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A nice stop

Give about 20 min. Take a flashlight and wear hiking boots if you can. Slick rocks to climb over... read more

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Interesting but treacherous

Went here during the rain. The caves were respectably large, but the stairs and rocks were tough... read more

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Kaumana Drive, Mile Marker 4, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Reviewed yesterday 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 1 week ago 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
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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
1  Thank travelicious_j82
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
1  Thank Lourdes P
Reviewed 22 August 2018

This was on my to-do list but I forgot about it until the last minute. Do bring sturdy shoes and a flashlight to make it more comfortable. We did not have either so we just visited the entrance of two two caves. You can climb...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank HalfspeedTravel
Reviewed 20 August 2018

The Kaumana Caves Park is a great stop for anyone exploring the west side of Hawaii and they have 30-60 minutes to explore. The parking lot is on one side of the highway with about a dozen parking spots for cars. If a couple of...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Craig N
Reviewed 14 August 2018 via mobile

Really small but two facing lava tubes make for interesting spelunking. Must bring flashlights. Easy to find on the road To saddle road

Date of experience: August 2018
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Debbie T
4 November 2017|
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Response from George W | 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.