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“No Flowing Lava but Lots to See”

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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Reviewed May 18, 2013

We did this trip by excursion so I don't know about the entry fee. We visited Halema'uma'u Crater overlook, the Jagger Museum, walked through a lava tube and saw a number of steam vents. It was a nice, sunny day which made the trip perfect. It would not be enjoyable on a rainy day. Due to the volcanoes, the air quality is not always good.

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Reviewed May 16, 2013

The park was very informative but, due to the flows and the air quality, much of the park was closed during our visit. Be aware, if you try to go down to the road that was covered by lava flow, you cannot drive to it from inside the park. You have to walk about a half a mile past where the road is closed.

You can go to the other side of the lava flow (outside the park) to see the flow at night. The area is all private property and there is a road closed sign, but it is open for viewing. Apparently, the state has not taken down the no entry signs. We were informed by locals that the sign was incorrect and that you could drive down the one lane road over the lava to get to a parking area about a mile in. From there you can see the flows at night in the distance. Just bring a flashlight because there is a short walk. There are locals available from 3 - 9 each day to assist you with questions or talk about the lava flows. There are numerous houses here that are living 'off the grid' due to no services (power / water) and the locals seemed very nice about all the visitors, just dont block the road or their driveways and stay on the main road. Although its all black lava rock, under that rock is private property, so respect their property rights.

1  Thank Michael K
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Reviewed May 14, 2013

Our visit to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park was the highlight of our trip to the Big Island. The national park is huge and has so many things to offer. I would honestly recommend setting aside at least 4-6 hours to spend while at the National Park.

We started at the Halema'uma'u Crater overlook, visited the Jagger Museum, then lava tubs and Kileaua Iki crater overlook, then ended at the end of Chain of Craters Road. We walked a few of the trails as well. The views are amazing and cannot be beat. I would highly recommend checking the weather before you visit...the weather can change very quickly and if possible, try to go on a nice, sunny day.

1  Thank psylent
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Reviewed May 14, 2013

How often to you get the chance to say you saw an active volcano. When we went it wasn't quite what I was expecting, I didn't see lava wiping out everything in its path. But on the whole it was amazing. Don't do the drive, hike it if you can. There's so much to see with the volcano, steam vents, unusual plants, and rare animals. So I suggest pack a cooler with plenty of water and lunch, then take a hike. It's only about 5 miles depending on which way you go.

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Reviewed May 9, 2013

This place is amazing, it's a once in a lifetime experience. It's amazing to see where the lava has flowed and the thought that something is getting created...simply stunning

1  Thank Saintlysinner
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