- The list below includes 44 free or cheap things to do in or near Volcano, Hawaii, including 45 different types of inexpensive activities like Art Gallery, Hiking Trails, Arts Centers and Gardens.
- From Akatsuka Orchid Gardens to Thurston Lava Tube, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Volcano and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Hilo, Pahoa and Kurtistown.
The Pu'u 'O'o Trail heads in the direction of Volcano Village through pioneer ohia forest, brush, and grasslands. Hikers are able to pass over the solidified lava flows from 1855 and 1881, and seasonal bird hunting is allowed by permit.
A three mile drive through macadamia nut groves leads to Hershey's Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Company for a visit to the nut and chocolate processing plant. Taste several varieties of macadamia nuts, watch demonstrations, and visit the gift shop.
Ocean Lava & Fishing Tours are an ideal way to see lava while learning about the local ecosystem from experienced and knowledgeable guides. From the safety of a boat, visitors can see the lava as it flows into the ocean.
Sample fresh produce and native Hawaiian treats at the Maku'u Farmer's Market on Pahoa. Come early for the ripest, most succulent fruits and crisp vegetables. Baked goods, cookbooks and kitchen equipment are also available.
The Alahanui Park - Hot Spring is a man-tailored natural spring fed pool heated to 90 degrees by volcanic action. Fish often access the pool via a small inlet and swim with visitors. Lifeguards, restrooms, and picnic areas are available.