Lava meets the Pacific Ocean in Hawaii: Tourists watch from tour boats


Hiking close to the volcano can be life threatening for tourists in Hawaii. Therefore, boat tours are also making trips to the site to view the lava flow entering the Pacific Ocean.

The U.S. Geological survey reported this week that 2,000-degree lava from the Kilauea volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii made its way across part of the island of Hawaii’s Volcanoes Park, and met the ocean for the first time since 2013.

The lava exited the volcano at a vent called Puu Oo and crossed an emergency road before meeting the coast.

The mix of lava and sea, says the USGS, creates an acidic plume mixed with fine volcanic particles that could harm tourists hiking nearby to take a look.