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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

4.3
World heritage site · Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails

Popular things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Hiking Trail
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) ©
Geologic Formation
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
Kīlauea ©
Volcano
Kīlauea
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Holei Sea Arch ©
Geologic Formation
Holei Sea Arch
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes
Volcanoes have played an important role in shaping the Earth, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shows visitors the process in action. The park includes two active volcanoes: Kīlauea, which spews lava frequently, and Mauna Loa, the world's largest subaerial volcano. Taking into account the portion beneath the sea, Mauna Loa actually has a vertical difference of 17,000 m (56,000 ft). A 17.7 km (11 mi) road encircles the summit caldera of Kīlauea, providing plenty of glimpses of volcanic activity below. Most visitors head to the Halema'uma'u Crater on Kīlauea to view eruptions, and the Pu'u 'Ō'ō vent to the east serves as a second eruption-gazing spot. Some 240 km (150 mi) of hiking trails crisscross the park, and visitors can also pedal their way around on bikes. The park includes seven ecological zones stretching from sea level up to the 4,170 m (13, 677 ft) summit of Mauna Loa, with plant and animal life as diverse as the landscapes. Before you visit United States, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Hidden gems in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Devastation Trail ©
Scenic Drive
Devastation Trail
3.8
Duration: 1 hour
Volcano Art Center Gallery ©
Art Gallery
Volcano Art Center Gallery
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Kalapana
Neighborhood
Kalapana
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail ©
Hiking Trail
Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail
4.4
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Papakōlea Green Sand Beach ©
Beach
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach Naalehu
4.3
Duration: 2h 30 min
Chain of Craters Rd ©
Scenic Drive
Chain of Craters Rd Island of Hawaii
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Crater Rim Drive
Scenic Drive
Crater Rim Drive Island of Hawaii
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
South Point Complex
Wildlife Area
South Point Complex Naalehu
4.5
Duration: 2 hours

Trails in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Sulphur Banks ©
Hiking Trail
Sulphur Banks
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Pu'u Huluhulu trail
Hiking Trail
Pu'u Huluhulu trail
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Napau-Makaopuhi Crater Trail
Hiking Trail
Napau-Makaopuhi Crater Trail
4.2
Duration: 2 hours

Wildlife in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Nature / Wildlife Tour
Nature & Wildlife Tours
5.0
Duration: 4 hours

Scenic Drive in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Mauna Loa Scenic Drive
Scenic Drive
Mauna Loa Scenic Drive
4.1
Duration: 2 hours

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