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Address: Kaumana Drive, Mile Marker 4, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI
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$197*
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Volcano National Park Small Group Twilight Tour

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Spelunking!!

Wow!! This place is easy to miss - we knew about it and went only because it was about 3 miles or so from the hostel we were staying in. It is definitely worth going if you are in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
Ramya R
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Barrington, Illinois
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Barrington, Illinois
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Wow!! This place is easy to miss - we knew about it and went only because it was about 3 miles or so from the hostel we were staying in. It is definitely worth going if you are in the area. Be prepared with proper shoes and definitely a flashlight or two. Parking is across from the entrance. You descend... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Pleasant visit. With kids age 7 and 10 we werent sure how far we would get. Ended up taking the Left cave all the way to the end and back. Cave opens up to jungle. Right cave we went until it was time to belly crawl. We brought head lamps, close toed shoes and water. Bathroom and picnic tables available.... More 

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Kailua Kona
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Sorry. The signs make it look good but the park is not well taken care of and basically, all you see is a hole in the ground. The parking is on the wrong side of the street and it's on a curve so be careful.

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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

This is an awesome cave to explore if you are adventurous! If you go make sure to bring water, sneakers and flashlights. Hiking through the whole thing takes about 45 minutes depending how fast you go but be careful because the ground is uneven at times and you have to crouch in certain places (good leg workout). Don't go if... More 

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Saskatoon, SK Canada
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108 reviews 108 reviews
12 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

If you are physically challenged be aware that there are steep steps and uneven paths due to the rocks. Also bring a flashlight for each person as it is difficult to see. We took about 30 min to walk part ways into the two caves. Fun and interesting. A few bumps and scratches. Walk carefully!!

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Bethany Beach, Delaware
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48 reviews 48 reviews
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This cave is not widely visited but worth the short drive out of Hilo. They are 8 miles long, 5 miles one way and 3 the other. I did not wear appropriate shoes nor did I have a flashlight so I only explored a short way into the cave. As a newer cave it does not have the formations that... More 

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hilo
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59 reviews 59 reviews
6 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Do not go to this site unless you have a junker of a car, with nothing in it. It is notorious for quick striking thieves who break into cars and steal valuables. Never leave your camera or anything in your car if you plan to explore these caves. If you can get dropped off, it is a fascinating series of... More 

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San Luis Obispo County, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

This place has small people called Menahunies. You have to go deep in the Lava tubes to find them and when you take a picture of them it doesn't work. We went and enjoyed the beautiful place that it is, trees, green mosses against black rock awesome!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Very few people know about this place. I was thoroughly disappointed with the Thurston Lava Tube at the Volcanoes National Park (just because it was too touristy and didn't feel like we were walking through a natural wonder) and then we found Kaumana Caves. What an amazing place! We were the only ones there! Don't forget your headlight/flashlight and sturdy... More 

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Hilo, Hawaii
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

If you want to experience a real lava tube cave then this is the place. Many people go to Thurston Lava Tube in the Volcano National Park but it has been humanized with lights and even areas where the cave walls have been notched out so visitors don't hurt themselves. Kaumana Cave is the real thing. Lock your car doors... More 

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