Royal Kona Resort

Enjoying Hawaiian Volcano Splendor

Like many other locations in the Hawaiian Islands, the Big Island is ideal for Hawaii family vacations. The Big Island of Hawaii is slightly different in that beach-going is less of a focal point. The island of Hawaii has the rockiest terrain of all the islands which renders it rough for surfing, swimming, and other water sports. Not all beaches on the island are unusable – it just takes some inside knowledge to know which ones to visit, and at what times of the year. This rocky terrain, however, lends itself to one of the main attractions here in Kailua-Kona – volcanoes and lava. Many vacationers and families flock to the Big Island every year to catch a glimpse of volcanic rock and lava. There are three active volcanoes on the Big Island, making some type of volcanic journey an absolute must for those on Hawaii family vacations.

The Kilauea volcano is situated on the Big Island and is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. However, active doesn't necessarily equate to dangerous. The three volcanoes on Hawaii are in a calm state, allowing visitors and travelers to get fairly close. Many visiting the island go to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to see the Halema'uma'u crater. It is not possible to get right next to the crater, but there are many overlooks where visitors can see the molten lava. We recommend visiting at night, but good visibility may be a stroke of luck. This is a very rainy area of Hawaii, and visibility may be limited.

Within the park, visitors are allowed to get relatively close to the Kilauea volcano, where lava flow can actually be seen. This type of excursion is tough to plan for, as the park limits accessibility to the flow on a daily basis by labeling it "safe" or "unsafe." The best idea may be to get a guided tour of the lava flow. Just because the park renders the area "safe" does not mean that it comes without risk, and those who are very young, old, or have health problems should definitely go with a guide.

It is also best to be adequately prepared for a day on volcanic rock. This hike requires sneakers or stronger shoes - sandals and flip-flops won't work here. We also advise bringing plenty of sunscreen and water for the hike.

For those who are not up for a tough hike, many local businesses offer lava boat tours. These tours provide spectacular views from the ocean, albeit from a distance. If lava does not happen to be flowing at the time you are visiting the island, volcano boat tours are available so you can see the aftermath of active volcanoes and volcanic ash.

Those planning a big Hawaii family vacation may be feeling a bit of a budget crunch. Here at the Royal Kona Resort, we do offer all-inclusive Hawaiian packages to make planning your trip much easier. Our packages and deals change often, so check our specials frequently. You can choose from a complete all-inclusive package, that includes discounted room, airfare, and rental car, or try different packages that may include a dinner cruise or buffet breakfast while here.

Family-friendly and in service for nearly 50 years, we at the Royal Kona want to make your Hawaii family vacation as exciting as possible. Plan your next vacation with us, and we will help you find activities before your visit or while you are here to make your vacation more enjoyable. We promise that you will leave the Big Island with memories that last a lifetime.