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Kaumana Caves Park

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Address: Kaumana Drive, Mile Marker 4, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Waaay more fun than Thurston Lava tube.

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... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Miriahm D
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Boulder, Colorado
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Boulder, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 374 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 of the other reviewers said "no safety Nazis ". And you don't have to go... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago 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 going down into the tube are coated in moss and vegetation.

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Thank Arteacher2010
Issaquah, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 talking about how we'd do it better next time! If you're prepared (good shoes, headlights,... More 

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Thank Entiat
Seattle, Washington
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

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Cottonwood Heights, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 were there.

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1 Thank Nancy147
Loveland, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 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 from the ceiling. Not sure why. Here was our big surprise: In 1999, we came... More 

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4 Thank Ken S
Dixon, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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 bottom of the stairs, make sure to check out both. We only went about 1/4... More 

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3 Thank Todd S
Seattle
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 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.

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2 Thank LSBPHD
Seattle
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

This was one of the highlights of our trip. You can explore these caves for a long time or just a little depending on what you're looking for. We spent maybe an hour poking around before we left. You could easily spend a half day or longer. Know before you go: What to bring: -Light source - we brought one... More 

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Corvallis, Oregon
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Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

Lots of graffiti further inside. The opening is really cool with grasses, vines, and roots Bring your flashlight and explore on your own. Standing and crouching required

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