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“Amazing tour!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hawaii Forest and Trail

Hawaii Forest and Trail
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
+1 800-464-1993
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“Amazing tour!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

My new wife and I visited the big island and decided to go on the twilight volcano tour as recommended here on trip adviser.

We had an amazing guide, Maka. He was incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. We visited 2 lava tubes, tracked along the 5 year lava flow destruction, visited the caldera during the say and at night to see the red lava glow. During twilight we visited a secluded lookout which had an extraordinary view of the caldera.

We honestly couldn't have asked for a better tour guide and day! I would highly recommend the twilight volcano tour! And make sure you visit the 100 year old lava tube and treck along the volcanic destruction. This was a day we will both never forget. Thank you Maka and Hawaiian forest and trails!

Chris & Asherly

Visited September 2013
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Saratoga, California
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“Volcano twilight tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

We chose to do the twilight volcano walking tour and our guide was Mark. He did a very good job, considering the varied group we were with. At least on that day’s tour there was definitely not a lot of walking, which may have had to do with the demographics of the group: from families with school-age children to middle age people to grandparents with grandchildren. The tour company does highly recommend that participants dress appropriately – long pants and closed toe shoes, but it doesn’t seem to be a requirement, since numerous people on the tour were wearing flip flops and shorts – I wonder if that had any relation to where we “hiked”, or didn’t hike?

The food for lunch (eaten at a state park on Saddle Road) and dinner (we stopped somewhere in the National Park near the Jagger Museum – the double rainbow was a definite treat) was fine – I had the veg options for both meals, and my husband had the chicken - they are box lunches.

Viewing the lava glowing in the crater at dusk was great –and I’m really glad we did it. It rained intermittently throughout the day and got quite heavy while at the Jagger Museum (hence the rainbow(s) mentioned above). The company provides a rain jacket – it was definitely needed and used! It was also very crowded at the Jagger Museum overlook into the Halema'uma'u crater in spite of the rain, so expect to jockey for position to get optimal photo ops.

If you are fine with driving late at night to your hotel (consider that you may be dealing with a time change, an unfamiliar rental car and no street lights on a curvy two lane highway, i.e. Saddle Road) then maybe you could just do this trip on your own. But for us, I was fine with letting someone else get us there and back. I’d be happy to book another trip with them.

Visited July 2013
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“Amazing volcano twilight tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

The twilight volcano tour is well worth the money. Me and my wife were on honeymoon, there was a group of about 8 also with us. Matthew the tour guide was one of the most knowledgeable people I think we have ever met, he knew everything and it made the trip very informative, not just about the volcano but also about wildlife, plantlife, landscape, the evolution of hawaii and where it is probably going to go. That man deserves a pay rise. The climax was the volcano crater at night which is an image which will stay with me and my wife forever. We were lucky enough to be up there on a very clear night so we could also see the stars and Milky Way etc.. All in all - incredible.

Visited September 2013
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Palo Alto, CA
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“Great Time on Volcano Twilight Tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

My high school son and I went on the Volcano Twilight Tour. Justin was our guide. It is a long tour, over 300 miles of driving, and you spend 11 hours with a bus full of folk, but it was actually a great experience. Justin was very well spoken, personable, and enthusiastic about what he does, and he is very knowledgeable about the island. The National Park is fascinating - developed a whole new appreciation for what a volcano actually is, and leaned how over the course of the last 85 million years, a 'hot-spot' in the earth's crust in the middle of the ocean has created dozens of Hawaiian Islands which now extend all the way to the Aleutian Islands (only 6 of which are above water....). I was never bored on this tour - there was always something interesting happening. Their vehicle (a Mercedes Sprinter) is very comfortable and drives safely and smooth. My hats off to Justin for a great day, and his wonderful enthusiasm. Definitely a worthwhile use of time and money!

Visited September 2013
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Wellington, New Zealand
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“Twilight Volcano Tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

What an awesome experience we have just had with Hawaii Forrest and Trail. Taj was our tour guide for our 'Twilight Volcano Tour' and you could just tell how much love he had for the Island in which we were exploring. He was very knowledgable and kept us entertained the whole entire time. We learnt a lot about the flora and fauna, wild life, history of the Islands, and of course everything you needed to know about the volcanos (Science, legends etc).
There were plenty of stops for those that needed to go toilet. Meals were great (included) & the van was comfortable.
Remember to bring shoes, a good camera to take photos of the volcano (especially at night - what unforgettable sight!), long pants, light jersey & a jacket.
Well worth it!!!

Visited September 2013
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