Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Volcanos, Big Island © HVCB/Kirk Lee Aeder
In the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park surrounding the earth's most massive volcano, Mauna Loa, visitors can actually watch lava flow into the sea from Kilauea, the still active on-site volcano. Park rangers direct visitors to the daily eruption activity on a dramatic burnt landscape, which transforms the landscape with the ongoing eruption. The park is located 30 miles (48km) southwest of Hilo on Highway 11, on the south-east coast of Big Island. Inside the park the Thomas A Jaggar Museum provides a fascinating insight into the geology of a volcano, as well as the cultural aspect of Hawaii's legendary volcano goddess, Pele. Visitors can view seismograph readings, study earth science displays and enjoy photographs of volcanic eruptions.
Address: Hawaii Belt Road, Volcano, HI
Telephone: (808) 985 6000
Opening times: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is open 24 hours a day, all year round. Kilauea Visitor Center is open daily 7:45am-5pm, and Jaggar Museum is open daily from 8:30am-8pm.
Admission: $10 per vehicle, or $5 per pedestrian. Passes are valid for seven days.