Volcanoes National Park is a must-see during your visit to Hawaii. Step into a world of active volcanism and rich cultural history. Only a 2 hour drive from your condo at Mauna Lani Point, plan a day trip to the Big Island Volcano National Park, and you’ll experience an adventure you won’t soon forget! Here’s everything you need to know about visiting, including how to get there, what to bring, and what to expect during your visit!
Getting to Volcano National Park
You can be at Hawaii Volcano National Park from your condo at Mauna Lani Point in less than three hours, including the drive and seeing a few sights on the way. From your resort, take Highway 19 towards Waimea. Continue on this highway to Hilo, where you’ll take Highway 11 to the park. Along the way, you’ll have a wonderful view of the coastline. If you want to stop and stretch your legs, stop at Akaka Falls. This 420-foot waterfall is surrounded by a few beautiful hikes that take 30-45 minutes to enjoy.
Planning Your Day Trip to Big Island Volcano National Park
The park is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. So, no matter when you are vacationing, you can visit this exciting park! You need to do some planning ahead before you visit, however. Because the volcano is active, there are often changes to viewing areas that must be made for the sake of safety. It’s important to see what’s happening with the volcano, and check alerts before you visit. Additionally, it is important that you understand a few things about the park:
- Volcanic Fumes: The volcano has vents that generate high levels of gases that can negatively affect visitors. Some days, the park is closed due to these fumes. Check the air quality before you visit!
- Check Closures: Due to volcanic activity, specific areas of the park may be closed. Be sure to check closures before you plan your trip!
During your visit to the park, you’ll get a glimpse into the rich history and culture of Hawaii. There are countless things to do and enjoy while in the park: Take a drive around Crater Rim, or take a hike and learn about the area. If you only have a few hours, we recommend seeing the summit if Kilauea volcano on the Crate Rim Drive. If you have more tie, be sure to check out the eastern park of the park by driving the Chain of Craters Road. You’ll come across lava flows that have crossed the road!