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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  • PAboyinFL
    Ocala, Florida1,650 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Such an incredible experience
    We booked a tour from Oahu with Mauka Tours. It included a flight to Hilo. We were met there by our tour guide Albert from Polynesian Adventures. We were taken to some water falls and other sites around Hilo, and then we’re off to Volcanoes National Park. The sights there are amazing. Even with no lava flowing, it is a very interesting place to visit and a must do in Hawai’i. We had a great experience with our tour. It was a very long day between flights and sightseeing, but so worth it.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 22, 2023
  • elemem
    Huntington Beach, California25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking!
    A place to see the geology of the Hawaiian islands and to get breathtaking views as well. There are many good, easy to navigate walking trails - along with some that are trickier, so use caution of course. Don't miss the visitor's center and the Volcano Art Gallery - beautiful things to see, Hawaii-inspired creativity to appreciate.
    Visited September 2022
    Written June 26, 2023
  • ticoalra
    Jefferson, Maryland300 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing and Huge!
    We lucked out and were there for Kilauea's June eruption. We got our first glimpse behind the Volcano House and then we went before sunrise to the Kilauea overlook and it was amazing. As we drove into the park we could see the red glow. The visitor center was informative and the rangers helpful and patient. We drove the Chain of Craters Road to the Ho'lei Sea Arch and hiked the Pu'uloa Petroglyph Trail. The information at the visitor center really helped us make the most of the park. It was such a highlight to be there while the volcano was erupting. I will never forget just listening to it. This is a must do even when the volcano is not erupting. Seeing all of the lava fields is amazing.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 1, 2023
  • Madison90
    Roswell, Georgia55 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You must do this on the Big Island
    We were really blown away by Volcano park. Not something you can see many places. Lots of craters, more than just the big one, which was extremely impressive. My college aged sons were really impressed, so were my wife and I. You do not need to stay on the Hilo side, we drove from Kona, just make a day of it. Roads are twisty and two lanes so would recommend coming back before dark. We also stopped at the black sand beach and saw turtles
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 16, 2023
  • Belladonna
    Los Angeles, California46 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Phenomenal!
    We drove up to Hawai’i Volcanos National Park from Kona in 2.5 hours (110 mi) while enjoying the scenic views and landscapes varying from volcanic, tropical to dry and bone dry. Along the way, we encountered a heavy downpour, heavy dense fog with visibility limited to 50 feet, yes in the middle of summer! It cleared after a quarter mile and by the time we reached the Visitors Center at the park we fortunately had perfect weather. The first place we went to see were the steam vents, lava from the June 6th eruption of Kilauea was still spewing. We wanted to see more of the source of the lava. We drove up to the Kilauea Caldera. It was a phenomenal site! Words can’t express what we saw at the overlook, the tour guide explained what had occurred since June 6th to the present time and we listened with amazement. The experience was incredibly rewarding and extraordinary!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 21, 2023
  • LAH375
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see on the Big Island
    How can you go to the Big Island and not make time to see this natural wonder? We drove from Kona for a half day here (was going to be a whole day but we also went to South Point and a few farms along the way). You can spend as much or as little time as you like there. Can easily see the highlights from the road/parking lots in 2 hours. Of course you could also spend days here exploring the trails - your choice. We had lunch at Volcano House on the edge of the caldera. Amazing views! Rain and mist moved in during lunch, but that only cleared out the crowds. We had the park almost to ourselves and the cooler weather was a welcome relief from the heat. Made hiking easier. Volcanoes NP is the perfect place to pay your respects to Pele and gain an appreciation for Hawaiian culture and life living in the shadow of volcanoes.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 3, 2023
  • Meg F
    Los Angeles, California7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth the 2 hour drive from Kona
    This was our second trip to Volcano National Park but it has been 20 years since the last one. On this trip we downloaded the Shaka Guide and followed it and that was very helpful. Our kids are also adults now so we were really able to walk around and take long hikes. This trip was definitely fantastic. We enjoyed every stop and did the 3.2 mile Kilauea Iki Crater hike - it wasn't easy but it was very cool to walk in the middle of the crater - highly recommend. The only issue is finding parking at this spot - they need to create more parking spaces in that area.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 7, 2023
  • John F
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Bucket List Event
    If you’re ever on the Big Island this is the top of the list. You can’t see it anywhere else. Looking at 20 ton boulders that were sent hundreds of feet in the air is a testament to the power of the rock we all live on.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 8, 2023
  • sammyc774
    Dallas, Texas4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Favorite National Park
    Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is now my new favorite national park. If you like being outdoors and hiking then this is a must do on the big island. All of the trails are well maintained and the views are breathtaking and other worldly. I even went on a guided summit tour with one of the ranger where she described the story of the volcano and the history of the park. I would recommend to get there early to knock out some of the more popular attractions such as Thurston lava tube. I got there around 8:30 and had the whole tube to myself. Overall, this is a must do on the big island!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 18, 2023
  • Kate
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our earth... a work in progress
    It would be strange if I left this place anything less than a perfect, five-star review because I've pulled the setting into five books now; it's simply that inspiring. Always changing, it will give you the sense of how alive our earth truly is and remind you of the power of our natural world. The best time to come is either in the morning or the evening, and always check to NPS website to find out the details about the conditions because sometimes they will recommend that you stay away. It's otherworldly - don't miss out!
    Visited February 2023
    Written August 22, 2023
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Douglas G
Choctaw, OK27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
I enjoy visiting our national parks. But getting to visit an active volcano was so much fun. Our driver, Captain Rob, was highly knowledgeable & shared so much. The volcano site was open & more active the previous couple of days but we were able to see the smoldering aftermath. The steam vents were also enjoyable to see & experience.

The roads are well maintained & traveling was easy through Polynesian Adventures. We had a few stops along the way which made the trip easier.
Written June 14, 2024
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Stella F
Atlanta, GA11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
When else will you stand on a volcano of this magnitude? So many trails to hike. Beautiful vistas. Don’t miss the lava tube walk.
Written June 9, 2024
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Gail C
Burlington, VT28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park offers breathtaking landscapes with active volcanoes, lava fields, and lush rain forests. The trails suit all levels, and the visitor center provides great insights. Witnessing volcanic activity, especially at night, is unforgettable.
Written June 5, 2024
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Jodi M
United States27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Witnessing the power of nature with live volcanic activity is unforgettable. The landscapes are surreal, and the hikes offer breathtaking views. A must-see when in Hawaii!
Written June 3, 2024
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32Morten
Finland500 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
This was a really nice, but also a slightly frightening place. We walked a long way near the crater and saw steam rising from the earth. It was not too frightening overall.
Written June 2, 2024
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nibianc2
Ohio199 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Incredible! You will need two days or you will at least need to get up very early to be able to do most of it in one. The sea arch, chain of craters road, Kiluea, steam vents and petroglyphs. I was amazed every second of every day. We were able to see pretty much everything in two days. Don’t miss it.
The weather changes rapidly, one minute it’s blazing hot, the next cold, then it might rain. Do not try to look cute at this park or you will come across like an idiot. Wear the right shoes, be prepared and stay hydrated. If you bring your kids keep a close eye on them because the trails have steep drops and lava rock is no joke.
Written May 30, 2024
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CumTresLunae
24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
This place is phenomenal. The park is open 24 hours per day, so go early. If you arrive early, visitors can avoid the crowds and get great photos. If you go later in the day, you will have to contend with more crowds and will have less visibility. Full disclosure - we did hire a private guide to take us around the park. Visitors can go through the park independently; however, with a guide, you will actually learn about the volcano. It was interesting and beautiful. Would highly recommend.
Written May 30, 2024
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CA
Dallas, TX703 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We hiked the Kilauea Iki trail and floor, and Thurston Lava tube trails. We saw steam vents up close. We were only there for an afternoon. Wish we had spent more time here to explore more areas. We finished our hike in the rain. While hiking we had this beautiful big bird with red around the eyes walk right out in front of us on the trail. I looked it up, and it’s called a kalij pheasant, which was really fun to see. The hike across the crater and lava rock was much more difficult than what it looked like from up above. Just take your time and wear good supportive hiking shoes. We were in closed toe Keans water/hiking sandals but I really wish I had brought my hiking boots here. When crossing the floor of Kilauea Iki trail there are mounds of stacked rocks placed throughout. You follow these and the path will lead you across. The lava tubes were very interesting to see. It’s dark inside but there are some lights. There is a scenic chain of craters road we didn’t get to drive because we were running out of daylight. I would plan to spend more time there next time, to hike more and visit the overlooks…at least a full day.
Written May 25, 2024
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Cryptic_Tourist
Saint Louis, MO984 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Wow. I’ve waited to see Kilauea my entire life and this trip was definitely a bucket list moment for me. I absolutely loved this park. The Volcano House is awesome! The view of the volcano is so cool! If you don’t have a clear view of the volcano, don’t give up! The clouds tend to move quickly.

I also highly recommend viewing it from multiple viewpoints and trails, especially the steam trail! Seeing the lava flows, lakes, and craters was so extremely cool! The chain of craters road is clean and well maintained and unlike anything I’ve ever seen. We drove down to the sea arch and it was really beautiful. I would love to return someday and do even more hiking and see even more!
Written May 18, 2024
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Susan
Corinna, ME189 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This was quite he experience! We went to 2 spots...the highest point and the crater rim. It was something we had never seen before! The tour guide, Aaron brought his binoculars to share so we were treated to close up views! His history lesson was much appreciated on when there was a last eruption, and the geological information was helpful too! This tour was ell worth the longer day! Definitely recommend!
Written May 13, 2024
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