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Volcano National Park Small Group Twilight Tour
"Begin your 12-hour small-group tour with a visit to see two of the world's largest volcanoes Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. The region is locally known as the Saddle and it's also home to some of the rarest plants and animals in the world. After a brief stop for lunch at Mauna State Park continue east towards Hilo to explore a lava tube. Here you'll turn on your provided flashlight and look around these spellbinding passages that once carried molten rock from Mauna Loa's upper rift zones to the ocean. From there head into Hawaii Volcanoes National Park via the Crater Rim Drive. The park which is both a World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Preserve
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Small-Group Big Island Tour: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Kona Coffee Farm
"After pickup from your Waikoloa or Kona hotel in the morning head south along the Big Island's coast by comfortable air-conditioned vehicle to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. On the way you’ll stop to take a tour of a Kona coffee farm and taste freshly brewed Kona coffee. Enjoy a light snack here and feel free to purchase some coffee to bring the taste of Hawaii back home with you. Continue to Punalu’u Beach Park where you’ll see turtles basking on the black sand. Enjoy a picnic lunch and then take an easy hike along the beach. Follow your guide on a hike through a lava tube where you’ll see sulphur banks and vents emitting hot steam. At Halemaumau Crater you’ll get the unique chance to see a glowing lava lake at night. It tends to get cold up there
From $187.00
 
"Big Island in One Day: Volcanoes
and History Small Group Tour""Big Island in One Day: Volcanoes Waterfalls Sightseeing and History Small Group Tour""This full-day nature tour kicks off when you are picked up directly from any of the Kona or Kohala resorts and hotels
From $172.00

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See the Steam vents

You will notice steam vents all over the volcano park ... along the main road you will be able to stop and get close enough to feel the heat. Sometimes you will detect the smell of sulfur near the vents.

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TropicGirl77
Oct 25, 2003

Steam Vents & 'Iliahi Trail - Varied hike.

The entire 'Iliahi (Sandalwood) Trail Hike combines several of the interconnecting trails at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. It is an interesting and varied hike through Kilauea's contrasting landscape - views into the barren Caldera with its flows of smooth black lava, native rainforest, steaming vents and banks of bright yellow and foul-smelling sulphur.

We especially liked the North Rim. There are more great Caldera views through the green rainforest. We even spotted some sandalwood trees along the way, although only a few remain. It was really raining hard, but it didn't stop us!

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Jerelis
Jul 06, 2006

Steam Vents & 'Iliahi Trail - Steaming Bluff.

We especially liked the North Rim. There are more great Caldera views through the green rainforest. We even spotted some sandalwood trees along the way, although only a few remain. At the top of the North Rim we also witnessed another interesting section, passing steam vents above aptly named Steaming Bluff.

This is a treeless plain between the inner and outer cliffs of Kilauea Caldera. The ground just a few feet down is so hot that tree roots can't survive. But shallow-rooted grasses and plants grow there. Ground water seeps down to the hot volcanic rocks and return to surface as steam, especially near the Caldera Rim. Be aware that you'll be all wet after this "Bath from Pele"!

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Jerelis
Jul 06, 2006

Steam Vents & 'Iliahi Trail - Sulphur Banks.

Ground water seeps down to the hot volcanic rocks and return to surface as steam, especially near the Caldera Rim. Be aware that you'll be all wet after this "Bath from Pele"!

Just a bit further up north we saw the Sulphur Banks. At this spot volcanic gases seep out along with groundwater steam. These gases are rich in carbon dioxide, sulphur dioxide and hydrogen sulfide, the one that smells like rotten eggs. Some gases desposit pure crystals at the banks. Other gases form acid which breaks down the lava to clay. This is stained red and brown with iron oxide.

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Jerelis
Jul 06, 2006
 
 
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Not really hot, just steamy

This is where you can see the steam rising from cracks in the ground up close! Make sure you venture away from the parking lot, which only has a man-made steam hole. If you walk a little further, you’ll see steam coming from natural outlets as well as a view of Kilauea Crater.

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CruisingGoddess
Oct 29, 2011

Parking Lot Steam

The bus driver stopped so we could get out and see the steam vent that was there close to the road. It had a railing around it and bars across it. I also saw a steam vent when we were on our own and I went the wrong way on a trail from the parking lot on the Crater Rim Drive trail and saw other steaming from the ground in the crater areas. Ground water seeps down to the hot volcanic rocks in this area and returns to the surface as steam.

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DEBBBEDB
Apr 08, 2013

Steam the Wrinkles Out?

Rob (the tour bus driver) stopped at the steam vent which has a railing around it. I didn't see but one of the steam vents because I didn't walk past the one that is in the parking lot. Rob explained that ground water seeps down to the hot volcanic rocks in this area and returns to the surface as steam. It is warm, but it isn't hot like a steam iron. At least this one wasn't. It did fog up my glasses.

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grandmaR
Apr 10, 2013

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"Home to the active Kilaue Volcano"
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