The Kilauea volcano is one of the tourist attractions for people visiting Hawaii. It is one of the most active volcanoes on planet earth and it has been continuously erupting since January 1983. If you are interested in seeing a lava lake or watch the lava spewing out of the volcano, then Kilauea is the place to be. Due to active Kilauea volcano, the island has been continuously growing since 1983 and it continues to grow till today. The best time to view Kilauea is before dawn. Hence, you need to stay closer to the park entrance.
Where to stay
Visitors can stay in the park itself at Volcano house located near the Kilauea caldera. Other option is staying in the nearby town of Volcano that is mile away from park entrance. You can also stay at comfortable cottages that are located on the way to native forest. If you check hotel reviewer websites, you can find good online hotel deals. It is always better idea to plan your trip to Kilauea volcano in the Hawaii.
What to see
Since the volcano is active, the Pu’u O’o vent is not accessible to public. However, you can still get a good view of Halemaʻumaʻu crater that is near the Kilauea caldera. If you are lucky enough, you can see a bubbling lava lake that rises and falls by the activity below the ground in the magma chamber.
The view of Kilauea Calder is spectacular. It is a 2 miles wide and 3 miles long crater formed by the collapsing of the ground. Though you have an option of helicopter tour to see the Kilauea volcano, the 155 miles hiking trails allows gives you more intimate experience of the landscape. The backside of Halemaʻumaʻu crater can be accessed from the Keanakako’i side.
If you are interested in seeing how the lava meets the sea, take the Crater Rim tour. The 20-mile scenic drive starts from the crater where lava flow starts. As you move ahead on the trail, you can see the steam vents where ground water meets the volcanic rocks. As you go further, you come across Sulfur banks where you can see volcanic gases coming out of the ground along with steam. The gas vents give out sulfur dioxide and hydrogen sulfide and the place smells like rotten eggs. The Crater Rim tour ends at the sea where lava flowing through vents meets the sea water giving out steam.