Nahuku - Thurston Lava Tube

Nahuku - Thurston Lava Tube

Nahuku - Thurston Lava Tube
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  • Kate
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Size matters
    If you have a limited time in the Park, don't miss seeing the Thurston Lava Tube. If you spend time on Hawai'i, you'll see lava tubes everywhere. But the sheer size of this one - as well as its proximity to Kīlauea - make this a must-see!
    Visited February 2023
    Written 22 August 2023
  • County-Hunter
    Tacoma, Washington3,196 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go Early or late to avoid the crowds.
    This is one of the top things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes NP and the throngs of tourists that show up to walk through the tubes confirm this. The parking area for the tubes is fairly small and cars will block the road as they wait for a spot. Going early (before 11) or later (after 3) as you come back from touring the Chain of Craters Road should get you a spot in the parking lot. Either way, I would recommend going. The walk is easy and suitable for all ages although it can be slippery inside the tube. There are bathroom facilities available here too.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 September 2023
  • MoreVacations:)
    289 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Park at the Kīlauea Iki Overlook Parking Lot for bonus views and nice, short easy hike!
    This is a must do visit in the park and as such is a very popular stop and parking is pretty limited too so there is a good chance you won’t be able to find any. Keep in mind that if you do try to park there and can’t, you will need to keep driving for around another mile until you can safely turn around. And on the way back, barriers prevent you from taking any spot that may have opened up. Your best bet in my opinion is to park at the Kīlauea Iki Overlook Parking Lot. From there it is an easy 10 to 15 minute scenic hike overlooking the Kilauea Iki crater to the Thurston Lava Tube. Walk up the path from the road and take your first right then left. There is a sign telling you where to go. From there you will head down a bit of a steep, winding path to the tunnel entrance. When you get to the end of it, stairs will bring you back outside and follow the path back to the road. Takes maybe 20 minutes in total to do. The lava tube itself is a short walk through a tunnel that once had lava flowing through it. Be careful not to move too quickly and try to stick in the middle of the tunnel. Although it is lit, it is still pretty dark so no running and be careful. Definitely a fun, quick visit!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 September 2023
  • smhr
    Pickering, Canada277 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique experience. Only in Hawaii (probably). Definitely a must do for Hawaii's Big Island
    Lava tube is a must do for travellers to Big Island. Its an interesting experience and quite unique. The lava tube is located inside the Volcano National Park. The entrance fee for the park is $30 and it gives you 7 days access to the park. Once inside the park ,you dont need to pay for parking or entrance to any attractions, including the lava tube There are beautiful plants along the walk to the tube. Take your time to walk inside the tube as it is all one way for traffic control. This is one of the 2 most popular attractions in the park. Visitors come to the park to see this The drive to the park and the drive inside the park is very easy. Definitely a must do
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 November 2023
  • Moushumi M
    Columbus, Ohio181 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cool experience of walking through lava tubes
    Wonderful experience. Walking through a lava tube. It is lighted( I think 8am.to 8 pm) and relatively easy to walk through..it can be wet with puddles of water and water dripping but nothing too inconvenient. Cannot stress enough...get there early..make this the first stop of the day, and be there when it opens. The parking lot gets full and then you have to drive over to an overflow parking lot and hike down from there. Just be there early and enjoy this wonderful attraction in Volcano National Park.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 January 2024
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Membermaine07
Portland, ME99 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024
From the parking lot (very few spaces) or the Kilauea Iki parking, it's an easy walk to the lava tube and through. You might want to bring your own flashlight even though it is lit per the pictures.
Written 19 February 2024
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Moushumi M
Columbus, OH181 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Wonderful experience. Walking through a lava tube. It is lighted( I think 8am.to 8 pm) and relatively easy to walk through..it can be wet with puddles of water and water dripping but nothing too inconvenient.
Cannot stress enough...get there early..make this the first stop of the day, and be there when it opens. The parking lot gets full and then you have to drive over to an overflow parking lot and hike down from there. Just be there early and enjoy this wonderful attraction in Volcano National Park.
Written 13 January 2024
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kevan j
Norman, OK1,436 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
A beautiful short hike to--and through--a well-lit lava tube. The hike from the parking area is absolutely wonderful through some rain forest The trail is mostly paved and not very steep. The tube itself is not that long, and is lit enough so you won't stumble. This was the first thing we did at the National Park. It is definitely a good part of the volcano experience. Definitely recommend for all ages.
Written 27 December 2023
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Monty D
15 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Lava flows are fascinating: they start from deep down in the earth, erupt at the surface and the flow follows where ever gravity takes it. And sometimes there is an amazing tunnel created: such as Nahuku-Thurston Lava Tube.

While it’s a short walk, it really is incredible to think that Mother Nature created this (it has been enhanced with railings and some walkways). Check out my pics. You’ll start in the rain forest and descend into the bleakness of lava caves. The walk is fairly short. However, it’s unlevel and there are stairs. As you can see in my pic, there is a stair exit. This provides a really neat experience going from a stark, dark cave into a sun lit rain forest.
Written 13 December 2023
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chickabeegrrl
Elk Grove, CA2,069 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
The Thurston Lava Tube is a nice stop while in Volcanoes National Park. Though the parking lot is not big you usually don’t have to wait too long since the walk is fairly short. You have to walk down then up some steps so this is not good for anyone with serious mobility issues. It is a cool place for photos.
Written 5 December 2023
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Mike P
Anchorage, AK1,775 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
There is a steep descent in order to get to the tunnel however it is worth it. The tunnel floor is relatively flat/even however it is damp. There is dim illumination. Once you leave the cave, you must climb a flight of stairs.
Written 23 November 2023
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smhr
Pickering, Canada277 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Lava tube is a must do for travellers to Big Island. Its an interesting experience and quite unique. The lava tube is located inside the Volcano National Park. The entrance fee for the park is $30 and it gives you 7 days access to the park. Once inside the park ,you dont need to pay for parking or entrance to any attractions, including the lava tube

There are beautiful plants along the walk to the tube. Take your time to walk inside the tube as it is all one way for traffic control. This is one of the 2 most popular attractions in the park. Visitors come to the park to see this

The drive to the park and the drive inside the park is very easy.

Definitely a must do
Written 15 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

MoreVacations:)
Montreal289 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
This is a must do visit in the park and as such is a very popular stop and parking is pretty limited too so there is a good chance you won’t be able to find any. Keep in mind that if you do try to park there and can’t, you will need to keep driving for around another mile until you can safely turn around. And on the way back, barriers prevent you from taking any spot that may have opened up.

Your best bet in my opinion is to park at the Kīlauea Iki Overlook Parking Lot. From there it is an easy 10 to 15 minute scenic hike overlooking the Kilauea Iki crater to the Thurston Lava Tube.

Walk up the path from the road and take your first right then left. There is a sign telling you where to go. From there you will head down a bit of a steep, winding path to the tunnel entrance. When you get to the end of it, stairs will bring you back outside and follow the path back to the road. Takes maybe 20 minutes in total to do.

The lava tube itself is a short walk through a tunnel that once had lava flowing through it. Be careful not to move too quickly and try to stick in the middle of the tunnel. Although it is lit, it is still pretty dark so no running and be careful.

Definitely a fun, quick visit!
Written 4 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

County-Hunter
Tacoma, WA3,196 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This is one of the top things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes NP and the throngs of tourists that show up to walk through the tubes confirm this. The parking area for the tubes is fairly small and cars will block the road as they wait for a spot. Going early (before 11) or later (after 3) as you come back from touring the Chain of Craters Road should get you a spot in the parking lot.

Either way, I would recommend going. The walk is easy and suitable for all ages although it can be slippery inside the tube. There are bathroom facilities available here too.
Written 2 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Kate
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
If you have a limited time in the Park, don't miss seeing the Thurston Lava Tube. If you spend time on Hawai'i, you'll see lava tubes everywhere. But the sheer size of this one - as well as its proximity to Kīlauea - make this a must-see!
Written 22 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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