The 9 Most Amazing Cave Adventures You Can Have In Hawaii

The Aloha State is full of beautiful geographic anomalies, including caves of all varieties scattered across our stunning islands. From Hawaiian lava tubes caused by volcanic eruptions to coastal caves carved by the ocean, there is little more adventurous than heading underground – or underwater – to explore one (or all) of these nine magnificent Hawaiian caves. Let’s get to exploring, shall we? Here are some of the downright best caves in Hawaii if you’re searching for adventure:

Have you visited any of these amazing Hawaii caves? Share your favorite underground spots and experiences in the comments – we love hearing from you!

Address: Kula Kai Caverns, 92-8864 Lauhala Dr, Ocean View, HI 96704, USA
Address: Hana Lava Tube, 205 Ulaino Rd, Hana, HI 96713, USA
Address: Na Pali Coast Hanalei Tours, 5-5161 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei, HI 96714, USA
Address: Kaumana Cave, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
Address: Hanak?p?‘ai Beach, Hanak?p?‘Ai Beach, Hawaii 96746, USA
Address: Kaneana Cave (Makua Cave), 86-260 Farrington Hwy, Waianae, HI 96792, USA
Address: K?lauea, Hawaii 96778, USA
Address: Mermaid Caves, Keaulana Ave, Hawaii 96792, USA
Address: Thurston Lava Tube, Hawaii 96778, USA

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Caves in Hawaii

June 28, 2022

Are there caves in Hawaii worth exploring?  

There are many caves in Hawaii that are more than worth your time! It’s not surprising, considering the islands exist thanks to volcanic activity, which is often known to create chasms, caverns, and caves as well as volcanoes, geysers, hot springs, and more. Some of our favorite – or should we say “caveorite” – caves to explore in Hawaii include the Kaumana Caves, which are two amazing lava tube caves free to explore formed long ago by underground lava flows. You’ll want to bring a flashlight and wear protective clothing for those caves since volcanic rock can be very sharp and it’s quite dark within the caverns. The Kilauea Caverns of Fire is another famous cave system in Hawaii that offers up some truly incredible tours to curious visitors.  

How many Hawaii caves are known to exist?  

Cave lovers have good reason to celebrate; are you sitting down for this one? There are more than 400 known caves in Hawaii and many of them are perfect for a daytime adventure, featuring intriguing geological features and all the natural wonder one can handle. Some of the most amazing caves in Hawaii (at least in our opinion) include the Kazamura Caves, on the eastern slope of Kilauea. The cave is a gigantic lava tube formed by lava well over 500 years ago, which actually makes it pretty “young”, geologically speaking. For a while there, it was the longest known lava tube cave, stretching for more than 40 impressive miles beneath the surface. Be sure to also check out the Keauhou Bay Sea Cave, if you’re a fan of oceanic caves, and the Mermaid Cave is a favorite among locals and visitors alike, too.  

What are some breathtaking natural wonders in Hawaii?  

We’re pretty sure every bit of Hawaii is a natural wonder in and of itself, so where does one begin if they’d like to check out the amazing natural beauty this state offers? We recommend visiting some of the most incredible geological wonders of Hawaii first, like its numerous volcanoes (including some that erupt regularly, and some that even erupt constantly!) and several rare features known as blowholes. Other amazing natural wonders in Hawaii include gems like Waimea Canyon, the scenic Waipio Valley (which requires one of the craziest scenic drives in Hawaii to get there), and Oheo Gulch, a waterfall paradise with not one, not two, but at least seven amazing pools to take a dip in.  

Address: Kula Kai Caverns, 92-8864 Lauhala Dr, Ocean View, HI 96704, USA
Address: Hana Lava Tube, 205 Ulaino Rd, Hana, HI 96713, USA
Address: Na Pali Coast Hanalei Tours, 5-5161 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei, HI 96714, USA
Address: Kaumana Cave, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
Address: Hanak?p?‘ai Beach, Hanak?p?‘Ai Beach, Hawaii 96746, USA
Address: Kaneana Cave (Makua Cave), 86-260 Farrington Hwy, Waianae, HI 96792, USA
Address: K?lauea, Hawaii 96778, USA
Address: Mermaid Caves, Keaulana Ave, Hawaii 96792, USA
Address: Thurston Lava Tube, Hawaii 96778, USA

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