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Kilauea Iki Trail

Crater Rim Drive, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI 96785
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Type: Hiking Trails
Activities: Hiking
Description: A moderate 4 mile hike into a an old volcanic crater.
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Titirangi, New Zealand
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Easy walk for our family of four with two teenagers, need good shoes but not hiking boots. Following the cairns of rocks across the lava is easier than I thought. The weather was cloudy and a little rainy so photography not an option, but the self guided walk map made the trip interesting to our budding geologists. Took us under... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Great walk! Only four miles, which we completed in 1 1/2 hours stopping at all of the 15 'points of interest' and reading about them from the excellent guide book available from a dispenser at the start of the trail. We are from New Zealand, so were a little skeptical about a crater walk (given our own excellent volcano walks... More

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North Vancouver
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This hike takes you along the top of the caldera where it is green and lush. An easy trail to walk, which eventually descends diwn into the crater. The enormous change in surroundings is almost surreal. We loved walking across the crater in search of steam vents. Definitely a must do activity. The climb back up is not too steep,... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Actually, the whole island is weird. You will drive through desert, rainforest, grassland, volcanic rock, beach, etc and there is an abruptness to it. This trail was so neat going through the dense forest to the crater below. The forest had all sorts of lovely flowers, ferns and birds. We enjoyed all the different types of rocks along the way... More

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O'Fallon, Missouri
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The Kilauea Iki trail is like being transported to a distant, fantastic location. It seems more like you're walking on the moon than on Earth. There are steep descents/ascents at the beginning and end, but the walk across the Kilauea lava field with the volcano smoldering in the distance is well worth it.

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Chicago
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132 attraction reviews
401 helpful votes 401 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The trail is a popular trail which should be on your list of island hikes especially if your going to include the Hawaii Volcano National Park on your vacation. The only issue I have is that the trail can get rather busy, especially in the summer. But, it takes you down to the crater floor which is an amazing experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We did the Kilauea Iki trail with a guide. It was absolutely brilliant! The guide was amazing and explained everything. We did a four hour, 4 mile walk around the crater and then along the crater floor. It wasn't a hard walk and kept stopping to talk about things, however there were a couple of older ladies who struggled. Another... More

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Montreal, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

An incandescent and spectacular volcano in the night , a stellar sky I never seen like this , an amazing experience and a must see ...

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Alberta
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15 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 via mobile

Where else can you have the opportunity to walk to the bottom of a crater? This was well worth the long drive from Kailua and no trip to the island of Hawaii is complete without experiencing this. Take good walking shoes, and rain jacket and a hat.

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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Definitely worth your time to hike down into the crater floor of the Kilauea Iki. Walking through the lush greenery and listening to the birds as you head down was a tranquil experience. Then when you get to the floor, it is as if you were in a different world because of the contrast in environment! Make sure to bring... More

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