Wannabe spelunkers, take note: Hawai‘i is one of the world’s best places for LAVA TUBES , and Hāna boasts the largest one on Maui. Even better, you don’t even have to break any laws to get there — instead, PHO TO: NOR TH SHORE ZIPLINE; L OCA TION: HA ‘IK U¯ LET YOURSELF GO ON A ZIPLINE 101 things to do |
off ers an aff ordable SELF-GUIDED TOUR complete with a fl ashlight and pitch-black cave.
Walking the winding trails of this ancient subterranean river of lava is fun, safe and easy. Liquid rock, oozing under cooled surface fl ows, created these PASSAGES approximately 1,000 YEARS AGO , which in turn cooled into a myriad of beautiful STALACTITES, STALAGMITES and FLOWSTONE. The temperature in the cave averages 60 degrees Fahrenheit year-round, and bats and mosquitoes are nowhere to be seen. A smooth cinder pathway through the cave makes it easy to navigate.
While there, visitors who have a little spare time or are afraid of the dark also can check out RED TĪ BOTANICAL GARDEN MAZE, which also is on the property.
Hāna Lava Tube, located at 205 ‘Ula‘ino Road in Hāna, off ers self- guided tours. Visit mauicave.com. HA¯NA LAVA TUBE 808-248-7308