Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Categories: Geologic Formations, Nature & Parks
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4.2/5 based on 950+ 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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  • This hike is accessible to all levels and children. It is a loop hike and only took us about 30 minutes. There are bathrooms on the left side as you enter the loop. The tube is lit so you don't really...  read more »
  • Not that long ago, 2,000°F lava flowed through this tube. What is left is about the length of 2-football fields. The floor is wet, the dog nipple stalactites are amazing, and the walls give you a grea...  read more »
  • a short walk from the visitors center, it's quite spectacular. you can walk only parts of the tube as the other part is too dangerous wouldn't come here JUST for the tubes, but it was a nice walk. a p...  read more »
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Rain forest right in the middle of a dry hot climate. The lave tube is really cool, literally and figuratively. It's nice when it rains, the smells, the cool air, worth a peek.
  • 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!
  • Again -- really wonderful park. It was starting to rain when we got to the lava tube, which afforded us a chance to explore it without anyone else. Great experience!
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