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Walking through a lava tube

Volcano, HI, United States
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The rivers of hot lava rushing out of an erupting volcano sometimes cool down in an odd way. The outer crust cools down and hardens while molten lava is still emptying out, leaving behind a large hollow tube of volcanic rock which ultimately becomes a tourist attraction. This is the Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) at Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii. The short trail through the rainforest is lovely, and an important part of this attraction. The lava tube itself is faintly disgusting, resembling a large intestine. It’s wet and slimy inside due to water constantly seeping through the porous volcanic rock. Not that it’s not interesting, but you wouldn’t want to spend a lot of time in there.
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Culture and experiences

Thurston Lava Tube
Interesting, but not a cave you would want to linger in

Points of interest

Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)
Beautiful short hike thru rain forest and dripping lava tube


The town of Volcano has a few restaurants

Special activities

Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
A great one-of-a kind park

On The Map

1 Comment

by guttercalypso


That looks really cool!