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Nahuku - Thurston Lava Tube

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI 96718
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“short walk” (84 reviews)
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI 96718
+1 808-385-6000
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Beautiful little hike. The mouth of the lava tube is amazing. Use a flashlight or the flashlight on your phone will suffice for sure footing through the tube. Toilets available at this site. May cause issues for those afraid of heights.

Thank Acecoeyman
Reviewed 4 days ago

Short, but large lava tube. So neat to walk through. Watch for puddles and use a flashlight, as lights are out at this time.

Thank Staci T
Reviewed 4 days ago

Make sure you understand the magma-tude of what you are doing here. This is a cave with a nearly perfectly paved floor, ALL created by flowing lava and it is at about 7000 feet above sea level!!! If you are up at Volcano's park it...More

Thank Bradzon
Reviewed 6 days ago

The Thurston Lava Tube was quite an experience! When we went, the lights were out in the lava tube but that was okay, we used the flash lights on our cell phones. It was so crazy to think that lava flowed thru the walls that...More

Thank ashley200688
Reviewed 1 week ago

Thurston Lava Tube wasn't as large or as long as we expected but worth the visit and kids love that they've entered an actual "lava tube"! The day we visited the lights were out due to water in the tube and we just happened to...More

1  Thank JRBilly
Reviewed 1 week ago

We'd passed this site several times during prior days in the Park, midday both times. A total mob scene. People, cars, tour buses everywhere. We awoke very early one AM second day of our visit (bodies likely still on California time), decided "why not". What...More

Thank Randyhol
Reviewed 1 week ago

You can choose to end your Kiluea 5 mile hike or do the 1/2 mile from the parking lot. Bring your flashlight (I-phone won't do!). It is a beautiful short walk from the parking lot.

Thank Jori N
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Bring a flashlight.... some of the lights are out.... And watch your head a few places if you're tall... Otherwise - take in the interesting & unique lava tubes.. I thought the walls were the most interesting...

Thank ClemsonTiger1996
Reviewed 1 week ago

Did this as part of a 7 mile hike. Worth stopping in for a quick visit and a few pics. Easy to get to

Thank Daniel S
Reviewed 1 week ago

While the lights were out during our visit (standing water), and we had to use our cell phone flashlights, it was still a very interesting place. The various colors of the ceiling, walls, and floor, as well as seeing the roots of trees and bushes...More

Thank Nina S
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Is this a good activity for a family with toddlers (no strollers, able to walk unassisted)?
29 December 2016|
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Response from MXKing | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely. You will love it.
I'm staying in Waimea. How long of a drive is it to the Lava tube and is that where we should start if we are doing it ourselves? Could anyone give us a sample itinerary for the day? Its just me and my boyfriend, no kids. Thanks
22 April 2016|
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Response from MXKing | Reviewed this property |
The tube is real close to Kilauea and the kava flies down to the ocean. You should see Kilauea during day and night.