The main attraction at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is Kilauea and the active craters that surround it. That said, The Holei Sea Arch is a neat little side attraction that you can visit as you explore the various lookouts on Chain of Craters Road. Near the very end of Chain of Craters Road is a formation known as the Holei Sea Arch. As far as what it is, I’ll let the scientist explain it:
“It’s likely only several hundred years old and is made of igneous rock (basalt), formed by lava from the Kilauea Volcano and the sculpting power of the Pacific Ocean. Basalt is composed largely of microscopic grains of a calcium-sodium (plagioclase) feldspar, pyroxene and olivine, but no quartz.”
There you have it, a natural arch formed from lava and water. The lookout is actually some distance from the arch itself. And really, I wasn’t very satisfied with the view. So I hopped the chain to get a closer look. As you get closer to the arch, it can become a bit intimidating. I got pretty close to the edge of the 90 feet high cliffs. I could hear the waves crashing along the rocks and I could sense my wife Michelle sweating from the lookout. I snapped a few photos and I was out of there.
Explorers: Coty Gonzales and Michelle Sagucio.
Directions to the Holei Sea Arch: On Chain of Craters Road, you will drive to near the very end and park just before mile marker 19. You will see concession and informational stands to your left. The search arch will be oceanside, to your right.