Holei Sea Arch, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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Hōlei Sea Arch is a 90-foot (27-meter)-high natural arch located in Hawaii, on the southern coast of the Big Island, south of Kīlauea. This rock formation was born from marine erosion, in which the waves of the Pacific Ocean create this natural bridge of lava cliffs. The arch is made of basalt. It takes its name from the Hōlei Pali, the escarpment located up on the slopes of the volcano.

Located in the Ka'ū District of Hawaii County and in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, it is at the end of the Chain of Craters Road, cut short by the lava flows emitted by Puu Oo Crater since 1990. It thus constitutes a tourist attraction of the national park.

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  • So the Sea Arch itself is a bit hard to see and distant from the road. I also think the time of day and shaddows might have something to do with it. BUT, having said that I still think the drive...  more »
  • The overlook to the Sea Arch is a short walk from the parking lot. The views of the ocean and the lava field are amazing. The crashing surf on the lava cliffs was so loud.  more »
  • The Arch is worth the drive! Just be prepared for wind, wetness and volcanic rock not worth tripping on. A beautiful piece of scenery you need to see. Highly recommended!
  • I don't know what was better, the drive or the actual destination. This drive is up there with the Grand Canyon to me when it comes down to natural beauty. Pictures just don't do this place justice. The arch is beautiful and we saw whales not very far from shore which made this day very special. Definitely worth the time it takes to get to this point.

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