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“Wow - eco tourism at its best” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Hawaii National Park, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Toronto, Canada
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“Wow - eco tourism at its best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

What an amazing place; you see the start of the world here! For $10 you are given a week long pass for the park. You can walk through lava tubes, hike around a giant creator, see the Jagger Museum and take a breath-taking 20 miles drive down to the coast. Simply one of the best experiences I can think of!

Visited May 2013
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Boulder, Colorado
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“Worth a special trip to the big island”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is worth a special trip. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is a treat to any person who wants an understanding of how the 50th state was formed.
We came looking forward to seeing the crater and doing a few hikes.
We had a great time. Plan more time than you originally think to enjoy all that this park has to offer.

Visited April 2013
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McMurray, Pennsylvania
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“No Flowing Lava but Lots to See”
4 of 5 stars 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.

Visited May 2013
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“Great but much of the park was closed”
4 of 5 stars 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.

Visited May 2013
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Trinity, North Carolina, United States
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“Amazing”
5 of 5 stars 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.

Visited February 2013
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