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Kalapana Lava Hike

Posted on February 5, 2013

-Courtesy of David Chatsuthiphan

Kalapana, on the Big Island of Hawaii, is one of the few spots on Earth that you can see, and even stand next to, flowing lava. For the last couple months the lava has been flowing into the ocean providing some majestic and unreal views.

You can see lava from a helicopter or boat, but the only way to see it up close and personal is to go on a hike. The hike involves trekking a few miles over fresh lava rock. Some of the rock you’ll hike on might be only a day old.

Our hiking guide from Kalapana Cultural Tours led us to the best spots to see the surface lava flow. The guides scout out the lava flow every morning and find the best spots to take guests.

On some days, if you are lucky, the lava will be flowing all the way to the ocean and pour out like a lava waterfall. This is not an everyday occurrence but when it’s happening, the “ocean entry” is the main attraction. And when the sun goes down, the views are just wild.

You can see the full set of photos and read the full story on the Hawaii Island Lava Hike, on UnrealHawaii.com.

All photos by David Chatsuthiphan. David is a photographer and blogger who enjoys hiking and exploring the islands. After moving to Hawaii from California in 2007, he documents and recreates the “unreal” beauty of Hawaii through his photography and blog.

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