Kaumana Caves Park
Kaumana Caves Park
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  • Ngammy
    32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lava Tube Adventure
    Learned a lot about volcanos and lava and lava tubes. Mo was a great and informative guide. Provided headlamps, flashlights and knee pads for the trek. Got wonderful pics of our experiences. We did the 2 hour tour but spent about 3 hours with our guide.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 13 August 2023
  • Jeff A
    Mansfield, Texas72 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    lava tubes throughout the island. No need to only go to this park.
    There are lava tubes throughout the island. No need to simply go to this park. You can visit some lava tubes on the Kona highway just outside of the Kona airport. Just do a Google search for lava tubes on big Hawaii island. It will show you several places that are easily accessible from main roads. They don't require a hike. Bring a strong flashlight and a headlight. You can typically park along the road walk through them and get , a great sense of how neat lava tubes are on this island
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 February 2024
  • Anon8815
    Trenton, New Jersey744 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved It
    Lava tubes = the coolest. Bring long sleeves as it will get cooler the deeper you go and will help protect you from scratches. But more importantly bring a headlamp. Ideal to go with a companion as it quickly gets pitch dark.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 28 February 2024
  • OnAir778795
    Mission Viejo, California18 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cool Caves
    We enjoyed these more than the lava tube at VNP. This is just a turn off on the side of the road. There are steep steps to get to them. There is one to the left & 1 to the right. Both are dark, so bring a flash light. It's also very rugged and slippery - so I'd recommend closed toe sneakers or hiking boots. It's probably a 20 - 30 minute stop, unless you want to traverse deep into the left hand cave.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 May 2024
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Chandler H
11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Kaumana Cave is a cool little system right outside of Hilo that is easily accessible to anyone (well not wheelchairs, it’s a cave.)

The cave itself is interesting, and most people don’t seem to go further than a couple hundred feet in at most. What people don’t realize is this cave has over 2200ft of mapped passages. The first day we stopped here we went in to the left and made it a little ways in before we needed to make it to our cabin. Lots of roots hanging from the ceiling on this side, and a good amount of breakdown to crawl over. The other side is more interesting (to the right after climbing down stairs) we followed the passage all the way until a massive pile of breakdown chokes the passage and creates a feature in the cave known as the Labyrinth, a complex little jumble of squeezes that must be passed through to get to the rest of the cave. My wife and her brother were about good to go at this point so we turned around, but past the Labyrinth there is still almost 1000ft of passages, so don’t be afraid and push through!

The cave has seen quite a lot of vandalism including spray painting, carving on the walls/floors and trash left by some of societies more deplorable rejects. My hope is that anyone entering a cave to deface or destroy it happens to be in the cave during the very small geologic time frame where the cave collapses and if not you better be strapped up if I find you in the act. Lots of arrows painted on the walls and floors even though there is literally one way out, only the brain dead scumbags needed these after pounding a 6 pack and smashing the bottles on the floor.
Written 13 June 2024
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OnAir778795
Mission Viejo, CA18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We enjoyed these more than the lava tube at VNP. This is just a turn off on the side of the road. There are steep steps to get to them. There is one to the left & 1 to the right. Both are dark, so bring a flash light. It's also very rugged and slippery - so I'd recommend closed toe sneakers or hiking boots. It's probably a 20 - 30 minute stop, unless you want to traverse deep into the left hand cave.
Written 29 May 2024
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Anon8815
Trenton, NJ744 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Lava tubes = the coolest. Bring long sleeves as it will get cooler the deeper you go and will help protect you from scratches. But more importantly bring a headlamp. Ideal to go with a companion as it quickly gets pitch dark.
Written 29 February 2024
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Jeff A
Mansfield, TX72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
There are lava tubes throughout the island. No need to simply go to this park. You can visit some lava tubes on the Kona highway just outside of the Kona airport.

Just do a Google search for lava tubes on big Hawaii island. It will show you several places that are easily accessible from main roads. They don't require a hike. Bring a strong flashlight and a headlight. You can typically park along the road walk through them and get , a great sense of how neat lava tubes are on this island
Written 18 February 2024
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Phyllis C
79 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
bring good flashlights, wear good shoes., Not a Disneyland experience. Rel caves, real adventure, /A bit tight if you keep going. not for the claustrophoibic
Written 19 October 2023
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Ngammy
New York32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
Learned a lot about volcanos and lava and lava tubes. Mo was a great and informative guide. Provided headlamps, flashlights and knee pads for the trek. Got wonderful pics of our experiences. We did the 2 hour tour but spent about 3 hours with our guide.
Written 13 August 2023
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Schizms
Santa Clara, CA74 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Cool caves! Come prepared with torches, hiking boots and full pants because this is a rocky and uneven cave. It’s not too narrow which is nice and it gets dark fast. The cave inside has neat features and the entrance is beautiful with cascading plants. It’s a fun stop for exploration and some mystery. We didn’t go that far in because we had a long lava tube tour the next day.
Written 11 July 2023
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Brian D
Denver, CO2,389 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
A very cool cave for you to explore. There is no admission fee, it is completely free to visit and explore at your own pace or comfort level. Across the street from the cave is a small parking lot for free parking. Once you get across the street (carefully) there is a steep staircase that goes down into the entrance of the cave, where you can choose to go left or right. I believe the entire path inside the cave goes around to each side. It is pitch dark once you get a little bit along in the cave. You'll need a flashlight, and your cell phone flashlight doesn't really work to guide you through the cave. you'll need a real, handheld flashlight. There were people leaving the cave and they were nice enough to pass along their flashlight to those of us arriving empty handed. This is a great idea, as who wants to pack a flashlight for the flight home from Hawaii? No one really, and a good flashlight for the cave wouldn't cost more than $10. Next time I go to the cave, I'm returning the favor by bringing a flashlight with me and passing on to the next explorers. Once you have secured a flashlight, you can head into the cave as fast as you feel comfortable. It is a real cave. so, there are a lot of rocks, dripping water and more of what you would expect to find in a cave. You may not want to navigate too far if you aren't comfortable walking on the slippery rocks. If you have a fear of tight spaces or dark tight spaces, just take a quick look and head back up the stairs to bright open spaces and relax. Photos are tough to get inside a cave, unless you are a professional photographer. If you are going for the photos, good luck! If you like exploring caves, you'll enjoy this scenic sanctuary!
Written 10 July 2023
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Savannah
Pace, FL153 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
I wouldn't put this on a must see list. It was interesting, but be sure to bring a headlight, after a certain point your phone will not be enough. The stairs going down are also very narrow. I also wish there was some indication on the history of the caves.
Written 24 May 2023
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Kevin K
Houston, TX73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Much better than other lava tubes that we’ve done. The right side is pretty crazy! Definitely want a good flash light and shoes. Make sure you always keep you eyes on the ground because you have to place each step correctly due to uneven surfaces and levels. Also watch out you don’t hit your head like I did! Left side is much easier to walk with more flat surfaces. Very cool tubes!
Written 18 May 2023
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