The entire tour takes about 30-40 minutes, depending on your group's mobility and interest in stalactites and stalagmites. Even those with no curiosity toward geological wonders, walking beneath the earth's surface is pretty trilling. What: For experienced spelunkers, this self-guided tour might be a bit of a disappointment, however for the rest of us, it's a pretty cool way to spend explore a lava tube.
Details: From Hana Highway look for mile marker #31 and turn towards the ocean on Ulaino Road, look for signs. The entire tour takes about 30 - 4o minutes, depending on your group's mobility and interest in stalactites and stalagmites. The trail is rocky but there is a handrail for most of the path. Strong LED flashlights are provided along with hard hats (good photo op).
Learned: A quick lesson for lavaophiles. You will see a variety of lavacicles, including (extending the sugar theme) an area they call Candy Land, with what looks like huge mounds of flowing chocolate, with dripping chocolate kisses on the ceilings. There is an area called bowling alley, and my youngest daughter’s favorite part was the claustrophia check at the end of the path. I didn’t pass. These tubes are formed when massive lava flows cool on the surface creating a hard surface, while the hot lava continues to flow. This is the largest accessible lava tube on Maui.
Cost: The self guided tour costs about $12, kids under 5 are free. If you are staying on the other side of the island, and want to book a tour (as in you don't have to drive there yourself) through my third party vendor, click here.