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Nahuku - Thurston Lava Tube

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The Thurston Lava Tube is a must do for anybody's Bucket List its just an amazing spectacle to walk through just knowing that its cooled molten lava that has formed this tube.

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Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Thurston Lava Tube is a must do for anybody's Bucket List its just an amazing spectacle to walk through just knowing that its cooled molten lava that has formed this tube.

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

So cool to see the lava tunnel.....easier than expected....nice trail.....take a flash light.....amazing plant life......breathtaking.

Thank K.H. D
Granbury, Texas
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

If you need to cool off after a longer hike, this is the spot to do it. Easy 5 minute walk through the trees to a huge, cool, dark lava tube. Out the back end of the tubes and up a few stairs and you're back where you started. It's good for families with kids, etc, as it's very easy... More 

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Dyer, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Though there were quite a few people there, it didn't seem crowded. While the trail to the tube and the tube itself would be difficult for the mobility impaired, most people will not have trouble with it. Yes, there are stairs as part of the trail but they do have hand rails to hold onto. In the tube itself there... More 

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Stamford, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Nice place to go while you are in the Volcano National Park. It won't take too much time...around 30 min are more than enough. There is a nice parking outside the lava tubes and it's a very easy hike to there.

Thank Kriti_TheTraveler
Jacksonville, Florida
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Bring a flashlight or get the flashlight app before going as you will need it! Very dark for the about 100 yards till the end

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

After reading tips from others experience, we visited early in the morning - about 7:30 AM. Only 1 other couple there other than us. Later in the morning and throughout the day, the parking lot and area was packed full of people. Ugh! There are a lot of steps to descend down/up, so if you are physically impaired this site... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We walked through the lava tube even though the lights were out on that day. The tube is about 50 metres long and might be difficult for those with claustrophobia. However, it's a unique opportunity to see and understand a rare thing.

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Fairbanks, Alaska, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was quick stop for us as we made our way down Chain of Craters road. Although there seemed to be limited parking, we lucked out and found a spot right away. The trail to the entrance is a lot of downhill, will semi-steep steps, so an individual with injuries or infirmities may have difficulties and will need to take... More 

Thank Alaena H
Ontario, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Every now and then you have to consider what went before you...in this case lava! Pleasant walk from the road... very walkable for young and old. And then the fun begins... a dark tube. Tall ceilings that gradually shrink. Cool. Illuminated by light and a vibe of awe! Maybe just us, but we enjoyed this simple pleasure. Nice walk back... More 

Thank Katherine Y

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