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Kaumana Caves Park

Kaumana Drive, Mile Marker 4, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Ranked #8 of 37 attractions in Hilo
Type: Caverns/ Caves
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Phoenix, Arizona
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Off the beaten path, we had cell service the whole time to find directions. Not crowded when we visited on a weekday. Bring a flashlight and sturdy shoes that you're okay with getting ripped up. Pictures aren't that great in the cave but pictures at the entry are stunning.

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Hyannis, Massachusetts
16 reviews 16 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

The caves are located near Hilo and are surprisingly very interesting to explore. What I liked about this was that you were on your own, not a lot of people were there and nor is there a cover charge. Bring as many lights as you can find. One for everybody. Wear long pants because you have to crawl over rocks... More

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Auckland Central, New Zealand
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85 reviews 85 reviews
38 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

Hilo does not have a lot to see. We had a search and followed some suggestions from various books. This is definitely a must see. Firstly, it's very quiet with few visitors. It's also free. Then once down those steep steps and past the entrance, you get to see how big and deep both sides are. You should go both... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

We drove by the lava tube in volcano national park the day before and couldn't get parking....it was packed with people and tour buses. We found this lava tube today and I'm glad we passed up on waiting to see the tube in the national park. Nobody else was at Kamauna when we stopped which made for a much better... More

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New York City, New York
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41 reviews 41 reviews
19 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

These caves/lava tubes are simply incredible. If you went to the Thurston lava tube in the National Park still go here because this is the REAL version! If you havent been to Thurston then go to this and then dont bother with Thurston. Tips: 1)the cave on the right when you go in is really great. Follow it to the... More

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Austin, Texas
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95 reviews 95 reviews
19 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

Another "small" attraction for Hilo (of course, almost everything in Hilo is small.) Unlike the (paved) Thurston tube in Volcanoes national park - , this is a lava tube essentially in its natural state. Yes, there are some steep stairs for access, but otherwise - come prepared for a rough walk! Wear grippy shoes, and bring 2 flashlights (just in... More

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Aurora, Minnesota
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

I had a led head flash light which was no where near bright enough. This cave is pitch black and you cannot see anything. I was also with someone who didn't like doing that type of stuff so because of the person I was with and lack of good flashlights it was no where near the fun it should have... More

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Mill Valley, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

Very cool, and you'll enjoy it even more if you bring a flashlight or headlamp AND A SPARE along! Our kids thought it was super spooky and interesting. We had the place to ourselves on Thanksgiving day. Worth a visit if you're going to Hilo.

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Hemet, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

free attraction which makes this a value. There were a few undesirables in the parking across the street which made us nervous to leave our car unattended. There was graffiti and trash in the lava tube which took away from the beauty. Bring a flashlight

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Pahoa, Hawaii
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

Make sure you pay attention to the historic graffiti carved into the cave walls. This cave is worth the stop, easy access and restroom.

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