For our anniversary in March, Mary and I went to the Big Island of Hawaii. We stayed at Volcano House in Volcaneos National Park so that we would be in position to photograph the crater. It did not quite turn out the way we planned. Here’s what happened.
The main attraction of the park is the large caldera with the “live” crater. There are two decent look out spots – one at the hotel and one at the Jaggar Museum.
We were also there for the full moon and I thought I would be able to capture the moon and the crater in one shot.
It was raining and foggy each night and each morning. We had six opportunities and only one night worked out.
One the great things about staying at the hotel is eating a fine meal with the view. When the sun was setting we would see this beautiful view of the steam vents.
Leaving the mountain area and driving down to the coast, we left the rain and fog and had beautiful sunny days.
There are many pull outs on the way to the ocean. We think the best one is about half way down, just as you drop off the Holei Pali cliffs.
A good first hike is Devastation Trail. Not much to see except this tree.
One of the rewards of the long drive to the coast is a view of this arch.
The Volcano House was pretty pricey, but staying right on the caldera was really convenient and we enjoyed the on-site restaurant.
The Hilo side of the island is pretty wet and it can be very cold up at the volcano. Don’t forget to bring more than a bathing suit to this side of the island. I think two days in the park is plenty of time to see everything.
When we were there, no lava was flowing. On May 3rd, the Puu Oo crater erupted and there is lava flowing right now. Google it.
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