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Volcano Village and the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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Volcano Village is a small village on the doorstep of the impressive Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Many travelers come to the Big Island to see one of the most active volcanoes on the surface of the earth, the Kilauea Volcano, and Volcano Village the perfect place to set up camp and spend a night (or two) to explore the park.

Volcano Village | Hawaii Volcanoes National Park | Directions | Interactive map | Weather | Practicalities

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View of Volcano Village (center right) and  the Volcano Golf Course subdivision (rear left) with the Kilauea Iki (front center) crater and the Kilauea Caldera (front left) on the Big Island of Hawaii. Image credits: Hawaii County Department of Planning

Volcano Village

On the doorstep of the National Park lies one of the best kept secrets of the Big Island: Volcano Village.  Volcano Village is a rustic village in the middle of a lush rainforest and is famous for its beauty and tranquility. It is the hideout of many artists, is build in the middle of a lush tropical Ohia and Hapu’u fern forest, and is a place to relax – far away from the traffic, the crowds and even the streetlights.

Surrounded by the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and with access to many stunning hikes and vistas, it is a perfect place to set up camp for a couple of days and to see a side of the Island that is guaranteed to leave a deep impression.

Finding accommodation in Volcano Village

Because Volcano Village is so secluded, there are not a lot of hotels. Luckily this is made up by a multitude of charming bed and breakfasts and vacation rentals – many with fireplace and hot-tub! Read more about choosing your accommodation in Volcano Village.

Things to do in Volcano Village

Next to visiting the national park, the village itself also offers plenty of diversions. There is a Farmers market every Sunday between 06:30 and 10:00 a.m., the Winery sells locally produced wine and offers tours, there is an Orchid Farm in the native Hawaiian Ola`a Rainforest Reserve, and the Volcano Art Center  organizes “after dark in the park” nature walks. Read more about activities in Volcano Village or go back to the top of this page.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park was established in 1916 and now encompasses over 500 square miles of land. The park is a must-see for any visitor of the Big Island with an interest in (active) Volcanoes. It has been designated as an International Biosphere Reserve in 1980 and as a World Heritage Site in 1987, and provides unique hiking and camping opportunities.

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Overview of the Kilauea Iki caldera, This caldera hosts one of the most spectacular (and moderately easy) hikes on the island

Even if the Kilauea volcano is not your main reason to visit, we recommend to spend at least a full day in the Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.

The Kilauea volcano is sometimes referred to as the world’s only “drive in” volcano, and has lots of sights to offer. Next to flows of molten lava, sulfur banks, hot steam vents, (ancient) lava tubes and a huge summit caldera, the park also offers 150 miles of hiking trails and attraction such as the Volcano Art Center and the Jaggar Museum.

Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park is THE most popular “attraction” on the Big Island. Read more about the National park, including directions and must-see attractions.

Directions for Volcano Village and the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Volcano National Park and Volcano Village lie on Highway 11 between Hilo (27 miles, 50 minutes) and Kailua Kona (96 miles, 2 hr. 15 minutes). The bus passes through it a couple of times per day from both Kona and Hilo, but the bus takes significantly longer than the car, and you will want to have a car to visit all the sights in Volcano village and the Volcanoes National  Park. We highly recommend to rent a car in order to get the most out of your stay. (back to top)

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On a clear day you can see the world-class telescopes on top of Mauna Kea from Volcano Village. Please read our DIY stargazing guide if you’d like to visit the summit of Mauna Kea


Volcano National Park and Volcano Village are located in a Rain Forest at an elevation of 4000 feet. They offer a refreshing change from the arid Hawaiian coastal areas, but it is wise to bring a rain coat and a sweater since temperatures are on average 10 degrees F cooler compared to the rest of the island due to the elevation. (back to top)

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A typical back road in Volcano Village: Anuhea Circle drive. Quaint, lush and away from it all

Weather in Volcano Village

A short summary of the weather in Volcano Village: on average it is 10 degrees (Fahrenheit) cooler than in Kona, so the evenings can be crisp: take a sweater. It also may rain so take a light raincoat, but also expect sun. When it does rain, remember that the rainforest looks as amazingly lush as it does exactly because of the rain.

If you want to see what this means for your visit to Hawaii (average temperature, hours of sunshine, cloudy days and precipitation), check out the monthly average weather for Volcano Village, Hawaii.

sunrise in the rainforest of Volcano Village (Big Island)
Our favorite time for a walk in Volcano Village is during the early hours of the morning. Image credit: hawaiivolcanovacations

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Interactive Map of Volcano Village

The icons on the map are clickable. Clicking on them will display information above the map with a link to an article with more information. (back to top)

Are you looking for the map of another part of the Big Island? We also have interactive maps of WaimeaKona, and Hilo!