It’s alive. The very ground beneath your feet pulsates with terrain-transforming power. Before you, Mount Kilauea and Mauna Loa tower over miles of rainforests and stark expanses of lava stretching from their slopes to the sea. Here, hike along some 150 miles of trails through lush forests, across lava fields, and past plumes of steam venting from sacred volcanic craters. Witness the deadly yet beautiful spectacle of Kilauea’s molten flow as it snakes its way to the Pacific, creating and destroying in equal measure. This park’s visitor’s center has all you need to set off on your adventures, be they to the 500 year-old Thurston lava tube, Halemaumau Crater, Devastation Trail, the Jaggar Museum, or the recently reopened Volcano House. Or pay your respects to Pele, Hawaii’s volcano goddess, from a safer distance on an aerial tour that enables unparalleled views from crater to coast. Cap off your day of exploration with a free tasting of Volcano Red at Volcano Winery, located on the outskirts of the park. While you’re at it, raise a glass to the mighty powers that helped mold the land you’re standing on…and may someday reclaim it.
Everyone who comes to Big Island must visit here. I had different impressions between days and nights. It is calmly in the days. In the nights, I saw reflected fire of lava on a steam in the Kilauea crater and felt the incredible power of earth. And that reminded me here was like on the moon. It means black part of the moon surface. You should bring a jacket there, cold particularly at the nights.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and More Nearby
Big Island, Hawaii