- Boating & Sailing
- Dolphin Encounters
- Scuba Diving
- Water Sports
- Whale Watching
Volcano on the Big Island
There’s something magical and mysterious about new land being created and the Island of Hawaiʻi is one of the few places in the world where one can get a front row seat to Earth’s birthing process. Kīlauea Volcano began erupting in 1983 and currently shows no signs of slowing down. This extended eruption makes Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park the state’s most popular tourist attraction, bringing over a million visitors to the island every year.
The 377-square mile park is home to both Kīlauea and Maunaloa volcanoes, both helping form the Island of Hawaiʻi almost half a million years ago. With Maunaloa’s last eruption in 1984, Kīlauea is currently the star of the show when it comes to visitors wishing to catch a glimpse of its molten lava flow.
On Hawaiʻi Island lava lovers can experience the powerful force of nature like nowhere else. Kīlauea volcano is the youngest volcano in Hawaiʻi and the most active volcano in the world. Documentation of Kīlauea’s activity began in the 1820s when visitors from around the world began to descend upon this magnificent tropical hot spot.
The central crater of Kīlauea volcano is called Halemaʻumaʻu and, according to Hawaiian legend, is the home of Pele, the fire goddess. Since its eruption in 1983, Kīlauea had produced hundreds of square miles of lava flow and added new coastline to the Big Island. The best way to experience this primal wonder is to visit Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park.
Established in 1916, the park extends from the summit of Maunaloa down to the ocean’s coastline. With 150 miles of hiking trails traversing through rainforests, deserts and volcanic craters, the natural diversity of the park is truly extraordinary. Visitors can also walk through a lava tube, search out petroglyphs and peruse the museum.
The best place to start this volcanic adventure is to visit the Kīlauea Visitor Center and get acquainted with the park through films, maps and ranger-guided activities. Next, the 10.6 mile drive along Crater Rim Drive that circles Kīlauea Caldera and contains all the park’s primary attractions including two overlooks, Jaggar Museum, Halemaʻumaʻu Crater, Devestation Trail and Thurston Lava Tube.
Weather is variable so visitors are advised to wear layered clothing and close-toed shoes. It’s a good idea to bring sunscreen, water and snacks as well. And of course, don’t forget the camera!
Volcanic activity in the national park is unpredictable, varying from day to day. Call 808-985-6000 for recorded updates.
Visit Pearl Harbor and take a city tour of Honolulu. Flight/transport included.
Best New Restaurants on the Big Island
Hawaii Island is a cornucopia of dining culture. Every year,…
Sleepy Volcano Village is a Stone’s Throw From Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
It’s no surprise Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park is the most…
- Join the KonaRed® e-newsletter to get the latest specials and updates about Cold Brew, Kona Coffee and Hawaiian Cascara Juice and Coffee Fruit Syrup.
- Annie’s Island Fresh Burgers - Awarded BEST BURGER 7 years in a row by West Hawaii Today readers: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017!
- BAKER'S DOZEN SPECIAL from Hamakua Mac Nut Co: Buy 12 of any item of the same price & get 1 FREE. In-store or online. Discount applied at checkout.
- Vacation Memory of a Lifetime: Family Swim at Dolphin Quest Oahu
- PAY NOW SAVE NOW! 20% Off Best Available Hotel Rates when pre-paying your stay with Castle Resorts & Hotels.
- Adventure Starts Here! Northshore Zipline Maui - $119/person
- Visit Giovanni's, the North Shore Oahu's best shrimp truck!
- Kaanapali Ocean Inn Standard Special from $139/nt
- Pirates spotted sailing off Waikiki - climb aboard from $42!
- HAPPY HOUR 50% OFF SUSHI AND PUPUS
- 10% OFF Kauai horseback riding! Click here & call to book!
- Royal Kona’s Voyagers of the Pacific Luau Special: $72 pp
- From $129 - Dolphins Guaranteed Sail in West Oahu
- Awaken with a Maunakea Sunrise Experience from $189!
- Experience the real Hawaii in small group tours, from $59