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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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Reviewed October 13, 2012

We didn't get to see the lava glow from Jaggar due to fog, but our trip was amazing through the park. We took the day to travel as much of the roads through the park as possible. After dinner, we drove back to the park to see the lava glow. I wish we had visited Jaggar during our day trip, because it was hard to know for sure where we were headed in the dark. Plus, the actual museum was closed so we didn't get to see it. We stayed the night near by just so that we wouldn't have to drive in the dark back to Kona. If you are tempted to do the drive back at night....don't. The drive from Hilo back to the park was scary enough that I can't even imagine driving back to Kona.

Thank Leslie F
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Reviewed October 12, 2012

Saw the crater, Jaggar museum. Don't miss the Thurston lava tube, the kids thought that was really cool. Saw some Nene and other cool birds. Lots of park rangers to ask questions of. Saw the steam vents and sulphur vents

Thank CathRuss K
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Reviewed October 12, 2012

Few of us have come face-to-face with active Volcanoes. I have seen Arenal in Costa Rica, but looking up from the bottom, hearing and feeling an occasional boom, and seeing smoke rise in puffs isn't the same as looking down from above. My wife and I put Volcanoes National Park at the top of our list during our visit to the Big Island, and we were not disappointed.

During our stay, we took a Safari Helicopter ride over an active vent and could see red magma, took the short walk into the rain forest through Thurston Lava Tube, hiked the Kilauea Iki Trail around and across the hardened lava, saw Kilauea both during the day and at night, and viewed the steam vents rising from the hot lava of the vocanoe. During our visit there were no rivers of lava pouring into the sea as we would have liked, but seeing the great expanses of lava and realizing that these islands were created by these massive forces is awesome.

We noticed a mild odor of ash and volcanic gas and learned from locals that many people have allergic symptoms such as coughing, sneezing and headaches in this part of the world, and we experienced some of these symptoms. However, our visit of a few days was not dampened by this condition and we would readily return to see more.

Thank Ed S
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

We stayed in Volcano Village for 3 nights and two days, and were very glad that we did in order to visit all the attractions in the Volcano/Hilo area. We allocated one whole day to visiting this amazing National Park -- there is none quite like it. There are many interesting stops along both the Crater Rim Drive and the Chain of Craters Road.

We took the latter road down to the ocean to see the Holei Sea Arch, at which point the road is closed off and a mini-V.C. is there. We had also planned to walk from there on the former highway road, out to the end of the road where the lava has crossed it. An easy hike ...... except for one thing: the (cold) wind was so high that day that you could hardly stand on your feet -- so we opted not to do that. We were told that it's not always that windy.

Back up on Crater Rim Drive, we found the most rewarding stops to be the short hike down to the Thurston Lava Tube, and the nearby overlook of Kilauea Crater at the Kilauea Iki Crater Trailhead. There's a great view from there -- and if you're in really good condition, a great (but strenuous) hike down to the floor of the crater, where you can actually walk across it.

But the most amazing experience, by far, was when we went back to the Jagger Musuem at night. There is a view from the patio behind it (no treacherous hike!!) of the steam venting from the volcano that is un-worldly. The steam is all an orange glow from the volcanic fire under it, constantly changing in shape -- truly a sight to behold, one that is truly "out of this world." Just try to select a dry night (not a rainy one) for maximum views and enjoyment. (There was no flowing lava in locations that could be safely viewed while we there.)

Don't miss this national park!

Thank Weston66
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

...I expected more. I was really cool to see the smoke coming from the volcano and knowing it was active, but other than that it wasn't really as cool as i expected, it was just like a hole in the ground. Now I will say since we only had one day in Hilo for the cruise ship, maybe I didn't see all I could at the park, and it may be a better stop if you have more time, but rushed as we were the stop wasn't one of my favorites and I really wanted it to be, so maybe this is one of those places you do want to go to on a tour, so you get to see the cool places in the park.

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