We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book In Advance
Why Book on TripAdvisor?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information
All photos (243)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good33%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“sturdy shoes”(14 reviews)
“lava tube”(72 reviews)
Local Weather
Powered by Weather Underground
Kaumana Drive, Mile Marker 4, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI
Top Selling Tours & Activities in and around Hilo
from US$223.96
More Info
from US$127.52
More Info
from US$186.46
More Info
from US$99.79
More Info
Reviews (263)
Filter reviews
251 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews bring a flashlight sturdy shoes lava tube head lamp watch your head steep steps flash light knee pads cave floor cave experience hands and knees water dripping proper footwear sharp lava hiking boots hundred feet total darkness
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 251 reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago

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

Thank MJGx2
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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.

1  Thank Jenny H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank TexasEagle
Reviewed 11 August 2018

It took us a little bit of looking to find it. The parking spots are just a few by the road, but usually it is not crowded. The stairs are a bit difficult, so wear appropriate shoes, that you don not slip. You will need...More

3  Thank Branka K
Reviewed 11 August 2018 via mobile

We stopped by this cave since we were in Hilo area. Make sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring flashlight. We used our flashlights on our phones and it was fine. A short exploration but we had fun!

Thank Corinna F
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 49 nearby hotels
Dolphin Bay
706 reviews
8.99 km away
Waiakea Villas
22 reviews
9.69 km away
Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
2,075 reviews
11.02 km away
Hilo Seaside Hotel
1,167 reviews
11.15 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 1,014 nearby restaurants
Naung Mai Thai Kitchen
180 reviews
8.95 km away
New Chiang Mai Thai Cuisine
146 reviews
8.94 km away
Short & Sweet Bakery & Cafe
97 reviews
8.81 km away
Wilson's by the Bay
66 reviews
8.94 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 1,139 nearby attractions
Marylou's Big Island Guided Tours - Private Tours
208 reviews
5.26 km away
Rainbow Falls
3,286 reviews
5.70 km away
Imiloa Astronomy Center
298 reviews
7.73 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Debbie T
4 November 2017|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
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|
AnswerShow all 6 answers
Response from Josh W | Reviewed this property |
I personally only spent a half hour as well.
31 January 2016|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
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.