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Kaumana Drive, Mile Marker 4, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The Kaumana Caves Park is a great stop for anyone exploring the west side of Hawaii and they have 30-60 minutes to explore. The parking lot is on one side of the highway with about a dozen parking spots for cars. If a couple of...More

1  Thank Craig N
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really small but two facing lava tubes make for interesting spelunking. Must bring flashlights. Easy to find on the road To saddle road

Thank TexasEagle
Reviewed 1 week ago

It took us a little bit of looking to find it. The parking spots are just a few by the road, but usually it is not crowded. The stairs are a bit difficult, so wear appropriate shoes, that you don not slip. You will need...More

2  Thank Branka K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped by this cave since we were in Hilo area. Make sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring flashlight. We used our flashlights on our phones and it was fine. A short exploration but we had fun!

Thank Corinna F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We're are not so keen about going far underground so just went for a quick look around the entrance. It was worth it, it was a cool spot and not far from hilo.

Thank dilz303
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This cave is not in a tourist area, it's located more in a residential zone. You must use GPS. It's not a large cave but big enough to see. Definitely need flashlight and mosquito repellent.

Thank 1Jeeplover
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

With the National Park closed we hunted around for other lava caves and found this one. Just out of Hilo and with plenty of parking, this has easy access and the caves are not at all small! There is a flight of steps to get...More

1  Thank 367john
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a fun thing to do if you have time and a flashlight. Also, make sure to wear good shoes. The ground is not very level and some of the rocks are wobbly. It was amazing how some places were big while others were...More

Thank Liz A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place certainly allows you to appreciate the magnitude of lava flow. The cave entrance is very large on both sides...be sure to walk both sides. You have to descend a flight of stairs and navigate an uneasy terrain in the caves, but this is...More

Thank Round Rock Foodie
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you want to explore a lava tube , this is a nice short stop around Hilo. It was just off highway from Kona. You do need a flashlight to explore beyond the entrance.

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Debbie T
November 3, 2017|
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Response from George W | Reviewed this property |
I do not think there are any busses that run there specifically. You might be able to find a city bus that passes close by or like others have said uber/lyft.
Janet B
June 29, 2017|
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Response from Josh W | Reviewed this property |
I personally only spent a half hour as well.
January 30, 2016|
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Response from WaOz1 | Reviewed this property |
No Sulfur smell. Very humid. My husband has asthma and he did great in the tubes. He did admit that the further back he went, he really could feel the "thick" air, but he had no adverse effects.