Many travelers come to the Big Island to see one of the most active volcanoes on the surface of the earth, and Volcano Village, a small town right next to the park, is the perfect place to set up camp and spend a night (or two).
Table of Contents
- Volcano Village
- Accommodation in Volcano Village
- Things to do in Volcano
- The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
- Practical tips for visiting Volcano
- Interactive map
You can see below how close Volcano Village (center right) is to some of the Halemaʻumaʻu and Kilaueaʻiki craters (left and center) in the national park:
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 hidden in the middle of a lush tropical Ohia and Hapuʻu 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.
Because its secluded location and residential zoning, there are only a few hotels in town. Luckily this is made up by a multitude of charming bed and breakfasts and vacation rentals – many with fireplace and hot-tub! Find out more about your options in our guide to finding accommodations in Volcano Village.
Things to do
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., a small winery that sells locally produced wine and offers tours, an Orchid Farm in the native Hawaiian Olaʻa Rainforest Reserve, and the Volcano Art Center organizes “after dark in the park” nature walks.
The Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
Designated as an International Biosphere Reserve in 1980 and as a World Heritage Site in 1987, the park is a must-see for any visitor of the Big Island with an interest in (active) volcanoes. The Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park was established in 1916 and now encompasses over 500 square miles of land that provide unique hiking and camping opportunities.
Even if the Kilauea volcano is not your main reason to visit, we recommend to spend at least a full day in the Hawaiʻi 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.
Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park is THE most popular destination on the Big Island. Read more about the National park, including directions and must-see attractions.
The park and Volcano Village border on Highway 11 between Hilo (27 miles, 50 minutes) and Kailua Kona (96 miles, 2 hr. 15 minutes). Public transport stops in Volcano Village a couple of times per day as part of the bus route between 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 you to rent a car in order to get the most out of your stay.
Volcano National Park and Volcano Village are located in a rainforest at an elevation of 4000 feet. Their climate offers a refreshing change from the arid Hawaiian coastal areas, but remember to bring a rain coat and a sweater since temperatures are on average 10 degrees F cooler compared to the rest of the island.
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. It can rain often at times, and if it does during your visit try to remember that the rainforest looks as amazingly lush as it does exactly because of the rain, and try to enjoy yourself anyhow.
Learn more about the weather in Volcano (average temperature, hours of sunshine, cloudy days and precipitation),in our guide to monthly weather for Volcano Village.
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Are you looking for the map of another part of the Big Island? We also have interactive maps of Waimea, Kona, and Hilo!