Exploring a lava tube in Hawaii is a unique experience.  A lava tube is essentially a cave formed from lava.  That’s my non-scientific definition.  This lava tube was formed when the lava flow got thick enough and the outside cooled faster than the inside.   The surface crusted over.  This crust insulated the lava inside, keeping it molten, and eventually forcing it through.

lava tube with view to ocean

Hawaii has several lava tubes.  I believe there are some on each island.   If you get the opportunity to explore a lava tube, go for it.   It is an experience to remember.  


The entrance


entrance to lava tube in Hawaii
Entrance to lava tube

I was eager to photograph inside the lava tube.   I mean, I am a photographer.  But the opening was a little intimidating.  Yes, that’s the entrance.   I knew you could stand up once inside so off I went.  It was about a 4 foot long walk ducking down to get inside.  Knowing that this is seascape photography you aren’t going to get anywhere else, I had to go in.  Once inside, you are treated to an awe inspiring work of volcanic art.   

inside a lava tube in Hawaii looking out to the ocean
Inside the lava tube

The colors, the shape, the turquoise water of the ocean and beautiful rock formations is an incredible view.      

The lava flow formed a natural skylight in this lava tube.  

skylight inside a lava tube
Lava tube skylight


Inside the lava tube with a skylight.
Lava tube and skylight

The inside is nothing less than spectacular.  The view was truly stunning and certainly a sight to see.  

Although I normally travel with two camera bodies and several lenses, for this hike I only brought one camera and one lens.   It was a relatively steep decent to get to the lava tube, and also the space inside was unknown, so I choose to travel light.   I brought my SONY A7RIII with the 24-105 GM lens.   Although it’s not the fastest lens in low light, this particular zoom lens would give me the focal length for almost anything once inside.   In addition, it is a great travel lens and definitely one of my most used lenses.  The camera and lens worked flawlessly.   

If you  have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me.  

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Debbi Marquette Photography is located in Upstate New York at the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains.  Debbi Marquette is a fine art travel photographer specializing in artistic, authentic, and memorable landscape and wildlife photography.   As a professional photographer, Debbi travels frequently, lives near the mountains and constantly has a camera in her hand to capture photographs so others can see the beauty of our world.




Oh nice!! Such light conditions are so difficult to handle! Caves and canyons are usually super dark and at the same time you get some very bright light from the outside…always a challengge! 🙂 PS. Respect for getting down there 😀

Thank you Dali. It was really beautiful and so worth the crawl into the lava tube.

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