Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kaui, Hawaii

Hwy 11, Kaui, Hawaii 96718

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Pregnant women and young children should stay away from Kilauea's smoldering crater to avoid its sulfuric and hydrochloric acid fumes. Although it's often possible to hike to see lava erupting up close, it's a long trek over rocky, dangerous terrain and the lava is best seen after dark, so the hike is not family-friendly. Better to see eruptions from a helicopter tour if your budget allows.


Address: Hwy 11, Kaui, Hawaii 96718

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Phone: 808-985-6000
URL: http://www.nps.gov/havo/index.htm
Hours: Open 24 hours More Info
Price: Adults (16+): $5 for 7 days; Children under 16: Free; Vehicle: $10 for 7 days More Info

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Albuquerque, New Mexico

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  • Visited: July 2012
  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2013
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Stunning

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Go at the end of the day but leave enough time to hike and end at the Visitors center and dusk to watch the glow of the lava as the sun goes down. Great museum in the Visitors center.

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  • Visited: September 2007
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Must see and do!... nothing else on earth like this!

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*Book a tour for an experience through the rainforest and to walk on the surface. *Do not take any piece of the volcano home! Peli will cast a spell of bad luck on you (check out the outside the gift shop where people mailed pieces of the volcano that they took home back because of all the bad luck they encountered after taking it!). *Wear comfortable hiking shoes.

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Submitted by: Pegeen B.

Fantastic park - volcanos, hiking, petroglyphs, stars.  We were able to go on a helicopter tour and see lava, then visit at night to see the glow of lava in the crater in the caldera, hike to the M...

Submitted by: Michelle D.

What's not to love about Volcanoes National Park?? So sometimes there are lava flows and most of the time there are not. There weren't any when I went, but I wasn't expecting it and I still really enjoyed my visit. This is a big park and one that is not as full of tourists as you might expect - even though it should be! You drive a ways depending upon if you are coming from the Kona side or a shorter distance if you're staying over in Hilo. Either way you cut it, get in the car and make the drive....you will get to look out over a freaking active smoking volcano! That's kind of a once in a lifetime deal, so just do it. You have to pay the national park entry fee, but it is well worth it. In fact, if you're g...

Submitted by: Jeremy G.

Maybe I didn't go to the right places; or maybe it was the anticipation of seeing some lava; somehow, I was simply underwhelmed by it all. (It probably didn't help that my parents kept raving about what they saw thirty years ago - almost none of which still exists today, due to the changing landscape.) Like any National Park, the more time and effort you put into seeing it, the more you will get out of it. And that's something my family didn't do with this place. But I would feel silly not to give such a wonder of nature at least four stars. Thoughts: The views are often interesting, but the lighting conditions play a huge factor in determining how "pretty" the scenery appears. Often, it felt like being on t...

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