By Mark McConville
TAKE YOUR life into your hands with this risky getaway at an amazing treehouse that perches on the active volcano of Kīlauea for £265 a night.
The volcano tree house is located in the rainforest area of one of the world’s most active volcanoes, Kilauea, which began erupting in May and has so far destroyed 657 homes.
In contrast to that destruction, incredible images show the picturesque treehouse with spacious living areas and bedrooms as well as large windows to view the lush forest surroundings.
The volcano treehouse is the work of master treehouse builder Skye Peterson who also lives in the rain forest.
A stay costs around £265 a night for two people, with a two-night minimum stay required and around £18 per night extra for any additional guests. A £55 cleaning fee is also required, while there is a six-person maximum capacity.
An additional treehouse is available to rent at around £210 a night under the same conditions.
“This world-class treehouse has huge windows and decks all around for spectacular 360-degree nature viewing,” said Skye.
“Commune with birds and other tree creatures on their level. If you want to be outdoors, a unique skywalk and deck stretches out into a forest canopy of giant tree ferns.
“A second genuine hand-built Treehouse #2 nearby is just as exciting with its own special personality and beauty for any couple or family to enjoy.
“If you care to even leave the treehouse, you can visit the Hawaiian Volcanoes National Park just five miles up the road.
“You are out in the forest and it’s a bit like camping, but you have all the cosy comforts in a romantic, picturesque Hawaiian rain forest: kitchen with fridge and two-burner stove, hot water shower, regular flush toilet, mood setting open faced fireplace with kindling and lots of cut wood.
“This could be one of your best adventures ever. Come visit and take it off your bucket list.”
Following weeks of increased pressure, the crater floor of the cone of Puʻu ʻŌʻō collapsed on April 30, 2018 as magma migrated underground into the lower Puna region of Kilauea’s lower east rift zone.
Over the next few days, hundreds of small earthquakes were detected on Kīlauea’s East rift zone, leading officials to issue evacuation warnings. On May 3, 2018, lava began erupting in lower Puna after a 5.0 earthquake earlier in the day, causing evacuations of the Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens subdivisions.
A seemingly related 6.9 magnitude earthquake occurred on May 4. By May 9, 27 houses had been destroyed in Leilani Estates. A massive Puna lava flow heads seaward on May 19, 2018.
By May 21, two lava flows had reached the Pacific Ocean, creating thick clouds of laze (a toxic lava and haze cloud), which is made up of hydrochloric acid and glass particles.
By May 31, 87 houses in Leilani Estates and nearby areas had been destroyed by lava. Advancing lava flows caused additional evacuation orders, including the town of Kapoho.
By June 4, with the lava having crossed through Kapoho and entered the ocean, the confirmed number of houses lost had reached 159. Two weeks later, the confirmed number of homes lost was 533, and as of June 25 it had risen to 657.
For more information see http://volcanotreehouse.net/