Guidebook & Area Information
This section will provide you with all the essential information for an unforgettable visit to Volcano. We've provided links and coordinates of our favorite spots and crafted a few itineraries for excursions and daytrips within an hours' drive from all our homes. 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 UV water purification system making the water 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, two 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 if you feel like grabbing some takeout and enjoying it in the comfort of your vacation home, stop by the Tuk-Tuk Thai Foodtruck. You can also call in your order ahead of time.
OTHER USEFUL STOPS IN and Around THE Village
- Volcano Art Center (Niaulani Campus): Workshops, events and exhibits.
- 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 store and laundromat.
- Eagle's Lighthouse Cafe: For quick and delicious sandwiches, salads, soups and daily specials- takeout or eat-in.
- Volcano Post Office
For more information about Volcano Village and the surrounding area, visit Love Big Island or read our list of 25 wonderful things in and around Volcano when the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is closed.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
As of May 11th most of the Hawaii Volcanoes National park is closed until further notice. This is an inconvenience but it does not have to ruin your trip! For great ideas about what to do in the area, please check out our Park Closed? section.
The Kahuku Unit of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is now open five days a week and offers guided tours and talks from local park rangers. 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.
For those curious about the volcano, its history and information about what is happening during this current period of activity, ranger stations are set up seven days a week at the Volcano Art Center Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village and at the Mokupapapa Discovery Center in downtown Hilo from Tuesdays to Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
No visit to the Big Island is complete without a trip to view the lava. The current eruption that began on May 3rd, 2018 is flowing strongly and consistently into the ocean at Kapoho and is providing some excellent viewing opportunities! Don't miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the splendor of the growing island! A stay in Volcano puts you in a prime location for exploring all the current viewing options,
Lava Boat Tours
If you'd like to get a up close and personal, a boat tour might be a good option for you. Ocean entry viewing is truly spectacular and you should not miss a chance to see it while in the area.
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.
Additionally, the town of Pahoa is as close as you can get to the site of the flow without utilizing the services of a tour company. Pahoa is located 31 miles (about 40 minutes driving) from Volcano Village and remains open and completely safe for visiting. Air quality is well within healthy levels and the evening views of the glow from here are unparalleled. We would suggest making the trip at the end of a day of exploring and enjoying dinner at one of the many restaurants in town. There are several options but one of our favorite spots is the terrace at Kaleo's Bar and Grill. Make sure to call ahead for a reservation as it's bound to be busy!
IMPORTANT: At this time, there are no options for hiking in to view the flow, as the area remains unstable and open only to residents and emergency personnel. Please note that it is a criminal offense to disregard these restrictions and the penalties resulting include heavy fines and even jail time.
Daytrips from Volcano Village
The village of Volcano is situated perfectly between the districts of Kaʻū to the south, the greater part of Puna and the South Hilo district to the north and northeast. These regions, while close in proximity are all vastly different and offer a broad selection of sights and activities, easily reachable from your rental home in Volcano. The east side of Hawaii is an often overlooked gem of the island, offering a slower pace, wild nature and more authentic Hawaiian experience. Far from the chaos and tourist traps of Kona, East Hawaii will dazzle and inspire you!
For a full list of our recommendation for wonderful things to do in the area while the National Park remains closed, please visit out Park Closed? section and don't hesitate to get in touch if you would like more personalized options for you and your group.
We hope you enjoy your stay in our beautiful island home and ask only that you be respectful of our local customs and culture while visiting. Please help keep our beaches, roadways and water clean and heed all signs or instructions given by park rangers or well-meaning locals. Use common sense, avoid leaving valuables inside your rental car and please do not pick fruits or flowers or take rocks, sand or other souvenirs with you. As the old saying goes: take nothing but memories, leave nothing but footprints.
E malama pono (take care) and have a wonderful time!