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- Amazing experience with breath-taking views and sights. Some more information regarding the length of hikes would be great especially since we had young children. Also, additional information regarding which sights are accessible via car versus hiking only.Written 7 August 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- mostly open trail, 3.5 mile approx, Go down from volcano rock side (visitor center) and come back up from lava tube side ( shaded ) - take a cap and enjoyWritten 26 July 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Well worth a visit, even if the lava isn't as dramatic as a few years ago (this is in June 2022). You should definitely try to visit at night and see the lava lake from both the North and South sides. The South viewing area is about a mile walk along an old portion of Crater Rim Drive). Check at the NP visitor center for current lava viewing conditions.Written 19 June 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- This is an interesting experience although it is quite short, probably just about 5 minutes to reach the end. The tunnel itself is quite large and well lighted.Written 25 July 2022
- We went twice in a two week span during the tropical storm, I have a picture from each time showing before and after a huge part of the arch fell off. How lucky, I hope this lasts!
Very cool drive and worth it for sure!Written 31 July 2022
- Seeing the Volcano is one of the main attractions on the island. It is so interesting to see and learn about the different eruptions.Written 22 April 2021
- This is a gem. The local artist collections left me awestricken. There are different rooms in the gallery showcasing different art mediums. Amazing the pieces that are showcased as well as the intricate details. Definitely a place to pick up a one of a kind piece of art.Written 21 June 2022
- Sulphur stinks period; however, the experience was awesome. Very cool to see the difference in topography and learn as well as experience the differences in steam vents versus sulphur banks.Written 21 June 2022
- Easy trail with minimal elevation gain through a cool tropical forest. Opportunities to see many birds, including honeycreepers, but go early or late as they are not very active mid-day. Trail has lots of interesting signage concerning the trees and other plants found in the forest. Highly recommended as part of your Volcano NP visitWritten 21 February 2020
- We arrived at 5:15 and the parking lot filled up soon after- there is overflow parking a little ways down the road. Is a mile hike out to see the lava and a mile back. Most is on a black top road and then it transitioned to gravel.
When we arrived several people were sitting and standing right at the front and were waiting for a couple of hours to see the night lava. The park ranger tried to get them to move to allow others the up front spot but no one would move. She threatened calling the police and then left and didn’t come back. What the park service should do is have a roped off area that people walk through get there pictures and then have to leave the front and get back in line if they want later pictures.Written 22 July 2022
- This is another cool hike through a lava field. You look up to the caldera peak and down to the ocean. Our kids loved scrambling over the rocks and jumping on and off the trail. The Petroglyphs were surrounded by a raised wooden trail. They were big and easy to see. It's unbelievable to think that people actually lived in and around this lava field.Written 2 September 2021
- You really should have a car when you visit the Big Island. There is so much diversity, even within the Volcanos National Park.Written 25 August 2021
- Pretty good hike especially with the descriptive guide and signs. Last stretch leads to a good view. Not too challenging. Mist people could fo it. Cool to see lava around the trees.Written 9 February 2020
- I heard about this place but we drove past it the first time. Not marked on the maps but I had printed a google map of the location. Not too far from the Hilina pali Road. Parking is ont he side of the Chain Of Craters Road. Some might say its just a big hole in the ground.Written 24 February 2020
- One of the VNP park rangers recommended this hike to me and I’m glad he did - i loved it, almost as much as Kiluea’Iki trail.
You hike downhill through an absolutely beautiful rainforest, then after about 1/2 hr you’re inside the active Kilauea crater! I didn’t think I’d ever be inside an active volcano, but there I was. You can see the smoke from the crater, but no lava.
It’s absolutely otherworldly down there.
From the bottom, you can continue on to other hikes, or hike back uphill, which is a moderate climb.
As a bonus, for some reason no one else does this hike - it’s almost like they’re trying to hide it - so you might be the only one there.Written 15 April 2021
Frequently Asked Questions about Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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