Touring Hilo - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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We headed out early this morning as we have a lot to see before we head over to Kona.  First we visited the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.  We stopped at the visitors center to pick up maps and to find out what's to see and do.  There are numerous hiking trails but no enough time to do these.  We decided to do the Crater Rim Drive.  Our first stop was at the Jagger Museum where the sulphur dioxide gas was very thick in the air (causes coughing and burnt throat/nose).  You were fine once inside the museum itself.  Our next stop was at the natural steam vents.  Our next stop was at the Thurston Lava Tube.  We walked through the tube and took photos also hiked the half mile trail right across from the tube.  Very scenic trail that allows some spectacular views of the crater down below.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - Visitors Center
  We continued driving on Crater Rim Drive to as far as the road would allow us.  We passed the trail where you could see a huge collection of Petroglyphs.  It was interesting to see and walk on the lava rocks.  Wish we had time and knew before that viewing of the lava entering the ocean can only be viewed from 5 to 10 pm and cars must enter the viewing area by 8pm.  There appears to be two vieiwng area 1) End of Crater Rim Drive and end of Highway 130 at Kalapana.  For updated lava viewing conditions, call 808-961-8093.  www.nps.gov/havo

After visiting the Macademia Nut Factory and the Big Island Cookie Factory and stacking up with nuts and cookies, it was time to head over to Kona before night settled in.  After picking tangerines from our friend's tree, we said our goodbyes and headed out around 5 pm.  We decided to go around the northern side of the island as we were told that the roads are better than the southern route.  Being the lead foot that I have, I really had to pay close attention to the speed limits....mostly 45mph!  I certainly did not want to get a speeding ticket in Hawaii!  We arrived in Kona around 8pm and settled into our two bedroom suite at the Wyndham Resort.

 

traveller142009 says:
Helicopter tours of the Volcano are available in both Hilo as well as Kona
Posted on: Jan 30, 2010
Tamanawas says:
Is this where you can get a helicopter ride to see inside a volcanoe from above??
Posted on: Jan 29, 2010
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Inside the lava tube
Inside the lava tube
Ferns growing at Thurston Lava Tub…
Ferns growing at Thurston Lava Tu…
Looking down on the crater from th…
Looking down on the crater from t…
The end of Crater Rim Road...this …
The end of Crater Rim Road...this…
lava rock
lava rock