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Kaumana Caves Park

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Address: Kaumana Drive, Mile Marker 4, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI
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A Real Cave, Not Ruined By Safety Nazis

This is a real cave, and as such, you better bring water and flashlights (note the "s" on the end of that), and you better wear rugged hiking shoes. We did this cave in 1999... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Ken S
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Loveland, Colorado
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Loveland, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a real cave, and as such, you better bring water and flashlights (note the "s" on the end of that), and you better wear rugged hiking shoes. We did this cave in 1999; since that time, a lot of roots have dropped down from the ceiling. Not sure why. Here was our big surprise: In 1999, we came... More 

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Dixon, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

No comparison to the Thurston Lava Tube that most tourists visit, this is MUCH BETTER!! You need to bring flashlights (I recommend headlamps), wear athletic shoes, and if you want to go deeper long pants and long-sleeve shirt. There are actually two entrances at the bottom of the stairs, make sure to check out both. We only went about 1/4... More 

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Seattle
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of those extraordinary geological experiences for which many people travel far. But if you're staying in the Hilo area it's only half an hour, after which magic awaits you. Hiking poles, good shoes, and a headlamp (and no claustrophobia) all musts.

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Seattle
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was one of the highlights of our trip. You can explore these caves for a long time or just a little depending on what you're looking for. We spent maybe an hour poking around before we left. You could easily spend a half day or longer. Know before you go: What to bring: -Light source - we brought one... More 

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Corvallis, Oregon
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lots of graffiti further inside. The opening is really cool with grasses, vines, and roots Bring your flashlight and explore on your own. Standing and crouching required

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Thank Josh W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

This is a "must see" on the island. Make sure to bring flashlights (we had 3 headlights and a flashlight) and comfortable clothing. The wonderful thing about these caves was that it wasn't crowded as most things weren't during our trip and there was a nice picnic area where we ate a bit before heading down the steep steps. It... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

This cave is a "must see"! Don't expect any sort of lights or walkways, this cave is nearly in its natural state with the exception of the entrance stairway. The cave can go on for miles; it's a network of collapsed lava tubes. And be sure to bring a head lantern and extra batteries as both hands may be needed... More 

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Northern California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

I was considering taking a paid tour of some other caves, but we were so glad we took the time to visit the Kaumana Caves! There was on and off rain all day so we skipped the beach and headed here. A little tricky to find at first because we were the only ones there. The area driving by looks... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

You need sturdy shoes, and bright flashlights. No cell service deep in caves. Awesome adventure, but creepy if not with a group of people. We were there alone. I kept thinking we could be murdered, and no one would know for a while. Or our car might not be there when we finished. Obviously, neither happened. After doing this cave,... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

We stumbled upon this place on the drive from Hilo back to Kona - and what an amazing gem! Hidden off the side of the road and a flight of stairs down into the earth are two caves - at least one very, very deep and apparently leading to a giant network of lava tubes. We only went about 40... More 

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