Imagine you’re on vacation. Having lunch, while sitting across your favorite person to explore the world with. You enjoy the food, have a great conversation and then.. you look out the window and see this:
Yep, that’s a volcano. And the entire area around the smoldering hole is the crater. So basically 99% on this picture is crater. It’s almost too enormous to fathom, but this is your view while having lunch at Hawa’i Volcanoes National Park. Say hello to this very fiery and very sizzling force of nature known as Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes.
Even though lava raged over the Hawaiian islands more than once, the vegetation found on those areas is remarkable! Mostly these plants are green, with occasionally a deep red. It’s very alienating to walk around on the lava fields because it feels like you’re walking on the moon. With barely any life in sight, and black scorched earth as far as you can see, it’s a very unusual experience.
Only one natural force in nature can stop a flood of boiling lava, and that is the ocean. Even today, you can catch a boat excursion to a point where you can actual lava dripping into the water. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to do this during our trip but it’s on our list for next time. Here’s a link to incredible footage of that lava flowing into the ocean.
After visiting the Volcanoes National Park, we headed out to see black sand beaches. This phenomenon only appears in the vicinity of volcanoes. I’ve seen this in Iceland before, but seeing it in combination with island vegetation was a first.
More Hawai’i to come in future posts! Have you ever travelled to Hawai’i? What were your impressions & favorite moments?