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Volcano Hawaii Travel Tips from Aloha Juncton

Kona Airport

Before you Arrive:  Rental cars may be in short supply at the Kona Airport.  Be sure to call in advance to reserve a rental car and avoid any delays getting on the road. 

Upon Arrival:  Most flights to Hawaii's Big Island arrive in Kona.  The drive to Volcano from Kona takes about 2 hours via Saddle Road. The Volcano Village is an isolated town where the stores and restaurants are only open until about 9:00 PM.  If your flight lands in the late afternoon or evening, we suggest that you stop for dinner before your drive to Volcano and stop at a grocery store along the way to get any essentials needed for your first night in Volcano Village.  There is a Costco close to the Kona Airport for the best prices and selection.

Security:  Hawaii is a fabulous place to visit, but like many tourist destinations, security is a concern.  Be sure that your personal belongings are secure and out of sight in your parked car. Always lock your car.

Early Check-in: As a guest of Aloha Junction Guesthouse, you can take advantage of our free luggage dropoff (if you arrive before check-in time on the day of your stay) and then head out for a worry-free day of adventure in Volcano Hawaii on the Big Island.  If you prefer to check in early (no earlier than 1:00 PM) and have booked directly on our website, you can order early check-in or late check-out for an additional fee (subject to availability).

Lava Conditions

There is currently no lava flowing in the park at Kilauea Volcano.  You can monitor lava activity online by visiting the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park lava report from the National Park Service. Even if the lava is not actively flowing, there are plenty of interesting things to see and do in Volcano.

Active lava flows are a major attraction for many adventure seekers on the Big Island, but there are hazards associated with touring around active lava.  Obviously, hot lava is dangerous, but a more common hazard is the noxious SO2, CO2 and H2S gases that are emitted when lava is active, especially as it comes in contact with ocean water. The National Park Service marks restricted areas and advises where and how you can safely view lava flows on your own.  Consider taking professional hiking, boat, or helicopter lava tour for the safest and most adventurous experience. 

Weather in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

The triangular-shaped Big Island of Hawaii is a mere 92 miles long X 93 miles wide with an astonishing eight distinct climate zones.    Within a short distance, you can experience everything from the desert coast north of Kona to snow on Mauna Kea, to the tropical rainforest southeast of Hilo.   The climate around Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is considered to be a temperate rainforest zone.  Temperatures are moderate with daily high temperatures ranging in the 70s and lows in the 50s.  Rainfall is heavier between November and April and lighter from May to October. We suggest that you dress in layers and take a jacket when visiting Hawaii Volcanos National Park attractions,

See today's weather forecast in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Volcano Air Quality

The air quality here in Volcano Hawaii is generally better than locations southwest of us like Kona and Pahala because of the direction of the Trade Winds.  Many travelers visit Hawaii Volcanos National Park to experience active lava flows, however, volcanic eruptions can cause high levels of Sulfur Dioxide and other airborne contaminants.  We suggest that you stay informed about current volcanic activity and related air quality.  Take safety precautions to limit your exposure to any noxious gases when visiting the park.  The best adventure is a safe one!

Today's Air Quality
Visit the Hawaii Department of Environmental Health map for real-time readings of air quality in Volcano Hawaii. Also, visit the Hawaii Air Quality Data Website for state-wide air quality information.