Imagine seeing fresh lava, glowing just a few feet away, or walking on hardened lava only a few hours old. Travel to the Big Island of Hawaii to visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and you can do just that. Here you can see one of the world’s most active volcanoes and observe the destruction that it has wrought over the years. What an incredible experience!
Kilauea Crater was formed during recent eruptions and is still producing active vents of magma which amble toward the sea, adding inch after inch of new land mass to the island. The crater itself is extremely impressive and still smoking.
Remnants of previous eruptions are everywhere, including the Thurston Lava Tube, basically a long tunnel hollowed out by flowing lava, whose ends have been exposed to allow tourists to experience the structure.
Some of the eruptions have left their mark on the park’s road system.
But the best experience is to see fresh lava only a few feet from where you are standing..