Hawaii Places
Big Island: Lava Tube

Hawaii places to see: Caves and Falls

Hawaii Places
Big Island: Lava Tube

There are many Hawaii places to see. Luckily, just as with the state’s outstanding beaches, there are no end of options. Hawaii isn’t just about beaches. So if you’re planning to visit some of Hawaii’s places then plan a visit to see some of the caves and the falls.


The Kula Kai Caverns and Lava Tubes are a prime example of these Hawaii places to see. They are located on the Big Island and are about a 45 minute drive from Kona.

A two-hour spelunking tour is led by an expert guide. Crawling along and up these long lava tubes with helmet and gloves is far more exciting than coal mining and a lot less messy. So definitely these Hawaii places area definitely must see for tourists.

Temperatures are a cool 65F/18C and you’ll need a long-sleeved shirt and long pants to avoid scraping knees and elbows on the harsh lava rock. But the rewards are many. While not for the claustrophobic, the caves are distinctly different from those in France or the continental U.S.

You’ll see everything from narrow tunnels to huge open grottoes with pools of water. There are trips for beginner, intermediate and advanced ‘spelunkers’. Good lighting is a must in these areas, where the caves go far beyond the light spilling in from openings. So you’ll be outfitted with a flashlight and helmet. The Hawaii tours of caves is a guided tour of these Hawaii places. So no need to worry as professionals are there to assist you and make your family vacation safe.

Stalagmites and stalactites in ordinary rock caves tend to be made of salt/sediment deposits built up (or down) over millennia. In Hawaii’s caves, changes occur much more quickly as lava flows are ejected and cool. Every visit is unique.

Once you’ve had your fill of fascinating dark caverns, reach out into the light and see some of Hawaii’s amazing falls. This is a great family vacation that you can enjoy. It’s like an adventure!

Akaka Falls

Falls in Hawaii

In a state with so much competition for most beautiful scenery it would be hard to pick a winner. No Hawaii tours would be complete without visiting the falls of Hawaii.

The Manoa Falls only 20 minutes from Honolulu would definitely be in the running. You’ll stroll through bamboo groves along a 3/4-mi/1.25 km long trail when suddenly before you appears a 150-foot/45m waterfall splashing down into a crystal clear pool below.

Another serious competitor is the Hanakapiai Falls on Kauai. Part of an excellent 4-mile hike from the Kalalau Trailhead in Kee Beach to Hanakapiai Valley on the Na Pali Coast, they are an appropriate reward for the effort.

Splashing down three main terraces a full 300 feet (90m), you can take a dip in the pool at the bottom to cool off. But take care not to get too distracted. The dazzling beauty of the surrounding flora has been known to cause more than one traveler to want never to go home again.

If there were any clear champion it would have to the pair at Akaka Falls State Park. Only a half-mile (two-thirds of kilometer) hike in along a trail covered with flowered vines lies the Kahuna Falls, plunging down 400 feet (122 m) from the top. But that already spectacular view is exceeded by the Akaka Falls covering 442 feet (134m) from top to bottom.

It’s a small wonder that Hawaii is world-famous for natural beauty. With unique underground caverns to explore and some of the finest waterfalls anywhere, both high and low sights here are tops for any adventurous tourist. The spectacular falls of Hawaii will surely make you add this to one of your best Hawaii family vacation if you’re visiting Hawaii with your family.

The scenic views, the magnificent caves, the magical waterfalls of Hawaii is a great family vacation. There’s a little adventure like climbing and going inside the caves and then upon coming out of the caves you’ll see the waterfalls.

Hawaii’s caves and falls is surely something. Hawaii isn’t all about beaches after all, it’s about the magical, beautiful places of Hawaii.

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