How to Explore the Big Island's Volcanoes
A big draw for travelers to the Big Island of Hawaii is exploring the volcanoes: A trip to Volcanoes National Park and Kilauea’s crater is unforgettable. The Big Island is the most recent expression of a volcanic hot spot under the earth's crust. Hiking up Mauna Loa and stargazing from Mauna Kea are also memorable experiences for the intrepid who are interested in exploring the less active volcanoes.

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At the Edge of Chain of Craters Road, a Surprise

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The Chain of Craters Road was itself a series of surprises: moon-like terrain, cooled lava, fossil-like ropes and desert vegetation peeping its head everywhere. It wasn't enough to look at one crater, of course: we stopped at several. Our car loved the switchback zig zag through several climate zones until we got to nearly sea level, and when we peered over the edge, we saw a slender Natural Arch being pounded on by waves. A magical moment.

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by Charu Suri
AFAR Ambassador

AFAR Ambassadors are in-the-know bloggers who have a passion for experiential travel.

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