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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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$197*
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Volcano National Park Small Group Twilight Tour

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Unique cave

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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103 reviews 103 reviews
12 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 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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47 reviews 47 reviews
11 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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52 reviews 52 reviews
6 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
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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
9 helpful votes 9 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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Hilo, Hawaii
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62 reviews 62 reviews
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Kaumana Caves Park is very easy to find. It's not a park in the normal sense. Besides the lava tube, there is a small shelter that covers a lone picnic table and restrooms. The attraction is the tube. You climb down a small stairs and you are able to look into a lava tube. I would suggest bringing a fashlight... More 

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San antonio
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 via mobile

We are probably spoiled since we have easy access to caverns in central Texas which are well planned and cared for. This was nice little side trip on our way to the Hilo farmers market and then Volcano National Park. Takes only a few minutes, bring a flash light and jeans if you plan to go beyond 75 feet. Wear... More 

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Coquitlam, Canada
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

We're experienced cavers from British Columbia, Canada's caving capital, so we were up for some underground adventure. This large and impressive lava tube cave is located only ten minute's drive from Hilo up Kaumana Street. It is an unimproved wild cave - no attempt has been made to ease passage through it or install any artificial aids. Hope they keep... More 

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