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Kilauea Caverns of Fire

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Updated 01/06/2014

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This way-out adventure explores the underbelly of the world's most active volcano via the Kazamura Lava Tube system. The largest lava tube system in the world—40 miles long, 80 feet wide, and 80 feet tall, it comprises four main tubes, each 500–700 years old and filled with bizarre lava formations and mind-blowing colors. Customized to groups' interest and skill level, tours through fascinating caves and lava tubes must be arranged in advance but are well worth the

extra planning. Equipment is included.

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808-217–2363

Sight Details:

  • $29 for walking tour, $89 for adventure tour
  • By appointment only

Updated 01/06/2014

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Feb 13, 2012

Kilauea Caverns of Fire Review

This is a must do if you're fascinated with caves, rocks, lava or adventure. All tours are by appointment only and Steve does a good job of handling those along with giving you detailed directions on how to get to the site. Make sure to follow his if you want to be there on time. Russ was our guide and a very good one at that. He was born and raised on the islands and went to college to study what he teaches you about down below. Still,

it's not some over scientific tour, he makes everything easy to understand. Feel free to ask any questions you want as he always has an interesting answer. He also has some funny stories of previous customers. Their website says that it can get cold down there, but just to let you know, I'm almost always cold and I had to take my jacket off in the tubes. I don't recommend a jacket for the adventure tour (I have not been on the walking tour).

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Sep 7, 2010

Kilauea Caverns of Fire Review

It took us a little while to get there but it was worth the drive. The most difficult part of this trip is making sure you have the right directions. Because we got lost on the way we arrived for our tour an hour late. However the tour still went on for the full length of time, plus a little extra. This tour was a once in a lifetime experience. Especially since tours are closed to the public in one month, due to conservation efforts for one of

the cave dwelling insects. Our tour guide was Jeffery, he was amazing. He seemed to know everything and was constantly assuring us of our safety. It was a nice surprise to be able to learn so much about ancient Hawaiin culture and the use of the lava tubes. The lava tubes themselves were astounding, they made the trip to Volcano National Park seem almost boring in comparision. Being able to be in the lava tubes with someone who has spent their life studying them was more than I could have asked for. The long (3 hour) trip is well worth money, in the end I actually felt like I should be paying more for such an educational and exciting experience. Our tour guide said that he was 67, however his energy level and even looks indicated otherwise, until he told us we were sure he was atleast under 40. He was hilarious and made the time fly by while walking. His understanding of geology, geomorphology, biology, anatomy, anthropology, botany, archaeology was the best. If you find youself in Hawaii this next month make absolutely sure to visit the lava tubes here, the experience is one you will never forget.

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Apr 6, 2008

A rare kind of experience.

This was a unique experience out of many things you could do in Hawaii. I enjoyed it, and got a few good laughs in. Was a pretty easy walk around, but there is so much going around on the history that it's just . . . intense. I liked it.

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