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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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2,880 Reviews
Daily 7:45am–5pm
Crater Rim Drive, Volcano, 96785

The Basics

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is made up of two different Hawaii volcanoes: Kilauea and Mauna Loa. While 13,000-foot Mauna Loa last erupted in 1984, Kilauea has been constantly erupting since 1983 and is known as one of the world's most active volcanoes. The park is often visited on circle island tours of the Hawaii that also include stops at sights such as Rainbow Falls and the Hamakua Coast. Hawaii Volcanoes can also be experienced on a coach bus tour or a Kilauea volcano bike tour, or even seen from above on a helicopter ride.

Stop in at the park's Jaggar Museum to learn about earthquakes, geology, and seismology; discover how lava still flows to the sea and occasionally covers roads; and hear the legend of Madame Pele, Hawaii's volcano goddess.

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Big Island Highlights Small Group Tour

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Big Island Highlights Small Group Tour
$167.54 per adult
Great trip
Great spots visited. Very well explained the history and facts. All questioned answered. Great guide.
angelatavar, Jan 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Big Island of Hawaii

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Great way to see the volcanos!
KMK, Jun 2021
Big Island - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Driving Tour
Quite enjoyable, easy to follow and directions were excellent! The whole process of setup and use was quite clear and we were able to explore the volcanos at our own pace. Thanks!
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Personal tour guide for a small price
Steve_J, Jun 2021
Big Island - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Driving Tour
A small price to pay. There were 6 of us in the group and we got so much more out if this experience than we ever imagined. It was like we had our own tour guide in the car with us. We didn't even have the energy to do all of the things recommended. I know we saw and learned so much more than we would have in our own. They even included local music and stories/folklore during the drives.
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Great job on tour
Alan_p, May 2021
Private Tour: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Eco Tour
Our guide was very knowledgeable and informative. She explained things that we had never thought of about the Eco systems in the park.
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Must do!
Susie_G, Mar 2021
Volcanoes National Park Private Tour
Not to be missed. Fascinating recent history of the volcano. Scott was an excellent guide. Went out of his way to make our tour special.
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Jodi thought of everything! The only thing we had to do was show up and enjoy ourselves.
Heather_K, Jun 2021
Private Guide: Meet In Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Jodi (our tour guide) was absolutely wonderful in EVERY way! She was prepared for everything...snacks, water, bug repellent, sunscreen, hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes, even extra jackets. She even took pictures and sent them to us so we could just enjoy ourselves! With all the supplies and gear, you can only imagine the amount of knowledge (including little secret tid bits that very few guides know) she provided. Three of my close friends and I travel together every year. I know we will always talk about what a great time we had with Jodi!
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Waking up with the Volcano
Renee_P, Apr 2021
Private Guide: Meet In Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Rob offered the sunrise tour opportunity and I am glad we took it! The tour was carefully planned. I loved having the park to ourselves. Rob had lots of interesting information to share about all our questions about the eruptions and various landscapes we saw. It was also wonderful to have the personal attention as a family. We also got some amazing photographs provided by Rob of our tour and family and the end (all included)! This was one of the best tours of our vacation and I would highly recommend it!
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best tour guide
Lori_C, Mar 2020
Private Tour: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Eco Tour
Best guide with so much knowledge and enthusiasm. She was helpful and personable. The park was spectacular and a great trip.
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Kimo is the best tour guide EVER
DawnA_P, Feb 2020
Hawai'i's Volcanoes National Park from Hilo Only
KIMO ROCKS! Best tour guide EVER. Lovely person and so fully of island history and tours that even locals were asking him questions! Kimo went above and beyond to the point of allowing us to add onto our excursion. He knew so much about volcanos and kings ... oh goodness I could go on forever about this gem of a tour guide. He also made sure we stayed hydrated. Seriously- he made our vacation. I’m not lying. I’ll never forget him. Thank you our friend Kimo 🥰
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Volcanoes
Stmckinney, Nov 2019
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Big Island Highlights Small Group Tour
Josh is an excellent tour guide. He is very personable and gave a great tour. He provided great information everywhere we went and answered every question we had from the history, culture, folk lore, legends, animals, trees, and everything else. We were able to spend time at the various places as long or as little as we wanted to stay. Highly recommend.
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Great Tour Guide
Ralph O, Nov 2019
Hawai'i's Volcanoes National Park from Hilo Only
Kimo, our driver/guide was great. Very knowledgeable and personable. He took us to many interesting sites, particularly the Volcano site. I believe we had a fairly unique tour of the latest fault area. Kimo's running dialogue throughout the day made this tour one of the most enjoyable that we have experienced.
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Amazing Tour!
bljenio, Oct 2019
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Big Island Highlights Small Group Tour
Our tour was awesome. Josh was our guide and he gave us a great, in depth tour of the Hilo’s popular spots as well as Volcanoes NP. I really enjoyed how he catered the tour to all the participants and we weren’t on a tight/rigid timeline the whole time. Definitely recommend this tour!
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Hawaii Volcano Natl Park
Dolores_M, Feb 2020
Private Tour: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Eco Tour
Michelle Chaco was an amazing guide! She is extremely knowledgeable about the volcanic activity and history as well as the plants, lava, minerals found in the park. Her understanding of the Hawaiian culture and history is a wonderful addition to her discourse while leading the hikes. She is extremely friendly, caring, and fun. Thank you to Michelle for an amazing 6 hrs in Volcano Natl Park!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Volcanic activity changes on a daily basis, so no two trips are the same.

  • Volcano tours get you close to the action, visiting popular sites such as Halemaumau Crater, the Kilauea Iki crater, and Devastation Trail.

  • Bring a jacket for the brisk air at the 4,000-foot Kilauea summit, and pack a rain jacket for the lush environment around the Thurston Lava Tube.

  • Some guided hiking tours go through rugged terrain, which isn't recommended for wheelchairs or travelers with limited mobility.

  • It's important to hike the area around Kilauea safely; consider traveling with a professional tour guide.

How To Get to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is a 45-minute drive south of Hilo and a 2.5-hour drive from Kona. The most popular ways to experience the park are as part of a Hawaii volcano tour, or on a self-guided driving tour of Crater Rim Drive and Chain of Craters Road.

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When To Get There

Because volcanic activity is tough to predict, it's almost impossible to plan your trip around lava flow. Weather at the park can range from 45°F (7°C) with rain and wind at the summit of Kilauea to 85°F (29°C) by the shoreline; visitors should travel with multiple layers that are suitable for all conditions.

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Has Kilauea Volcano Caused Any Destruction?

Kilauea has destroyed nearly 200 structures over the course of its most recent eruption. The entire village of Kalapana was covered up by the molten lava, and over 500 acres of new land have been created since 1983. As you'll learn on guided tours, parts of the ground are still very brittle due to the surface being so young.

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