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  • Address: Crater Rim Drive
  • Hours: Daily 7:45am–5pm
  • Admission: US$10 for vehicles or US$5 for individuals for a seven day pass

Big Island of Hawaii ATTRACTIONS See all

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.

Practical Info

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.

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Big Island in One Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, and History Small Group Tour, Big Island ... 
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Big Island in One Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, and History Small Group Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 142 Reviews

This 10-hour nature tour offers an in-depth look at Hawaii’s youngest and largest island. Explore the diverse landscape and natural wonders, including active ...  Read more

Location: Hawaii, Hawaii
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $171.88
Big Island Adventure Combo: Helicopter, Zipline and Lava Tour, Big Island of Hawaii, Day Trips
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Big Island Adventure Combo: Helicopter, Zipline and Lava Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 33 Reviews

Take your need for speed to new heights on this thrilling Helicopter, zipline and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park adventure. Imagine soaring over the ...  Read more

Location: Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $619.00
Volcano and Kohala Landing Helicopter Tour on the Big Island, Big Island of Hawaii, Helicopter Tours
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Volcano and Kohala Landing Helicopter Tour on the Big Island

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This exclusive Big Island helicopter tour includes not only wonderful views of Hawaii’s famous volcanoes, but also a private landing in a secluded ...  Read more

Location: Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $599.00
Volcano National Park Small Group Twilight Tour, Big Island of Hawaii, Helicopter Tours
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Volcano National Park Small Group Twilight Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 121 Reviews

Journey deep into Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and discover the Big Island's lava-fueled ecosystem. During this Big Island volcano tour, you’ll hike on ...  Read more

Location: Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $200.00
Kilauea Volcano Bike Tour, Big Island of Hawaii, Nature & Wildlife
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Kilauea Volcano Bike Tour

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Join a guided Kilauea Volcano bike tour in the Hawaii Volcano National Park. You'll explore Kilauea Volcano, from its summit to the sea, as you bike down this ...  Read more

Location: Hilo, Hawaii
Duration: 4 - 5 hours

From USD $136.36
Small-Group Big Island Tour: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Kona Coffee Farm, Big Island of ... 
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Small-Group Big Island Tour: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Kona Coffee Farm

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 53 Reviews

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

Location: Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $186.99
Hot Lava Hike to See Lava Volcano Tour, Big Island of Hawaii, Full-day Tours
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Hot Lava Hike to See Lava Volcano Tour

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Hawaii Lava Hikes to See Lava on the Big Island of Hawaii. Hot lava adventure tours to visit Hawaii's top attraction Volcano Kilauea. Each hike is as unique as ...  Read more

Location: Volcano, Hawaii
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $195.00
Big Island Hawaii Volcano Adventure, Big Island of Hawaii, Half-day Tours
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Big Island Hawaii Volcano Adventure

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See the lava fields on a comprehensive, full-day Big Island Hawaii Volcano tour. You'll explore Hawaii Volcano National Park, Kilauea Volcano and Big Island of ...  Read more

Location: Hilo, Hawaii
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $102.25
Volcano by Air and Land: Helicopter, Coach, and Walking Tour of Volcanoes National Park from Kona, ... 
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Volcano by Air and Land: Helicopter, Coach, and Walking Tour of Volcanoes National Park from Kona

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

Location: Hawaii, Hawaii
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $699.00
Big Island Zipline Tour and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park from Hilo or Kona, Big Island of Hawaii, ... 
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Big Island Zipline Tour and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park from Hilo or Kona

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

Take your need for speed to new heights on this thrilling zipline and Volcano adventure. Covering nearly two miles of gorgeous tropical river ...  Read more

Location: Hilo, Hawaii
Duration: 10 hours from Hilo; 14 hours from Kona

From USD $379.16

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