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Plan Your Visit

Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park is a fascinating world of active volcanism, biological diversity, and Hawaiian culture, past and present.

One to 3 Hour Visit?

If you have only one to three hours, explore the summit of Kilauea volcano via Crater Rim Drive; an 11-mile road that encircles the summit caldera, passes through desert, lush tropical rain forest, traverses the caldera floor, and provides access to well-marked scenic stops and short walks. (Crater Rim Drive is currently closed between Jaggar Museum and the Chain of Craters Road junction due to volcanic activity in Halema‘uma‘u crater).

Four to 5 Hour Visit?

f you have four to five hours, you may also explore the East Rift and coastal area of the Park via Chain of Craters Road. This road descends 3,700 feet in 20 miles and ends where a 2003 lava flow crossed the road. Lava flow activity is always changing. Check at the Kilauea Visitor Center for the most current information. No food, water, or fuel is available along the Chain of Craters Road.

Explore the Park by Foot

Hikers will find an abundance of trails to satisfy their curiosity. Day hikes and wilderness hikes offer great adventures for visitors who wish to explore beyond the roadways.

Directions

Finding Hawai`i Volcanoes

Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park is located on the island of Hawai`i. From Hilo: 30 miles southwest on Highway 11 (a 45 minute drive); from Kailua-Kona: 96 miles southeast on Highway 11 (2 to 2 1/2 hour drive), or 125 miles through Waimea and Hilo via highways 19 and 11 (2 1/2 to 3 hours).

Getting to Hawai`i Island

Hilo and Kona Airports are served by inter-island carriers: go!, Hawaiian, Island Air, Mokulele, and Pacific Wings.

In addition, international and mainland carriers also provide service to Kona International Airport. (There is no longer any major airline offering direct flights from the continental U.S. and Canada to Hilo, the nearest large city to the Park). Air Canada, American, Delta, Hawaiian, Japan, Northwest, U.S. Airways/America West, and United Airlines offer direct flights to Kona (100+miles - 2 1/2 to 3 hour drive to the Park).

Rental Cars

Rental cars may be reserved at both Hilo and Kona airports. At various locations on the island, the public bus (Hele On Bus ph# 808-961-8744), commercial tour buses, taxis, motorcycles, and bicycles are available. No rental vehicles or bicycles may be obtained in the park.

Operating Hours & Seasons

Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park is open 24 hours a day year-round.

* Kilauea Visitor Center is open daily from 7:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

* Jaggar Museum is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

 * Jaggar Museum Bookstore is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

"Born of Fire... Born of the Sea" is the featured 25 minute film that is shown in the Kilauea Visitor Center on the hour throughout the day, starting at 9:00 a.m. with the last film shown at 4:00 p.m..

The Hawai`i Natural History Association operates the park's two bookstores. Product sales benefit park programs. Hours of operation: Kilauea Visitor Center 7:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. Jaggar Museum 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily. ph#(808) 985-6051.

Volcano Art Center Gallery, located adjacent to the Kilauea Visitor Center, is open from 9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. daily.

Volcano House, located across the street from the Kilauea Visitor Center, operates a hotel, restaurant, snack bar, and gift shops.

Fees & Reservations

ENTRANCE FEES

$10.00 per vehicle - 7 days

$5.00 per individual - 7 days

$25.00 Hawai`i Tri-park Annual Pass

Vehicle

$10.00 - 7 days

Admits one single, private, non-commercial vehicle and all of its passengers. Organized non-profit groups, (service organizations, scouts, church groups, college/school clubs) are not eligible for the $10.00 vehicle permit.

Individual

$5.00 - 7 days

Admits one individual when entering by foot, bicycle, or motorcycle. Individuals 15 years old and younger are admitted free of charge.

Hawai`i Tri-park Annual Pass

$25.00 - Annual

Allows access for 1 full year from date of first use at Hawai`i Volcanoes, Haleakala, and Pu`uhonua o Honaunau National Parks.

Interagency Annual Pass

$80.00

An annual pass valid 12 months from month of purchase.

Admits the pass holder and any accompanying passengers in a private vehicle.* For areas that charge a per person fee, the pass admits the pass holder and 3 additional adults (16 and older). Two peole can sign the pass.

Coverage includes access to and use of, BLM, FWS, NPS, Reclamation, and USDA-FS sites that charge entrance or standard amenity fees.

Interagency Senior Pass

$10.00

A lifetime pass for citizens or permanent residents of the U.S., age 62 or older.

Admits the pass holder and any accompanying passengers in a private vehicle.* For areas that charge a per person fee, the pass admits the pass holder and 3 additional adults (16 and older).

Coverage includes access to and use of, BLM, FWS, NPS, Reclamation, and USDA-FS sites that charge entrance or standard amenity fees. Also provides a 50% discount for pass owner on some expanded amenity fees such as camping (excluding hook-ups), boat launching, etc.

Interagency Access Pass

Free

A lifetime pass for citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. who have a permanent disability, regardless of age.

Admits the pass holder and any accompanying passengers in a private vehicle.* For areas that charge a per person fee, the pass admits the pass holder and 3 additional adults (16 and older).

Access to and use of, BLM, FWS, NPS, Reclamation, and USDA-FS sites that charge entrance or standard amenity fees. Also provides a 50% discount for pass owner on some expanded amenity fees such as camping (excluding hook-ups), boat launching, etc.

Interagency Volunteer Pass

Free

An annual pass for those who volunteer 500 hours or more at Federal recreation sites beginning January 1, 2007. Valid 12 months from month on issue.

Admits the pass holder and any accompanying passengers n a private vehicle. * For areas that charge a per person fee, the pass admits the pass holder and 3 additional adults (16 and older).

Access to and use of BLM, FWS, NPS, Reclamation, and USDA_FS sites that charge entrance or standard amenity fees.

Commercial Tour

Entrance fees are charged based on vehicle capacity as well as the type of tour being given.

Educational Fee Waiver

Academic institutions may be eligible for a fee waiver.

Things To Know Before You Come

Careful preparation eases the strain of travelling to new environments. Planning ahead can often make the difference between a good trip and a great trip.

Visiting an active volcano has its own inherent hazards and advance preparation is recommended.

Explore these pages to discover the essential things you need to know before you leave home—where to eat and sleep, how to get around the park, where you can and can't bring your pet, and more.