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Kaumana Drive, Mile Marker 4, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Another easy stop right outside of Hilo. Really cool lava tube - not sure how safe it is to hike around in there, but if you do, it's best to have flashlights & good shoes..

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank kwbsf
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent little adventure. After descending a concrete stairwell. You can go right or left. On the right the tube it doesnt go that far before it gets really tight. On the left it goes for quite a ways. Bring good shoes and a bright flashlight....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank twobit94
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

An easy stop with parking and bonus chickens in the parking lot. Wear good shoes as you have to climb a short set of rocky steps and the cave floor is uneven. Bring a flashlight (!!) as it is very dark inside and worth going...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank williamsM29HU
Reviewed 12 December 2018 via mobile

Give about 20 min. Take a flashlight and wear hiking boots if you can. Slick rocks to climb over. When you get in 50feet or so look up with your flashlight and it looks like the ceiling is glowing. Banyan tree roots in the cave.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank suzanne7878
Reviewed 5 December 2018 via mobile

Went here during the rain. The caves were respectably large, but the stairs and rocks were tough for older people to navigate. Would not recommend as an activity for those with balance issues

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank InToonwithWife
Reviewed 17 October 2018

As Volcano National Park was closed during our visit our host in Hilo suggested these lava tubes as an alternative. We had a great time exploring the 2 lava tubes here. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes & bring a torch. It is worthwhile going...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank MJGx2
Reviewed 25 September 2018 via mobile

It is a nice cave to see when you pass by. You should wear good shoes for that - could be slippery. Very nice place.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 19 September 2018

Interesting free stop in Hilo. Bring head gear lighting because you will need your hands, plus there are other free lava tubs to explore all over the island. Gloves, pants, and good shoes/boots if you plan on going deep inside. Don't leave anything visible in...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Stan B
Reviewed 28 August 2018

July 2018 Our helicopter flight over the lava eruption got cancelled because of intense storms in Puna. We were so disappointed, but what can you do? Instead, headlamps in hand, we went to explore the Kaumana Caves. The caves are actually a 25-mile-long lava tube...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Lori S
Reviewed 25 August 2018

We took our son here as an alternative to exploring the Thurston Lava tube in the park, which was closed at the time we visited the island. Am not a fan of exploring caves or dark places in general, but husband and son loved it....More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Debbie T
4 November 2017|
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Response from 516GeorgeW | Reviewed this property |
I do not think there are any busses that run there specifically. You might be able to find a city bus that passes close by or like others have said uber/lyft.
Janet B
29 June 2017|
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Response from JoshW768 | 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.