Volcano National Park, located on the big island of Hawaii is home to one of the most active volcanos in the world. The island of Hawaii is still actively growing. To ensure that you have the information you will desire for your visit, we have compiled a list of 7 things to do while you are at the park.
Volcano National Park Things to Do
Kilauea Visitor Center
Begin your journey at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park’s Kilauea Visitor Center. Here, you will learn useful information like when you can see Kilauea erupting. Guides may be available to take you on select tours or provide more detail knowledge about Kilauea. The Kilauea visitor center will also inform you of any roads are attractions that may be closed due to lava or volcanic gases.
Distance: 0.4 Miles/0.64 Kilometers
Approach this hike with caution if you are asthmatic of have other respiratory problems. The Kilauea Crater is still active (your nose and eyes will quickly tell you). On this hike, you will witness volcanic gases seeping from the ground. The Sulphur Banks are a great way to experience the natural wonder of Kilauea Crater.
Kilauea Iki Trail
Distance: 4 Miles/6.4 Kilometers
Hike the Kilauea Iki Trail for a stunning lush green day hike that transforms into a dissolute, steaming crater. The Kilauea Iki Trail is fascinating as it is gorgeous. On this hike, you will see stunning birds native to Hawaii. Walk across a cooled lava lake from the 1959 eruption. Experience warm steam vents. This is hike I approximately 4 miles and will likely take you 2 to 3 hours. The trail begins on Crater Rim Drive at at the Kilauea Iki parking lot.
Thurston Lava Tube
Distance: 0.3 Miles/0.48 Kilometers
Thurston Lava Tube is a short, excellent day hike for everyone. Zig-zag your way through Hawaii’s tropical rain forest. The tube (cave) is lit well making it easy to navigate, it’s a great place to pause and listen to nearby crickets. You will be stunned when you see the mark Pele’s passionate fury left on the cave’s walls.
Distance: 2.5 Miles/4.0 Kilometers
Immerse yourself in a lava landscapes. Pu’u Huluhulu (harry hill) is the top of a wooded cider cone. Pu‘u Huluhulu was created in the 1969-1974 Mauna Ulu Flow. Today, the landscape contains lava rampart, cinder cones, lava tree molds, panoramic vista, and native pioneer plants. The 2.5 mile (4.0km) Pu‘u Huluhulu trail begins about 100 yards from the Mauna Ulu parking lot. If you begin the walk from the Kilauea Visitor Center, the trek is 7 miles (11.3km).
Chain of Craters Road
Distance: 18.8 Miles/ 30.3 Kilometers
The nearly 19 mile (30km) winding road is the ideal drive through the East Rift of Hawaii. The views down this road are simply, breathtaking. The road’s magnificent landscape is largely influenced by the continuous lava flows that repeatedly stroke the road. Chain of Craters Road has been experiencing lava flows since 1986.
Kalapana Lava Viewing Area
When the lava is tame, visitors can get within a few yards of the lava. However, since the 2012 Kilauea volcano eruption visitors cannot get as close to the lava viewing area. It is important visitors research what is happening with the lava flow before visiting Volcanoes National Park because certain routes may be closed. Still, Kalapana is the one of the best areas to view lava flows. Marvel at a collage of burnt reds and Tuscan oranges the lava flow offers.