Guidebook & Area Information
This section will provide you with all the essential information for an unforgettable visit to Volcano. Please get in touch with any questions and let us know if you think we are missing anything. We always love hearing from you!
Volcano and its surrounding areas are a nature-lover’s paradise and you will find a number of hikes and other outdoor activities to keep you occupied during your stay here. Please be advised however, that all our vacations homes are situated in a natural rainforest reserve, very close to or just over the 4,000ft. elevation mark. Light rains and mists are common.
There is limited bus service between Volcano Village - Hilo (bus schedule) and currently no ride sharing services on the Big Island. Therefore we very strongly recommend renting a car during your stay.
CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT
We suggest you bring light layer-able clothing, a windproof jacket, good walking shoes and socks. When venturing out for a day, bring along your rain gear, a hat, sunglasses, plenty of water, sunscreen, and a flashlight or headlamp.
ELEVATION AND TEMPERATURE
Elevation is about 4000 ft (1232 m). Daily average temperature high 72 degrees F. - low 52 degrees F. Seasonal change 4-8 degrees F. The Volcano summit area is usually 15 degrees F. cooler than sea level.
Village rainfall varies between 100” and 125” yearly. Park Headquarters and the Volcano Golf & Country Club area have less rainfall. Rain stored in catchment tanks is the primary source of domestic water. All of our homes are equipped with a double UV + micro-filter water purification system making the water both safe and delicious to drink.
GROCERIES AND OTHER SUPPLIES
All our properties are equipped full kitchens and are completely self-catered. If you plan to eat in, you'll probably want to stock up on groceries in Hilo or Kona, as the selection at the local stores is fairly limited. We recommend KTA, a locally-owned chain with locations on both sides of the island, which offers great prices and a wide selection of local favorites. You can also visit the local farmers market at the Cooper Center early on Sunday mornings (6-9am). Here you will find estate grown Big Island coffees, and a delicious array of organic produce, baked goods and prepared dishes. This is a great way to spend a Sunday morning and mingle with the local villagers
Volcano Village is a unique and a slightly quirky little community of artists and scientists. Within the Village you will find a post office, two gas stations, three small convenience stores and a variety of restaurants and cafes. The historic Kilauea Lodge is perfect for a full breakfast or a romantic dinner, while Ohelo Café offers fresh, local and original cuisine. For some light and vegetarian-friendly fare, try Café Ono or for a quick, satisfying and cheap lunch, visit the family owned and operated Eagle’s Lighthouse Cafe.
OTHER USEFUL STOPS IN and Around THE Village
Volcano Art Center (Niaulani Campus): Workshops, events, exhibits and free nature walks.
Volcano Winery: Local wines infused with tropical flavors. Daily tastings.
Volcano Golf Course and Country Club: Hawaii's highest golf course, stunning views of Mauna Loa.
The Volcano Store: locally owned and operated convenience shop and gas station located on the main road of Volcano Village.
True Value: Small hardware & convenience store + laundromat.
For more information about Volcano Village and the surrounding area, visit Love Big Island.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
While parts of the park remain closed for repairs, numerous attractions and sites are once again open to the public. Detailed information about visiting the park, how it has changed, and which areas will reopen to the public in the coming months can be found here.
The Kahuku Unit of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park remains open Wednesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Orientation Talks are given Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Sunday 10:30 & 1:00; Saturday 10:30. These 20 to 30 minutes talks include a general overview of the park and volcanic activity update. Topics and subject matter will vary depending on interests and will highlight the natural, cultural, and historic attributes of Kahuku.
This area is a place of dynamic volcanism, rich Hawaiian traditions and a fascinating history of ranching. It is a site of struggle and restoration for many unique plant and animal species of Ka'ū. Share in the wonders of this 116,000 acre unit of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. Kahuku is located on Hwy 11 in Ka‘ū near mile marker 70.5 and information on the various hikes (both guided and open) can be found here.
Volcano Beyond the National Park
Most visitors to the area come for the park, though many are delighted to find that Volcano has much more to offer! Below is a selection of some of our favorite spots to visit while you are here.
Volcano Art Center (Niaulani Campus) ☍ 2.3 miles from center of Volcano Village (5 min. drive)
Many are familiar with the Volcano Art Center Gallery just inside the park but the Niaulani Campus right in Volcano Village offers drop-in style classes and workshops in a range of disciplines from stained class to pottery, writing and silk scarf painting, flame-working and even making your own kimchi! The art center also hosts a monthly Jazz in the Forest event and a guided hour-long nature walk every Monday morning. The walk is free but donations are appreciated. The art center also provides free downloadable learning tools such as a plant guide and trail companion. Great for all ages!
Volcano Farmers Market ☍ 0.7 miles from Volcano Village (2 min. drive)
The early bird catches the worm at the weekly Volcano Village Farmers Market, held Sunday mornings between 6:00-10:00am at the Cooper Center on Wright Road. This is a great way to interact with locals, purchase beautiful fresh flowers, fruits, vegetables and local arts and crafts. There are also delicious baked goods, fresh Ka'u and Kona coffee and organic local honey for sale. A wonderful way to start your morning and pick up supplies for a day of exploring!
Bike Kilauea ☍ Tour starting point 4.3 miles from Volcano Village (10 min. drive)
Volcano Bike Tours offers full-service daily volcano bicycle tours of Kilauea Volcano and surrounding areas. A van driver and tour leader accompany all tours and the tour leader escorts the cyclists from the pole position, while the van driver attentively follows behind. Enjoy the journey through lush rainforests and active volcanic hotspots on one of several tour variations offered. Due to the popularity of the volcano biking tours VBT require no-less than 48-hours’ notice for schedule changes and cancellations so make sure you finalize your arrangements before arriving to Volcano.
The Volcano Winery ☍5.7 miles from Volcano Village (10 min. drive)
For a fun and unique wine tasting experience, head to the Volcano Winery, just a 10 minute drive from Volcano Village. Here, traditional wines are blended and infused with tropically-inspired flavors such as guava and lilikoi, creating fun and playful new concoctions that make fun souvenirs. The winery also makes it own special mead with 100% local macadamia honey.
Volcano Golf Course ☍ 4.9 miles from Volcano Village (8 min. drive)
Located at 4,000 feet on the gentle slopes of Mauna Loa, the Volcano Golf Course and Country Club often boasts dryer and sunnier days than the rest of the Volcano area. Perfect conditions for a few holes in a picturesque and unique setting! The course is 18 holes, par 72, a total of 6,547 yards of playing area. Don't expect world class greens as the atmosphere is distinctly Hawaiian casual but the golf course is a great way to spend a morning or afternoon of great fun before heading back to Volcano for drinks and dinner.
Volcano Garden Arts ☍ 1.0 mile from Volcano Village (4 min. drive)
An oasis of art, music, delicious food and magical gardens, Volcano Garden Arts (VGA) is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon. The owner, local artist Ira Ono, has spent decades turning a 1908 summer estate into an art gallery, a café and a beautiful sanctuary of harmoniously landscaped gardens and greenhouses. Ira's Café Ono features award-winning cuisine, with gluten-free and vegan entrees using locally sourced organic ingredients. The original structure now houses a gallery featuring works for sale from over 80 local artists. A delightful find in the heart of Volcano!
For the first time in years there is no molten lava to see in the park and there is no designated molten lava viewing areas in the recent lower East Rift Zone eruption outside of the park. We will continue to update this section if and when this changes.
In the meantime, there are many ways to see how the 2018 eruption has changed the island and a stay in Volcano puts you in a prime location for exploring all the current viewing options.
If you'd like to get a up close and personal, a boat tour might be a good option for you. Captain Shane at Lava Ocean Tours comes highly recommended. He and his crew provide beautiful and informative and visits to some of the most beautiful and secluded spots on the island, including the new coastline formed by the 2018 eruption in lower Puna, and breathtaking waterfall tours along the Hamakua coast.
For a different perspective, helicopter tours offer a birds-eye view of the flows, waterfalls and other many beautiful landscapes of the island. There are several tours leaving from Hilo airport, just 40 minutes from Volcano, throughout the day and these tours are much more affordable than those leaving from Kona.
For detailed information and links to the best tour companies on the island, please head over to Love Big Island. For footage from one of our favorite operators, Paradise Helicopters, have a look at their Instagram page as well.
Daytrips from Volcano Village
The village of Volcano is situated perfectly between the districts of Kaʻū to the south, Hilo and the greater part of Puna to the northeast. These regions are all vastly different and offer a broad selection of sights and activities, easily reachable from your rental home in Volcano. For a full list of daytrips within an hour’s drive from Volcano, please visit our Daytrips section.