Volcano Things to Do: Exploring Volcano's Gorgeous Natural Sights

Most of Volcano’s gorgeous must-see sights are located in the famous Hawaii Volcanos National Park, where you will find many Volcano Things to Do.

Hawaii Volcanos National Park
P.O. Box 52
Hawaii National Park, Hawaii 96718-0052
(808) 985-6000
http://www.volcanogallery.com/hawaii.htm

This World Heritage Site is just a mile from the village of Volcano. Located at an altitude of 4,000 feet, the park has two of the world’s most active volcanoes: Mauna Loa and Kilauea. The Mauna Loa is the largest volcano on earth. It rises to about 13,677 feet from sea level and covers half of Hawaii.

Make sure you have enough time on your hands (three days is recommended) to do justice to this gorgeous park with its beautiful hiking trails, rainforests and spectacular lava flows. If you’re there at night, you’ll be able to see how the lava from the volcanoes makes its way down to the sea. A night heli-tour or boat tour is available for the best views of this phenomenon.

Here are some of the scenic views in the park, a must-see from your Volcano Bed and Breakfast:

Crater Rim Drive

This 11-mile road full of scenic views skirts the edge of the Kilauea Caldera. On the drive you can see the Sulphur Banks, a smelly area covered with deposits of bright yellow sulphur. Apart from the odor of rotten eggs, it is a fascinating sight. However, the toxic gases issuing from the fissures should be avoided by pregnant women and children and those with heart and respiratory problems.

Thurston Lava Tube

The Thurston Lava Tube, which carries molten earth down to the sea, is about 350 to 500 years old. You can actually enter this damp, dark tube after a short hike through lush greenery, home to the red-winged Apapane (singing honeycreeper birds). The tube is lit artificially and it’s a short walk to daylight. If you are armed with a powerful torch, you can continue from here into an unlit part of the tube.

Halemaumau Crater Overlook

Peer into the 300-foot deep crater sanctuary of the volcano goddess Pele. People leave offerings for the goddess and hold ceremonies for her on the crater’s rim. In the 19th century, the crater was filled with a fiery lake of molten lava. There can be toxic sulphurous fumes here.

Chain of Craters Road

This unique drive stretches for 18 miles and ascends from sea level to 4,000 feet. The road skirts the East Rift Zone of the volcano and is riddled with craters, lava flows, petroglyphs and sometimes even active lava. There are breathtaking sights along this road and you could even see erupting lava.

If lava is what you most want to see, a good idea is to get to the Chain of Craters several hours before sunset. Lava flows are certainly worth seeing during your Volcano Inn stay.

Akaka Waterfall
Akaka State Park       
Highway 220

This gorgeous sight will delight your eyes after a hike through a beautiful forest. It's en route to the Volcanos National Park. The falls tumble 420 feet into a gorge. The half-mile Akaka Trail takes you through rainforest vegetation - philodendron vines, bamboo groves, orchids, hanging heliconia, ferns and other exotic native plants. You’ll also see the 100-foot-high Kahuna Falls.