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Reviewed 26 March 2018 via mobile

This was fantastic! Volcanoes National Park was our main draw for the Big Island and it did not disappoint. We returned 2 different days as there are so many points of interest that a single day would make it impossible to see them all. I recommend staying in Hilo and doing this one as it is a minimum 2.5 hour drive to and from Kona. This makes it rather tiring to commute. The roads are narrow and winding, and we experienced rain both days we went. I fo not wish to repeat the driving experience, despite being from Northern BC, and being used to driving narrow, winding roads in adverse conditions.

Once we went up to the Jagger Museum, and saw Mme. Pele putting on a show, we were left agape. It is truly something to behold the power of the earth beneath our feet and how fragile the part we cling to, truly is. The lava lake was only 26 meters below the crater rim on the day we went, so we had a really good show.

Go up in the evening, but wait until about a half hour after sunset before going up to the Jagger Observation deck - especially if you have young children. We found the crowds to be thick and pushy until the first tour buses started leaving at about 7pm. After the first waves got bored and left, the crowds thinned and viewing was more comfortable and spectacular in the dark. The trails are well marked and lit with lava-colored lights, so I also recommend parking at the lower lot and walking the 1.7 mile loop to the museum. The path is paved and smooth, but will be difficult with very young children or persons with mobility issues.

Not to miss!

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 17 March 2018

Got there early before first light and we saw the red glow on a purple sky background. It was cold and drizzling but it was worth it. We then enjoyed a half day at the park. We need to go back because we didn't bring the right gear to go see lava. Next time will stay in the park.

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

Had tried to see this on a circle island cruise years ago but we were turned away from Hilo because of high surf. We considered driving to Hilo from Kona and taking a helicopter tour. However, my husband was qustionably over the weight limit...so since our condo didn't have a scale, we'd possibly lose our $. So we decided to drive. Sooo much better...PLUS the day before I called the helicopter people, the lava stopped flowing after like 9 years. We would have seen no lava anyway. A must see volcano!

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed 30 October 2017

Take a trip to view an active volcano up close and personal. You get a great view of the simmering volcano on the grounds of the Thomas A. Jaggar Museum.

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed 13 October 2017

During the day, you can see the steam from the lava rising from the crater and other steam vents in the park. But the lava is usually not visible. At sunset, the lava glows in the crater and you can see it vividly. Although at the end of September the activity wasn't as strong as earlier in the year, there was still a ooh-and-ahh from the crowd as we watched the lava glow into the night. Don't miss this!

Date of experience: September 2017
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