Information on Visiting the Big Island's #1 Attraction - Volcanoes National Park....we lova da lava!
Volcanoes National Park is without a doubt the #1 tourist attraction on the Big Island and arguably also the most interesting spot in all of the Hawaiian Islands. We encourage you to independently read about this attraction - there's enough in this area to keep you busy for months. The most difficult part of seeing this park is deciding how to budget your time and priorities! We recommend this guidebook for getting a good overview of the history & activities (although we do take issue with their inaccurate and outdated information on Ocean View).
Lova Lava Land is a beautiful and easy 35 mile drive from the park border and 50 miles from the actual park entrance. Weather-wise our location is a great base to explore the volcano from since once you climb to the 4,000 foot entrance to Volcanoes Park you'll feel more like you are in an Alaskan rainforest than Hawaii. The opposite side of the volcano boasts extremely high humidity and consistent rains (often heavy rain).
Note: Before you ask, our location is on a different volcano than Mount Kilauea, which is the source of the volcanic eruption that the national park is built around. This volcanic eruption is so popular and famous because of the relative ease of seeing slow moving lava and the length of time this has been going on (24 years now). The location of the flow is always moving so depending on your luck, you may be able to drive up to running lava or, on the other extreme, you may only get a view of red lava from a far distance at night or by helicopter. Check the park website close to arrival date for current conditions (there's also an official phone number to call, which isn't always 100% updated: 808-985-6000). Regardless of your luck for seeing running lava, the park offers countless other adventure activities!
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