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Kaumana Caves Park

Kaumana Drive, Mile Marker 4, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Ranked #4 of 39 attractions in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Caverns/ Caves
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USA
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

While exploring Hilo, my wife and I decided to stop at Kaumana Caves to try and satisfy my desire of doing something completely different while in Hawaii. While we weren't properly equipped (there's only so much we can pack in our carry-ons) we managed to go far enough into the cave where we couldn't see the entrance anymore (managing with... More

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Westport, Connecticut
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We stopped here on the advice of a ranger I spoke to when visiting the volcano park. COMPLETELY AWESOME ADVICE! If you don't like the idea of the dark, or caves don't go. You can go just in the entrance but you won't get the full effect unless you go all the way in. Do not wear flip flops or... More

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Gros Islet, St. Lucia
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156 reviews 156 reviews
43 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We stopped by after visiting Rainbow Falls because we had some time before our tour to Mauna Kea. Since it was a surprise visit I didn't know what to expect. This isn't a cave for the faint of heart. I believe it's about a mile long. I didn't make it too far in because I had on sneakers and it... More

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San Jose, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

don't stop at entrance, keep going and bring a flashlight, if you have kneepads even better... cave goes for miles. very nice and a bit scary. don't go alone.

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San Antonio, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Don't pay for other caves or get in line for Thurston. This cave is fantastic. Bring strong flashlights and water. Wear stable hiking shoes and plunge in. The cave is great. No crowds and explore at your own pace. Definitely rugged so don't try it if you don't have good knees and hips.

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Kenwood, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Make sure to bring a flashlight and new batteries.. and a hat! a water bottle.. and sturdy shoes. There was nothing we did not like about this hike in.

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Calgary, Canada
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67 reviews 67 reviews
44 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Enjoyed this cave, explored a little bit. Bring a flash light. Plus it's a great escape from the hot heat, it's nice a cool down there. We saw some tour guides come through but we just explored by ourselves. You could explore from anywhere from half an hour to hours. Steep stairs at the beginning. The cave starts out spacious... More

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Volcano, Hawaii
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

If you like caving then this is a treat. There are two wild lava tubes at the bottom of the stairs. You need flashlights. Bicycle helmets are advisable. I've taken my 6 and 12-year old kids in them twice. I've never seen a rock fall, but I suppose its always possible. The tube to the left dead-ends after about 20-30... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Excellent place to visit. Stayed here for about half an hour. Did some light exploring. Very cool, large, authentic lava tube. We didn't go in very far as they are not lighted and we didn't have flashlights with us. Definitely a must see spot if you are in Hilo.

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Buffalo, NY
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39 reviews 39 reviews
27 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

My husband and I stopped by here on the way back from Wailuku State Park, which is in the same general area. If you are planning on really exploring the caves, make sure you are prepared. This is not a “walk-in, stroll” type of cave experience. The Thurston Lava Tube in Volcanoes National Park may be more your speed if... More

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