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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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Explore a lave cave without the crowds.

Just down a few steps brings you inside a lava tube. Beautiful plants at the entrance. Wet and slippery outside, hot and humid inside with a very rough volcanic floor. You... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 August 2016
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Rochelle, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

This is an interesting concept. It's a lava tube "cave" (a lava tube is a "trough" the lava carves in the rock as it travels. Over time, the top cools and the inside still flows, so it's a "lava tube", not a traditional "eroded over time by water flow and filled with stalgmites and stagtites cave". Tips: 1. Bring Good... More 

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Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

Just down a few steps brings you inside a lava tube. Beautiful plants at the entrance. Wet and slippery outside, hot and humid inside with a very rough volcanic floor. You don't have to go far in to get the experience. Take a flashlight or headlamp with you so you can see where you are walking. The light from the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

20 of us decides to check out these caves and we were thrilled with what we found! We broke up into a couple groups due to some of us being in dresses and flip flops. Even with the "non suitable dress" everyone was able to enjoy the caves. There are lots of rocks and in some parts very low ceilings... More 

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Hilo, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

This is a must stop if you like geology or a nice adventure. Its located a few miles outside Hilo. It has a nice parking area, pavilion and bathroom. This is a lava tube from the 1881 lava flow from Mauna Loa. You'll need a good flashlight and I'd suggest a spare too. Go down the stairs and you'll see... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

We stopped at the lava tube on the way to Hilo. We spent about 45 minutes there. It's amazing how dark it is inside with no flashlights. It was neat to walk around. You don't need a ton of time there, though.

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

If you like exploring bring some lights and make your way through this long stretching series of lava tubes!

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Stockton, Utah
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

We came upon this by accident. We happened to see the sign as we were driving from Hilo back to Kailua-Kona, so we stopped. These caves (lave tubes, really) are not lighted, there is no improved walkway inside the caves, but it is a fantastic place to visit. My daughter and I took a 45 minute walk into the caves,... More 

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Santee, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016

We were looking for something free to do for a little while around the Hilo airport area while we killed some time before a helo tour. Found this site on tripadvisor and thought we would do it. There are bathrooms. The water fountain did not work. Please wear closed-toe shoes- actually we wore tennis shoes. I would be very hesitant... More 

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Chula Vista, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2016

If you like natural wonders, you'll like this attraction. The price is right ($0) too. An example of a lava flow. Nice adventure during an afternoon drive around the island

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016 via mobile

Kinda crazy that it's just under the road, no one nearby to monitor safety or charge you fees. It's just an amazing cave that's all yours! They do have bathrooms here though. It was so cool to climb dowm inside. You could take your kids (5 and older) here or come alone. Bring a flash light!

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