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!
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