For the second half of our journey, we stayed at Aloha Crater Lodge, a lovely bed & breakfast, in Volcano, Hawaii. Only 10 minutes from the Park Entrance, this converted house boasts eclectic decor, very quiet rooms, homemade coconut muffins for breakfast and gracious hosts (and their friendly dogs). In addition, Dan gives guided tours of the lava tube on their property every day.
We spent two days exploring Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Currently, there is no access to view spewing lava (it’s going straight into the ocean across private property). But there is plenty of volcanic good stuff to see!
Our first stop was the Jaggar Museum to view the Halema’uma’u Crater at night. During the day, it looks kind of like a geyser — but don’t be fooled: that plume is not just steam; it’s a vent of volcanic gases and ash. And at night, you can see the glow from the lava beneath the surface.