(Closed) Travelling from Maui to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park – how do we get there?

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 4
126 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

My suggestion would be to spend a couple days on the Big Island.  Airfare between islands is super cheap (usually have to connect through HNL, but maybe there is a direct flight from OGG-KOA?) 

Post # 5
431 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

there are direct flights from Maui to Hilo.  check out http://www.hawaiianair.com for your inter-island tickets.  to drive from the airport to Kilauea Volcano park will be ~40 mins and plan to spend a few hours there driving around “Crater Rim Drive” and going to the area of lava flow.  you wont get to go close enough to actually see the lava …just large plumes of smoke where the lava is meeting the ocean.

Post # 7
14500 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Big island is really… big.  Volcanos National Park is pretty far from either airport.  I think its pretty hard to give yourself enough time to really enjoy the park if you’re rushing in and out in a days time unless theres reallly early flights in and really late ones out.  Check for closures on the crater rim drive too, last year a vent had opened up and most the drive was closed. Highly recommend the hike down to the bottom of the crater.. cant remember the name, but the trail head is near the Thurstan lava tube. 

If you want to see lava, I was told the only way to get nice and close is a helicoptor tour, but even that is hit or miss if theres good surface flow anywhere.

Post # 8
746 posts
Busy bee

If you don’t want to worry about doing everything separately, you can take a day trip to the Big Island.  There’s a tour that includes roundtrip air from Maui, transportation to Volcanoes National Park, & a drive through Hilo.  You basically show up at the Maui airport & the rest is taken care of by the tour operator.  Stress-free!

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