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As if white, sandy beaches, tranquil waters and fresh floral air weren’t enough, the state of Hawaii tops it all with its breathtaking natural beauty, including numerous impressive and still active volcanoes.
Emerged from the sea millions of years ago the Hawaiian Islands are of volcanic origin with each of the islands made up of at least one or more volcanoes, which might explain why the Hawaiian Islands probably hide the best spots for aw- inspiring views of volcanoes. Hawaii's Big Island boasts the huge Volcanoes National Park which is home to one of Hawaii's last active volcano - the Mount Kilauea. Explore the park on your own or take one of the many exciting tours through the park which will bring you really close to the volcanoes. The Mount Kilauea is located in the heart of the National Park and has been continuously erupting since 1983. Plus there is no other place in the world where you will see active volcanoes this up close and personal! Mount Kilauea produces 230,000- 600,000 cubic metres of lava per day and is also known as the world's only drive-in volcano. See smouldering earth and steaming mountains while you wander your way through the park's breathtaking natural diversity. Volcano tours will take you through spectacular scenic areas, lush rainforests, impressive waterfalls and exotic black sand beaches. The National Park also boasts the picturesque Mauna Loa, our planets largest volcano, rising incredible 13, 680 feet above sea level. Another absolutely amazing highlight this National Park has to offer are lava boat tours, taking you through geological formations, viewing black sand beaches and red hot flowing rivers of lava. You will enjoy panoramic views of Hawaii's volcanoes, tropical rainforests, lava waterfalls and sea life, all set in amazing natural beauty.
Stretching across Maui's southern and eastern coastline, the island of Maui is home to the Haleakala National Park, meaning the 'the house of sun'. The Haleakala volcano crater is the island's highest peak and can be explored by the many hiking trails around the crater. To really appreciate its beauty, drive up to the summit of Haleakala on a clear morning for scenic vistas of the sunrise above the mountains. One of Hawaii's most famous landmarks is the Leahi, or in Polynesian: the 'Diamond Head'. The Leahi is a 230- metre volcano crater situated on Oahu Island, a popular hiking destination, offering outstanding views of Waikiki and Oahu's south shore. Last but not least in north of downtown Honolulu the Punchbowl Crater expands with its National Memorial Cemetery. The cemetery stands in honour of the American Armed Forces and commemorates the soldiers of 20th century wars. Informative free walking tours are offered by Veterans of the American Legion and amazing views of Honolulu can be seen from the crater rim.
Islands full of adventure will bring you as close to its natural origin like nowhere else. Experience yourself the overwhelmingly inspiring and relaxed vibes of these natural wonders.
Ollie, Original Traveller