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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
$14.99 per adult
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Informative and helpful
Your worked well. I wish we would have planned better for the hikes and lack of services but your was helpful and informative.
Paige_S, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Big Island of Hawaii

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Awesome day full of adventures!
Cynthia_R, Sep 2021
Black sand beach, Winery (or coffee) and Volcanoes National Park
Jodi was a great tour guide! We saw so many sights and she answered all my kids (7 and 9) questions. The Volcano national park and the lava tube were some of our favorite sites. Also loved the rainbow falls. Glad we decided to do this.
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Informative and helpful
Paige_S, Sep 2021
Big Island - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Driving Tour
Your worked well. I wish we would have planned better for the hikes and lack of services but your was helpful and informative.
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Private Tour of the Big Island
Lynn_S, Sep 2021
Sprinter Van 10 Seats tour from Kona Coast to Hilo & Volcanoes National Park
Rob was a very knowledgeable guide ! He answered all my questions and I had lots! We were able to experience up close the places that most just see from a distance. He provided videos along the way to help explain the details of what we were about to see.
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Excellent
Jay_S, Sep 2021
Private Tour: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Eco Tour
Erik was an excellent guide! He was very knowledgeable about the volcano, as well as local plant life and even Hawaiin culture. The hikes were quite easy. Overall a very intersting tour, well worth it.
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A must if you came to the island for volcanoes.
ichi_h, Aug 2021
Private Guide: Meet In Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Jodi was wonderful. She is very knowledgeable and friendly. The tour wa both educational and entertaining. Highly recommended!
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Best part of our trip!
Mary_M, Aug 2021
Big Island - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Driving Tour
This was one of the best decisions we made on our Hawaii trip. We did several of the Shaka guide driving tours. So much nicer than taking a guided tour in a bus. Very flexible and no technical glitches!
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Incredible Tour of the Park
Andrew_G, Aug 2021
Private Guide: Meet In Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Jodi was absolutely terrific and we would unconditionally recommend her for an excellent, incredibly informative tour of the park. It was like having an old friend show you her home.
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Awesome look into the science
George_H, Jun 2021
Private Tour: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Eco Tour
Erik was an amazing guide. Really took the time to go deep in the science and patiently answered our questions. Highly recommended!
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Volcano tour worth taking
Bryan_B, Nov 2020
Private Tour of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Fantastic tour of many parts of the. Volcano national park. Scott was great and gave us so much information about the areas. He even shared some of his delicious bananas from his house.
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Kimo is the best tour guide EVER
DawnA_P, Feb 2020
Hawai'i's Volcanoes National Park from Hilo Only
KIMO ROCKS! Best tour guide EVER. Lovely person and so fully of island history and tours that even locals were asking him questions! Kimo went above and beyond to the point of allowing us to add onto our excursion. He knew so much about volcanos and kings ... oh goodness I could go on forever about this gem of a tour guide. He also made sure we stayed hydrated. Seriously- he made our vacation. I’m not lying. I’ll never forget him. Thank you our friend Kimo 🥰
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Great trip
angelatavar, Jan 2020
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Big Island Highlights Small Group Tour
Great spots visited. Very well explained the history and facts. All questioned answered. Great guide.
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Must do for volcano national park!
Taylor_B, Aug 2021
Private Guide: Meet In Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
My husband and I had such a wonderful time with Jodi as our guide! Her passion for the island and the park came through the entire tour. She had a ton of knowledge, was really personable and friendly, and the cherry on top was a full itinerary for our stay (suggestions for food, activities, etc). We will recommend her to any of our friends or family planning a trip to big island! Mahalo nui loa Jodi - the Blairs

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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