava. Hiking inside could be really dangerous without professionals, especially in the dark.

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This was the BEST tour we did on the Big Island! Definitely better than seeing the lava flow into the ocean from a boat! Cheryl & Jerry were such great guides, we felt much safer being in their guidance because you're basically out there all alone on the lava fields and would have no clue where to go. They found such an amazing spot of surface lava flow where we had plenty of time to take pictures and just gaze at the unreal beauty of molten earth. The hike is definitely not for the weak though! Definitely wear hiking boots, not old sneakers...theres a lot of uneven areas on the lava fields so you need good grippy boots. And don't worry, nobody melted their boots by the lava!

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Insane, spectacular, mind blowing .. might run out of adjectives. A very well executed guided lava tour .. right from check in, where you are provided torches, gloves, back packs (If required) etc. to the bus ride that shaves off couple of miles (u realize the diff when u r on ur way back exhausted). Cheryl and Jeff led our group very well ensuring everyone was together. And we saw some spectacular lava out breaks .. going without a guide is something I would not recommend, especially when u r returning back at night. You should definitely do this tour.

So close to the lava

So close to the lava

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Cheryl and Jerry were fantastic hosts and tour guides! We got right up close to the lava and it was incredible! They deserve way more Yelp reviews than they currently have (2 at time of posting).

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Wow! Could not ask for a better experience. Cheryl was a great coordinator and very informative. Scott and Nick were our wonderful guides. They were very knowledgeable and familiar with the area. I would recommend this tour group if you want a fun and safe lava viewing experience.

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My wife Annie and I joined Aloha Lava Tours for a sunset hike to the surface flows near Kalapana. Our tour guides, Nick and Scott were both professional and efficient. Scott was funny, and very personable. Nick was a little less talkative, but none the less informative. While I'm sure there is something about the area Scott doesn't have an answer for, we were not able to find it, despite our best efforts with lots of questions. We found that it was absolutely worth the money spent to have a knowledgeable guide. Your mileage may vary. They got us to the lava, as close as you could hope to or want to get, and maintained a reasonable saftey margin. Now, about the trip itself: - The ground is harsh, and variegated. You'll want good hiking boots that you've worn some. It's between 5 and 6 miles round trip over constant rises and drops. There's no trail; you're walking over cooled lava flows. The surface is basically 20 grit sandpaper. We did see someone at the flow in flip flops, so, again, YMMV. I did not envy that guy his walk back in the dark. - You'll want a fair bit of water, as ALT maintains a fast pace when hiking. - It's not an unreasonable pace, but if you're not accustomed to hiking/trekking, it might seem fast. We had people all across the age spectrum that were able to maintain the pace, so it's doable, but you need to be realistic with yourself and your abilities. A rescue from the lava field would likely be costly and challenging. - Things are hot near the lava. While this seems like a no-brainer, have a good look at your shoes and ask yourself if they'll withstand temps hotter than a Texas parking lot in August. Running/Tennis shoes can have the soles melted, have the glue that holds the soul to the shoe melted, etc. - ALT provided decent flashlights, and gloves for hand protection in case of falling. Absolutely neccessary, b/c even standing up can leave you with a scuffed up hand. If you want to keep your hands free while walking back, take a long a good hiking head light. We plan on going out again with ALT next time we're on the Big Island, hopefully taking their tour to the top of the ridge. I'd love to see Pu'u O'o, even if at a distance.

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Our group met up at Aloha Lava Tours at 3:15pm where we checked in & were issued gloves & flashlights for the hike. Unlike a lot of tours I have been on in the past there was a genuine spirit of Aloha & friendliness. All of the members of the Aloha Lava team were incredibly warm, welcoming, and quite interactive. Once we were all outfitted & the guides were satisfied that we each carried enough fluids for the hike we all piled in to their cool one of a kind truck & drove down the lava rock emergency access road to the trailhead & proceeded to hike the 3+ miles to the hillside where the lava was flowing. Or guides Cheryl & Jerry were outstanding, good natured, and very knowledgeable. Both Cheryl & Jerry answered any questions we had & told stories about the area during out hike all the while making sure we all stayed together. Our group of 20 people got to the first breakout just before the sun started to set. The breakouts & flows only got better from there. Jerry spotted much larger breakouts & flows higher up on the hillside & asked any of us if we were feeling a bit more adventurous. 14 of us were so off we went with Jerry. Talk about an incredible once in a lifetime experience! We were actually walking on top of an active lava flow that was akin to walking on top of taffy while you were in an oven. And there were cracks in the semi solidified lava where you could look down & actually see molten lava flowing underneath your feet. I wish I would have videotaped it but we were single file with no stopping allowed as we quickly followed Jerry to a safe viewing spot. By this time the sun had set & it was pitch black all around us with only the glow of lava bathing areas of the hillside. After viewing incredible breakouts for about 45 minutes or so we made our way out of the active flow maze & met up with Cheryl & the other 6 members of our group to start our 3+ mile trip out of the lava fields & back to the access road. The trip out was illuminated by our headlamps & flashlights pointed straight down in front of us single file paying close attention to the hardened lava just in front of us. If you slip & fall on this stuff it will cut you badly as it's 47% oxygen, 25% silica (glass), and a mixture of various other minerals. On the way back we would take breaks for water and at those points we would all turn off our headlamps & stare back at the lava flows & the stars in the skies which were magnificent. The stars were so close & bright you felt like you could reach out and touch them. Upon making it back to Aloha Lava Tours (over a half an hour later than expected because they went the extra mile to ensure we all received an experience we would never forget)compound we were greeted with an ice chest full of beer, soda, and water. Truly an unforgettable once in a lifetime experience & if any of you ever get to the Big Island I can't recommend this experience with Aloha Lava Tours enough. Cheryl & Jerry were awesome and Pele didn't disappoint.

Beautiful display from Madame Pele.

Beautiful display from Madame Pele.

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Feb 4, 2018

Wow! Thanks Dan. That was an awesome night! Was nice spending time with you. See you next time! Cheryl & Jerry

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We did about 3.5 miles each way to the lava. We got to get within feet of it and got some great shots. Great company. Definitely use them.

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I was visiting Oahu for a month and made a special trip to the Big Island because I HAD to see lava before I went back to chilly New England. Totally worth it! There where some amazing ocean flows that night and a fantastic view of the water with the sun setting. You are able to get really close to the lava and have tons of time to take pictures. The hike back was awesome because out on the lava fields there was no light pollution. I don't think I've ever seen the stars look so beautiful! The tour guides let you do your thing but also give you safety pointers when necessary. They just make the whole experience feel pretty effortless because they are constantly out there finding the new flows. Just got married and planning to go back with my husband as soon as we can :) Thanks for a great experience!

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Lava Tours on the Big Island of Hawaii

Book a lava tour now, hawaii volcanoes national park tour, e-bike puna lava tour, hilo to puna, hawaiian history and legends, shared and private lava tours, hawaii volcanoes national park tour for cruise ship passengers.

  • Witness the Power of Pele: Stand in awe as you witness the raw power of an active volcano. Watch molten lava flow and experience the earth’s fiery creation up close.
  • Explore Unique Landscapes: Walk through ancient lava fields, lush rainforests, and otherworldly craters that showcase the dynamic beauty of Hawaii’s geology.
  • Immerse in Cultural Richness: Learn about the rich cultural history of the Hawaiian people and their deep connection to the land. Hear stories and legends that bring the past to life.
  • Capture Unforgettable Moments: Our expert guides know the best spots for jaw-dropping views and incredible photo opportunities. Create memories that will last a lifetime.
  • Taste the Flavors of Hawaii: Enjoy a delicious locally sourced lunch that captures the essence of Hawaiian cuisine, adding a savory touch to your adventure.

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Frequently asked questions, will i get to see lava activity.

The presence and visibility of lava flow during a tour depend on the current volcanic activity. Your tour guide will keep you updated on the current conditions and ensure that you have the best possible viewing experience.

Is it safe to bring children on a lava tour?

Yes it is, please see our age recommendations in our tour details.

What happens if there is a volcanic eruption during the tour?

Our tour guides are experienced and will take necessary precautions to ensure your safety.

Can I customize my lava tour itinerary?

For custom private tours, please see our “Custom Private Tours”.

Are there any restrictions on taking volcanic rocks or other souvenirs from the lava fields?

Yes, it is illegal to remove volcanic rocks or other souvenirs from the lava fields without a permit. It is important to respect the natural environment and leave it as you found it.

What should I wear on a lava tour?

Closed-toed shoes are required, a light jacket is recommended as well as pants on evening or early morning lava tours due to cooler tempatures in high elevation areas. We recommend sunscreen and hat for daytime tours

Welcome to Kula Kai Caverns

Reservations required.

These are Private Tours with Experienced Guides

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"Come, explore one of the most fascinating and 'youngest' places on the planet."

Kula Kai Caverns is located in Ocean View on the south side of the Big Island. Experienced and knowledgeable guides offer spectacular and memorable adventures inside this braided thousand-year-old year old lava tube system.

You'll learn about lava and the science of the caves, as well as how tubes are formed and the ways Hawaiians used them. Many say this is the highlight of their Hawaii vacation!

EXPERIENCED GUIDES

Hike with our experienced guides and explore this fascinating subterranean environment. We will inspire you with a look into this valuable biologic and geologic resource. On-going research of these caves is providing greater insight into earth's evolving nature. Just a few hours of making memories will last a lifetime!

LOCATION/DIRECTIONS

Kula kai caverns is located halfway between kailua-kona and volcanoes national park..

92-8864 Lauhala Drive, Ocean View, Hawaii 96737

Must call first for reservations and access code.

From kona : take highway 11 south (approximately 45 miles}. continue 1.2 miles past tiki mama's and the welcome to ocean view sign.  at kula kai view estates, t urn right onto kona kai blvd. use access code at gate. drive 1.4 miles past gate. turn right on lauhala drive., from volcano or hilo : take highway 11 south to ocean view. one mile past the shopping center, at ku la kai view estates. turn left on kona kai blvd. use access code at gate. drive 1.4 miles past gate. turn right on lauhala drive..

Member of National Speleological Society, Inc. (NSS) Dedicated to the exploration, study and conservation of caves.

Member of the Cave Conservancy of Hawaii (CCH)

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VOLCANO SAFARI

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Kaumana is now reopened on Jan 16th 2024

Cruise Ship Friendly Tour

In 2018 several earthquakes cracked open the roads, lava fountains started spewing lava 300 ft into the sky and nearly 2,000 residents were evacuated. Join us for an exciting adventure in to the east rift zone of Kilauea volcano's devastation! Ready to step onto the newest formed black sand beach and explore lava caves!

Volcano Safari Highlights

  • Newest Black Sand Beach
  • Liliuokalani Gardens and Banyan Drive ( drive by)
  • Rainbow Falls
  • Kaumana Caves (Lava Tubes)
  • Volcanically heated hot pool
  • Lava devastation sights Fissure 8
  • Stop for lunch at local Vendor (not included in tour cost)

DEPARTURE TIMES

Hotel departure times are based off our other departure times. Departure is usually 9:00 AM OR 9:30 AM You can see our departure schedule below or call our office at 1-800-901-0468

PICK UP / MEETING LOCATION

Cruise Ship Hilo Port - . After departing the ship you will enter a terminal building. Guide will be holding the sign “C Big Island ”

  Hilo Hawaiian Hotel 71 Banyan Dr. Hilo HI 96720

CRUISE SHIP GUESTS

WE GUARANTEE TO HAVE YOU BACK TO THE CRUISE SHIP IN TIME FOR DEPARTURE

Cruise Ship Departure Times

Usually between 8:30 am and 9:00 am The time is subject to change as we schedule our departures around cruise ship arrivals and departures

Cruise Ship Checkin Location

When departing the ship you will enter a large building through double doors. Before exiting please look for your guide holding the sign “C Big Island Tours.” We ask all guests to please plan to be at the designated departure location at least 10-15 minutes before the departure time listed above. This info will also be on your confirmation.

TOUR DURATION

Approx 6 hr

12-14 passenger Ford Transit, Mercedes or 6 passenger mini Van

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Includes:  

  • Bottle Water

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  • Lunch  (available to purchase at local vendor)

What to Bring/Wear

Comfortable close-toed shoes

Activity Level

Moderate Tour  – Guest must be able to walk on uneven terrain. Stairs descending into a lava tube are slightly steep.

Not recommended for guests with physical limitations.

Not recommended for children under the age of 5 years.

Not recommended for women that are pregnant.

Tour is not wheelchair accessible.

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Liliuokalani Japanese Gardens  & Banyan Drive  – Drive by: Famous Banyan Tree Drive planted tree by Babe ruth and many others. Largest Japanese garden outside of Tokyo

Down Town Hilo  - Pass by no stop: See the historical downtown Hilo and learn about the devastating tsunamis of the past.

Rainbow Falls  – 15-20 min: 80ft waterfall over lava cave

Kaumana Caves – 20 min  - Will be descending into the lava cave through a skylight opening.

IMPORTANT UPDATE : Kaumana is now open as of Jan 16th 2024

Pahoa Town  – Drive through a Historical booming plantation town and now a laid-back hippie town with old-school artistry charm and wood-plank boardwalks

Lava Trees and Fissure – 25 min: Walk a trail among lava trees that looks somewhat of a petrified forest and look down into a deep fissure

Lunch stop 30-40 min:  Local Vendor 

New 2018 Black Sand Beach – 20 min:  This is the newest formed black sand beach on the Big Island. There is now swimming

Volcanically Heated Hot Pool – 5 min: Next to the newly formed black is a geothermal pool. Sorry no swimming in this as it is high in bacteria.There is now swimming

Lava devastation sights Fissure 8 – 10-15 min: These sights will be throughout the tour showing you where lava has come in and destroyed local areas of Hawaii.

Will we get to see active lava?

While this is a very dynamic situation that is subject to change at any moment there are fissures still smoldering since the huge eruption just a few years ago but no current surface molten lava can be seen anywhere. 

Can we swim in the Volcanically heated hot pool?

Sorry no. While some locals still continue to swim there, it is stagnant water and very high in bacteria. 

Can you accommodate a wheelchair, scooter, or walker?

No sorry, this tour has many locations you would not be able to access with a wheelchair, scooter, or walker. 

What is the temperature? Rain Poncho needed?

The climate in the eastern rift zone is tropical. While most of the time it remains clear it is not a bad idea to have a rain poncho on hand. 

What about the Mauna Loa Volcano Eruption

The Mauna Loa Volcano eruption has not affected this tour. However, Mauna Loa is still currently an active volcano and things can change without notice. The Mauna Loa volcano eruption is still currently a long way away from Kilauea Volcano

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"After reading the reviews on the lava boat tours we decided on this cruise because it was a smaller group. Didn't really know what to expect but it far exceeded our expectations and was an amazing up close tour of the volcano and lava. The pictures really don't capture how amazing this tour really was."

"oleathia did a great job of assisting me in planning our volcano safari trip which we took on our 45th wedding anniversary. junior, our tour guide, picked us up on schedule, and the van was clean and in good condition, there were only two other couples on the trip which created a nice small tour group.", "four of us were booked for the volcano safari while in hilo for the day with ncl. it did not disappoint. luana and kayla were amazing. very friendly, knowledgeable and were willing and open to suggestions. they are both new so we expected some snafus but there were little to speak of, really. they have firsthand knowledge of the places we went and were able to go places that any cruise excursion would never have gone.".

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E-mail:  [email protected]

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Epic Hawaii National Volcano Park Tours

Hikes to the current surface flow lava or ocean entry (whatever is currently available).

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  • Hour Glass Duration: 2 Hours
  • Clock Start Time: 5am, 2pm, 8:30pm

We offer this tour every day of the year, LAVA is contingent to the volcano erupting.

Experience Hawaii’s National Volcano Park on our Tours!

Be prepared for one of the coolest and most unique tours through Hawaii’s Volcano National Park! Our legendary tour guide comes with 50 years of experience and knowledge on the park and its history, and will lead you through the very best features that the 505 mi.² national Park has to offer.

Current volcano park hikes range from 1 to 2 miles in total, and are suitable for most physical conditions who can handle that distance. if you have any questions about the tour, make sure to contact EpicLava before booking your adventure.

What’s Included on the Epic Volcano Park Tour:

  • We include bottled water and rain ponchos
  • Make sure to bring closed toed shoes, hat, sunglasses, sunblock

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You want to experience a real adventure, where the nature experience is in the foreground? Our tour brings you to where new land is created – feel the heat of fresh lava and experience this natural spectacle with your own eyes. In addition to the photographic aspect, you’ll get to experience a unique and unforgettable adventure with your private group!

Lava Tunnel Tour at Raufarholshellir – meet on location

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Embark on a captivating journey through the mesmerizing Raufarhólshellir lava tunnel , renowned as one of Iceland’s most extensive and celebrated lava tubes. Situated a mere 30-minute drive from Reykjavík, this geological wonder welcomes adventurers year-round.

As you delve into the tunnel’s depths, you’ll encounter a rugged terrain strewn with substantial rocks, posing a formidable challenge to traverse. To facilitate exploration, purpose-built pathways and a footbridge have been meticulously crafted, ensuring ease of access during your Lava Tunnel Tour.

Marvel at the astonishing illumination within this section of the tunnel, designed to accentuate the ever-shifting hues and vividly showcase the remarkable seismic forces that forged this captivating subterranean marvel. With each step, you’ll witness the enduring legacy of powerful geological activity that shaped this remarkable underground world.

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  • Guided tour, helmets, lights, crampons (if needed)
  • Operation dates: All year around
  • Tour departures: Every hour on the hour (from 09 to 17o´clock)
  • Duration: 50 - 60 minutes
  • Fitness level needed: For most people although we do not recommend to those that have difficulties with balance, difficulties walking on uneven surface (such as snow) or difficulties walking up or down steep stairs.
  • Pick-up and drop-off
  • Warm clothes and sturdy shoes
  • Cancellation policy: Cancellation fee of 100% if cancelled 1 day or less before departure

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This is a meet-on-location tour. Please arrive a bit before your tour departure time at the Lava Tunnel reception in Raufarhólshellir, outside the capital region.

The tunnel is conveniently located less than a 30-minute drive (approximately 30 km) from Reykjavík and can be reached by all types of vehicles. To get there from Reykjavík, head east on Route 1 for about 18 km. Then, make a right turn onto Route 39 (Þorlákshöfn) and continue for another 12 km. You’ll find the parking area on your left-hand side. If you prefer to use GPS, the coordinates are N.63º 56.407 / W. 021º 23.742, or you can easily locate us on Google Maps.

Our standard tour provides an easy and enjoyable way to explore the tunnel. The path is designed to make it accessible to most people, with a footbridge and paths constructed over rough terrain. The impressive lighting in this section showcases the changing colors and vividly illustrates the volcanic activity that shaped the tunnel.

We provide helmets and lights for your convenience. It’s advisable to wear warm clothing and sturdy shoes. Keep in mind that there may be water dripping from the ceiling, so it’s a good idea to wear water-resistant or waterproof attire. And, of course, a smile is always a welcome companion on the journey!

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Lava Caving

Raufarholshellir Tour - King Of Caves

Explore one of iceland's longest lava tube caves.

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Explore one of the longest and best-known lava tubes in Iceland on our Raufarholshellir Cave Tour. These magnificent lava tubes were formed 5200 years ago by a volcanic eruption and span an impressive 1360 m (4500 ft). During this caving excursion, you’ll encounter the various colors and textures of ancient lava formations. Located just 30 minutes from the capital, it’s the most easily accessible lava cave near Reykjavik and is open year-round. Delve down into the subterranean world of lava beneath the ice on this unique experience!

  • Iceland's 4th longest lava tube cave
  • Lava formations
  • Icelandic lava field
  • Guided caving tour
  • Flash light
  • Gloves and helmet

What to bring

  • Warm outdoor clothing
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Good hiking boots with ankle support are required

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Explore the depths of  Iceland’s 4th longest lava tube cave  on our Raufarholshellir Cave Tour. Stretching an estimated 1,360 meters (4,461 ft) long, the tunnels of Raufarholshellir make up their own subterranean universe. Magnificently colored in hues of red and purple, the chambers of the cave are a spectacular sight. Each color tells a story of the cave’s history, which your tour guide will share with you along the way.

Like many Icelandic attractions, the Raufarholshellir lava tunnel was born from a volcanic eruption, known as the Leitahraun eruption , in the Bláfjöll mountain range. You’ll walk in the path of  lava that flowed 5200 years ago .

Moss-covered lava stretches throughout the cave. Due to the popularity of the cave, the stalactites began to disappear around the 1950s. However, today you can still spot a few. In winter ice coats the cave interior and giant ice formations create a breathtaking winter wonderland.

Just a 30-minute drive from Reykjavik, Raufarholshellir's lava tube cave is one of the most accessible caves in the country. There are four entrances, all within a short distance of each other. It is extremely spacious at between 10 and 30 meters wide (33 to 99 ft) and up to 10 meters tall (33 ft). Inside the tube explore the largest lava chambers in Iceland, excluding Surtshellir and Vidgelmir lava tubes in West Iceland.

Parts of the cave have uneven surfaces and are difficult to trek. We insist that all participants visiting the lava tunnel be in good physical shape. Discover the ancient remnants of a volcano on this unique tour experience. These dazzling caves are sure to excite your inner explorer!

Pink Light in the Inside of Lava Tunnel

Lava tubes are natural canals through which lava flows below the surface following a volcanic eruption. Tubes can either be actively draining lava from the source or be extinct, wherein the lava flow has stopped and the rock has cooled. In the latter case, a long, cave-like channel is left behind.

Lava tubes form when an active low-viscosity lava flow produces a continuous hard crust. The crust thickens to create a roof over the still-running lava stream. There are only two ways for tubes to form: by forming a crust over lava channels, or from lava flows moving beneath the surface.

Meet on location

Have a car? You  can meet us on-site . Raufarholshellir Cave is located less than a  30-minute drive  (approximately 30 km) from Reykjavík and is  accessible by all vehicles .

Drive from Reykjavík east on Route 1 for about 18 km. Turn right onto Route 39 (Þorlákshöfn) and continue for another 12 km. The parking area will be on your left-hand side. 

The GPS coordinates are: N.63º 56.407 / W. 021º 23.742

Please note

  • Good hiking boots with ankle support are required. We reserve the right to refuse anyone who does not have appropriate footwear.
  • This tour is only for people in good physical shape. We do not recommend this excursion for people with back, knee or other health issues.

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What does meet on location entail?

Meet on location  means travelling to the location of the tour yourself and then meeting our tour guides rather than being picked up and taken to the location.

How is it best to be ready for a pick-up for a tour with Arctic Adventures?

This is a great question. We ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pickup time indicated. This is because you may well be the first pick up of the day. Please be at your assigned location at the start time that you chose when booking the tour.

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Can I drink alcohol before or during Arctic Adventures tours?

Before and during activities on the multi-day tours consumption of alcohol is prohibited. If we suspect that a participant is intoxicated, we will prohibit them from joining the activity.

After the activities of the day are finished, you are welcome to have a drink and relax.

Do you offer any family friendly tours, for younger children?

Yes, we do. Langjökull Ice Cave is a magical experience, the tour has no minimum age and is a wonderful option for the whole family. Whale Watching with our partner company Elding has been a favourite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summertime).

Another option would be the Landmannalaugar Safari on this tour you get to explore parts of the Icelandic highlands and bathe in natural hot springs. Most of our super jeep tours are also suitable for children over the age of 6 years old. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour .

Can the itinerary for the tour change?

Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routes depending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy .

Is there a guide on each Arctic Adventures tour?

Yes, there is a specially trained and certified guide on each of our tours. The only exception to this is for our self-drive tours .

All of our tours are guided in English.

Can the guide advise if I am eligible for rescheduling the tour and/or a refund?

No, for all your questions and concerns you would need to contact our customer service.

What type of power outlets are used in Iceland? Do I need to bring an adapter?

The standard in Iceland is 230V and 50Hz and we use F-type power sockets and plugs, so you might have to bring an adaptor if you are visiting from UK, USA, Canada or other countries using a different voltage, Hz or plugs.

How are the tours rated in terms of difficulty?

Our tours are split into four different categories that help participants to understand what to expect from the tour. The categories are Easy, Moderate, Challenging and Demanding. Each tour is rated making it easier to find tours that suit you.

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We’ve partnered with the Kolviður Fund in a new carbon offsetting program, which passengers can select to participate in at the time of booking.

The Kolviður Fund is the oldest, most respected carbon offsetting program in Iceland. With your support, one tree will be planted in special Kolviður forests in Iceland to carbon offset your tour with us.

Kolviður forests are strategically planted to absorb the maximum amount of CO2 and the forests are protected for a minimum of 60 years. During their lifetime the trees absorb carbon and store it in their root system, trunk, and branches. Trees also prevent soil erosion and maintain storage of carbon in the soil.

What equipment do you provide for the lava tube caving trip?

We provide you with a headlight and a helmet.

What should I wear on a lava caving tour in Iceland?

Like always in Iceland, it’s best to dress in layers. Warm layers closest to you preferably wool/thermal underwear, pants sweater and on top waterproof outdoor clothing. We also recommend that you wear good hiking boots and gloves. Jeans have proven to be a bad choice.

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Figuring out the best base locations in Palworld can feel like a daunting task. Pocketpair drops you in a large open world and basically says “go for it, pal” without any real indication of what spots might be the most helpful.

While you can make any location work for a base in Palworld , the right ones give you easy access to valuable materials and make your crafting efforts go much more smoothly. For our money, here are the best base locations in Palworld for all the resources you need.

Best base locations in Palworld

We’ve selected six base locations that grant you access to a wide array of resources, including coal, ore, sulfur, and even Ancient Civilization Parts. At a glance, here are the six best base locations in Palworld :

  • Windswept Plateau: Defendable, and great for getting early resources
  • Hilldside: Easy access to lots of ore
  • Twilight Dunes: Close to coal and high quality Pal oil
  • Sealed Realm of the Guardian: Great for getting coal and ore
  • Seabreeze Archipelago: Good source of sulfur
  • Chillet Alpha Pal: Solid spot to farm Ancient Civilization Parts

Palworld limits how many active bases you can have at once, based on your level. If you’re looking to trade up, our guide on how to move a base can help.

Windswept Plateau — best early base location

A map shows the location of the best early base location in Palworld.

I had no idea what I was doing when I started Palworld and randomly plunked my first base on the ledge just below the first fast travel point. Turns out, that’s a pretty good spot for one. You’re near several stone nodes and trees — both of which replenish after an in–game day or two — and there’s plenty of space to experiment with building houses and facilities.

It’s also an easily defendable location. Rocks guard your southern end, while sheer cliffs border you on the north and west. The only paths your enemies may have is up the staircase to your east, and there’s a pretty big length of open ground between there and the ruins where your base is — perfect for setting traps and sending Pals out to battle.

A Palworld hero flies a flying mount over the best early base location in Palworld.

The downside is that you have no access to dungeons, Alpha Pals, or ore nodes. This really is a beginner’s location.

Hillside — best base location for ore

A map shows the location of the best base location for ore in Palworld.

The southwestern part of the Hillside region — the area with autumn foliage everywhere — has a lot going for it. The location shown at the top of this paragraph is fantastic for logging camps, with dense woodland in every direction and few wild Pals roaming about.

Just slightly to the south of that spot is a clearing with multiple ore nodes. Put your base somewhere in between, and you’ll likely never want for basic resources again. There’s even a Syndicate base not far away and a bridge separating you from it, giving you a natural defensive barrier and an easy way to keep your base safe.

A Palworld hero flies a flying mount over ore deposits in the best base location for ore in Palworld.

Twilight Dunes — best base location for high quality Pal oil

A map shows the location of the best base location for high quality pal oil in Palworld.

The Twilight Dunes region is rich in resources, despite being so small, and it’s also distinctly lacking in fast travel points, which makes it ideal for building a base.

Coal is the big draw here, as there’s quite a bit of it to farm. However, you’re also right in the middle of Dumud and Digitoise habitats, the two best — and easiest — ways to get high quality Pal oil. You’ll need plenty of the slick stuff to manufacture firearms, so if that’s high on your list of things to do, this is a solid place for your next base.

You can find two sulfur nodes just outside the desert’s western entrance as well, so if you’ve got a flying mount Pal, you can swoop over there in a few seconds each day and stock up.

A Palworld hero stands near sulfur nodes in the best base location for sulfur in Palworld.

The big caveat is the Twilight Dunes region itself. There’s a large, open space in the middle of the dunes that’s perfect for a Palbox, but it’s also surrounded by potentially hostile Pals. Plunking it down on one of the rocky rises means you have natural defense against raids — but your hard-working Pals can’t ascend or descend to harvest and return materials.

Your best bet is building a heavily fortified base with plenty of traps and some walls that enclose the coal nodes. Employ strong, high-level Pals who can fend off any enemy raids as well.

Sealed Realm of the Guardian — best base location for coal

A map shows the location of the best base location for coal in Palworld.

East of the Sealed Realm of the Guardian dungeon is a quiet little spot that’s absolutely loaded with coal and ore nodes. You’ll need plenty of coal for late-game buildings and equipment, so if the Twilight Dunes aren’t to your liking, this is a strong alternative. You’re not far from Beegarde locations either, so if you have room for a ranch, you can start a honey farm here as well.

A Palworld hero flies over a bunch of ore deposits near the best base location for coal in Palworld.

The one drawback is that the terrain makes placing facilities a little difficult. You can use wood platforms to even out the landscape when you place your Palbox, which helps raise the building floor into an even layer for your other facilities. The location we picked is on a flat, but narrow, hill top. However, if it’s too much of a pain or you need more room, consider just building a Palnox for easy fast travel and mining your coal manually.

Seabreeze Archipelago — best base location for sulfur

A map shows the best base location for sulfur in Palworld.

It might look like stone is the main draw for this base location, but that’s only halfway true. The Seabreeze Archipelago is worth your attention for a few other reasons. One is the quartet of moderately high-level dungeons here, all of which are good sources of sulfur and strong Pals. You can challenge a handful of Alpha Pals as well, and there’s even a wandering merchant.

The spot we picked out has a few ore and stone nodes, along with plenty of trees, and there’s a skill fruit tree at the island’s western end.

A Palworld hero flies a flying mount near the best base location for sulfur in Palworld.

Chillet Alpha Pal — best base location for Ancient Civilization Parts

A map shows the location of the best base location for Ancient Civilization Parts in Palworld.

This one might seem like an odd choice, but bear with me. Chillet is the first Alpha Pal – the giant Pals with names in big headline letters – you can handle with ease. It’s a level 11 ice-type and, like other Alpha Pals, it drops Ancient Civilization Parts when you catch or defeat it. They respawn after roughly a real-world hour, so here’s a handy source of Ancient Civilization Parts right outside your camp.

A Palworld hero flies over the best base location in Palworld for Ancient Civilization parts.

The area along the river and hills east of Rayne Tower is also home to herds of Teaphant, low-level Water Pals. By the time you’re ready to build a second base at level 10, you can blitz through and capture them to get a dozen Pal Fluid stacks or more each go. Pal Fluids come up in several mid- to late-game crafting recipes, so you’ll need quite a few even after building a hot spring during the tutorial.

This spot on the hill is just a bridge walk away from Chillet and has a few ore nodes for you as well.

For more Palworld guides , we’ve got you covered. If you’re just starting out, we’ve got a beginner’s guide , a list of all Pals , and a type chart . We also have explainers on breeding , eggs , and a rundown of how multiplayer works.

On the hunt for resources? Check out our guides on how to get ore , coal , polymer , leather , sulfur , wheat seeds , pure quartz , Ancient Technology Points , and ancient civilization parts . For advanced players, consult our lists of all tower boss locations , all passive skills , and all flying mounts .

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The Golden Circle & The Lava Tunnel

See Iceland above and underground. Begin the day with witnessing the inner workings of a volcanic eruption while we walk in the path of a lava that flowed thousands of years ago. The lava tunnel is one of the biggest in Iceland and gets up to 30 meters wide and 10 meters high. The lava tube ceiling has caved in near the entrance, which creates beautiful columns of light. The fantastic range of colors of the tunnel wall is caused by the different mineral types of the rock.

This is a tour for the senses. Experience a new world, hear the talk of the cave and sense the forces of nature like you have never done before. Learn new things and step out of your comfort zone. Scenes from the Hollywood movie Noah, with Anthony Hopkins, were shot in this lava cave.

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The next tour takes you to three of Iceland’s most stunning sights; Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir geothermal area and Þingvellir National Park. The Geysir geothermal area boasts spouting springs, including Strokkur, the most active geyser in Iceland. All geysers in the world get their name from the now mostly dormant Geysir hot spring, from which the area also gets its name. At Gullfoss you are given the opportunity to stand next to the amazing waterfall, watching enormous quantities of water tumble violently into a deep, meandering gorge. Whether you take the morning or the afternoon tour, you will spend your time encountering a cross-section of Iceland's natural wonders and the famous Þingvellir National Park.

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The tour is accessible for most people. We do not recommend the tour to those that have difficulties walking up/down stairs or on uneven surface and snow. The Lava Tunnel is not wheelchair accessible.

How to arrive at The Lava Tunnel

Select pickup location in the booking process. Pickup is provided to most of the hotels in Reykjavík, designated bus stops and the BSÍ bus terminal.

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour. Our guide was both knowledgeable and funny. The cave is remarkable and fascinating. I would recommend this to anyone!

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