Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
The mega attraction on the Big Island is Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii’s sole World Heritage Site. The volatile park’s centerpiece is Kilauea Volcano, which continues to blow its top and spout molten lava, ash and steam.
Crater Rim Drive is a spectacular driving route, skirting the rim of the caldera, stopping at lookouts and taking you from rainforest to desert.
The eerie and easily accessible Thurston Lava Tube is a long hollow cave-like formation, created by flowing lava.
Another driving route to follow is the winding Chain of Craters Road along the slopes of the volcano to the coast, where lava has pooled from recent eruptions.
Check out the park's visitors center to learn about trail conditions and guided walks, and come prepared for changeable weather if you’re hiking the trails that crisscross the rim.
Volcanoes National park is a 45-minute drive along Highway 11 from Hilo on the island’s south coast.
The best way to get here is by rental car or organized tour.
Tours & Tickets
Experience the best of the Big Island — from volcanoes to waterfalls to the rainforest — on this full-day adventure tour from Kona. During one fun-filled day, ... Read more
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)
This exclusive Big Island helicopter tour includes not only wonderful views of Hawaii’s famous volcanoes, but also a private landing in a secluded location so ... Read more
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
From striking black lava and verdant tropical rainforests to the stunning sight of volcanoes at night, experience the Big Island's most spectacular natural ... Read more
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
Take your need for speed to new heights on this exhilarating zipline adventure and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park tour from Hilo or Kona. Enjoy views of some ... Read more
Duration: 10 hours from Hilo; 14 hours from Kona
Journey to the Big Island's Hawaii Volcanoes National Park from Kona or Waikoloa on this exciting day trip, complete with your own personal iPad to use ... Read more
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)
Immerse yourself in the wild beauty of Hawaii’s volcanoes on a full-day tour via helicopter, coach and foot. Venture deep into volcano territory as you fly ... Read more
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)