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See an Active Volcano at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Lava Flowing Into the Ocean from Kilauea Volcano

Lava Flowing Into the Ocean from Kilauea Volcano

Photo by John Fischer, licensed to About.com

There are so many things to do on the Big Island of Hawaii that you'll never be able to do them all in just one visit. We've chosen our top things to do on the Big Island of Hawaii.

See an Active Volcano at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Located 30 miles south of Hilo and about 96 miles and a two-hour drive from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park encompasses 333,000 acres and stretches from sea level to the summit of the earth's most massive volcano, Mauna Loa, 13,677 feet above sea level.

Included in the park is Kilauea, the world's most active volcano which has been in a constant state of eruption since January 2008. Depending on changing volcanic activity, you may have an opportunity to view an active lava flow from either within the park or from a viewing area outside the park operated by Hawaii County.

You'll want to start your visit at the Kilauea Visitor Center where you can obtain information on current lava conditions. From there you can drive to the Steam Vents, the Thurston Lava Tube, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and Jaggar Museum and drive down Chain of Craters Road. Be sure to stop by the excellent Volcano Art Center.

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Contact Information

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
P.O. Box 52
Hawaii National Park, HI 96718-0052
(808) 985-6000
National Park Service website

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