Fortunately (and maybe also unfortunately), Singapore is shielded from natural disasters like volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and typhoons thanks to its geographical location, although that also means we have much fewer natural creations we can call our own. But with travel around the world ever more accessible, those who are obsessed with natural geography don't have to worry about not being able to experience natural wonders up close and personal.
If you happen to be a volcano enthusiast, here are the three best volcanic destinations that we at GET.com have rounded up for you. These hotspots are magically incredible!
3 Volcanic Destinations That Will Blow Your Mind
1. Kawah Ijen, East Java, Indonesia
Where else in the world will you get to see blue flames spewing out of a volcano but the Kawah Ijen volcano in East Java, Indonesia? This world-famous volcanic hotspot is extraordinarily pretty at night as the blue 'lava' is only visible when dusk falls. The gorgeous electric blue glow that coats the surface of the volcano isn't your typical lava, though.
As the Kawah Ijen volcano is extremely rich in sulfur, sulfuric gases that come into contact with the oxygen-rich air combust and produce the stunning blue flames. The magical blue 'lava' that you see is actually molten sulfur that burns with the same blue flame when the sulfuric gases condense back into liquid. Additionally, this volcano is home to the world's biggest acidic caldera lake that happens to be painted a shade of beautiful turquoise blue, too.
2. Kilauea, Hawaii
Nestled on the Big Island of Hawaii is the planet's most active volcano, the Kilauea. A must-visit for volcano enthusiasts, this classic volcano is best experienced by hiring a boat to watch the red hot molten lava flow right into the ocean. If you want, you can get considerably close to Kilauea's smoking crater on a helicopter tour, as well.
Either way, you can expect views that are nothing short of stunning from this massive travel attraction in Hawaii. Interested in exploring Hawaii? Check out these tips to enjoy the Hawaiian sun without breaking the bank in our Hawaii travel guide here.
3. Furnas, São Miguel, Azores, Portugal
Furnas may be a dormant volcano but that is not reason enough to say it isn't awesome. For the most part, the therapeutic hot spring pools there are incredibly relaxing. Adventure seekers can go horseback riding, canoeing, or even mountain biking in Furnas' foliage-draped crater.
This unconventional volcanic destination has natural water springs, geysers, bubbling mud holes, soothing thermal baths and a lot more. Don't freak out if you see locals stewing pots of greens and meat in the hot earth there. I'd say embracing a traditional Portuguese meal cooked in volcanic soil is the perfect way to round up your experience on the São Miguel Island!