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Chain of Craters Road

Island of Hawaii, HI
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“lava fields” (24 reviews)
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Reviewed 12 May 2017 via mobile

Along the sides of the roads there are "craters" more like canyons, created by the volcano. Drive slow to see them. After the craters there is a scenic drive down to the cliffs and the rocky edge. The road is 20 miles of driving total....More

Thank Rod R
Reviewed 5 May 2017

Having driven this road on past visits, I finally got to see the billowing steam rising from lava pouring into the ocean. It's a beautiful drive with many stops along the way. The sea arch at the end is worth a stop. It's a 10...More

Thank KukiniSteve
Reviewed 22 April 2017

Plan on an hour or two (with plenty of gas) to drive this well-maintained paved road with stops at a variety of viewpoints and trails. You can't get lost; it's a single, two-lane road from the "top" of the park to the "bottom." Highlights are...More

2  Thank Suzanne P
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

Chain of Craters road is a fun drive through volcanic areas towards the coastline. There are many stops along the way with information signs to read about the land. Being a volcanic area we found it quite hot so bring plenty of water. One interesting...More

Thank Cuong L
Reviewed 3 April 2017

On my trip to the Big Island of Hawaii in March 2017 I rented a car and went to Volcano National Park. I was there for the volcanos and the birds. I was not disappointed. One of the highlights was taking the chain of craters...More

1  Thank Mike G
Reviewed 2 April 2017

Take your time and plan this out. There is plenty to do and see. I'd recommend planning out what you wish to do and see before heading out on the drive. There is plenty detailed in various travel and tour books (Doughty's Revealed comes to...More

Thank B737NGDriver
Reviewed 28 March 2017

After driving Crater Rim Drive, this is the 18 mile road you want to take to make your frequent stops to see the other sites in the park. Many things to see along this road, including Lua Manu Crater, Hilina Pali Road, Pauahi Crater, and...More

Thank bobsboy_texas
Reviewed 16 March 2017

You must take your time to perform this entire drive. There are at least 15 potential stops so plan for a whole day. The views in certain places are spectacular! You will see lava fields, older and newer, splendid ocean views, nenes (Hawaii's national geese)...More

Thank Ina G
Reviewed 15 January 2017

Don't go to the park and not take the time to drive this route. My husband didn't quite get it. He thought it was just another road to a crater. He was in awe. There are many lava flows to see and several areas to...More

2  Thank MelandGeo
Reviewed 15 January 2017

Most people take a photo of the sea arch at the end of the road. However, for the best photo, stop at the unmarked pullout as soon as the road reaches the coast. You need to walk out onto the lava (but not right to...More

4  Thank Larry M
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Lin G
Is it possible to see surface lava flow inside the park? How far of a hike from Chain of Craters? Thank you!
14 June 2017|
Response from Rod R | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can but my understanding is that it's. it a god view and a few kilometer walk from the end of the road
Can you drive the chain of craters road in the dark?
6 February 2017|
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Response from katepm20 | Reviewed this property |
You definitely can. We drove down it in the early morning at dark
how long does it take to drive the complete route allowing plenty of time to stop at lookouts for photo ops?
4 January 2017|
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Response from Gary H | Reviewed this property |
I would say 3 to 4 hours of you don't want to feel rushed. My recommendation is to book a night at the National Park Lodge (crater view so you can see the lava glow in the dark) and then spend the followon morning on chain... More