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Volcanoes National Park Private Tour
"This private tour begins at the pickup location of your choice in the Hilo area including the Hilo Port hotels and the Hilo Airport. From Hilo the drive to Volcanoes National Park takes about 45 minutes ascending to 4000 feet above sea level. Once inside the park you'll make your way to see the amazing Kilauea Caldera with the smoking lava lake. After spending as much time as you like you will then experience the steam vents that allows you to feel the extreme heat coming out of the ground. Kilauea Iki overlook i which was formed hundreds of years ago. Afterwards
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One Day Tour: Hawaii Grand Circle Island Tour - Island Hopping Oahu to Hawaii
"Just a 45-minute flight from Oahu you will find yourself on Hawaii’s Big Island. Your arrival into the middle of a lava field might almost seem like a moon landing. Lava now solidified created the wave-like rippled fields that spread out almost as far as the eye can see. Along the western coast of the island the landscape changes dramatically. There will be a stop at Royal Kona Coffee in the midst of the coffee-growing region. It’s a remarkable place of organic beauty. The lush coffee bean trees seem to spring up among the other island foliage. The area also
From $415.00
 
Early Bird Volcano Express
"After pick-up from your hotel accommodation by our professional guides you will travel through different climate zones directly to the summit area of the active Kilauea Volcano (approx. 4000 ft above sea level) in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (World Heritage Site). The transfer times from Kona Waikoloa Kohala are approx. 2 hours from Hilo approx. 1 hour. The fully narrated tour stops at the main highlights of the famous National Park with ample time to explore the sites and photo opportunities.  Highlights:- Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Visitor Center- Thu""The morning Volcano Express AM Tour offers the only direct tour from your hotel accommodation in Kona/Waikoloa/Kohala/Hilo to the highlights of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park!
From $103.00

Chain of Craters Road Tips (24)

CHAIN OF CRATERS ROAD

From Volcano House, this 50 mile roundtrip drops almost 4000 feet to the coast. It used to continue along the shore, providing another entry route into the Park from Hilo, but continual lava flows...
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mtncorg
May 15, 2004

SEA CLIFFS

The 40-60 foot lava cliffs which you drive along near the end of the Chain of Craters Road are very impressive. Waves originating in the vast depths of the Pacific smash up against the cliffs. It is...
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mtncorg
May 15, 2004

Holei Sea Arch

This remarkable formation was caused by lava flowing into the sea. When it cooled, it hardened in the form you see. The area has a small ranger station and picnic tables, as well as a walking path. Be...
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sarams
Apr 01, 2007

Chain of Craters Road

When possible, rangers mark a trail out to the margins of active lava flows or to the coast to view lava as it enters the ocean. For most visitors this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Stop by the...
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derats
Apr 19, 2004

Red hot lava

This is the most fun activity in the whole national park because you actually get to see red hot lava flow.For the more adventurous, a hike into the field is recommended because you can see more...
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raraavis
Jan 03, 2006

Lava Road Block!

If you drive along Chain of Craters Road and expect to make it to Hilo, you will run into a bit of a surprise. In 1983, a volcanic eruption covered the road with lava. While repeated attempts were...
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sarams
Apr 04, 2011

Chain of Craters Road

The Chain of Craters road goes 24 miles downhill toward the sea.You will pass several craters and then drive about 5 miles along the coast.There you will have to find a place to park and start...
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kyoub
Nov 07, 2007

Thurston Lava Tube

A must see is the Thurston Lava Tubes. You must park your car and get out and walk to see this. Take your bins with you also because there are many birds around this rain forest area.The inside of the...
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kyoub
Nov 07, 2007

Crater filled with trees

On the Chain of Craters road there is one crater that is not just full of lava. Ko'oko'olau Crater is an excellent example of what happens to a crater after about 200 years of an absence of lava. The...
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kyoub
Nov 07, 2007

See the petroglyphs

When you drive the Chain of Craters road, I'd highly recommend stopping for a walk to see the petroglyphs. The trail is well marked and easy. While the natural wonders of the volcano are the big draw...
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trvlrtom
May 29, 2007

Drive the Chain of Craters Road

The Chain of Craters Road is a 19-mile, one-way drive that ends where lava crossed the road in 2003. This is currently the best place in the park to see flowing red lava. Sometimes, you can see lava...
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bsfreeloader
Oct 02, 2006

Worth the drive!

If to take Chain of Craters Road all the way to the end, it is about 18 miles long. Though we didn’t take every stop nor hike any trails, it took us almost 1.5 hours to reach the end. Here are our...
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CruisingGoddess
Oct 29, 2011
 
 
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Things to Do Near Chain of Craters Road

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Thurston Lava Tube

We visited the lava tube and there are lots of ferns and flowers .. and birds. .. Not to mention its not every day people from small town Ohio get to walk in a lava tube. It was interesting but...
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Kilauea Visitor Center

When we were at the visitor's center I was primarily interested in taking photos of the petroglyphs. Later I got a chance to walk to the trail and see them in person. I was also interested in the...
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Banyan Drive

Banyan Drive See the Banyan Trees that Fannie Hurst and Amelia Earhart planted in the 1930's Walk or bike around the peninsula Play golf! Walk to Coconut Island Take a horse carriage ride See a...
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City of Refuge

This was a really neat place to see. It is an old religeous site that is called the place of refuge because in the old days if you broke sacred laws the chiefs would sentenced you to death. The only...
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Pu'uhonua o Honaunau

Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park is a must see when you are in this area. It is located 20 miles south of Kailua-Kona. The park service has tried to restore this refuge to the way it...
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