Mauna Loa
Mauna Loa
Mauna Loa

Mauna Loa Tours and Tickets

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Mauna Loa’s status as the largest active volcano in the world doesn’t stop travelers from flocking to the rugged mountain—in fact, it attracts them. With its last eruption occurring in 1984, the volcano is known for non-explosive activity, making it an inviting and worry-free destination to explore on scenic drives or backcountry trails.

  • Big Island of Hawaii, Hawaii, 96785

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Q:What is the difference between Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea?
A:Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea are separate volcanoes with very different characteristics and chemical compositions. Mauna Kea is steeper and more irregularly shaped than Mauna Loa because its lava has a higher viscosity. Mauna Kea is the world’s tallest mountain from its under-sea base to its summit, while Mauna Loa is the world’s largest active volcano.
Q:Which island is Mauna Loa on?
A:Mauna Loa is on Hawaii Island (the Big Island). It comprises around 51% of the island’s land area. It covers most of the southern and central parts of the island. It’s a massive volcano: Its dome is 75 miles (120 kilometers) long and 64 miles (103 kilometers) wide, and its summit caldera covers nearly 6 square miles (15 square kilometers).
Q:Can you go on Mauna Loa?
A:Yes, it’s possible to visit and walk on Mauna Loa. It covers over 50% of Hawaii Island (the Big Island). As well as driving past and getting views of the volcano from different viewpoints, adventurous travelers can go backcountry hiking on Mauna Loa on two main trails: the Mauna Loa Trail and the ʻĀinapō Trail.
Q:Where is the best place to see Mauna Loa?
A:Mauna Loa makes up more than 50% of Hawaii Island (the Big Island), so you can see it from many places on the island. To see Mauna Loa’s lava flow (when conditions are right), Hawaii Island’s Daniel K. Inouye Highway, also known as Saddle Road, is a convenient spot, especially the Gilbert Kahele Recreation Area.
Q:Is Mauna Loa worth visiting?
A:Yes, Mauna Loa is worth visiting if you’re interested in natural phenomena. Mauna Loa is the world's largest active volcano, so visiting can be a memorable experience. How much you can see on a visit and how close you can get to the lava flows depends on the volcano’s activity and whether roads and trails are safe enough to open.
Q:Can you see Mauna Loa from Kona?
A:Yes, you can see Mauna Loa from Kona. Kona is located on the western coast of Hawaii Island (the Big Island), and Mauna Loa comprises more than 50% of this island, mainly the southern and central areas. You may also see the Mauna Loa lava flow from Kona, depending on the conditions and how active the volcano is.