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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI 96718
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Reviewed December 19, 2018 via mobile

It is sad that this sight may never open again but then that is nature. And please remove Thurston's name he did not discover it.

Date of experience: January 2018
3  Thank stmedic911
Reviewed November 8, 2018

My family and I visited the National Park in November of 2017 - fantastic place. They convinced me to go through the Thurston Lava tube - I am claustrophobic so while I loved the scenery the tube was done very quickly. After the recent eruptions...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank I8830JVgeorges
Reviewed November 7, 2018

A simple and easy walk through. We saw many tour groups going through, which should indicate that it's a pretty easy walk and nothing too treacherous. It was very dark inside and they advised that we would only need flashlights after dark, but we still...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank kaelaceleste
Reviewed October 14, 2018

Now that the Thurston Lava Tube is no longer accessible, I'm so glad I went through it as many times as I did. One can only hope once they assess the safety of the tube, that it will re-open so visitors can experience this magnificent...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Joyce F
Reviewed October 14, 2018

A short steep downhill walk through beautiful forest. Over a bridge and into the lava tube. Short walk through the tunnel type experience. Difficult to take good photos. Steep steps out and back to carpark. 15 minutes. Parking is sometimes difficult due to the many...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Susie V
Reviewed October 10, 2018 via mobile

This unique hike is a walk through a lava tube. You first have a 10 minute walk through a fern forest. Ferns are the first form of life after the devastation of a volcanic eruption. The cave itself is dark and can be slippery from...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank angeleyes27
Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

No parking or access at this time. Watch the website for future opening. Can park at Kilauea Crater and look inside. Trail closed until further notice.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank kalamakid
Reviewed September 30, 2018

I'm going through some old photos BEFORE the eruption and found I hadn't reviewed this so am taking the time to do so now... This was the 6th stop on our trip from Waikoloa to Kilauea caldera. There isn't much parking. We drove back and...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank nagiffag
Reviewed September 29, 2018

We walked through the Lava tube for the experience. Parking was tricky, but people don't spend a lot of time at the tube so we waited for a spot to be available. It was cool and wet inside -- make sure you are wearing the...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Legopod
Reviewed September 16, 2018

Definitely stop to walk thru the Lava Tube if you are touring Volcano National Park. It's a short stop but very interesting, as it is a natural phenomenon. There is a short walk, that slopes down so if it is rainy or wet, be careful.

Date of experience: February 2018
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December 3, 2018|
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Response from daveW6414PP | Reviewed this property |
It is in the area became active again and will be closed for some time it was south and east of the active volcano when I was there
July 7, 2018|
Response from Megha A |
No. It is totally closed.
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December 28, 2016|
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Response from MXKing | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely. You will love it.