Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, United States

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Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park Mar 15, 2010
While in Maui in March 2009, we decided to make a quick trip over to the Big Island to visit Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. When researching, we found that no ferries existed and that we would have to fly (which was cost prohibitive).

Instead, we found a tour that visited the park. It flew us from Maui and loaded us into a tour bus. Although this saved money, it didn't give us a good taste of the park. We stopped at a flower and chocolate shop (which I had no interest in). Once we were in the park, I felt rushed and really wished I could have seen more.

That said, once in the park, we got to see some stops along the Crater Rim Drive:

Stop #1 Start Your Tour at Kīlauea Visitor Center - Missed :(

Stop #2 Jaggar Museum - Spent a few minutes in the museum and got a view of Halema'uma'u Crater

Stop #3 Kīlauea Overlook - Missed :(

Stop #4 Steam Vents, Steaming Bluff, and Sulphur Banks - Saw some vents and smoke

Stop #5 Kīlauea Iki Overlook - Missed :(

Stop #6 Thurston Lava Tube - Got to hike through the cave

Stop #7 Puʻu Puaʻi Overlook - Missed :(

Stop #8 Devastation Trail - Climbed around the rocks and picked them up. They were really light!

Stop #9 Hike to Keanakākoʻi Crater - Would have loved to do this but alas, we were on a tight schedule.

I definitely need to go back and tour this park on my own. I really wanted to see the active lava flows at night also (which I hear are a must see). Next time!
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