Located on Hawaii’s Big Island, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is a beautiful natural area which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are a variety of active volcanoes within the park, so it’s important to take the appropriate safety precautions when visiting.
Be prepared for rain and chilly weather at volcano summits, which may cause muddy and slippery ground. Bring appropriate hiking shoes and wear layers and rainproof clothing. Carry plenty of water and make sure to drink frequently to avoid dehydration. Lava fields get very hot and you won’t find any shade, so be sure to wear sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat to protect your face.
Make sure to stay on marked trails, as there could be dangerous deep cracks hidden in unexplored surfaces. Watch where you step near cracks, steam vents, and cliffs, as these areas may be slippery or unstable, and never hike after dark. Avoid falling lava and stepping on loose gravel or thin lava layers, as these can pose deadly threats. Do not enter areas of the park that have been closed for hazardous conditions.
Volcanic fumes can be detrimental to your health, so those with health issues should avoid craters, sulphur banks, and other areas where volanic gasses are present.
Beware of volcanic eruptions, as they can happen at any time and pose dangerous safety threats. Even at a distance, volcanic gasses, pumice, and cinder can be threatening to your health and safety.