First day in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
We longed to finally discover the famous Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. We leave Hilo and arrive at the park in the late morning, after a check-in at the Volcano Village, located in the immediate vicinity of the park.
After a stop at the Visitor Center, we drive through Crater Rim Drive starting at the Steam Vents with amazing fumes coming out of the ground. Here, too, we will discover our first point of view on the impressive caldera of Kilauea. A little further on, we stop at the Jaggar Museum and discover the lava lake of the Halemaumau crater. Lava effusions are visible to the naked eye, it's incredible! The binoculars show the lava bubbling in the lake very clearly! What a show!
After enjoying this view for a long time and visiting the museum, we turn back to reach Devastation Trail which will finally be closed... after 1 km. So we're back on the N?pau Trail to Mauna Ulu, after passing the Iki Crater.
The ride is incredible! After passing Pu' u Huluhulu which was the first objective of our walk, we leave the path slightly to approach Mauna Ulu, whose crater was active between 1969 and 1974. Some areas are still warm and steam escapes from the cracks in the floor! The place is fascinating and scary! We won't be too long, because the sun is starting to set, and we'll finish the hike in the light of our telephones;)
But the day is not over yet! We take advantage of the calm of the evening to go to Thurston Lava Tube and discover it alone! What a treat! Then we return to the Jaggar Museum to admire the lava of the Halemaumau lava lake. At night, it's really different. Once again, we're getting the best of it!
It's almost 10:00 p. m. when we return to our room. Another amazing day in Hawaii!
Learn more about Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
To learn more about the different sites to discover in the park, please read our full article: Volcanoes National Park: discover the active volcanoes of Hawaii