How long is Chain of craters drive?

31 km
Chain of Craters Road/Length
Presently, Chain of Craters Road is 18.8 miles (30.3 km) to the end of the road. No food, water, or fuel is available along Chain of Craters Road. Vault-type toilets are available at Mauna Ulu parking area and at the end of the road.

Is Chain of Craters Road worth it?

Impressive drive, worth it! Long steep road ending by the Ocean, great views of the Pacific. Many craters along this road. Even though the lava flow is no longer over the road, it helps to solidify the magnitude of it & devastation it caused by seeing the barren field that meets the water.

What feature does the Chain of Craters Road follow on Kilauea?

The road has paths and road offshoots that allow access to features such as pit craters, dormant lava flows, plumes from lava tubes and geographic sites that can be accessed by trails from the road.

How much time do you need at Volcano National Park?

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is a must on any Big Island itinerary. We recommend spending at least one day in the park. That is enough time to see the highlights, especially after the closures due to the recent volcanic activity in 2018.

What do lava tubes look like?

Partially collapsed lava tubes are visible as chains of pit craters, and broad lava fans formed by lava emerging from intact, subsurface tubes are also common.

What caused the chain of craters in Hawaii?

Lua Manu is a pit crater that is formed when magma below the earth’s surface drains, causing the earth to collapse. The 1974 flow sent lava pouring into Lua Manu’s basin which is 109 yards in diameter.

What are the lines of weakness on Kilauea volcanoes are called?

In Hawaii, Mauna Loa and Kilauea show clear trends in the location of eruptions along lines of weakness called “rift zones.” These rift zones mark the locations of subsurface magma transport within the volcano.

Is it worth going to Volcano National Park?

After Kilauea erupted in 2018 and effectively drained the park of its ‘biggest’ attraction, many were left wondering if it was still worth a visit. Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park remains an incredible place to explore the history and geology of the most active volcanoes on the planet.

Is it better to stay in Kona or Hilo?

Kona offers better weather, the best beaches and snorkeling, newer resorts, more vacation rentals, and more nightlife compared to Hilo Town. Hilo is worth a visit but may not be worth staying for more than a night.

What is in a tide pool?

While these small basins at the ocean’s edge typically range from mere inches to a few feet deep and a few feet across, they are packed with sturdy sea life such as snails, barnacles, mussels, anemones, urchins, sea stars, crustaceans, seaweed, and small fish.