If you’re a fan of national parks, consider a real adventure and take one of the guided tours available at Hawaii’s
Volcanoes National Park. It will provide you with one of the rare looks inside the inner workings of an actively erupting
Clearly, Hawaii’s most active volcano is Kilauea. This small volcano has been actively erupting for several years now and
few guided tours of the Big Island of Hawaii will fail to take you to this fascinating place. In some cases, you can even
stay overnight there at the small hotel called the Volcano House.
Most guided tours will begin in the visitor’s center where you can see and hear about what’s currently going on with Kilauea,
including up to the minute information on what is happening now. Across the street is the Volcano House, which offers both
rooms to stay in and a restaurant overlooking Kilauea’s caldera.
It is often foggy or rainy in the area and most guided tours of the park will take that into account and provide you with
umbrellas. There are places near the visitor center where you can walk but, for the most part, you’ll need to drive. Near
the visitor center are several warm steam vents coming up from the earth and a vast plain, which is a sulfur field that you
can walk to.
The sulfur fields are smelly but quite beautiful. The sulfur is a bright yellow color and, in some situations, you will be
able to see the steam rising from the ground. Take home a piece of sulfur as a souvenir. Guided tours of the area will
explain for you exactly how these sulfur fields came to be.
Next, it’s time to get into a vehicle and travel around the caldera, a deep depression that marks the top of a major
eruption. Many guided tours will allow you to get out and take some pictures and most will take you to the observatory
about halfway around the circular caldera so you can get the broadest view of the area.