My mom and I had gone to Volcanoes National Park a few years ago and drove around and saw some of the sights. Going on this tour was SO MUCH better than our self guided tour. Our guides were Eric and Willy. Eric is a geologist and also has a degree in Hawaiian studies. He knows the park intimately and shares his wealth of knowledge freely. Willy took care of us like we were ohana. He'd replace our water bottles on our bikes when they were getting low, and made us feel completely safe by following us in the van. The bike ride is really mellow, mostly downhill, however, Eric would warn us if an uphill section was coming and we had the option to put our bike in the trailer and ride up in the van. (This option is available anytime, not just for uphills.) We stopped frequently for Eric to teach us about the geology, flora and fauna. The ride starts up at the Jaggar museum, then goes around Kilauea where the landscape is quite stark, then into the rainforest and ends near some pit craters and a lava field. We also did about a 1 mile walk through a lava tube. If you are coming to the Big Island, definitely put this trip on your list of things not to be missed!
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