Guide to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, established in August 1916, is famous for two fierce Volcanoes- The Kilauea and The Mauna Loa. The nearest city to the park is Hilo and the park is spread over 323,431 acres of land.

This American national park of Hawaii on the island of Hawaii has Kilauea as the most active volcano in the world where you can get to see live stunning views of the creation and destruction process by the ferment volcano.

According to legends of Hawaii, in the volcanoes there resides Pele, The volcano goddess who is a symbol of resilience, adaptability, and power of the indigenous culture of these great islands.

Be amazed by discovering volcanic craters, incredible desert, beautiful rain forests, museums, and petroglyphs.

Besides the two great volcanoes, other major attractions consist of Crater Rim Drive, Puuoo Vent, Halemaumau Crater, Volcano House, Jagger Museum and Chain of Craters Road.

No. Of Visitors in 2018


Best Time To Visit

April-May and September-October

These are the months with pleasant weather as the crowd will be less because most of the people will be busy in schools and work. You will also get the flight and hotel stay at a discounted rate as compared to the months of summer and winter months. May is the best month for seeing the Humpback Whale.

Things to carry

Following are the things to carry while visiting the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park


Lava rock is hot, harsh, and sharp that can harm your skin, so do wear closed-toe and sturdy shoes.


Bring plenty of water. One should bring a gallon of water to remain hydrated.

Along with the above things, one should also carry long pants, rain gear, sunglasses, sunscreen, hat and emergency kit.

Follow Park’s rule. Do not disturb the lava flows by poking it with sticks. Also, don’t hamper the natural resources of the park and maintain the tidiness of the park.

Tips before Visiting

  • Finding a parking spot at Kīlauea Iki, Thurston Lava Tube, Jagger Museum, and Kīlauea Visitor Center will be difficult during peak hours (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.).
  • Visit the major attractions at 8 am and before 10 am to avoid crowds.
  • Early morning is a good time for bird-watching.