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“So cool!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Kaumana Caves Park

Kaumana Caves Park
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
Ranked #4 of 33 Attractions in Hilo
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Outdoors
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Westport, Connecticut
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“So cool!”
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 sandals! Sneakers at a minimum and hiking shoes are best especially due to the water in there. There is basically a shallow stream running through it so waterproof shoes would be best. You will also need some good flashlights. I say multiple flashlights because if you go in a long way and your batteries go dead you will not be happy. It is COMPLETELY pitch black in there. I had 3 flashlights on me plus everyone else had their own with fresh batteries. I also would echo the advice of others and wear a hat if not a helmet of some kind. There are a couple of places you need to duck low to continue on and can bang your head. Just be careful! I am told you can go in the left side for a mile? Not sure but we did go quite a ways before turning back. An amazing lava tube with fascinating structures in it that you can just imagine it being full of flowing lava! Highly recommended and only a short distance from Hilo. Make sure to stop and turn off the lights at some point to experience total darkness!

Visited July 2014
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Gros Islet, St. Lucia
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“Cave for the brave”
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 was slippery. Definitely brink a headlamp and hiking shoes.

Visited May 2014
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“hidden cave”
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.

Visited July 2014
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San Antonio, Texas
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“Cave”
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.

Visited June 2014
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Kenwood, California
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“what to bring”
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.

Visited November 2013
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