Tuesday, July 26, 2005
When exploring a volcano...
I traveled with VolcanoDiscovery (www.volcanodiscovery.com, firstname.lastname@example.org), which also offers tours of volcanoes in Italy, Greece and Indonesia.
I appreciated the pairing of Phil Ong's island smarts - he's a local geologist - with Dr. Tom Pfeiffer's breadth of knowledge. Groups on fixed-date tours range from two to 10 people, though the team specializes in custom bookings. I was lucky and saw a high degree of volcanic activity, but note that eruptions can be notoriously fickle. The five-day Hawaiian expedition without airfare costs $3,200.
Should you seek a shorter volcano expedition on the Big Island, VolcanoDiscovery's expert lava guides offer half-day trips for about $235 or full days for about $350.