Sailing from Hilo to Kona we passed lava!


Molten rock, glowing in the dark. It was later and dark out very hard to get a picture but it was really amazing to see. I tried to take pictures and finally got a few but the pictures do not do it justice. In fact unless told what it is you wouldn’t know from the picture I don’t have a telephoto lens but I’m still happy I got a picture to remember it.

After getting a picture I just enjoyed the view and kept squealing LAVA, IT’S LAVA!

Doesn’t take much to amuse me.
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Crater Hike!

This is the crater that you can do a hike around. I believe you have to go with a guide. We didn’t have time for the hike on this day but if I go back it’s definitely on my list!

The landscape is so surreal and the steam rising just adds to the atmosphere. I imagine the hike being down wandering through the steam would be well worth it, even in the rain. It rains a lot in Hilo.

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Lava Tube

At Volcano National Park we go to walk through a lave tube which was pretty cool. The lights in the tube give it a weird red glow and there is silvery moss as well that didn’t come out well in the pictures.

What is a lave tube? Wikipedia explains it better than I canĀ Lave Tube.

It was fun to walk through and I couldn’t decide whether is was very hobbit like or dune like it was a very curious atmosphere.

Entrance to the lava tube:

Lave Tube Entrance

Walls in the lava tube:

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People wandering through:

Lave Tube Walking Lava Tube Exit

Volcano National Park Scenery

There are more than volcanos at Volcano National Park, the scenery is gorgeous. The plants are lush and then you turn around and it’s more barren.

It’s almost like apocalypse, no apocalypse, apocalypse….

It’s really the contrasting colours that I love even on the walkway:

Volcano National Park Walkway

The picture is a little blurry from steam coming up through a vent in the ground:

Volcano National Park Steamy

Without the steam:

Volcano National Park Scenery

Beautiful foliage (I just wanted to use that word):

Volcano National Park Foliage

It’s wonderful place and tomorrow the lava tube!

The Volcano!

While inside the museum at Volcano National Park the fog cleared a bit and the sun came through. When we came out we could see the volcano, with steam rising and it is so beautiful. There is a walk you can do down around the volcano crater but we didn’t get to do the hike. One of the problems of doing excursions from a cruise ship is the limited time at each stop.

If I ever go back though I’m definitely spending more time here and doing the hike as the scenery is spectacular!

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Volcano National Park

When we arrived at Volcano National Park it was over cast and foggy.

The view was very limited and yet was still so surreal and beautiful. It is an amazing landscape that looks like it’s out of a sci-fi movie.
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Volcano National Park Foggy 1
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Rainbow Falls Hilo

Our next stop on the cruise was Hilo. It was rainy but still warm out.

Mom and I headed out to Rainbow Falls, they are beautiful. Remembering to be patient and wait for Mom was easier in the beautiful surroundings. We were getting along really well and it turned out to be one of the best days we had. Even though it was raining. The tour allowed us plenty of time at the falls to wander around and take pictures before taking us to Volcano National Park.

Here are the falls:

Rainbow Falls

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