Each of these volcanoes has a story to tell and before we forget, the Big Island is not the only Hawaiian island with active volcanoes. There is a new island in the making in front of the Big Island right now (Loihi) which will break the ocean surface in an estimated 10.000 / 100.000 years, and did you know that the Haleakala volcano on Maui could still erupt!?
Jennifer and I traveled to Hawaii in March of 2017 to view the lava flows both on the fields and at the ocean entry. From following websites and Facebook pages we were aware that the lava had been flowing into the ocean for the last nine months or so. We missed it the last time we were on the Big Island since it wasn't entering the ocean.
We visited from the Kalapanga side rather than the Chain of Craters Road side. Reports indicated the approach was easier from the Kalapanga side and bicycles and ATV rides were available. Also the winds kept the fumes away from this approach. Although the signs say viewing from 3 pm to 9 pm, this really means it is staffed during those hours. Other hours, no bikes or ATV's are available but you can walk. If you drive through the first gate you are subject to parking tickets and if you cross the national park service ropes, I believe the fine is $130. I went out with a local photographer and, I will admit, crossed the lines for better images. We received a $35.00 parking ticket but were not cited by the park service. We were there from about 3:30 am to 7:30 am and there were really no other people except our group.