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Address: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI
Activities: Group tours/helicopter tour, Hiking
Description: Active volcano built on the southeastern slope of Mauna Loa features a...
Active volcano built on the southeastern slope of Mauna Loa features a caldera approximately 4 by 3.2 kilometers wide and walls from zero to 120 meters high.
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Kilauea Caldera

Seen the caldera many times but am always impressed by its immense size. After an evening rain there was much steam arising from numerous locations. And the erupting Halema'uma'u... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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Seattle
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Seattle
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Seen the caldera many times but am always impressed by its immense size. After an evening rain there was much steam arising from numerous locations. And the erupting Halema'uma'u crater sits in the SW area of the caldera. Many places to hike around the caldera although some are closed due to the eruption.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

I would not miss this. It was amazing. The Glow! It really is a wonderful experience being that close to an "active" volcano. I would recommend this site and as other reviewers stated bring a coat, it does get cool in the evenings.

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Tampa, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Like most places on the big island, it is hard to believe that you're still in the U.S. Dress warm. Have a beer at the Lodge. Hike the Kilauea iki trail. If you have military friends, stay at the KMC.

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Kingsport, Tennessee
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48 reviews 48 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Walk up to the edge of the crater and see the red glow of the lava by night and watch the steam rise out of the ground under your feet by day - amazing. Be sure to drive the chain of craters road. The destruction is strangely beautiful.

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Hawaii
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Just viewing a volcano that is active is amazing. the park rangers shared so much great information. Came away with a wonderful perspective of how volcanoes become active.

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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

This is an amazing adventure. The Lava Tube is an experience everyone should do at least once. But any of the trails that are not even too difficult to maneuver are worth the trip. If you can stay for night time, seeing the glow from the lava flow is amazing. Be careful if you have breathing issues.

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Chatham, Massachusetts
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

There are a number of excellent walking/hiking trails on Kilauea including one that takes you through an amazing lava tube and another that takes you through a field of sulfur steam vents near the visitor center. With Kilauea currently erupting, you can see beautiful views of the orange/red glow of the lava pool after dark from the Jagar Museum of... More 

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iowa, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Beautiful views and hiking. Can also hike down in the crater, about a 4 mile round trip. Skip meeting the professor and going "back in time" at the visitor's center, unless you have an hour or more to waste.

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Mesquite, Texas, United States
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Kilauea has been call a "drive In" volcano because it is a "gentle" eruption, not usually explosive..but it CAN explode. The park rangers furnish a short video intro, tours , safety info and maps. This is a LIVE volcano,Not Disneyland! It can show great beauty and nature in motion..but the volcano demands respect and good sense. The lava eats tennis... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

My son and I entered the Kilauea National Park with my Golden Age passport,which I received in 1986 and have used all over the US. At 91 years of age, I still enjoy traveling to various place of interest throughout our beautiful country. The Kilauea Visitors' Center was most helpful in learning more about the volcano and its formation. Fascinating... More 

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