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Without volcanoes there would be no Hawaii. Fortunately for the world, Hawaii's volcanoes continue to produce their famous molten lava, which results in a growing mass of paradise in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. One of the most spectacular spots to witness this natural miracle in action is on the Big Island of Hawaii at Volcanoes National Park, where two active volcanoes (Mauna Loa and Kilauea) regularly spout ash clouds, smoke and hot lava into the sea. Visitors can hike around the park and experience an incredible range of microclimates and sites, from rain forests to eerie lava tubes to spectacular views of the ocean. Volcanic activity is responsible for a new island that is currently being created in Hawaii, which would bring the total number of islands to 9 in the state's chain. Just off the southern coast of the Big Island is Loihi, an underwater volcano that has been erupting since 1996. The new island is scheduled to break the ocean's surface in about 250,000 years, so we have a while before we need to book our reservations.

My favorite hike at HVNP. I always take visitors on this one and have never had a complaint.

If you'll do just one hike in Volcano National Park, make it this one. You'll see a bit of everything and it's accessible to most hikers.

Awesome hike! Not for everyone as weather can be harsh and changes quickly. We did 8.02mi by lack of time. The views of the crater are amazing. Be prepared, you are alone in the middle of nowhere... we met only one hiker past the 1st 1 or 2 miles and the terrain can be hard.

If you're there it's worth checking out, but don't drive there just for the tubes.

Great little hike, would say it is easy rather than moderate