Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano
Of all of the natural beauty that surrounds the Hawaiian Islands, the volcano on the Big Island is among the most incredible. Save for Kauai’s Na Pali Coast, Mt. Kilauea on the Big Island is not only one of the most stunning sites, it is one of its most unique. There are not too many places in the world that you can stand on the slopes of a volcano, witness years of volcanic activity, and perhaps even see an active lava flow. Simply put, Hawaii’s Kialuea Volcano is amazing.
Found on the southwest corner of the island, Kilauea is one of 5 volcanoes that make up the Big Island, and is the only currently erupting volcano. A shield volcano, Mt. Kilauea’s current eruption cycle began in 1983, and though there have been various eruption sites throughout the years, a new eruption site opened up in May 2018, and has caused some of the greatest devastation the island has seen, destroying nearly 700 homes and structures, and reshaping the island’s coastline.
Though there are amazing sites to see at Kilauea, access to many of these amazing places is very limited right now, and even getting into the national park is not advised. Within the park, naturally occurring sites include extinct lava tubes that visitors can walk through, steam vents, museums, and the lookout over Halema’uma’u Crater, offering a glimpse into the depths of the Earth. The current activity of the crater has added to the incredible eruptions and the volcanic activity is directly related to the rise and fall of the lava lake of the crater.
Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano actually falls within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, which is dedicated to studying and researching volcanoes, giving researchers a better understanding of volcanoes around the world. Park Rangers are found throughout the park, on hand to share their knowledge, and give insights into the amazing formations and history of the volcano.
Visiting the volcano has long been one of the top activities on the island, and while the videos and images of the eruption are mesmerizing to see, it is important to remember that this is a dangerous location and not advised to visit. Most of the access has been cut off, due largely to the volcano’s activity, but if you are lucky enough to take a helicopter tour over the volcano, you are in for quite the treat. The opportunity to see an active volcano doesn't come around often, so take full advantage of this amazing Hawaii tour.
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