Our popular holiday destinations are either beaches, hills, amusement parks or the wilderness of national parks. While planning for your next weekend trip, you can consider visiting the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. This is one of the few spots on our planet where you get to see the fury of nature from such close quarters.
Several international as well as domestic carriers have direct flights to the island of Hawaii. There are two airports on the island – Hilo and Kona. Compared with Hilo Airport, Kona Airport is more popular among international carriers. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is a 45 minutes drive from Hilo Airport. From Kilo, it takes around 2 to 2 Â½ hours to reach Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. You can rent a car or taxi from the airport or board a tour bus to arrive at the Park. Entrance fee to the park ranges between $5.00 and $10.00 per person.
Best time to visit
The unpredictable weather of the region makes it difficult to say, which time is most favorable for visiting the park. You can experience heavy showers and chill in anytime of the year. At the summit of Kilauea, the temperature is couple of degrees lower than at sea level. The coastal plain, specifically where the lava meets the sea, at the end of Chain of Craters Road, the temperature can be pretty hot. Therefore, your baggage for the trip should include waterproof clothing and clothing to endure both heat and cold.
What to see
In Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, you will witness the creation process of an island. For millions of years the active elements of nature including fire, water and wind are shaping the landscape of Hawaii. The unique ecosystem, which has evolved on the island, is worth admiring. Currently there are two active volcanoes in this park – Mauna Loa and Kilauea. Kilauea has been active since 1983. The most popular way of exploring the park is to drive along the 11 mile long Crater Rim Drive. You can also follow the Chain of Craters Road to watch the lava plunge into the sea, at the end of the road.
Due to the frequently changing volcanic activities, various parts of the road become inaccessible in different times of the year. The lush tropical forests have several walks, which you could hike to see the diverse flora and fauna of the region.