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Makauwahi Cave Reserve

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Reviewed 5 days ago

We hiked from Shipwreck, about 2 miles, and absolutely gorgeous! This is the largest limestone cave in the Pacific. Very interesting to hear about it! Small opening at the beginning, where you have to crawl, but then it really opens up and is super cool....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank momdzall
Reviewed November 28, 2018

This cave is accessible by a short walk from the stables. There is a docent who offers a fascinating explanation of how the cave was formed and the archeological digs. The group is raising tortoises to eat the non-native vegetation. They are accessible by a...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank marfak
Reviewed October 19, 2018

We hiked the entire Maha'Ulepu Trail from Shipwreck beach, ending at the Makauwahi Cave Reserve (sidenote: the trail is incredible!). I hadn't done any research into the cave so I wasn't expecting much, but it was actually far bigger than I had expected! It was...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank AndrewK508
Reviewed October 7, 2018

after the great hike from the beach to the cave, we were quite disappointed with the cave. It´s rather small and we weren´t really able to spot anything in the cave. no fossils or anything. Also beware, the cave is only open on sundays from...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Immerenga
Reviewed August 25, 2018

The cave is closed to passerbys, so if you want to see it, take this tour. Linz is an archeologist and a great guide. He makes the information fun and the tour fast-paced and never dull. Promise. The cave is awesome. Easy trip. But very...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 1, 2018 via mobile

Finally made it here after many years coming to Kauai. Fair warning it’s over two miles of unpaved roads. I would NOT recommend taking a rental car (voids insurance) or if you do make sure it’s a larger, higher vehicle. The cave site is small...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank sihaviation
Reviewed July 24, 2018

We visited this cave twice during our trip. The first time we followed the directions for driving down the dirt road and parked and went in. The cave itself isn't overly exciting, but it was fun to explore around for a bit and it was...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Jessica C
Reviewed June 21, 2018

This is a nice beach to visit and if you are up to a bit of a hike, you can go see the cave. The cave says it has set hours that it is open and even though we were there on one of the...More

Date of experience: June 2018
3  Thank Karen N
Reviewed June 20, 2018 via mobile

We hiked to the cave site from Shipwreck Beach on a cloudless, hot day! We both wore hiking sandals (Tevas). It was about 2.25 miles one way, according to my Fitbit. The hike was lovely, following the ocean through some sand dune type paths and...More

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank amyd748
Reviewed June 19, 2018

We heard about this area from a friend. We did not realize that there were two ways to access the site via car...we put the name of the cave into our mapping program and blindly followed it...not smart on our end...we took a dirt road...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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