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Chain of Craters Road

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Address: Island of Hawaii, HI
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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... read more

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 the edge) to get the whole view. You can see huge caverns worn into the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful drive! We went all the way to the Arch and it was so worth it! We met a few people who had hiked further to a closer point to where the Lava was flowing into the ocean. We weren't prepared for that and since we'd already done the helicopter ride. We chose not to do the hike.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After doing a far bit of hiking the day before, we decided to take a ride down Chain of Craters road. It's a fun and sometimes windy road through the southern portion of the National Park with pullouts to see various craters and scenic overlooks. There are also trail heads to look at petroglyphs or take on more arduous hikes.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was my second time on Big Island and to the Volcanoes National park. It was in July and very hot. This time, there was hot lava flowing towards the sea and we walked the chain of crater road early morning to see that. It was a long 11 miles walk from the parking lot to the lava flows and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

There are few places on earth you will ever visit that look like this. It is truly unbelievable. To just imagine how much lava has flowed over time to create this landscape is mind boggling. Take the road all the way to the end (45 min) to see the sea arch, and to get as close as you can drive... More 

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East Lansing, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

I thought this would be a relatively quick drive in, drive out, make a couple of quick stops scenic drive, but we ended up spending about 4 hours driving to the coast and back and marveling at all the different lava fields and formations. The sea arch at the end was a bonus we'd forgotten about. Take food and beverage... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

We've been here twice before and always go to the park and do this drive. This time we downloaded an app called Shaka Hawaii. You do not need cell service or your data plan it works based on your phones GPS. It begins in Hilo and takes you all the way to the end of the road. It gives you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

This is a great drive with some amazing views. All we did was drive down and back + getting out for some of the viewpoints. Highly recommended.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

Probably one of our most favorite things....it looks like a foreign land...but beautiful. The wind was crazy at times and the weather changes super fast...from hot and sunny rainy. We did several hikes along the way and luckily, at the bottom, beside the ranger station, there was a little snack shop. it was crowded parking at the bottom but worth... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

This is best done using a tour company with a knowledgeable guide, our guide was fantastic and I recommend Hawaii Forest and trail.

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