Kazumura Cave Tours
Kazumura Cave Tours
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  • John B
    San Francisco, California19 contributions
    Awesome long lava tube adventure!
    My wife and I had a fantastic trek one mile into the Kazumura cave today with Harry on the 4 hour Pit Room tour. Harry is a fountain of knowledge on lava formations and paints a vivid picture of how different formations were, well, formed! (Definitely ask questions about anything you see and let Harry know if you want your tour to have more or less info stops) anyways, hiking through the cave itself was awesome - by the end I felt like an expert on lava flows, what oxides the different colors meant, and how to spot life down in the darkness. The hike is of moderate difficulty- some scrambling over loose rock falls and some slightly hair-raising ladder sections, but Harry did a great job showing us the paths that kept us and the cave safe. By the end of the tour, I was sweaty, sore, and happy.
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 13, 2021
  • donnag529
    San Jose, California8 contributions
    Steps and ladders deep in the rain lava tubes
    The 2 hour Lava Falls tour included some of the most stunning passageways and beautiful multible-level raod-like tubes. The cave is the perfect cool temperature and has a great variety of strange cave things to see. Harry the guide, presents mental images of how the fast-moving lava must have looked like long ago. He explains how cooling lava created unusal formations. I liked the stimulating geological questions that were asked, so that visitors could figure out mysteries of the formations. There are crafted steps and ladders throughout the tunnels, which feels adventuresome. The ceilings are high, so that you don't have to walk low, or be in cramped spaces. Thank you Harry for the amazing caving experience!
    Written June 13, 2020
  • MEM2112
    Huntsville, Canada19 contributions
    Learning Experience
    My son & I did the Pit Room -- which is worth the 4 & a bit hours. Harry, the guide, has accumulated knowledge over the 20 something years which he shares all along the way and so you get educated on many aspects of the caves. Be prepared for scrambling over rocks, up & down ladders and carrying a flash light while doing this. It is quite physical & fairly warm in the cave so dress lightly. Definitely not recommended for anyone even slightly claustrophobic for once you start out there is only one way back.
    Written January 13, 2020
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stevej1969
Oahu, HI50 contributions
Dec 2020 • Couples
A great opportunity to explore the longest and deepest lava tube in the world.
Harry is very informative and is obviously passionate about the tubes.

You need to be reasonably mobile to get through this,(we are mid 50’s and mobile) and there are a couple of moments if you are Afraid of heights, mostly around climbing or descending ladders, which are well made and solid.

Iam not sure about the safety processes and what would happen if someone fell or had a medical issue whilst down there. but thankfully that wasn’t an issue for us.

Overall the 2 hour trip was a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience something unique in the world. It was well put together and had plenty of interesting things to show us as we went through about 1km of the lava tubes. I’m 6’3 and there was plenty of height in most of the areas, and the helmet comes in handy where it is a bit low.

We are really glad we did it and would recommend it for people who are visiting Hawaii island.
Written December 29, 2020
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Tom
11 contributions
Mar 2020
My wife and I went in for the Pit Room (four hour duration) tour of the Kazumura Caves and were intrigued by the majestic lava tube. On the way to the Pit Room (approximately three hours of the tour), you get a ton of information from Harry, the tour guide. There are a lot of new words to learn and much to take in for someone not used to seeing these types of wonders. For two people in our mid-thirties, walking through the caves, up/down a few ladders, and over some broken rocks at times was not too difficult. I'm a bit claustrophobic but didn't feel uneasy at any given time during the four hours. Definitely worth the trip!
Written April 9, 2020
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K C
Arroyo Grande, CA2 contributions
Sep 2021
Absolutely the best part of our trip! This is a must see if you are looking for a unique, informative, inspiring and amazing adventure. Harry was full of interesting facts about the creation and formations of the lava tube. Be ready to climb sturdy ladders and walk on uneven terrain within to have an experience of a lifetime. Well worth the price!
Written September 23, 2021
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Sjwoosley
Louisville, KY8 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
This was a fun, unique, informative experience! One of the highlights of our trip to the Big Island. We did the 4 hour tour which was challenging but not too hard for us (mid 40s and early 50s). Harry is kind, witty, extremely knowledgeable, and follows safety protocols. I highly recommend. You won’t be disappointed.
Written March 2, 2022
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Carol May
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Dec 2021 • Couples
I loved the 2 hour cave tour my husband and I did with Harry. We saw many lavasicles and other interesting lava formations and beautiful colors in the lava rock. I was pleasantly surprised how long we walked through the cave, and the ceiling was well above us most of the time, a few very brief parts we had to duck. The cave was deep with some different levels once we got into the tube. We climbed a few very sturdy anchored ladders. Harry supplied us with helmets and flashlights. Harry is passionate about Kazumra cave and has done a lot of research and taught us a lot of geology about Kazumura and lava tube formation. We would definitely do this tour again.
Written January 7, 2022
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Valerie M
26 contributions
Jul 2021
We enjoyed our visit to Kazumura Cave. Harry was very knowledgeable and cares of the natural state of the volcano. He gives an incredible tour. It was helpful to us to see the volcano evolvement. We took the 4 hour Pit Room tour and spent time discussing the details. Harry is a world of knowledge and also shared his experiences in the volcano. After Kazumura Cave, we took a tour with another company, the 2018 Lerz8 tour and which combined above ground volcano eruption. Kazumura tour helped us understand the aftermath of Lerz8. Harry with Kazumura Cave tour provides a wealth of knowledge. We all enjoyed it and recommend it all.
Written July 27, 2021
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Thomas
2 contributions
Feb 2021
Harry was very knowledgeable! He gave an incredible tour. It was totally worth it and would do it again if I had more vacation time. It was amazing being able to venture inside a lava tube. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND taking a tour with Harry.
Written February 21, 2021
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Joann W
San Francisco, CA1 contribution
Sep 2011
This adventure was everything previous reviewers have said. We took the 2 hour tour which turned out to be about 2 1/2 hour long. We only paid $20 a piece. What a bargain! Harry was great at explaining everything and answering all of our questions. It was very refreshing to find someone who genuinely cared that we were enjoying ourselves. Make sure to wear long pants, good shoes and a light rain jacket, as there are drippy parts in the lava tube. Some light ladder climbing will be required. We had a great time and learned so much.
Written October 2, 2011
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sierradog1
Cleveland, OH482 contributions
Aug 2014 • Friends
This is a review of the easiest 2 hour cave tour offered by Kazumura Cave Tours.
We have been on about 20 cave tours in our travels and hands down--this was probably the best cave tour ever. However--to enjoy the cave tour you must be:
1. Not afraid of heights and have decent agility--I'm attaching a picture of the sturdy ladders that you have to go up and down to access the cave and within the cave. You have to be able to grab hold of the ladder from above and swing your legs onto the ladder without hand rails to hang onto. The ladders navigate some significant heights.
2. Have a nerdy interest in caves--(which we did)--the guide Harry Schick is extremely knowledgeable (brilliant) and part of the tour involves explanation of how the lava cave was formed and a description of the various features in the cave. Children/teens might be turned off by the academic explanations.
3. Be aware of the risks involved in cave exploration. This is not a typical vacation tour like a zipline tour that has been thoroughly evaluated by safety experts to ascertain that there is no possible way that you could get injured. There are 40 foot drops, there are wet uneven floors, there are ladders. There are no handrails, you are not clipped into a safety line. You should absolutely not do this tour if you have dizziness, vertigo, fear of heights, claustrophobia, poor balance or if you are drunk or high. This is a cave that Harry Schick has put ladders in so that he can share the cave with visitors. It is for the most part, pristine.

I want to be very clear to anyone reading this review that the folks I went with all shared my enthusiasm and assessment of how amazing this tour was.

Previous reviewers had mentioned how weird it felt to have the concrete/steel door locked behind behind the group upon entering the cave. This didn't particularly bother me because if I had a cave on my property--I would also lock it to keep out people who might get injured by wandering into an unfamiliar cave. However--I was wierded out when he showed us where he put the key (shirt pocket). Yes, this is cave etiquette, but really brought home the fact that we were in a cave where you must be prepared for the unexpected.

This is an unusual experience--Harry has been taking folks on his cave tours for 8 years I believe. I hope that he can continue doing this for many more years without the insurance companies and legal system demanding that he make it so safe that you could walk blindfold thru it without getting hurt.
Written August 21, 2014
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RaspberryRaiders
Baltimore, MD22 contributions
Jun 2011
Definitely not your typical, prepackaged, commercialized tour; which adds to the adventure! The climbing up & down(highly managable, but surprising), the solitude (amazing--wait till you all turn off the lights at the end), the width of the cave (unexpectedly wide at times, a tad claustrophobic at others) all added to a true adventure. Our family of five, w/ kids ages 11, 14 &16 found it extremely informative. Because we are geeks, we did ask for as much detail as possible during the tour, but feel free to ask for less! Flashlights, hard-hats and gloves are provided. Long pants and sturdy shoes mandatory, or you will not be allowed to enter the cave. It was a rainy day when we went, so we already had light raincoats on, which turned out to be helpful against the drips in the cave. Obviously the price is remarkable at only $20/per person.
Written August 17, 2011
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