Kaumana Caves Park
Kaumana Caves Park
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  • ahself
    233 contributions
    Amazing
    We liked this cave (lava tube) as much or more than Thurston in the park. It was raining when we went, but it didn't feel unsafe inside. We only went left and, while it looks like the entrance is about as far as you'd want to go because you have to duck and use your hands a bit to navigate, that's the only place you have to use your hands or get that low for about .2 miles. At that point, there are a bunch of large rocks and it gets narrower, and we chose not to go any further. After that lower spot near entrance, there's only one other spot where you even have to duck for a few feet, but there's no squeezing into tight spaces and getting on your hands and knees, much less your stomach. As others have said, bring a light or two.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 February 2023
  • AN6pack
    Waco, Texas717 contributions
    Beautiful to see
    My husband and I visited this cave and were lucky enough to arrive as a very talented violinist was setting up at the opening to film a video. the sound echoed off the cave and we got to enjoy it from inside the cave. It was beautiful inside, but we’d have only been able to see because we wore a headlamp as suggested. The steps going down were a little steep and the cave bottom was slippery
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 March 2023
  • Kevin K
    Houston, Texas32 contributions
    Fun but be careful
    Much better than other lava tubes that we’ve done. The right side is pretty crazy! Definitely want a good flash light and shoes. Make sure you always keep you eyes on the ground because you have to place each step correctly due to uneven surfaces and levels. Also watch out you don’t hit your head like I did! Left side is much easier to walk with more flat surfaces. Very cool tubes!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 May 2023
  • Brian D
    Denver, Colorado2,393 contributions
    Great Scenery - Fun - Excellent Exploration Opportunity - Easy to Access - FREE!
    A very cool cave for you to explore. There is no admission fee, it is completely free to visit and explore at your own pace or comfort level. Across the street from the cave is a small parking lot for free parking. Once you get across the street (carefully) there is a steep staircase that goes down into the entrance of the cave, where you can choose to go left or right. I believe the entire path inside the cave goes around to each side. It is pitch dark once you get a little bit along in the cave. You'll need a flashlight, and your cell phone flashlight doesn't really work to guide you through the cave. you'll need a real, handheld flashlight. There were people leaving the cave and they were nice enough to pass along their flashlight to those of us arriving empty handed. This is a great idea, as who wants to pack a flashlight for the flight home from Hawaii? No one really, and a good flashlight for the cave wouldn't cost more than $10. Next time I go to the cave, I'm returning the favor by bringing a flashlight with me and passing on to the next explorers. Once you have secured a flashlight, you can head into the cave as fast as you feel comfortable. It is a real cave. so, there are a lot of rocks, dripping water and more of what you would expect to find in a cave. You may not want to navigate too far if you aren't comfortable walking on the slippery rocks. If you have a fear of tight spaces or dark tight spaces, just take a quick look and head back up the stairs to bright open spaces and relax. Photos are tough to get inside a cave, unless you are a professional photographer. If you are going for the photos, good luck! If you like exploring caves, you'll enjoy this scenic sanctuary!
    Visited April 2023
    Written 10 July 2023
  • Schizms
    Santa Clara, California55 contributions
    Come with torches
    Cool caves! Come prepared with torches, hiking boots and full pants because this is a rocky and uneven cave. It’s not too narrow which is nice and it gets dark fast. The cave inside has neat features and the entrance is beautiful with cascading plants. It’s a fun stop for exploration and some mystery. We didn’t go that far in because we had a long lava tube tour the next day.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 July 2023
  • Ngammy
    26 contributions
    Lava Tube Adventure
    Learned a lot about volcanos and lava and lava tubes. Mo was a great and informative guide. Provided headlamps, flashlights and knee pads for the trek. Got wonderful pics of our experiences. We did the 2 hour tour but spent about 3 hours with our guide.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 13 August 2023
  • Jeff A
    Mansfield, Texas61 contributions
    lava tubes throughout the island. No need to only go to this park.
    There are lava tubes throughout the island. No need to simply go to this park. You can visit some lava tubes on the Kona highway just outside of the Kona airport. Just do a Google search for lava tubes on big Hawaii island. It will show you several places that are easily accessible from main roads. They don't require a hike. Bring a strong flashlight and a headlight. You can typically park along the road walk through them and get , a great sense of how neat lava tubes are on this island
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 February 2024
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Jeff A
Mansfield, TX61 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
There are lava tubes throughout the island. No need to simply go to this park. You can visit some lava tubes on the Kona highway just outside of the Kona airport.

Just do a Google search for lava tubes on big Hawaii island. It will show you several places that are easily accessible from main roads. They don't require a hike. Bring a strong flashlight and a headlight. You can typically park along the road walk through them and get , a great sense of how neat lava tubes are on this island
Written 18 February 2024
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Phyllis C
82 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
bring good flashlights, wear good shoes., Not a Disneyland experience. Rel caves, real adventure, /A bit tight if you keep going. not for the claustrophoibic
Written 19 October 2023
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Ngammy
New York26 contributions
Aug 2023
Learned a lot about volcanos and lava and lava tubes. Mo was a great and informative guide. Provided headlamps, flashlights and knee pads for the trek. Got wonderful pics of our experiences. We did the 2 hour tour but spent about 3 hours with our guide.
Written 13 August 2023
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Schizms
Santa Clara, CA55 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
Cool caves! Come prepared with torches, hiking boots and full pants because this is a rocky and uneven cave. It’s not too narrow which is nice and it gets dark fast. The cave inside has neat features and the entrance is beautiful with cascading plants. It’s a fun stop for exploration and some mystery. We didn’t go that far in because we had a long lava tube tour the next day.
Written 11 July 2023
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Brian D
Denver, CO2,393 contributions
Apr 2023
A very cool cave for you to explore. There is no admission fee, it is completely free to visit and explore at your own pace or comfort level. Across the street from the cave is a small parking lot for free parking. Once you get across the street (carefully) there is a steep staircase that goes down into the entrance of the cave, where you can choose to go left or right. I believe the entire path inside the cave goes around to each side. It is pitch dark once you get a little bit along in the cave. You'll need a flashlight, and your cell phone flashlight doesn't really work to guide you through the cave. you'll need a real, handheld flashlight. There were people leaving the cave and they were nice enough to pass along their flashlight to those of us arriving empty handed. This is a great idea, as who wants to pack a flashlight for the flight home from Hawaii? No one really, and a good flashlight for the cave wouldn't cost more than $10. Next time I go to the cave, I'm returning the favor by bringing a flashlight with me and passing on to the next explorers. Once you have secured a flashlight, you can head into the cave as fast as you feel comfortable. It is a real cave. so, there are a lot of rocks, dripping water and more of what you would expect to find in a cave. You may not want to navigate too far if you aren't comfortable walking on the slippery rocks. If you have a fear of tight spaces or dark tight spaces, just take a quick look and head back up the stairs to bright open spaces and relax. Photos are tough to get inside a cave, unless you are a professional photographer. If you are going for the photos, good luck! If you like exploring caves, you'll enjoy this scenic sanctuary!
Written 10 July 2023
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Savannah
Pace, FL156 contributions
May 2023
I wouldn't put this on a must see list. It was interesting, but be sure to bring a headlight, after a certain point your phone will not be enough. The stairs going down are also very narrow. I also wish there was some indication on the history of the caves.
Written 24 May 2023
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Kevin K
Houston, TX32 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
Much better than other lava tubes that we’ve done. The right side is pretty crazy! Definitely want a good flash light and shoes. Make sure you always keep you eyes on the ground because you have to place each step correctly due to uneven surfaces and levels. Also watch out you don’t hit your head like I did! Left side is much easier to walk with more flat surfaces. Very cool tubes!
Written 18 May 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.

AN6pack
Waco, TX717 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
My husband and I visited this cave and were lucky enough to arrive as a very talented violinist was setting up at the opening to film a video. the sound echoed off the cave and we got to enjoy it from inside the cave.
It was beautiful inside, but we’d have only been able to see because we wore a headlamp as suggested.
The steps going down were a little steep and the cave bottom was slippery
Written 25 March 2023
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Joyce F
Ashcroft, Canada9 contributions
Mar 2023 • Family
So cool! Small river in there after heavy rains. Wear closed shoes. Amazing formations. Colors. BRING HEADLAMP
Written 6 March 2023
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ahself
Georgia233 contributions
Feb 2023 • Couples
We liked this cave (lava tube) as much or more than Thurston in the park. It was raining when we went, but it didn't feel unsafe inside. We only went left and, while it looks like the entrance is about as far as you'd want to go because you have to duck and use your hands a bit to navigate, that's the only place you have to use your hands or get that low for about .2 miles. At that point, there are a bunch of large rocks and it gets narrower, and we chose not to go any further. After that lower spot near entrance, there's only one other spot where you even have to duck for a few feet, but there's no squeezing into tight spaces and getting on your hands and knees, much less your stomach. As others have said, bring a light or two.
Written 21 February 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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