Exploring a Lava Tube in Hawaii | Debbi Marquette Photography

September 20, 2022

Exploring a Lava Tube in Hawaii

Exploring a lava tube in Hawaii is a unique experience and if you ever get the chance I really encourage it. A lava tube is essentially a cave formed from lava.  That’s my non-scientific definition of it.  This lava tube was formed when the lava flow got thick enough, the outside cooled faster than the inside.   The surface crusts over.  This crust insulates the lava inside, keeping it molten, and eventually forcing it through.  

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

I was eager to photograph inside the lava tube, especially since I am a photographer.   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.   

Opening to the inside of a lava tube in Hawaii, view of ocean and black lava rock seascape photography
Lava tube opening

Inside the lava tube

The colors, the shape, the turquoise water of the ocean and beautiful rock formations is something out of a postcard.    

This particular lava tube has a skylight that was formed during the lava flow.    

skylight inside a lava tube in Hawaii, natural seascape photography, Hawaii travel photography
Skylight formed by the lava inside the lava tube
skylight inside a lava tube in Hawaii, natural seascape photography, Hawaii travel photography
Close up of the skylight formed by lava inside the lava tube.

The inside is nothing less tan spectacular. The view was truly stunning and certainly a sight to see and I loved exploring the details of the lava tube.

I normally travel with two camera bodies and several lenses to be equipped for every photographic situation.   Because it was a relatively steep decent to get to the lava tube and the space inside was unknown, I choose to bring one camera and one lens.  

Interested in other posts about Hawaii? Visit my Napali Coast blog, Kauai blog, and Driving the Road to Hana blogs

Debbi Marquette Photography is located in Upstate New York at the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. Debbi is a travel, landscape and bald eagle photographer specializing in artistic, authentic, and memorable landscape and wildlife photography. She 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.

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