Kilauea Caverns of Fire is a lava tube reached by climbing down an aluminum ladder that's probably 20 feet high. It is in its natural state, meaning no paved or cemented floor and no lighting. We opted for the three hour tour, but a one hour tour is also available. We each carried a flashlight and wore a hard hat that came in handy a few times. Steve was an enthusiastic, knowledgeable, excellent guide. He was very patient as we took our time climbing over the large rock falls that hid the tube floor in a few areas. He didn't seem to mind a bit as we took our time marveling at the patterns the lava left as it swirled and dripped while forming the tube so long ago. He pointed out where rocks had fallen from the tube's ceiling as the lava had cooled, leaving circular patterns on the floor. It was hard work, but well worth it, to see this lava tube that was so unlike any other we've been in. It was reportedly only about 63 degrees, but it was very humid and strenuous, which made it feel much hotter. If you are in fairly good shape and you love volcanoes, nature or geology, this is an absolute must do while you're on the Big Island! If you want something less strenuous, then the one hour tour is probably much easier.
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