Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Let the Abode of Active volcanoes, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Enthrall Your Senses and Bring You to The Heart of Nature
1. The Kilauea Volcano
The island consists of five distinct volcanoes: Kilauea, Mauna Loa, HualÄlai, Mauna Kea and Kohala volcano. The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park covers two of these KÄ«lauea and Mauna Loa. Of the two, KÄ«lauea is highly active and dangerous. The Kilauea Visitor Centre stays open every day from 09:00 to 17:00 hours and guided tours and ranger conferences are organized within this period. The visitor center provides every tourist with updated information on the events of the park, the closed areas and ranger-guided hikes.
2. The Thomas A. Jaggar Museum + Halema'uma'u Crater Overlook
Named in the honor of Thomas A. Jaggar the pioneer of volcanology, this attraction center of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park remains open from 100:00 to 20:00 hours every day. Visitors can find videos, maps and geological displays about volcanic study inside the museum. Outside the museum, the visitors get treated to a panoramic view of the steaming and glowing lava crater of Halema'uma'u.
3. Thurston Lava Tube
The Thurston Lava Tube offers a 20-minute walk through a forest of trees and ferns and magma cave that is illuminated throughout the way and stays so during the daytime hours. At night the lights are turned off but the magma cave still remains open to welcome visitors who prefer to explore in the dark with the aid of personal torches and headlamps.
4. The Kilauea'iki Crater
This crater is considered to be the most favorite among tourists on the Big Island. The hiking trail takes a tour down into the crater of Kilauea'iki across its floor, formed half a century ago, and again up to the parking space.
5. The Chain of Craters Road
This road follows through from the entrance of the Park, past several historic points and lava craters and ends down in the ocean where the road merges into a sheet of glowing lava. The ranger station of the Chain of Craters Road remains open every day from 10:00 to 21:00 hours.
6. 10+ Day Hikes in the Park
These are the challenging and exciting hikes that continue for days' end and consist of 100+ miles of trails that follow through with old tubes of lava, dense impenetrable rainforests, flows and streams of fuming or consolidated lava and more. The park organizes ranger-guided hikes on a daily basis.
6. The Volcano Art Center Gallery
Located right next to the visitor center of Kilauea, this art center gallery stays open daily from 09:00 to 17:00 hours. This is an organization of education that envisions promoting, developing and perpetuating the cultural and artistic heritage of the people and environment of Hawaii through performing arts and literary and visual programs.
7. The Sulphur Banks Trail
The sulphur banks trail of 1.20 miles narrates the fiery tale of volcanic eruptions with lava and gases seeping through the ground along with steaming vapors of groundwater and patches of steamy cracks, vibrant mineral deposits in the ground and a strong stench of sulphur in the air.
How to Get Tickets?
Tickets and park passes can be purchased online to avail special offers and discounts at plan your visit and other official websites. Tickets are also available at the entrance station of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park at regular rates.
How To Get Around?
The park consists of hiking trails and lava tubes where the tourists are guided safely by well trained rangers and experienced guides.
What Should I Wear?
Visitors need to wear long trousers with a shirt and carry a rain-coat and windbreaker paired with sturdy hiking boots or closed shoes, hats and sunshades.
Best Time to Visit
The best time of the day to visit the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is in the evening or in the wee hours of the morning when the crowds thin out and the Park becomes one with nature. It is the most enthralling time of the day to witness the breathtaking view of glowing lava in the darkness and solitude.
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How To Get There?
The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is a 45-minute drive from Hilo that is located 30 miles to its south-west, a 2.5 hours drive from Kailua-Kona, 96 miles to the south-east and a 3 hours drive from Hilo and Waimea 125 miles via the highways 11 and 19.
Do not attempt to take a piece of lava or solid magma with yourself from the park. It is illegal and heavily punishable under federal law. Do not miss out on the Starry Night Sky that makes for a breathtaking and spectacular vision and if you are lucky enough you might catch a glimpse of the Milky Way through the clear and pollution free atmosphere. The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Tour is not complete without witnessing the sunrise at KÄ«lauea Overlook and gazing at the flock of Hawaiian geese that fly out of the craters.