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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is a must see place while visiting the Big Island. It has changed a bit since summer of 2018 due to this years volcanic activity. This time the lava tubes were not open due to seismic activity, but when open, it is an awesome adventure. It looks like you are in the richest rainforest. Then you walk for 5 minutes to oversee the crater that looks like you are on another planet with steam vents and such.
Staff is knowledgeable, helpful and friendly.

Thank kayres12018
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Reviewed yesterday

The National park has a great visitor centre with lots of different trails and volunteer talks for visitors. The crater rim road and Jagger museum are closed since the latest cave in of the crater. But the line of craters road to the sea is fabulous and there are several stops along the way. We had a picnic in the park. The park is beautifully maintained.

Thank 457kayh
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Although the park has just recently reopened it was really great visit. Take a look at the caldera from the volcano house and then go and look at the vents. The power of nature is so palpable.

Thank elfinforesttony
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Resist the urge to drive to a few overlooks and move on. Spend the better part of a day there.
One suggested itinerary is to hit the Visitor’s Center just past the entry on the right ( no more than a 1/2 hour), then drive a few miles or so out to hike the Mauna Ulu trail 1 mile out to the viewpoint (spend the $2 for an interpretive guide and follow the rock cairns), drive down to the petroglyphs .7 mile one way and finish off with a drink at the Volcano Inn overlooking the crater. Figure 6 hours to do the above; 5 if you’re a fast hiker and get there early.
Bring a bottle of water along. The inky food and drink is at the Visitor’s Center and Volcano Inn across the street. Toilets at sone hiking trailheads. Many overlooks but choose just a few.

Thank RonCentralCA
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I've been here twice and it was two very different experiences. This is an always changing environment, so you need to take what you get. With that said, right now they are doing a free walking tour with a park ranger that was very informative. Great for adults, perfect for tweens and teens, doable for younger kids.

Thank Bonnie A
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We were among the first to visit after re-opening. The crater is a magnificent sight in person! The time-lapse videos in the visitors center showed the collapse of the crater floor.

Thank CaptivaHabit
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We initially hoped to see Laba flow but there were none at this time. But, to see the magnitude of the destruction and how much the ground dropped was jaw dropping. Many of the trails were closed from the volcano activity but we were able to go on a
1 1/2 mike simple group walk with Ranger Dean Gallagher. Awesome personality and knowledge of the park and Hawaiian history. The rain forest is beautiful. he park is well run. Very memorable!

Thank kimnK8829ZV
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

But not all of it. Jaggar museum is closed. The visitor center is open. Some of the trails are open.

There is currently no visible lava flowing.

Thank Chowa-Rides-Again
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Reviewed 5 days ago

My wife and I visited the National Park some time after the Kilauea late spring eruptions and the volcano had quietened down somewhat although hot steam jets were still shooting out of various areas showing signs of activity. Many of the trails had been lost covered with lava and many more trails were either closed or shortened for understandable safety reasons but there were still those open to get closer and see this fascinating spectacle. The eerie grey blackened landscape, almost from another world, was without any greenery and without the usual sounds of birds and other wildlife. The smell of sulphur is quite prominent in many places. This ever-changing landscape is definitely worth a visit to see something so very different and the National Park and Rangers as always were excellent being so helpful and knowledgeable.

Thank charles s
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

What a amazing place. Sadly no lava flow and all trails closed. Due to safety concerns over half the park is closed to access. Long winding drive to the coast to see the blow hole. Overall a amazing place to see Gods creations and see the power of this wonderful world we live on. Gives you a slightly different perspective of life when you see what lava does and the volcanos ability to change life. Take the kids. Go see the lava pits. See the steam vents. Enjoy the day seeing the landscape while you can!

Thank Uncledaves
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