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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Big Island Highlights Small Group Tour

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    What to Expect
    This tour begins when you’re picked up from your Hilo area hotel, Hilo Airport, or Hilo Port and meet your knowledgeable local guide for a day of exploring the volcanoes. Riding around in an air-conditioned vehicle, you’ll begin the day in town of Hilo by visiting a number of highlights, including the Liliuokalani Gardens that honor Hawaii’s former Queen. You’ll also have the chance to look for sea turtles on the outskirts of Hilo Bay, and see a beautiful black-sand beach that’s formed by eroded black lava. 
    Outside of Hilo, make a stop at Wailuku River State Park and marvel at Rainbow Falls, where occasionally it’s possible to spot a rainbow when the light hits the curtain of mist. Later, upon entering Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, your guide will make sure you have ample time to experience the most popular sights, including the rim of Kilauea and Haleama’uma’u Crater.
    Throughout the park, you’ll notice steam vents rising from the rock and land that’s just recently been formed, and when driving the famous Chain of Craters Road, the barren black landscape in every direction is a reminder this Earth is still raw. In the section of park that’s covered by rainforest, hike inside the Thurston Lava Tube that was formed by a river of magma, which has left behind a massive cavern.
    At every stop throughout the tour, your guide is there to answer questions and elaborate on the history and geology, and since the tour itinerary is completely flexible, you’re free to enjoy a little more time at the places that interest you the most.
    Finally, having scoured this UNESCO listed National Park and witnessed Earth being formed, this Big Island volcano tour finishes back at your original pickup location.l.
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    Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

    Josh was incredibly helpful and knowledgeable.l, constantly regaling us with stories and anecdotes. He was also very accommodating, readily modifying the initial itinerary according to our preferences. All of us enjoyed ourselves a lot!

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Lynn Q
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    Josh was a very good tour guide and perhaps it wasn't entirely his fault but the part of the tour in the Volcano Park was much shorter than expected. It did start to rain just as we got to the view of the rim. Since...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Conniedirtrider
    Reviewed 5 weeks ago

    We did the all day tour of highlights near Hilo and then Volcano National Park. Jill did a great job of taking us around Hilo and showing us that beautiful town. We saw Rainbow Falls and then went into Kaumana lava tube. We also saw...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank vvrosen
    Reviewed July 10, 2019 via mobile

    Josh was friendly and very knowledgeable. He picked us up from our vrbo, and the lunch was surprisingly great! We had a great day!

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Liz G
    Reviewed May 17, 2019

    We came via cruise ship but booked our own tour instead of booking one through the ship. We visited the Volcanoes National Park including the visitors' center, a lava field, a lava tube, Rainbow Falls, and a black sand beach frequented by sea turtles. Scott...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    1  Thank Lizbethp11
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