Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park: Chain of Craters


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Chain of Craters Road is a 19-mile road through the East Rift and coastal area of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the big island of Hawaii.


Our tour stopped at the Lua Manu crater on this drive. It is the first crater on the Chain of Craters Road and was formed when, about 200 years ago, the lava beneath it drained leaving an empty chamber. The surface collapsed into the chamber, forming a 125 foot deep pit.


We walked around on the surrounding lava fields, marveling at the plants growing right up out of the rocks and taking photos by interesting formations.


Hilo Posts:

  • Volcano House
  • Steam Vents
  •  Kīlauea Iki
  • Chain of Craters Road
  • Big Island Candies (Coming Soon)
  • Rainbow Falls (Coming Soon)
  • Richardson’s Black Sand Beach (Coming Soon)
  • Mokuola (Coming Soon)


Location: 1 Crater Rim Drive, Volcano, HI 96718

Designation: National Park

Date established/designated: August 1, 1916

Date of my visit: April 16, 2019


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