Holidays in Thurston Lava Tube

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Head deep into the rainforest to walk in this ancient tunnel carved from lava and marvel at the astonishing power of nature.

Venture into the lush rainforest of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park and walk a trail rich with tropical plants to reach Thurston Lava Tube. This incredible natural wonder is a testament to the strength of the volcanic forces which shaped the Hawaiian Islands. A dramatic tunnel created by the movement of molten lava, the tube is big enough for an adult to easily walk straight through it.

When lava flows in large quantities, the outer part cools and hardens first while the inner part keeps flowing, often resulting in a tube or tunnel shape. In the case of Thurston Lava Tube, known as Nahuku in Hawaiian, the tunnel is an astounding 600 feet (183 meters) in length and in places over 20 feet (6 meters) tall. The tunnel’s existence was first recorded in 1913 by Lorrin Thurston, a local newspaper publisher. Although many other lava tubes have been found on the Big Island, this one remains a particularly impressive example of this natural phenomenon.

From the entrance to the Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, set out by car or on foot on the 2-mile (3-kilometer) route that leads to Thurston Lava Tube, which is located on the Kilauea Volcano. Breathe in the heavy, rich air of the park, created by the dense foliage that curls over and around the trail. Listen for the calls of birds and the rustle of animals on the move. Chances are high of spotting something interesting along the way.

Oversized ferns and ʻōhiʻa lehua trees with huge red blossoms close in from all sides. It may seem as if a dinosaur could come crashing through the dense foliage at any time. Animals that really do live in the park include everything from geckos to seals to owls. Set aside a whole day to explore not just the lava tube, but the incredible landscape that surrounds it. Many visitors even camp here overnight.

Thurston Lava Tube is easily accessible, even with children. Reach it more quickly by parking at the lot by Kīlauea Iki. From here, the walk to the tube is half a mile (1 kilometer), but it’s no chore to walk a path this beautiful.

175 Cheap Hotels Near Thurston Lava Tube

Aloha Crater Lodge and Lava Tube
Aloha Crater Lodge and Lava Tube
3.5 out of 5
11-3966 Lanihuli Road, Volcano, HI
The price is AU$197 per night from 3 Feb. to 4 Feb.
Situated in Volcano, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cooper Center and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Volcano House is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) away.
4.1/5 Very Good! (213 reviews)
"Gorgeous jungle grounds and trails."

Reviewed on 21 Dec. 2021

Aloha Crater Lodge and Lava Tube
Lava Lodge at Hale Kilauea
Lava Lodge at Hale Kilauea
3 out of 5
19-4084 Old Volcano Road, Volcano, HI
The price is AU$398 per night from 25 Jan. to 26 Jan.
Situated in Volcano, this resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cooper Center and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Volcano House is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) away.
4.2/5 Excellent! (272 reviews)
"The property is located in a quiet place surrounded by beautiful scenery. It has all the conveniences of a home including washer and dryer in the deluxe suite. The wifi connectivity was pretty bad though. Also, very few dining options around and all of them were overcrowded over the Holiday ..."

Reviewed on 29 Dec. 2021

Lava Lodge at Hale Kilauea
Kilauea Lodge and Restaurant
Kilauea Lodge and Restaurant
3.5 out of 5
19-3948 Old Volcano Road, Volcano, HI
The price is AU$379 per night from 2 Feb. to 3 Feb.
Situated in the mountains, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cooper Center and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Volcano House is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (319 reviews)
"The property is well cared for. Everything was clean and well kept."

Reviewed on 21 Jan. 2022

Kilauea Lodge and Restaurant
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Top Thurston Lava Tube Hotel & Accommodation Deals

Aloha Crater Lodge and Lava Tube
Aloha Crater Lodge and Lava Tube
3.5 out of 5
11-3966 Lanihuli Road, Volcano, HI
The price is AU$197 per night from 3 Feb. to 4 Feb.
Aloha Crater Lodge and Lava Tube
Lava Lodge at Hale Kilauea
Lava Lodge at Hale Kilauea
3 out of 5
19-4084 Old Volcano Road, Volcano, HI
The price is AU$398 per night from 25 Jan. to 26 Jan.
Lava Lodge at Hale Kilauea
Kilauea Lodge and Restaurant
Kilauea Lodge and Restaurant
3.5 out of 5
19-3948 Old Volcano Road, Volcano, HI
The price is AU$379 per night from 2 Feb. to 3 Feb.
Kilauea Lodge and Restaurant
Volcano Village Estates
Volcano Village Estates
3 out of 5
11-3968 Hale Ohia Road, Volcano, HI
The price is AU$466 per night from 20 Feb. to 21 Feb.
Volcano Village Estates
Aloha Junction Bed & Breakfast
Aloha Junction Bed & Breakfast
2.5 out of 5
19-4037 Olapalapa Road, Volcano Village, Volcano, HI
The price is AU$319 per night from 10 Feb. to 11 Feb.
Aloha Junction Bed & Breakfast
Volcano Forest Inn
Volcano Forest Inn
3.5 out of 5
19-4034 Old Volcano Road, Volcano, HI
The price is AU$207 per night from 29 Jan. to 30 Jan.
Volcano Forest Inn
Hale 'Ohu Bed & Breakfast
Hale 'Ohu Bed & Breakfast
3.5 out of 5
19-3896 Old Volcano Road, Volcano, HI
The price is AU$337 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.
Hale 'Ohu Bed & Breakfast
Lokahi Lodge
Lokahi Lodge
2.5 out of 5
19-4050 Kalanikoa Road, Volcano, HI
The price is AU$325 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.
Lokahi Lodge
Cottage with Hawaiian art, large living room w/fireplace 1 mile from Park
Cottage with Hawaiian art, large living room w/fireplace 1 mile from Park
11-3995 Hale Ohia Road, Volcano, HI
Cottage with Hawaiian art, large living room w/fireplace 1 mile from Park
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.