Discover Hawaii’s Active Volcanoes

A New Years experience – a trip for all geology enthusiasts!

30 December 2018 – 6 January 2019


Come and celebrate the arrival of the new year while living and learning on one of the worlds most active volcano!

This eight-day (7 night) field trip on the Big Island of Hawaii will expand your knowledge in the field of plate tectonics, hot spot volcanism and the geologic features and hazards associated with living on an active volcano.  We will discuss volcanic edifices, eruption styles, magma evolution and see various types of lava flows, lava lakes, tree molds and lava trees, fault scarps, rifts, craters and calderas.

We will also have time to look at modern reef development (snorkeling) and local agriculture based on the volcanic soils.  We will visit sites of natural hazards, including the 1946 & 1964 tsunamis.  

This is an exclusive tour that will have just a small group – so we will have greater access to locations, and more time to talk and share about what we are seeing.  

This trip is great for everyone – no matter your geology background.   Partners/spouses are very welcome.

We will practice geoscience field mapping skills in volcanic environments.   Mapping activities include:

  • Mapping the edge of lava flows and looking for evidence of relative ages.
  • Mapping inside a lava tube and calculating flow volumes.
  • Mapping volcanic eruption site features and building ideas and theories on the geological history.

Why not spend Christmas in Hawaii…then join this trip?


What do past participants say…

“This trip allowed me to see Hawaii in a way that most people never do. This included hiking through lava tubes and across cooled lava lakes, snorkeling with turtles, bathing at the green sand beach, and a helicopter ride over an active volcano. I learned far more about the unique volcanism of Hawaii during this trip than from any text book, and I got to meet lots of cool people. Would absolutely recommend to anyone!”  Jennifer Prichard

“You really just have to see Hawaii in person to grasp the magnitude, devastation and beauty!  The experience was greatly enhanced by Gary’s knowledge and ability to get you off the tourist trail and adapt the trip to suit the group’s interests.”  Clare Connolly
“This trip is highly recommended for everyone from specialist to total novice. Gary has a unique ability to provide information that will be of interest to trained geologists/volcanologists but will also inform and totally absorb someone with little or no formal geological training. His talent for explaining concepts for all levels is exceptional. This is all helped by some spectacular subject matter! I will be recommending the trip to all and sundry – geologist and non-geologist alike.” Morrie Duggan

This is a hands-on trip….

We welcome all geoscience enthusiasts to join this experience – ie. past students, faculty members, teachers and lovers of geology.  You will be expected to participate in all the activities and be part of working groups.



Cost: $US 1,775 per person*

( * not including airfares to/from Hilo, HI.  Twin share).

Single rooms are available for additional fee of US$725 pp.

Members of the Geological Society of Australia receive a US$50 discount.


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Perfect for people from around the world…..
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Refund & Insurance Policy- January 2019 Trip
Trip payment (including deposit) is fully refundable minus a US$50 administration fee up till COB on August 31,  2018.   Cancellations between September 1,  2018 and November 1,  2018, will forfeit deposit (US$500). Full payment is due on or before November  1, 2018.  There are no refunds after November 1,  2018.   All participants MUST provide evidence for travel insurance for the trip period when full payment is made.
Discover Hawaii’s Active Volcanoes – 2019 New Years Trip