Experience the well-known attraction on the Big Island of Hawaii, Volcanoes National Park. Take a drive through the 11 mile Crater Rim that circles Kilauea’s summit and make frequent stops to experience firsthand the wonder and unique beauty of Hawaii’s volcanoes. View smooth and jagged lava, lava tubes, sulfur banks and bleak desert areas. Finally, take a short walk through a rain forest path leading to the famed Thurston Lava Tube, a natural wonder unique to Hawaii. A visit to Thomas A. Jaggar Museum, located next to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory is situated three miles inside the park entrance will let you view videos of volcanic eruptions, geologic displays, and working seismic equipment relating to the adjacent Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. There are spectacular overlooks into Kilauea Caldera and Halema’uma’u Crater. Oval-shaped Kilauea Caldera is 2 to 2.5 miles across and it is about 400 feet deep in some places. Within this caldera is Halema’uma’u Crater. Here you can smell brimstone and hear steam hissing out of fissures in the rock. After leaving the park, you will visit the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory and also have time to visit their popular gift shop and snack bar.
- Admission to Volcanoes National Park included.
- Lunch is not included.
- Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory is closed on the weekends and Holidays but the visitors center is open daily.
- Comfortable walking shoes and light jacket are recommended.
- Involves walking over relatively level terrain, possible lava and uneven ground.