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Makauwahi Cave Reserve

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Makauwahi Cave Reserve

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jtynerific wrote a review Mar 2020
White Oak, Texas184 contributions18 helpful votes
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Worth spending a little time seeing. We stayed at Gillin’s Beach House and it was basically in our back yard. Short hike on a trail, had back issues but not too tough for me. You “get” to crawl through a small cave to reach it. Fun adventure, I can see kiddos loving it. There was a volunteer talking about the history of the cave while we were there.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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TacomaTraveler2013 wrote a review Mar 2020
Tacoma, Washington419 contributions72 helpful votes
A unique place to visit and see the dig and hear some history. The walk from the top might be difficult for some people, but one can park below by the beach. Getting into the cave is a small opening and a little concerning but fun. make sure to visit the tortoises next door
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Amanda K wrote a review Mar 2020
Burlington, Vermont11 contributions9 helpful votes
Our family of four (2 adults, 2 teens) really enjoyed exploring this place. We were staying nearby, so this wasn't a difficult drive. We casually browsed around for about an hour. It was a perfect break from the beach. We all found this place to be interesting. Definitely worth the visit. You have to crawl on all fours to get through the entrance, but the distance is very short (you can easily see through) and then you are essentially in open air and standing from there. The cave is free, but there is a box to make a donation.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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drywaljr wrote a review Feb 2020
Winnipeg, Canada11 contributions1 helpful vote
We visited this cave while on an ATV tour. Our guide gave us the history that goes along with the area. Great view of the beach from the hill. A really interesting cave.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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traveltheworld461 wrote a review Feb 2020
Fort McMurray, Canada1,081 contributions74 helpful votes
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To get here, you have to drive on a very bumpy dirt road with rocks and ruts. GPS was pretty good at getting us on the right road. We took the Mustang convertible offroading. If you take your time getting there, you will do minimal damage to your small vehicle. Trucks, jeeps, and even SUVs shouldn't have a problem. There was a nice walking trail with beautiful views of the ocean. We crawled through a small tunnel to get through to the caves. Reading other reviews, I thought I would feel very claustrophobic crawling through, but you can see the other side and it is just a quick crawl on some carpet on the ground. There was a guide there talking about geological formations and the history of the area including the plants and animals that used to be there. We found this to be very informative. There is a suggested $10 per person donation. We definitely felt like we got our money's worth. Pirates of the Caribbean was filmed here. We walked across the bridge Disney built to get their equipment across. We were happy to visit the tortoises. They are part of a study to see if they can help control invasive plant species. They appeared well cared for and content. We stumbled upon some mimosa plants in the tortoise area and had fun checking those out. We kept walking along to the beach. There were signs for Leptospirosis so we didn't swim in the freshwater here. We saw a Monk Seal resting on the beach and everyone was respectful of its space.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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