This is a review of the easiest 2 hour cave tour offered by Kazumura Cave Tours.
We have been on about 20 cave tours in our travels and hands down--this was probably the best cave tour ever. However--to enjoy the cave tour you must be:
1. Not afraid of heights and have decent agility--I'm attaching a picture of the sturdy ladders that you have to go up and down to access the cave and within the cave. You have to be able to grab hold of the ladder from above and swing your legs onto the ladder without hand rails to hang onto. The ladders navigate some significant heights.
2. Have a nerdy interest in caves--(which we did)--the guide Harry Schick is extremely knowledgeable (brilliant) and part of the tour involves explanation of how the lava cave was formed and a description of the various features in the cave. Children/teens might be turned off by the academic explanations.
3. Be aware of the risks involved in cave exploration. This is not a typical vacation tour like a zipline tour that has been thoroughly evaluated by safety experts to ascertain that there is no possible way that you could get injured. There are 40 foot drops, there are wet uneven floors, there are ladders. There are no handrails, you are not clipped into a safety line. You should absolutely not do this tour if you have dizziness, vertigo, fear of heights, claustrophobia, poor balance or if you are drunk or high. This is a cave that Harry Schick has put ladders in so that he can share the cave with visitors. It is for the most part, pristine.
I want to be very clear to anyone reading this review that the folks I went with all shared my enthusiasm and assessment of how amazing this tour was.
Previous reviewers had mentioned how weird it felt to have the concrete/steel door locked behind behind the group upon entering the cave. This didn't particularly bother me because if I had a cave on my property--I would also lock it to keep out people who might get injured by wandering into an unfamiliar cave. However--I was wierded out when he showed us where he put the key (shirt pocket). Yes, this is cave etiquette, but really brought home the fact that we were in a cave where you must be prepared for the unexpected.
This is an unusual experience--Harry has been taking folks on his cave tours for 8 years I believe. I hope that he can continue doing this for many more years without the insurance companies and legal system demanding that he make it so safe that you could walk blindfold thru it without getting hurt.
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