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Kalaheo, Kauai, HI 96471
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 14 February 2015

It was very difficult to find (see directions at end) but once we found our way to the cave we were blown away. You wouldn't expect to find such a historically rich archaeological site right on the edge of Poipu's resort area. We happened to...More

12  Thank nstrukoff
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

My husband and I were disappointed to see that the cave closes at 5pm. The State Park has a gate where you cannot enter after hours. According to the sign you need a tour guide during their business hours to enter the cave. If you...More

5  Thank Andrea C
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We hiked the entire Maha'Ulepu Trail from Shipwreck beach, ending at the Makauwahi Cave Reserve (sidenote: the trail is incredible!). I hadn't done any research into the cave so I wasn't expecting much, but it was actually far bigger than I had expected! It was...More

Thank Andrew K
Reviewed 8 October 2018

after the great hike from the beach to the cave, we were quite disappointed with the cave. It´s rather small and we weren´t really able to spot anything in the cave. no fossils or anything. Also beware, the cave is only open on sundays from...More

Thank Immerenga
Reviewed 26 August 2018

The cave is closed to passerbys, so if you want to see it, take this tour. Linz is an archeologist and a great guide. He makes the information fun and the tour fast-paced and never dull. Promise. The cave is awesome. Easy trip. But very...More

1  Thank Bridget Q
Reviewed 2 August 2018 via mobile

Finally made it here after many years coming to Kauai. Fair warning it’s over two miles of unpaved roads. I would NOT recommend taking a rental car (voids insurance) or if you do make sure it’s a larger, higher vehicle. The cave site is small...More

Thank Rick I
Reviewed 24 July 2018

We visited this cave twice during our trip. The first time we followed the directions for driving down the dirt road and parked and went in. The cave itself isn't overly exciting, but it was fun to explore around for a bit and it was...More

1  Thank Jessica C
Reviewed 21 June 2018

This is a nice beach to visit and if you are up to a bit of a hike, you can go see the cave. The cave says it has set hours that it is open and even though we were there on one of the...More

3  Thank Karen N
Reviewed 21 June 2018 via mobile

We hiked to the cave site from Shipwreck Beach on a cloudless, hot day! We both wore hiking sandals (Tevas). It was about 2.25 miles one way, according to my Fitbit. The hike was lovely, following the ocean through some sand dune type paths and...More

2  Thank Amy D
Reviewed 20 June 2018

We heard about this area from a friend. We did not realize that there were two ways to access the site via car...we put the name of the cave into our mapping program and blindly followed it...not smart on our end...we took a dirt road...More

2  Thank Ann C
Reviewed 19 June 2018

We love what we found to be “Hawaii`s largest limestone cave richest fossil site in the islands, and a uniquely preserved archaeological site” – a lucky find indeed on our trail hike. My husband ventured inside to view but I looked at the site from...More

1  Thank The_Rock_50
Reviewed 7 June 2018 via mobile

My group of 3 parked at Shipwreck Beach and got to the cave via the Mahalepu Heritage Trail. After passing the Poipu Golf Course and a horse stable, there were signs guiding us to the Makauwahi Cave Reserve. One side of the trail is an...More

2  Thank ole_oleah
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