All about volcanoes
Mauna Loa and Kilauea are two of the most active volcanoes in not only Hawaii but the world. The former sits at about 56,000 feet or 17,000 metres above the depressed sea floor. That's even higher than Mount Everest by about 8,230 metres.
These volcanoes are more fluid and produce less gas than most. When they erupt, fountains and rivers of molten lava flow down, creating layers and a plane for life to flourish. It's here that hundreds of species of plants and animals have made their home.
At the Volcanoes National Park, you'll see not only 70 million years of volcanism, but also migration and evolution of life in this thriving area.
Plan your visit
Witness the past and present of Hawaii, both environmentally and culturally. You can discover the wonders of the park for just a few hours or over a few days.
If you only have a limited amount of time, be sure to include Kilauea volcano, which can be found along the Crater Rim Drive. This is an 18km road that circles the caldera at the summit. Along the drive, you'll see desert land, verdant rainforests and go right through the heart of the caldera.
There are a number of stops along the way where you can pause to enjoy the scenery and go for a short walk. Throughout the park there are many trails, some of which are calming and easy and others will take you deep into the wilderness.
The park is open 24 hours a day, every day. If you want to check out Kilauea Visitor Centre, visit between 7:45am and 5:00pm any day of the week. While you're there take a peek at the Jagger Museum, which will give you and your kids more information about this great attraction - it's open daily from 8:30am - 7:30pm.
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