The Wonders of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

By: Prerana Aggarwal

Encompassing 335,259 acres, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is home to two of the world's most active volcanoes: Kilauea and Mauna Loa.

Mauna Loa, with a mass larger than all the other Hawaiian Islands combined, is considered the world's largest active volcano.

World's largest active volcano

Kilauea is one of the most active volcanoes on Earth and one of the park's main attractions. Visitors can witness the ongoing volcanic activity at the caldera's Halemaʻumaʻu crater, where molten lava churns.

Active Kilauea Caldera

Explore a natural volcanic wonder at Thurston Lava Tube, a massive cave formed by flowing lava.

Thurston Lava Tube

Take a scenic drive along the Chain of Craters Road, which offers panoramic views of volcanic landscapes, including dormant craters and spatter cones.

Chain of Craters Road

Hike down into the Kilauea Iki Crater and explore the caldera floor, witnessing firsthand the power of volcanic eruptions.

Kilauea Iki Crater

Experience the geothermal activity of the Sulphur Banks, a vibrant landscape with steaming vents and sulfur deposits.

Sulphur Banks

This unique bird sanctuary provides a refuge for native Hawaiian forest birds.

Birdwatching at Kipuka Puaulu

With minimal light pollution, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park offers spectacular views of the night sky, perfect for stargazing.


Immerse yourself in the artistic culture inspired by the volcanoes at the Volcano Art Center, which showcases works by local artists.

Volcano Art Center

The park preserves significant cultural sites showcasing the history and traditions of the Native Hawaiians.

Rich Cultural Heritage

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park boasts diverse ecosystems, from volcanic deserts to lush rainforests, providing habitat for a variety of plant and animal life.

Diverse Ecosystems

Recognized for its outstanding natural beauty and geological significance, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.