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On the southern most part of the Big Island at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kilauea Volcano continues to rise as one of the most active volcanoes in the world. This monument is a true testament to mother nature's power. Tour ancient lava tubes, moon-like craters, spewing sulfur vents, and perhaps even witness the rare sight of molten rock spilling into the sea. It is no wonder why this place has earned its hotspot as Hawaii's #1 attraction.
Experience Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Visit the home of one of the most active volcanoes in the world and see the fascinating land of volcanoes and incredible ecological diversity.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is one of the most unique places to visit in Hawaii. The home of the volcano Kilauea, the park is located on the southern part of the Big Island of Hawaii and continues to create new land as one of the most active volcanoes in the world. You can take a variety of volcano tours to see lava tubes, moon-like craters, spewing sulfur vents, perhaps even witness the rare sight of molten rock spilling into the sea. It’s no wonder that Volcanoes National Park has earned its hotspot as one of the top Hawaii attractions.

General Information
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is an American national park which is established in 1916 and designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. The park is 505 square miles (1,308 square km) large, and encompasses two world-famous active volcanoes: Mauna Loa and Kilauea.

There are two volcanoes in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
• Mauna Loa - The largest shield volcano in the world.
• Kilauea - The most active volcano, which is usually composed almost entirely of fluid lava flows, in the world.

Operating hours
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day including holidays.
Park district - Kahuku Unit
Open : Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed : Mondays and Tuesdays.
Visitor Center - Kilauea Visitor Center
7 days a week, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
(*Hours are subject to change due to volcanic eruption and conditions.)

Highlights
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park offers dynamic volcanic landscapes to visitors, as well as glimpses of flora and fauna, such as the Hawaiian Goose “Nene". You can also learn how the Hawaiian Islands developed and about the ongoing processes of volcanism.

Park Entrance Fees
Pass Price Description
Vehicle Pass $25 Admits one non-commercial vehicle and all of its passengers (15 or less) for 7 days
Individual Pass $12 Admits one individual pedestrian or bicyclist for 7 days.
Motorcycle Pass $20 Admits one non-commercial motorcycle for 7 days.
Tri-Park Pass $50 An annual tri-park pass allows access for one year from date of first use at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, and Haleakala National Park (Maui).

What to Expect / Know before You Go
Q: What can we do at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park?
A: There are a lot of volcanic activities. Here is a list of some of the activities you can do at the park:
Volcano Air Flights & Tours
Volcano Sightseeing Tours
Volcano Hiking Tours
Volcano Bike Tours
• Take Crater Rim Drive or Chain of Craters Road
• Hike the Kahuku Unit (Palm Trail is a 2.6-mile loop traversing scenic pastures along an ancient cinder cone, and Puu o Lokuana Trail is a 0.4-mile hike to the top of the grassy cinder cone)
• Dinner at Volcano House Dining Room
• Puu Loa Petroglyphs: This area in the park is considered sacred to Hawaiians and is covered with over 23,000 petroglyphs. Walk along an elevated walkway and see these ancient drawings in the lava.
• Explore a Lava Tube: The Thurston Lava Tube, the most famous lava tube in Hawaii, is permanently closed after the last Kilauea eruption. However you can still see other lava tubes around island:
• Hike Kilauea Iki Trail, which is a pit crater next to the summit caldera of Kilauea
* NOTE: Certain part of volcanic park is still closed and some of Hawaii volcano tours may not available for the condition of the park.

Pro Tips
• Hiking to the lava is the best way to get close as possible. Tours offer guided hikes to the lava flow during daytime or at night.
• Hawaii Volcano Helicopter Tours make it much easier to see the entire area in a short amount of time. There are also Lava Boat Tours that will let you see active lava flowing from the volcano into the ocean.
• Lava flows are unpredictable and often dangerous. Sometimes there is no lava flowing on the surface or access to the lava is restricted, meaning lava sightings are not guaranteed.

Volcano FAQs
Q: How many volcanoes are there on the Big Island?
A: The three most famous volcanoes on the Big island of Hawaii are Kilauea, Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea. However, there are two more, much older volcanoes: Hualalai and Kohala! Hualalai Volcano is a hidden gem located right next to Kona where you can hike and explore craters and caves.

Q: Which volcanoes are active?
A: Mauna Loa, Kilauea, and Hualalai are active volcanoes. Mauna Loa last erupted in 1984 and Kilauea has been erupting since 1983. Hualalai erupted seven times in the last 2,100 years and last erupted in 1801.
Mauna Kea is a dormant volcano that hasn’t erupted last 200 years in Hawaii. However it is still be able to erupt again in the future. Last eruption was almost 3,600 years ago. (Maira’s notes, there are two different dates, please double check when was the last eruption)
Kohala is the oldest Hawaii island volcano and this volcano is considered extinct. Its last eruption was about 60,000 years ago.
Loihi is an active submarine volcano, which is the under the surface of the ocean, 3,178 feet (969 m) below sea level, and 15 miles (24 km) southeast off the coast of the big Island.

Q: Can you see lava at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park?
A: It's not always guaranteed to see molten lava or lava flows due to the unpredictability and danger of an active volcano. There are a few places within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park where you can have a good view of Halemaumau crater, but please keep in mind that sometimes it may not even be possible to go into the crater.

Click here to learn about the Kilauea Eruption

How to Get There
Address: 1 Crater Rim Drive, Hawaii National Park, HI 96718

From Hilo: 30 miles southwest on Highway 11. (About 45 minute drive)

From Kailua-Kona: 96 miles southeast on Highway 11. (About 2.5 hours drive), or 125 miles through Waimea and Hilo via highways 19 and 11. (About 2.5 - 3 hours)

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    Availability varies by date for all activities.

  1. Join the expert pilots of Blue Hawaiian Helicopters for unique aerial views of lava flows, cascading waterfalls and tropical rainforests on this Big Island helicopter volcano tour. Chase active lava flows on this volcano helicopter tour!
    Accessible

    From USD269.00

    Daily
    2 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  2. Hop aboard Big Island's only "Doors-Off" helicopter and fly over Kilauea in Volcanoes National Park to really experience the heat and smoke from below! After your Hilo volcano tour, scour the Big Island for towering waterfalls!
    Accessible

    From USD274.00

    Daily
    2 hour(s) (morning, afternoon, evening)
  3. Experience the best of the Big Island and visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park! Explore a lava tube, visit Puna District and see the lava fields from the most recent eruption in 2018. Enjoy delicious fine dining at Kilauea Lodge for dinner.
    Pick-up Provided

    USD239.16

    Daily
    11 - 13.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  4. See all of the Big Island from above, on a circle island helicopter tour flying over Kilauea Volcano, stunning coastlines, and thundering waterfalls! Conditions permitting, witness lava flows and smoke from Hawaii's latest volcanic hot spots.
    Pick-up Provided

    From USD539.00

    Daily
    3 - 5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  5. Enjoy a Private or VIP Tour of Big Island's east-side with your very own guide, at your own pace! A unique tour personalized just for you.
    Pick-up Provided

    From USD140.62

    Group Discount
    Daily
    6 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  6. An expert guide will take you to see all the natural wonders of the Big Island! Visit Akaka and Rainbow Falls, Waipio Valley, Punaluu Black Sand Beach and Volcanoes National Park!
    Pick-up Provided
    Meal Provided

    From USD168.84

    10%
    OFF
    Early Booking
    Daily
    10 - 13.5 hour(s) (morning)
  7. Volcanoes National Park is now open! Stop at a local coffee farm, visit a black sand beach and explore the new features of the park. Heading back, enjoy for a mesmerizing stargazing experience.
    Pick-up Provided
    Meal Provided

    From USD184.42

    9%
    OFF
    Early Booking
    Daily
    11 - 13.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  8. Fly from Kona Airport over volcanoes, waterfalls and green mountains on a thrilling helicopter tour and stop for ziplining through a lush forest or tropical garden.
    Pick-up Provided

    From USD773.00

    Daily
    8 - 13.5 hour(s) (morning)
  9. Fly with Blue Hawaiian Helicopters and experience panoramic views of the Big Island's natural landscape. Soar over Kilauea Volcano, Kohala Coast & land at the base of a stunning 1200' tall waterfall.
    Pick-up Provided
    Accessible

    From USD749.00

    Daily
    3 - 4 hour(s) (morning)
  10. Discover all the Big Island has to offer in a single flight. Fly from Waikoloa to Volanoes National Park. Soar over the inspiring Kohala Coast, see Kilauea Volcano, sea cliffs & waterfalls.
    Pick-up Provided
    Accessible

    From USD599.00

    Daily
    3 - 4 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
  11. Embark on a in-depth exploration on the natural and cultural history of the recent volcanic eruptions. Hike around the now-reopened Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and visit a private lava tube cave with unique golden-colored walls.
    Pick-up Provided
    Meal Provided

    USD225.00

    5%
    OFF
    Daily
    11 - 13.5 hour(s) (morning)
  12. Experience the best of Big Island with Kailani Tours. Visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, a coffee farm, see Akaka Falls, Rainbow Falls and a black sand beach! Includes lunch at Kilauea Lodge Restaurant.
    Pick-up Provided

    USD197.39

    Daily
    9.5 - 11.5 hour(s) (morning)
  13. Hike to the most recent lava flows on the Big Island, most of which are only accessible by foot! Visit historic lava flows from 1881 as well as the newest flows of 2018. Your tour also stops at famous landmarks, with dinner at Volcano Winery.
    Pick-up Provided
    Meal Provided

    From USD207.83

    8%
    OFF
    Daily
    9 - 14.5 hour(s) (morning)
  14. Fly over the Big Island by airplane to see some of Hawaii's most scenic sights. Epic views of Kilauea Volcano, Waipio Valley, Waterfalls & Black Sand Beaches!

    From USD399.00

    Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat
    2 - 2.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon, evening)
  15. Explore the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in style with Polynesian Adventure Tours and visit the most iconic waterfalls of the island. Drive along Chain of Craters Road and see 5 different craters and steam vents.
    Pick-up Provided
    Accessible

    From USD96.46

    20%
    OFF
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
    10 - 11 hour(s) (morning)
  16. Discover the best things to do near the Big Island's famous volcano. Drive along Hilo's waterfront and then south to Kalapana village, now covered in lava. Here you'll visit a black sand beach before heading over to Volcanoes National Park.
    Pick-up Provided
    Meal Provided

    USD186.94

    8%
    OFF
    Daily
    6.5 - 7 hour(s) (afternoon)
  17. Explore Kau district, home of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and historic farming plantations. Catch a bird’s eye view of the Halemaumau Crater from a private lookout. Stop a black sand beach, sample local coffee and enjoy a guided volcano tour.
    Pick-up Provided
    Meal Provided

    USD185.00

    5%
    OFF
    Sun, Tue, Wed, Fri
    7 - 8 hour(s) (morning)
  18. Explore the most recent eruption area of Kilauea Volcano by bike. Hike to an isolated Black Sand Beach, see Thermal Hot Ponds, bike through Coconut Groves, Tree Tunnels, and see lava fields created during the 1955, 1990 & 2018 eruptions.
    Pick-up Provided
    Meal Provided

    USD181.72

    Weekday
    6 - 6.5 hour(s) (morning)
  19. Embark on a sunset helicopter journey to some of the Big Island's most famous sights, such as the Place of Refuge, including a volcano pass for lava viewing.
    Pick-up Provided
    Accessible

    From USD639.00

    Mon, Wed, Thu, Sat
    3.5 - 5.5 hour(s) (afternoon, evening)
  20. Embark on an incredible nature trip in Hawaii! Visit the iconic Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. See Halemaumau Crater, steam vents & more!
    Pick-up Provided

    USD99.00

    Daily
    4.5 hour(s) (morning, afternoon)
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