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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
When you stand in front of spouting lava at Kilauea volcano, or marvel at steam as it rises from vents in Halemaumau Crater, it's easy to see that Hawaii Volcanoes National Park isn't just a national park, but also a place to get a front-row seat to the beauty of Earth's creation. Located on the Big Island of Hawaii, this park offers everything from lush rainforest to lava tubes and rolling black lava fields, where hot steam still rises from fissures and rifts that dot the rugged landscape.

The Basics
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is made up of two different Hawaii volcanoes: Kilauea and Mauna Loa. While 13,000-foot Mauna Loa last erupted in 1984, Kilauea has been constantly erupting since 1983 and is known as one of the world's most active volcanoes. The park is often visited on circle island tours of the Hawaii that also include stops at sights such as Rainbow Falls and the Hamakua Coast. Hawaii Volcanoes can also be experienced on a coach bus tour or a Kilauea volcano bike tour, or even seen from above on a helicopter ride.

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.

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 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.


How To Get to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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.

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; visitors should travel with multiple layers that are suitable for all conditions.

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.

Address: Crater Rim Drive, Volcano 96785, USA
Hours: Daily 7:45am–5pm
Admission: US$10 for vehicles or US$5 for individuals for a seven day pass
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America the Beautiful - National Parks & Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass

The US has dozens of sublime national parks and hundreds of national wildlife refuges, forests, grasslands, and public land sites. Rather than pay for admission at each one, get access all of them for a year with this America the Beautiful Pass. From Mount St. Helens to Acadia National Park and Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge, your pass covers all entry and day use fees for yourself and up to three adults.
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Private Tour of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Benefit from a flexible itinerary and personalized attention on this private tour of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. With a guide dedicated to just you and your party, walk over cooled lava flows and through a rain forest to see steam vents in action. Take the option of a super-early 5am start time if you'd like to catch the sunrise over Kilauea before the crowds arrive for the day.
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Private Tour of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Explore Hawaii Volcanoes National Park with your own private guide with this tour. Your guide will take you through the park in a Ford F150 pickup that's been modified for off-road use, giving you the opportunity to get to parts of the park where normal vehicles can't go, without having to walk.
  • Duration: 2 to 3 hours
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Small-Group Big Island in A Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, History

The Big Island of Hawaii has a diverse ecosystem unlike anywhere else on the planet, and on this day-long nature tour, you’ll experience the beauty of its black-sand beaches, thundering waterfalls, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. If you’re lucky, you’ll find Hawaiian green sea turtles basking on the coast. Since the tour only requires a moderate amount of walking, it's an educational adventure for travelers of all ages, with snacks and refreshments included.
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Big Island's Hawaii Grand Circle Island Tour

This Big Island circle tour hits all the highlights of the stunning Big Island of Hawaii.  While riding in a comfortable minibus, watch out the window as the landscape changes with every bend in the road, from tropical, misty valleys full of ferns to a barren, black lava coast. This Grand Circle island tour includes round-trip transport from Kona, with pickup and drop-off at your hotel.
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Big Island Adventure Combo: Helicopter, Zipline and Lava Tour

Experience Hawaii’s most impressive natural wonders by land and by air on this unforgettable Big Island adventure! Soar above a tropical river gorge on an 8-track zipline course that includes one of the longest lines in Hawaii, and fly over Mauna Loa and Kilauea volcanoes on a thrilling helicopter ride. Explore Hawaii’s explosive history with a guided trek through Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and enjoy dinner with a glass of wine or wine tasting.
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Hilo Shore Excursion: Volcanoes National Park, Rainbow Falls and Highlights

Sample a cross-section of outdoor sights on the Big Island during this 6-hour shore excursion exploring Volcanoes National Park, waterfalls, orchids and more. Discover the postcard-perfect Rainbow Falls before visiting the amazing lava tubes and unique geology around Kilauea Volcano. Before your day is done you’ll also check out a botanical garden filled with rare orchids, snack on macadamia nut treats at a local farm and visit a gorgeous black sand beach. A guide, park entrance fees, snacks and round-trip port transport are included.
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Hawaii Grand Circle Island Tour

Maximize your time on the Big Island thanks to this action-packed, full-day excursion covering more than a dozen top sights. Visit one of the world’s most active volcanoes at Hawaii Volcano National Park, taste the island’s best food products like macadamia nuts, coffee, and cookies, learn local history, and discover some of Hawaii’s best waterfalls and beaches.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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Big Island Day Trip: The Best of the Big Island from Oahu

Explore the Big Island on this full-day tour from Oahu. Fly from Oahu and touch down on the Big Island to discover its highlights, like rainforests, black sand beaches, coffee plantations and Volcanoes National Park. Round-trip airfare, transportation between activities and all entrance fees are included. Pickup and drop-off at select Oahu hotels is available.
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Small Group Big Island Twilight Volcano and Stargazing Tour

Pack in some of Hawaii’s most mesmerizing sights during this Big Island twilight volcano tour. Sample Kona-grown coffee from a local coffee farm, keep an eye out for sea turtles at Punalu'u Black Sand Beach, and taste Hawaiian sweet bread at Punalu’u Bakery. Then, explore Volcanoes National Park before ending your experience by stargazing in a secluded location—perfect for taking in views of the night sky.
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Experience Hawai'i Big Island Helicopter Flight from Kona

Look down on the varied landscape of the Big Island from the air on a helicopter tour from Kona. At about one hour and 45 minutes, this flight is longer than typical heli tours and provides the opportunity to be wowed by Hawaii’s amazing natural features, from waterfalls to volcanoes to rainforests. Fly along the coast and over Waimanu and Waipio valleys, and spot island industry like macadamia nut orchards. Upgrade to guarantee a window seat.
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Big Island Day Trip: Big Island Volcano Adventure Tour from Oahu

Stroll the black sand beaches in Hilo and feel the cool spray of Rainbow Falls on this full-day trip to the Big Island from Oahu. Learn about the island's coffee industry at the Royal Kona Coffee Mill and Museum and catch glimpses of the impressive Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Round-trip airfare and all on-island ground transportation are included.
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Kilauea Volcano Bike Tour

On this two-wheeled, adventurous Kilauea tour, explore Hawaii’s active volcano from the comfortable seat of a bike, where you’ll ride through multiple microclimates and past rugged volcanic terrain. This Hawaii bike tour is one of the best ways to explore Kilauea volcano, where every bend in the road reveals a new volcanic wonder, from steaming craters to lava fields to cliffs dropping off toward the sea. Even better, the tour includes visits to the steam vents and Thurston Lava Tube.
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Big Island Highlights Small Group Tour

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is unlike anywhere else on the planet, where one of the world’s most active volcanoes sends lava dripping towards the sea, and a towering mountain lies dormant and ready to pop. On this tour of the National Park, hear the legends of Madame Pele, the mythical Hawaiian fire goddess, a tour from Hilo to the eastern coastline and climb to the rim of Kilauea volcano. On this small group tour, your guide will customize the pace and number of sights. When you book, note your lunch requirements in the checkout field.
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Full-Day Air, Helicopter, Land Volcano Adventure from Oahu

Explore the great volcanoes of the Big Island of Hawaii on this 16-hour air and land tour from Oahu. First, take off to the sky, and fly above Hawaii for awesome views of volcanoes, waterfalls, and tropical areas. Then go on a land expedition with recently updated itinerary which includes a visit to Royal Kona Coffee’s headquarters, Punalu‘u black sand beach, and lunch at the newly renovated Queen’s Court Restaurant in the historic Hilo Hawaiian Hotel.
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Small-Group Big Island Tour: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Kona Coffee Farm

On this tour from Kona to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, you'll experience some of the Big Island’s best sights in a small group capped at 10 people. In addition to stopping at Punalu’u Beach Park to walk down a black-sand beach, you’ll have the chance to sip Kona coffee on the plantation right where it’s grown, as well as hike through a lava tube that was formed by Kilauea volcano. What’s more, you'll receive an iPad to use on the tour. Use it for photos, videos, and info, as well as playing games or watching movies while traveling between the sites.
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Adventure Tour from Hilo Harbor

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is famous for its ever-flowing lava and the planet’s most massive active volcano. This tour journeys to top natural landmarks in and around the park. Visit Rainbow Falls, Richardson black sand beach, Historic Banyan Drive, Liliuokalani Gardens, Hilo Bay Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory, Akatsuka Orchid Nursery, and the active volcano of Kilauea. You also get the opportunity to walk through a lava tube.
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1 day tour from Oahu to Big Island - Mauna Kea Summit & Volcanoes National Park

Explore our Once-in-lifetime exclusive tour that you can’t find anywhere else. Two of the planet’s most spectacular landscapes on Big Island, Mauna Kea, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, can now be visited on the same day from Oahu island with our Prime Grand Big Island 1 Day Tour. This 190-miles small group tour is a magnificent experience to explore the wonders of Hawaii volcanoes national park and the grandeur of Mother Nature of Mauna Kea in a day. You can explore the clouds and an endless sky at the top of Mauna Kea and discover the myths surrounding what is currently known to be the world’s largest active volcano. This day tour also includes fascinating attractions on the Big Island like Kona Coffee Farm, Saddle Road, Rainbow Falls, and Hilo town.
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Evening Volcano Explorer From Kona

Explore the fascinating world of active volcanism, biological diversity and past and present Hawaiian culture at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Start at the world-famous Kona Coffee Farm for a deli-style lunch, then visit Punalu'u Beach to look for sea turtles. After arriving at the park, learn about everything from active volcanic craters and steam vents to the historic Jagger Museum. Enjoy dinner at Volcano Winery, featuring a private tour with wine tasting, then watch for current activity at Kilauea Volcano, the most active of the five volcanoes in Hawaii.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Hilo Shore Excursion: Active Volcano Waterfall Black Sand Beach

Experience some of the Big Island’s top attractions during this 7-hour day trip to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the sights around Hilo. Learn all about volcanoes as you marvel at Halema'uma'u crater and explore the massive Kilauea Volcano. After an included picnic lunch, you’ll see Rainbow Falls and visit a black sand beach known for its green sea turtles.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Full-Day Tour from Kona

Discover Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and other attractions on the Big Island on a full-day tour from Waikoloa, Hapuna, Kailua-Kona, or Keauhou. Your guide shares highlights including Rainbow Falls, Saddle Road, and Punaluu Black Sand Beach. You'll get great views of the two active volcanoes: Kīlauea and Mauna Loa, and experience the natural beauty of Akatsuka Orchid Gardens. It'll be a stress-free trip as it includes a guide, transportation, and hotel pickup and drop-off from select hotels.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Epic Circle Island Volcano Journey - Small Group Tour

See a side of Hawaii few visitors ever experience thanks to this 12-hour Big Island adventure with a small group. Get off the beaten path as you explore an active volcano, visit a local coffee farm, experience a private cave system, scout for sea turtles on a black-sand beach, and enjoy an included breakfast, lunch, and snack made with gourmet, sustainably-sourced ingredients.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Expedition Big Island Air Tour- Kapalua Departures

Get an unbeatable aerial view of some of the world’s most active volcanoes on an air tour of the Big Island from Maui. Soar in a fixed-wing Cessna plane over the dramatic craters and valleys of the Big Island’s Volcanoes National Park, looking for sparks and lava flows erupting from Kilauea Volcano. Admire the stately peaks of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, plus waterfall-studded valleys and the dramatic sea cliffs of Waimea. Large viewing windows and live narration from two pilots ensure you don’t miss a thing.
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Volcano by Air and Land: Helicopter, Coach, and Walking Tour of Volcanoes National Park from Kona

Experience the best of Volcanoes National Park on this adventurous Big Island helicopter tour, where you can easily see lava, steam, and cinder cones while circling above the volcano, and then touch down nearby to explore the park’s volcanic formations on foot. Throughout the day, expert pilots, guides, and drivers will accompany you to discuss the park’s history and legends, as well as the fascinating natural geology that changes by the day. To guarantee a helicopter seat by the window seat, upgrade to the preferred seating option for an unobstructed view.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Volcanoes National Park Adventure Tour from Hilo

Embark on an epic adventure with this Volcanoes National Park tour from Hilo. You'll journey into the largest and most active volcano on earth with your friendly, professional guide, and pay a visit to the Richardson Blacksand Beach. You'll learn about the incredible landscapes that roll out before you and gain insight into the geological and ecological implications of Mother Nature on this stunning park. See the Akatsuke Orchid Nursery, Rainbow Falls, the Maunaloa Macadamia Nut Factory and so much more on this memorable tour that hits so many of Hawaii's hot spots.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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