Volcano Village is a small village right next to 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.
When comparing to similar previous events, the most Volcano Village would see (in a worst case scenario for such an event) is a minor dusting of ash depending on wind direction. Pea sized rocks could fall about up to volcano house and the really large boulders remain closer inside the Halema’uma’u crater, which is why the park will close. Read more about volcanic ash impact and mitigation on this USGS website.
If you have pre-existing respiratory or heart issues Volcano Village may not be the best place to be during the park closure. For anyone else: this could be a once in a lifetime event to experience (if it happens)! The park closure is temporary but just in case, make a backup plan for your stay in the village such as a visit to Papakolea (green sand beach) or Punalu’u (black sand beach).
You can see below how close Volcano Village (center right) is to some of the Halema’uma’u and Kilauea’iki 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Are you looking for the map of another part of the Big Island? We also have interactive maps of Waimea, Kona, and Hilo!