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Encompassing more than 350 square acres, this tumultuous national park is one of the most photographed locales in the Hawaiian chain. For more than 70 million years, volcanic heat and pressure from... Read More
Encompassing more than 350 square acres, this tumultuous national park is one of the most photographed locales in the Hawaiian chain. For more than 70 million years, volcanic heat and pressure from inside the earth have molded the dramatic landscape, which includes Thurston Lava Tube, still-smoldering Halemaumau Crater, and majestic Mauna Loa's highly active Pu'u O'o vent, which has been spewing lava since 1993. Visitors are free to explore the park's 50 or so miles of roadways, which wind in and out of dense tropical rain forest that surrounds Mauna Loa, but are encouraged to stay on guard since volcanic activity is commonplace. The Kilauea Visitor Center sits just inside the park's main entrance. The park was designated a World Heritage site in 1987.
- Visitor Center: Daily 7:45am-5pm
- Museum: Daily 8:30am-7:30pm
- Vehicle $10
Annual Pass $25
- Best for Attractions near Cruise Port Because: Offering hikes, a museum and great views of a still smoking crater, the park is a beautiful place to explore.
- Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: The national park offers insight into the volcanic world and is home amazing hikes and vistas.
- Best for Outdoor Activities Because: Outdoors lovers can go on hikes in the park, view a steaming crater, and find secluded places for picnics.