Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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Get up close and personal with a volcano at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Stop by the Kilauea Visitor Center to pick up a map and ask a ranger for their recommendation on the best route. Hike the Kilauea Iki lava field, check out the Nahuku Thurston lava tubes, and drive the Chain of Craters Road. Bring plenty of water, snacks, and sunscreen, and don’t forget headlamps and binoculars if you’re planning to experience the molten lava’s glow at night. There’s so much to do at this experience of a lifetime—consider extending your visit by booking a stay at the Volcano House Hotel. – Tripadvisor
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  • Blondina70
    Morro Bay, California14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Eat next to a volcano!
    Absolutely worth the long trek to and fro! A gorgeous, lush, arid, diverse park that was easy to drive around. Feeling the steam vents reminds you of just how young and powerful this island is. A must do!
    Visited April 2023
    Written 22 April 2023
  • Jose G
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must See
    This is a must see! No trip to the Big Island is complete without going to Volcano National Park. Lots of trails, hikes, lava tubes to explore. I came for one day but could have stayed a full week.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 7 May 2023
  • DJON D
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magical
    I really this NP. It’s definitely an attraction I can visit on a regular basis when I move here. 3:00am meditation and watching the star dust fall. Keep yours eyes open you might see an UAP!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 13 June 2023
  • Ravenito
    Charlotte, North Carolina494 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I think this place has some really great views, if you can see them
    I love National Parks and I was really looking forward to coming to this one but unfortunately the weather was just awful the day I went. We were pretty much inside of a cloud so visibility was terrible. The crater was hidden in the cloud, all of the scenic overlooks were hidden behind clouds, and of course it rained almost the entire day. That's not exactly the fault of the park but after talking to people on the island I came to find out that our experience is not at all uncommon. I was told that your best bet is to get there really early in the morning because a lot of times the clouds don't move in until later in the morning so if you get there early you will usually have a couple hours of decent visibility. The Thurston lava tube was really neat and I highly recommend the Mauna Ulu Eruption trail. It's only a .5 mile round trip loop but it has some really cool fissures and lava formations. It's mostly flat too, so it's a pretty easy hike. Honestly it's more of a half mile walk than it is a hike, and it's totally worth it. I also just missed the current eruption by less than a week so there was no lava visible while I was there. I will have to come back another time because that's something I'd really like to see.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 June 2023
  • Lorna C
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mauka Makai is more than a five star, they’re really very good!
    Jill was really very nice, accommodating and warm. Very knowledgeable. We enjoyed every bit of the tour. Jill was even happy to take our photos and gave us time in every places we went to. Mauka Makai is a very trustworthy company, we’ll get them again if we ever visit Hilo again. Thank you Jill, we had a blast!
    Visited November 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 June 2023
  • achsah17
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect place for a hiking day!
    Loved how you could pick which trail to use based on your group's willingness or ability. The map showed how long each trail would take, which was very helpful to plan the day. Nice look out areas every so often with plenty of picture perfect views. It was amazing that my family was there 3 days before Kilauea erupted (6/7/2023). So close! We had a great day!
    Visited June 2023
    Written 15 June 2023
  • Wood77
    Los Angeles, California1,964 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nature Is Awesome
    Volcano National Park on the Big Island of Hawaii is absolutely on the must do list. Timing of our visit to the Big Island was perfect. Hawaii's Kilauea volcano in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park began erupting on June 7, 2023. We visited on June 15, 2023, it is still erupting. The best eruption view (IMO) was drive on Crater Rim West. Drive pass the Kilauea Military Camp, then look for a small sign on your left for volcano lookout. Turn left to Kilauea Overlook. During our visit, two park rangers had their telescopic cameras on tripod video recording the eruption. They allowed us to look through their equipments. During the day, the smoke obscures the lava flow. If you can stay there after dark, you can get a stunning photo with telescopic lens. Of course there are many trails available to do besides watching the eruption. Walking the across the volcano caldera, the large depression formed when a volcano erupts and collapses, though strenuous was another highlight.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 June 2023
  • Pallavi P
    45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best Experience on Kona ISland
    First time seeing this park with family was an amazing experience! I got to see the glow of the volcano at night and was amazed at how quickly it glows! Anyone that goes to hawaii needs to see this because of its amazing attraction! Definitely go here if you go to Kona!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 June 2023
  • Trip597356
    West Chester, Ohio199 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kilauea eruption still continues!!!
    With Kilauea erupting, we had to check it out while on the island. Even though everyone says it’s better at night, we were staying in Kona, and the two hour winding, mountainous drive at night in drizzly weather was not something we wanted to do. So we arrived around noon, and yes, you can still see the lava! And it’s much less crowded. We also went down the Crater road and checked out the lava fields and lava tubes. They now have created a service road down where you used to be able to take a picture of yourself lying on the road, with the lava rock behind you, looking like it just flowed by! It’s good-better evacuation routes for the locals. Anyway, if you are anywhere in the Hawaiian islands right now, you’ve got to come check it out… it is beautiful, terrifying, and historic. Just be respectful of Pepe’s mountain and don’t take anything out of the park or you’ll get bad luck!!!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 June 2023
  • Heidi S
    Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely a must see and do when on the island.
    Definitely a once in a lifetime trip. We used Wasabi Tours to visit during our stay. So much to see around the park including the Thustin Lava Tube. The volcano is currently erupting so we were thrilled to see Lava.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 June 2023
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river651
Winnipeg, Canada13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We hiked several of the trails and wished we had time to do even more. Well maintained trails and a variety of distances and difficulty to suit all abilities. Particularly loved the Kilauea Iki (pit crater) trail.
Written 20 April 2024
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Face_The_Elements
Edmonton, Canada307 contributions
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Apr 2024 • Couples
This short drive from Hilo is just off the main highway into the national park. It’s $30 per car entry for 7 days. The informative visitor centre with has lots of info that you should stop in to see. Plus they have toilets, wifi and phone there and an art centre nearby. You’ll receive a helpful map and advice that highlights trails and viewing spots in area. There are a variety of walking paths, paved roads, and hiking trails in the area, just make sure you you have the proper gear. You get beautiful views of live volcanos including steam vents and the wafting scent of sulphur. You can hike down into and across volcano crater (about 90 minutes). If you go counter clockwise, you end this hike at the lava tubes and can check those out before you continue on. If you keep going, you’ll visit the Kilauea viewpoint and get various angles of the crater. This area has a better view because it’s the least cloudy side. Amazing place!
Written 19 April 2024
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brutus313
Virginia Beach, VA85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
No trip to the big Island would be complete without checking out the Volcano National Park. Not all Volcanos are the same, and the depth of the craters with the tropical back drop of Hawaii are breathtaking views. Wear comfortable shoes and plan on lots of walking. Check into the welcome center, get a map and learn about the area before you explore.
Written 19 April 2024
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Noyhabaru
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
If you have four hours, download the Shaka Guides tour for Volcanoes National Park and do the Chain of Craters Drive tour. We felt like we got so much out of the information and advice provided on the audio tour.

Try to hit the Thurston Lava Tubes before 9am and the rest of the day you won't have to worry about getting a parking spot, etc. Also, the walk to the petroglyphs was well worth it (thank goodness the Shaka Guide told us to cross the road for the start of the walk or we would have been walking on the wrong side of the road).
Written 26 March 2024
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CAH6145
Madison, WI81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Worth at least a day of your vacation to explore. The staff at the visitor center are very knowledgeable about all the trails and other information.
Written 23 March 2024
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Amber B
Wisconsin288 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Unreal park and it’s huge! Trails are great and the geology is so interesting. Great spots to stop by the ocean, too. A must see park.
Written 21 March 2024
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Lisa J
Plant City, FL762 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
What an amazing place! Lots of trails to hike and amazing views. Make sure you go to the lodge and walk through to the back, it has some of the best views of the crater. Read the history of the lodge and its owner, very interesting. We also had luch there and it was pretty good. There is also two gift shops at the lodge that has more stuff than the visitor center. But you will need to get your passport stamped at the visitor center. Dont forget the lava tubes!
Written 19 March 2024
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Jerry E
Kansas City, MO127 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Went and experienced this amazing park. Highly recommend a guided tour then do a helicopter ride after. Walking on the lava rock and going in the tubes is such a cool experience. The different weather throughout the park is a cool experience too.
Written 17 March 2024
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Anthony B
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Volcano National Park is really awesome - even when no lava is flowing! A totally new ecosystem that we encountered. Suggestions: 1) If possible, go on a day when no cruise ships are coming into Hilo - you can check for this on line. 2) Arrive early in the day. 3) Due to high altitude, it can be a little cool. Wear long pants and bring a sweater/windbreaker. 4) BRING FOOD! Stop at a grocery store and buy some food to bring, especially if coming from Kona, like we did. Limited food options and the restaurants in Volcano Village close at 3 pm to 5 pm. 5) Surprisingly, the visitor center, gift shop, and food areas are quite small and limited. 6) Arriving early, the first stop is the Volcano Tubes, because of the limited parking. You will first pass an overflow parking lot. If there are spots there, just park there! There is then a ten minute walk to the Volcano Tubes that is really beautiful with great views. (If you decide to advance to the volcano tubes parking lot there are only 25 spots and if full you have to turn around a mile down the road, so don't waste time doing this!). The Volcano Tube is the highlight of the park, in my opinion. 7) After doing the volcano tube, continue down the road and do the 19 mile drive to the ocean. It is really incredible with many unbelievable views. At the second to last stop on the 19 mile drive there are picnic tables. Have lunch there :) . 8) Stop at many spots along the 19 mile drive - all worthwhile. 9) When you return, do the visitor center, the steam vents, and the overview. 10) We did not walk down to the volcano floor. I think you can do this from the lavatubes area. I would recommend. 11) We did the other 1/2 mil trail past the lava tubes - this was great. 1) We tried to eat at the Volcano House but the wait was an hour at 2 pm....
Written 16 March 2024
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Sarah L
Leander, TX7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
An incredible sight to see even with no active eruption. There is something for everyone, with driveable experiences and stops or hikes for all abilities. You could spend 5 hours, all day, or just stop through and hit the highlights in and hour or two. With two small children, we visited the lava tube, the steaming bluffs, the overlook at volcano house, and the devastation trail overlook. Our two were not down for a hike, but we spent 2 hours exploring. The park rangers in the visitor center will help you customize your experience to fit your time, needs, and fitness abilities.
Written 14 March 2024
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