The Great Volcanoes

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Sunset on Mauna Kea, Hawaii. copyright Andrushko Galyna/Bigstock

Hawaii is home to three active volcanoes: Mauna Loa, which last erupted in 1984; Kilauea, which has been continuously erupting since 1983; and Loihi, which is underwater off the southern coast of Hawaii island and has been erupting since 1996.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is considered the place to explore these natural wonders. Located just 45 minutes south of Hilo on the island of Hawaii, this park offers a rare opportunity to witness two active volcanoes, as both Kilauea and Mauna Loa are located here. However, Kilauea is much more visitor-friendly, as it can be accessed by road and short hikes, where as Mauna Loa requires backpacking to reach the summit.

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Suzanne Conway

Suzanne Conway

Associate Editor at Perillo Traveler
Originally from a small town in New York, Suzanne relocated to Connecticut in her teens to a larger town, complete with cow fields (go figure). When not in the office, she can be found practicing yoga, traveling the globe, enjoying a concert, or trying to tell her Siamese cats apart.
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