If you only have time for one hike during your stay on the big Island of Hawaii, the Kīlauea Iki Hike is a great choice. The trail starts in the rain forest and takes you through fern trees and tropical foliage. The trail descends 400 feet to the crater floor where hikers will cross through a lunar landscape of steam vents, cinder and spatter cones, lava rock formations, cracks, fissures, broken upheavals.
Papakolea Beach is one of only four Green Sand Beaches in the world. Visitors to the Big Island should make time to visit this spectacular gem at the very southernmost point of the United States.
NEW! Video of Lava Hike! The battle of fire and water: Kilauea is Hawaii’s most active volcano. Roaring back to life with a violent eruption of superheated gas and magma in January of 1983 she has been pouring forth enormous quantities of lava ever since.