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Thurston Lava Tube

Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park


The Thurston Lava Tube is a 500 year old lava tube located near the Kilauea Crater in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. This lava tube was carved out by a 2000F lava flow creating the subterranean cavern that exists today. The hike through Thurston Lava Tube takes visitors through a lush tropical forest into the illuminated cavern below. The total hike is about 1.5miles roundtrip from the Kilauea Iki Overlook and takes hikers around an hour to complete.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit the Thurston Lava Tube is in the morning before the crowds.

Things to Note

The tube itself is much colder than the surrounding forest and area above so dress warmly. Be sure to bring a headlamp or flashlight with you into the tubes! Do not touch the walls or ceiling as the cave ecosystem is very fragile.

Thurston Lava Tube | Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

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Will Pattiz

Co-founder of More Than Just Parks. Husband. Conservationist. Currently living in NYC.

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