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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
Traveler Favorite
It was nice to have the...
It was nice to have the audible with us in the car. The marking of things is not that great and there isn’t any explanation along the way so this is super helpful!
Rebecca_H, Jan 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Big Island of Hawaii

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Volcanoes from Hilo
Roland_K, Dec 2021
Hawai'i's Volcanoes National Park from Hilo Only
Mount Kilauea was amazing and the lava tubes were incredible. I’m glad we had a guide, Leia, who took us straight to the best spots. Leia also took us to a local coffee mill, by the local farmers’ market and dropped us back in Hilo. Unfortunately, the orchid farm was closed (covid), as was the macadamia nut farm, which sounds like it may be a permanent closure. Had those been open, it would have been 5 stars
star-5
Incredible views and guide!
Noah_R, Jan 2022
Hawai'i's Volcanoes National Park from Hilo Only
Incredible views, and our guide was incredibly helpful, knowledgeable, and flexible to what we were looking to do!
star-5
Amazing!
Melanie_R, Jan 2022
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Experience
Not sure why this tour does not have numerous five star reviews. Neil was AMAZING! He was very knowledgeable, amicable, and informative. He was definition of going the extra mile to ensure we had a good time.
star-5
Our guide Jodi was...
Madhukar_K, Dec 2021
Private Sprinter Van 10 Seats tour from Kona Coast to Volcanoes National Park
Our guide Jodi was fantastic, very thorough. Views were incredible. Must do trip and recommend highly.
star-5
Very good
XIAOHONG_T, Dec 2021
Big Island - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Driving Tour
This audio tour was really worth the money. It is convenient to use and the audio is timed well. The guide is funny and has good recommendations for what to stop and look at. Highly recommended.
star-5
Great experience with Jodi!
William_M, Dec 2021
Private Guide: Meet In Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
We did a 4 hour tour that began at 9A. Jodi was a great guide - very passionate about her work! She was also very knowledgeable about volcanoes in general and the National Park specifically. She answered all our questions and took us to locations in the park that are not visited by tourists . She also shared personal stories of her experience hiking and playing in the park. The transportation, a Sprinter van was first rate. We will book her next year for another great experience!
star-5
Great tour!
Jeff_S, Nov 2021
Private Tour: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Eco Tour
Michelle was The most informative guide I’ve ever had on any tour ever. The knowledge this woman possesses about the park is unbelievable.
star-5
Great GPS guided tour
Derek_M, Nov 2021
Big Island - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Driving Tour
What a great idea! Once we were able to download the app with the maps it was pretty easy. The guide was quirky funny and honest. Highly recommend this tour.!
star-5
Learned ALOT
remilsho, Oct 2021
Private Tour: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Eco Tour
Our Guide, John, met us at the the Volcano House and the adventure began there. We hiked our way down the valley and back up all while learning so many interesting facts about the plants in the jungle to the plants growing from the cracks in the lava rock. We hiked and we rested and we made our way out to the crater rim and saw the glowing, spewing lava. We couldn’t have asked for a better day. Thank you John!! Our favorite tree is by far the Ohia Tree and the beautiful red blossom.
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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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Private Tour of the Big Island
Lynn_S, Sep 2021
Private Sprinter Van 10 Seats tour from Kona Coast to 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.
star-5
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!

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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