Thurston Lava Tube

Trail, Volcano, Park
Crater Rim Rd
Pāhoa, HI 96778
(808) 967-8186


  • As of January 2012, the "undeveloped" lava tube past the lighted section is closed due to the recent lava activity. :(
  • Bring a flashlight! No signs are posted to remind you =(
  • Wear comfortable shoes as you may have to park a distance from the tube itself. Boots if you plan on exploring the unchanged environment sections.
  • The undeveloped section was closed on 4/4/14-- the section you could walk through was about 500 ft.
  • Bring a jacket as it gets cold and may rain at any time. Beautiful area for pictures
  • Bring a rain jacket
  • Bring a headlamp so that you can walk in the undeveloped section of the cave.
  • Don't forget the flashlight, the coolest area is pitch black!
  • flashlight is helpful
  • Gorgeous place. You will be amazed to find this tube in the middle of a rainforest!
  • bring comfortable shoes, take advantage of your phone's flashlight!! and definitely ask someone to take a picture of you and the lava tube.
  • Parking lot is usually packed, but this is well worth the short walk. Might want to bring a rain coat because it gets pretty wet here.
  • When water meets lava, you get this beauty:
  • Short but cool.
  • To find the restrooms go left at the start of the trail. They are right there.
  • It doesn't take long to walk this trail, and it's worth it to see the rainforest and the size of the lava tube. As you're walking, think about lava gushing through it! Pretty cool (err, hot)!
  • A tripod is a must in the lava tubes. If you use an iPad for photography, you're cheating yourself out of good pictures.
  • Incredible experience, a wonderful work of nature.
  • It's way shorter than I expected
  • Anyone over 6 feet tall - watch your head ... I'm 6'5" and could brush my shoulder on some parts -- bonked my head once, too

Nearby places

Crater Rim Dr (Hawaii Volcanoes National Park)
Kīlauea (Hawaii Volcanoes National Park)
75-788 Ninole Loop Rd