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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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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Hilo Highlights Small Group Tour
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Hilo Highlights Small Group Tour
$167.54 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Personal Volcano Experience
Our guide lived through the volcano eruptions and shared stories that were so personal and enjoyable. Made the viewing seem so much more important to see and understand. I loved this trip! It was the best.
Beth_M, Sep 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Big Island of Hawaii

star-4
Booked with Viator, travelling with Aloha Sunshine tours was very good, we felt good value for the money spent.
RameshNath_L, Sep 2022
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Experience
Small group with “Aloha Sunshine tours” was very good. Driver Melvin had shown all the important and beautiful places in big Island. At the same time he was a very good guide narrating about all non stop since morning to evening. Only thing is that Viator needs to correct website issues.
star-5
Awesome time!
Catherine_W, Sep 2022
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Experience
Jeffrey, our tour guide was awesome!!had a great experience and he was very knowledgeable and showed us lots of great stuff
star-5
Great trip for anyone!
Chris_P, Sep 2022
Private Guide: Meet In Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Skylar was an excellent, very informative guide. Was able to see active lava flow. This was a great trip!!
star-5
Family fun and educational
Elizabeth_C, Aug 2022
Private Guide: Meet In Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
We enjoyed an abundance of insider information. The kids, 5 and 7 years were informed and entertained, no easy task. The morning was so much more than we could have done on our own.
star-5
Fabulous Volcano tour
Brent_S, Aug 2022
Private Tour of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Our guide Scott was fabulous! Very knowledgeable about the park and the volcano. Showed us interesting spots that are hard to get to. Highly recommend Scott and his tour.
star-5
Guide with nice voice
Alexandra_K, Aug 2022
Big Island - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Driving Tour
It was really good. We didn’t spend much money and still had guide with us on journey. The guy had really pleasant voice and he was sometimes even funny tho. (to make sure - our guide was just recorded voice in mobile app). It was really helpfull because we had map, music and lot of interesting informations with us. I recommend this guide!
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
Best way to tour Hawaii
Sherri_L, Aug 2022
Big Island - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Driving Tour
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.
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
The Volcano’s and Skylar were awesome!
Danielle_R, Aug 2022
Private Guide: Meet In Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Our guide, Skylar, was absolutely amazing. He was very knowledgeable and patient with my large and energetic group. This tour has been my family’s favorite part of the trip so far. Thank you Skylar!
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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.
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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.
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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: