Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

(4.3/5 based on 1,000+ reviews on the web)
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) is located in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Add Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) to your Hawaii Volcanoes National Park travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Hawaii Volcanoes National Park holiday planner.
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TripAdvisor
  • After visiting the Kuamana Caves, the Thurston Lava Tube seemed boring. The Kuamana Caves are pitch dark lava tubes that are hundreds of yards long. You will need sturdy shoes and strong flashlights. ...  more »
  • Interesting, but I was led to believe you could explore the tubes more thoroughly with your own lighting and that was not the case. I didn't find it to be very exciting. 
  • What I loved about this site was the walk through the rain forest. The lava tube was interesting and nicely lighted (thank you), but the foliage and birds we saw made the event that much more enjoyabl...  more »
Google
  • Not much going on here. Its a short walk. Interesting if you like small caves with lots of tourists. If you didn't make it here while on vacation don't worry, you didn't miss much.
  • Quite a nice walk! It was very interesting to see how these tubes are formed. There's a Small trail with views to an inactive volcano crater across the road. I wish I had more time to explore the entire trail!
  • This was our 2nd time to the Thurston lava tube. My husband and I had taken the circle island tour our first trip to the Big Island and quickly walked through the tube as the tour bus was on a tight schedule to get the cruise passengers back to the marina in Kona. Even though the drive from Kona to the Volcano National Park took over 2 hours for us this time, the scenery was awesome and well worth the trip. We were able to leisurely descend down the stairs and ramp incline while admiring the rain forest fauna and flora. We took our time walking through the tube and admiring the lava walls. Don't miss it!
  • Cool for all interested in this type of thing. No tour needed.
  • Incredibly cool to see once. Large cave that is a bit damp inside so be prepared to get a tad wet. I liked how the cave was lit so you didn't need flashlights. Super neat to walk through the surrounding rainforests as well