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“Attraction within the main attraction” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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Triple Crater Hawaii Volcano Hiking Adventure
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Calgary, Canada
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“Attraction within the main attraction”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2014

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is the attraction! This is a must do when you visit The Big Island of Hawaii. There are several other attractions to do within the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, as such, I have listed a few of them that I went to.

Kilauea Visitor Center
Open daily: 7:45 am to 5 pm
Begin your visit at the Kilauea Visitor Center where you can watch an hourly film from 9 am to 4 pm to introduce you to the park. Ranger talks are offered and ranger-guided activities can be scheduled. Pick up maps, learn about the park's hikes and get the latest eruption updates here.

Crater Rim Drive
Crater Rim Drive is the 10.6-mile drive that circles Kilauea Caldera. Driving around this loop will take you to the park's main attractions: the Kilauea overlook, Jaggar Museum, Halemaumau Crater, Devastation Trail, Kilauea Iki Crater Overlook and the Thurston Lava Tube.

Thomas A. Jaggar Museum
Open daily: 8:30 am to 5 pm
Thomas A. Jaggar pioneered the study of volcanology here at Kilauea. Here you can find geologic displays, maps and videos about the study of volcanoes.

Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)
Walk through a 500-year old lava cave formed when an underground channel of molten lava drained from its cooled walls forming a massive, hollow chamber. A tropical rainforest awaits you at the end of the tube.

Chain of Craters Road
Ranger station open daily: 10:00 am to 9 pm
Veering south of Crater Rim Drive is Chain of Craters Road. This 3,700-foot drive eventually ends where a lava flow has literally overtaken the road.

Tips for your Trip
Be prepared on your visit. Bring food and water since there are no facilities in the park. Dress appropriately with shoes, long pants, and a jacket. Bring binoculars and a flashlight at night. And don't forget your camera. To maximize your experience consider staying at Volcano Village, or Hilo, which is about 40 minutes away. The drive to and from Kona is slightly over 2 hours each way. There is lots to see at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, so it's best you spend time in the park as opposed to driving. Don't forget to go back to the park in the evening to see the Kilauea Crater glow red, as your $10 per vehicle park fee will allow you to return in the evening, and is also valid for 7 days, a great deal!

Visited March 2014
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“Dissapointed...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2014

As others who have written less than stellar reviews of this park on this site, maybe I was just expecting too much. What it boiled down to for us was a long drive to a remote location without much happening and way too many people. The most interesting part of the whole trip was the drive on Saddle Road from South Kohala to Hilo and then on to the Park. The park itself offers vistas of lava flows and a few steaming vents. The lava tube was like a New York City Subway at 5pm. We returned to South Kohala along the west coast route...long, dry a few cute towns, but the traffic was heavy. Only redeeming stop was a wonderful early dinner at Annie's Island Burger.

Visited March 2014
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“Destructive Force of Mother Nature!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2014

Lava tubes, steam vents, active volcano, hiking trails, and beautiful views! The Hawaii Volcano National Park is a must see attraction when you come to the Big Island. Drive the extent of the Chain of Craters Rd for spectacular views of the ocean and stop off at the numerous little craters and the lava tube trail (very easy walk) along the way to the end of the road. We were taken aback by the destruction of the numerous eruptions and the permanent effect it had on the landscape. Be sure to visit the Jagger Museum and get a good view of the Kilauea Iki crater. Come back at night to see how "alive" the crater is. I think it would be very beneficial for small children to see the glowing crater at night to help them better understand volcanoes. Be sure to bring warm clothes, sunglasses, sunscreen, and rain gear. It was raining and very cold when we were there. Plan 2 full days for the Volcano Park if you plan to do any hiking.

Visited March 2014
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Shanghai, China
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“a must to see, when visiting Hawaii”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2014

For a 10$ park fee (valid for 7 days) you can explore one of the most active volcano on the planet, walking lava fields and the top of the crater. When driving down to the ocean side (chain of craters rd) you may watch whales (best time nov~apr) or NeNe (ducks). There is a lava tube, there are steam vents and lots of interesting hikes. Easy to spend a whole day or more in the park.

Visited February 2014
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“Interesting Place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2014

A different kind of park, well laid out with lots of information on volcanoes. The most exciting part is the crater rim drive and for the more adventurous there is the walking trail. A day well spent, $10.00 admission rate is reasonable, though the merchandise in the visitor centre is expensive, but you a have choice not to buy. Carry water and some warm clothing as nights can be chilly, especially if you are planning to see the" glow" in evening.Fill up your car, if you are driving from resorts.
Overall a good drive and lots of adventure and fun!

Visited March 2014
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