Go Spelunking on a Tour of the Kula Kai Caverns

Big Island Guide Travel Guide

One of the most exciting and physically challenging activities you can undertake on Hawaii’s Big Island is spelunking, and for those inclined to explore the world’s caves, the volcanic activity in Hawaii makes for a fantastic, one-of-a-kind spelunking experience. Unique formations, deep caverns, and opportunities for exploration make for a remarkable spelunking experience unlike anything else on Earth. The best place to enjoy a subterranean adventure on the Big Island is easily the Kula Kai Caverns located in the southern end of the island.

Kula Kai Caverns
92-8864 Lauhala Dr
Ocean View, HI 96737

An immense underground lava tube along the lower slopes of Mauna Loa, the Kula Kai Caverns encompass a multitude of potential tours guided by experts.

Only 1,000 years old, this system of lava tubes is one of the youngest caves on the planet, offering a unique perspective to those familiar with much older formations. Showing the immediate (geologically speaking) impact of volcanic activity on geology, it’s an excellent opportunity to learn about how lava tubes are formed and how ancient Hawaiians used them.

Guided tours through this system of caves is polished and informational, with guides having extensive experience in the history and formation of the caves themselves. A basic and streamlined tour explores a small section of the cave in a lighted area, with guides explaining the importance of caves to Hawaiian culture over the course of 30 minutes to an hour.

More extensive tours that take place over the course of a couple of hours include a crawling tour, as well as a twilight tour that includes helmets, lights, knee pads, and gloves. Tour participants will crawl through a smooth passage that includes tunnels and lava balls.

Most tours include just a few participants and require reservations. You’ll need to register in order to receive the code to access the caves, but the experience of witnessing the natural beauty and wonder of the caves is as memorable as they make them in Hawaii.

See Tour Details Below

Tour Information

Tours by Reservation Only
Call (808)929-9725 for Reservations and Gate Access Code
Tour information was current when posted but is subject to change.

Lighted Trail Tour
30 minute walk on a lighted trail with a knowledgable guide.
Difficulty: Easy walking, must be able to go up and down stairs.
Adults $20.00
Children 6-12 $10.00
5 & under Free

The Crawl
An extension of the Lighted Trail with a crawl through additional passages with a knowledgable guide.
Difficulty: Walking, crawling, and going up and down stairs equipped with helmets, lights, knee pads and gloves.
Adults & Children $60.00

The Two Hour Tour
Two hour geological journey through a labyrinth of incredible caves.
Difficulty: Walking, hiking, crawling, and going up and down stairs equipped with helmets, lights, knee pads and gloves. Must be in good physical condition.
Adults $95.00
Children (8-12) $65.00

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