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Volcano, Big Island, Hawaii: Thurston Lava Tube Team Field Report

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

1 Crater Rim Drive, Volcano, Big Island, HI
Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, south of Hwy 11 on Crater Rim Drive, watch for signs.
Call ahead to make certain that the Tube is open. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Thurston Lava Tube.

Thurston Lava Tube

200-yard-long lava tube from ten to 40 feet high, along the edge of active volcano caldera. Report... [08/27/2013]

Visitor Tips and News About Thurston Lava Tube

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Thurston Lava Tube

The Thurston Lava Tube is now definitely open for visits. Other than the main visitors' center, the lava cave is probably the most popular attraction at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Get there early in the day to avoid the tour bus crowds.

[Timothy Sherburne, 04/09/2024]

The Tube was closed after a series of nearby eruptions, but has since reopened to visitors.

Thurston Lava Tube

The Thurston Lava Tube is currently closed due to the 2018 eruption.

[Cristin, 01/31/2019]

Thurston Lava Tube.

Thurston Lava Tube

Take good shoes -- it was raining in there and the floor had huge puddles. You'll get wet!

[Miss Erin, 04/16/2018]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Volcano Steam VentsVolcano Steam Vents, Volcano, Big Island, HI - 2 mi.
Raelian UFO Peace ParkRaelian UFO Peace Park, Volcano, Big Island, HI - 4 mi.
Lava Tree State MonumentLava Tree State Monument, Pahoa, Big Island, HI - 22 mi.
In the region:
Hula Dancer Photo Op, Papaikou-Wailea, Big Island, HI - 31 mi.

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