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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Daily 7:45am–5pm
Crater Rim Drive, Volcano, 96785

The Basics

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is made up of two different Hawaii volcanoes: Kilauea and Mauna Loa. Often visited on island tours of Hawaii that also include stops at sights such as Rainbow Falls and the Hamakua Coast, Hawaii Volcanoes can also be experienced on a coach tour, a Kilauea volcano bike tour, or during a helicopter ride.

Once there, stop in at the park's Jaggar Museum to learn about earthquakes, geology, and seismology; discover how lava still flows to the sea and occasionally covers roads; and hear the legend of Madame Pele, Hawaii's volcano goddess.

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Big Island - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Driving Tour
Big Island - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Driving Tour
star-4.5
USD19.99 per adult
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Best way to tour Hawaii
This was a wonderful way for our family to go on our own adventure without breaking the bank. We saw the amazing sights of the volcano at our own pace and spent our time only where we wanted to.
Sherri_L, Aug. 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Big Island of Hawaii

star-5
Mel was an excellent...
Tracie_M, Aug. 2022
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Experience from Oahu
Mel was an excellent guide who gave us the history of the island and made it an brilliant experience. Would highly recommend
star-5
Amazing Volcanoes Nat’l Park Experience
Rich_C, Aug. 2022
Private Guide: Meet In Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
What a great tour of Volcanoes Nat’l Park. Rob was awesome. Good guy, incredibly knowledgeable and very helpful in recommending other must-do’s on the Big Island. The early-morning start to our day made the experience…seeing the lava flow with clarity was amazing. The other stops on the tour was beautiful and interesting as well. Can’t recommend this tour highly enough!
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A guide is totally worth it
Shannon_C, Jul. 2022
Private Guide: Meet In Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
We could have wandered around the Volcanoes National Forest ourselves, but we wouldn’t have known what we were looking at, learned any history about the volcanoes, or heard any Hawaiian folk tales. We loved it, and Skylar was a great guide. We followed our tour with lunch at the Volcanoes restaurant which was a really cool spot and left with plenty of mementoes of our trip.
star-4
Great tour guide, great experience overall
Kyle_T, Jul. 2022
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Experience from Oahu
This was an outstanding driving tour of the big island. Our tour guide Mel was very knowledgeable and did a fantastic job. I took a star away because the company never emailed me my flight reservations which could have been pretty disastrous if I wasn't familiar with traveling in the islands. But once we got there we were very happy with our guide and enjoyed tremendously learning about the islands, history, people and language of Hawai'i.
star-5
Ellen goes above and beyond on volcano tour.
Gordon_C, Jul. 2022
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Hilo Highlights Small Group Tour
Ellen did a great tour. One exceptional thought. She brought binoculars and telescope needed to observe creator floor and hot magma. A nice touch. Great conversation. Good lunch together with family and Ellen.
star-5
Great app
Patty_G, Jul. 2022
Big Island - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Driving Tour
This self guided tour app was awesome. It saved us tones of money and easy to navigate. We did not have to worry about big crowds and toured at our on pace. We will diffidently be using this app again when we visit different cities.
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Hawaii Big Island Volcano tour
Malcolm_B, Jul. 2022
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Hilo Highlights Small Group Tour
Rainbow falls and the active volcano. Josh also had a telescope that allowed us to get a close up view of the lava flow. Great ending at the chocolate factory. Josh was very knowledgeable and a great host.
star-5
Great Tour
Marie_O, Jul. 2022
Private Guide: Meet In Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
The guide was very knowledgeable. She took us to areas and explained what we were actually looking at and could gave a lot of history about all the volcanic eruptions. Jodi was a great guide. Would definitely recommend
star-5
Must do!
Jacqulyn_S, Jun. 2022
Private Tour of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
We had such a great time with Scott. Because we booked a private tour, we were able to go at our own pace and spend more time in places we found the most interesting or hop out in unplanned spots. The kids were able to ask questions as they popped up and they left with such an excitement over what they had learned. Definitely something we would recommend!
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Great day with an amazing guide
Dan_P, Jun. 2022
Hawai'i's Volcanoes National Park from Hilo Only
Kimo was a fantastic guide. His knowledge as a multi-generational Hilo native gave the tour a wonderful personal touch.
star-4
Great time!
Christina_M, Jun. 2022
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Experience
This experience was very fascinating! Our tour guide Jeffery was fun and informative. The only thing I wish we could have included was to see where the lava went into the ocean. Other than that, it was a great experience!
star-5
Highly recommend
Ludmila_L, Jun. 2022
Private Tour: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Eco Tour
We had a great experience with Michelle. She is very knowledgeable person. We are family of 4 and everyone enjoyed the time during our tour.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Volcanic activity changes on a daily basis, so no two trips are the same.

  • Volcano tours get you close to the action, visiting popular sites such as Halemaumau Crater, the Kilauea Iki crater, and Devastation Trail.

  • Bring a jacket for the brisk air at the 4,000-foot (1,200-meter) Kilauea summit, and pack a rain jacket for the lush environment around the Thurston Lava Tube.

  • Some guided hiking tours go through rugged terrain, which isn't recommended for wheelchairs or travelers with limited mobility.

  • It's important to hike the area around Kilauea safely; consider traveling with a professional tour guide.

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How to Get There

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is a 45-minute drive south of Hilo and a 2.5-hour drive from Kona. The most popular ways to experience the park are as part of a Hawaii volcano tour, or on a self-guided driving tour of Crater Rim Drive and Chain of Craters Road.

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When To Get There

Because volcanic activity is tough to predict, it's almost impossible to plan your trip around lava flow. Weather at the park can range from 45°F (7°C) with rain and wind at the summit of Kilauea to 85°F (29°C) by the shoreline; travel with multiple layers that are suitable for all conditions.

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Has Kilauea Volcano Caused Any Destruction?

Kilauea has destroyed nearly 200 structures over the course of its most recent eruption. The entire village of Kalapana was covered up by the molten lava, and over 500 acres of new land have been created since 1983. As you'll learn on guided tours, parts of the ground are still very brittle due to the surface being so young.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What are the nearest attractions to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park?
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Attractions near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park:
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What else should I know about attractions in Big Island of Hawaii?
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As well as visiting the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: