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Kaumana Caves Park

Kaumana Drive, Mile Marker 4, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI
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“lava tube” (60 reviews)
“sturdy shoes” (10 reviews)
Kaumana Drive, Mile Marker 4, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Reviewed 15 May 2017 via mobile

Note: bring a good led flashlight (not just your phone light) if you plan to hike back the tube. The tube was pretty cool. Most of the area was high enough to stand until we got several hundred yards in. Oh and bring an actual...More

Thank C_N_1_77
Reviewed 8 May 2017

Bring a good flashlight and go as far as you want. Not for those who are claustrophobic, and the further you go, the tighter the spaces get.

1  Thank CarnationKila
Reviewed 22 April 2017

This cave is the favorite of people who like things a little scary, but not dangerously so. Every review reiterates to wear serious shoes, flashlight or better still head lamp, and water. It's fun, kids can do it, it's slippery, be careful, and as one...More

Thank Miriahm D
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

Unless you are prepared to explore the unknown, skip this site and visit the Volcano National Park instead. While I was prepared for the adventure, my husband took one look at the slippery jagged rock and unlighted tunnel and turned right around. Even the stairs...More

1  Thank Arteacher2010
Reviewed 16 April 2017

This is a do-it-yourself cave adventure. You crawl over hard, sharp lava. Find your way through tunnels, smack your head on hard rocks and scrape your knees on same. Our group exited with a couple small bruises and a little bit of blood...and then started...More

Thank Entiat
Reviewed 16 April 2017

Broken lava tube covered with lush ferns. You can explore inside if you have a flashlight. Pretty, free. Bathrooms.

Thank Suzanne P
Reviewed 2 April 2017

You enter at your own risk. Wear good shoes and bring a flashlight and/or a headlamp. You can go both directions in the "cave". No lighting in the cave except what you bring. We probably saw 4 other small groups in the time that we...More

1  Thank Nancy147
Reviewed 20 March 2017

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...More

4  Thank Ken S
Reviewed 13 March 2017

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...More

3  Thank Todd S
Reviewed 10 March 2017

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.

2  Thank LSBPHD
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Janet B
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Response from Josh W | Reviewed this property |
I personally only spent a half hour as well.
31 January 2016|
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Response from WaOz1 | Reviewed this property |
No Sulfur smell. Very humid. My husband has asthma and he did great in the tubes. He did admit that the further back he went, he really could feel the "thick" air, but he had no adverse effects.
25 January 2015|
Response from ChrisinPuna | Reviewed this property |
Good news. Plenty of free parking and no entrance fee. Bathrooms, picnic tables, and very safe environment, especially for the kids. If you are traveling from Kona on Saddle Road, it is right off that road, just outside... More