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“Mary Lou is Wonderful! And, Ken too!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Hawaii Volcano Tours

Hawaii Volcano Tours
Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
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Ranked #17 of 47 activities in Hilo
Type: Tours
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Owner description: Lava and sight-seeing tours. Call for custom tours for your travel to Hawaii's Big Island.
Long Beach, California
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“Mary Lou is Wonderful! And, Ken too!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

Mary Lou is one of a kind and was a wonderful find. We spent one day with Mary Lou in Hilo (private tour) and the next day with her husband, Ken, in Kona with another couple from our Celebrity Solstice cruise. The couple just adores each other and both are determined to provide their guests with a day filled with their love of their adopted island. We were able to visit the National Volcano Park one day prior to the closing of the national parks, a botanical garden, Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut factory, an orchid farm and more. Ken took us to the Place of Refuge, Kona Joe's Coffee Plantation and the painted church.

This is a true Mom and Pop operation, so if you prefer a motor coach with impersonal service, Mary Lou's is not for you.

I can't imagine their is a better tour operator with better pricing available than Mary Lou's. If I am on the Big Island again, I would invite them to dinner.

Visited September 2013
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Chesapeake, VA
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“Don't leave Hilo without taking this tour!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

We had a small group in a tour van. Our guide, John, was very knowledgeable, entertaining, and attentive. This was a full day tour, and we feel like it was a good value for the price.

Visited August 2013
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Finneytown, Ohio, United States
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“Marylou's Big Island Adventure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

The other reviewers were 100% right about this company. Marylou was our tour guide and what a wonderful adventure it turned out to be. There were four of us in the group and it was an action packed day from beginning to end. The tour lasted 7 hours and the time flew by. Our group was interested in seeing and much as possible of Hilo, and we did just that. Started at the Volcano National Park, including the museum, and walked in the lava tubes. The coffee factory, orchid nursery, and Macadamia Nut Farm were part of the day as well. We traveled on to Rainbow Falls, as well as a tour of old and new Hilo. Our last stop was to see the black sand beaches at a local park and it was full of sea turtles. Made the trip over the top for me. Marylou is very knowledgeable about the island, volcanos, plants, local history, and wildlife. We could not have asked for a better time. We did not have to worry about watching the time as she kept us informed of what she wanted to show us and the time we had left, so we could use it as we wanted. Wish I had booked her for Kona as well. Our favorite part of visiting the big island.

Visited August 2013
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

We recently did the Roberts Grand Circle Island tour and were very impressed. Our Driver/Tour leader Ed was excellent and an expert on the history and traditions of this area.We would rather have spent less time at the chocolate factory and more at the volcano area, however this is a big island to cover in the day and Ed did this magnificently. As we only had one day on the Big Island we decided on this particular tour, and we are very glad that we did.
Gordon and Judith.
Gold Coast

Visited August 2013
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Oakville, Canada
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“Discover Hawaii- Volcano Eco Tour- Long Day!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

We stayed on Maui and did the day trip to the big island with Discover Hawaiian Tours. Visiting the Volcano National Park was awesome, but doing the tour from Maui made for a VERY long day. The problem is, it didn't have to be as long as it was.

-Our travel guide was fantastic. His name was YB and it was his first tour! He did a great job.
-The active volcano was amazing!

-Instead of using island hopper flights, the tour required us to use the international airport and fly a commercial flight with Hawaiian Air. Getting there was ok, since it was a direct flight, but the return was terrible! We had to fly Hawaii to Oahu to Maui, changing planes in Oahu! A 20 minute flight turned into 2 hours.
-Meals. Lunch was ok, but for dinner we stopped at an army barracks for the worst $15 meal I have ever had!!! To make matters worse no one was hungry and would have preferred to just call it a day and catch and earlier flight. We checked in at 8:00am and got back to our hotel after 11:00pm.

So overall the main attraction was great, but I wouldn't do it again unless staying on the big island

Visited July 2013
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