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Friends of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, HI, USA
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About Friends of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park
Hawai'i Volcanoes Institute provides custom guided tours in and around Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park - ranging from the moderate to the extreme. We offer geology type tours with combined rainforest, to volcanology - old lava sites, new lava flows, cultural and historical interpretive hikes and more. All of our guides are scientists or naturalists. Proceeds support Park projects & programs. Friends of Hawai’i Volcanoes National park is a 501 (c) 3 and the official Philanthropic Partner to Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. Proceeds from all tours support vital park projects and programs.
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Sarah wrote a review Jul 2021
Austin, Texas3 contributions1 helpful vote
I am so glad to have booked with FHVNP for our tour of the park. Our tour guide was very friendly, informative, and catered the tour to our own personal interests. The price for a private tour cannot be beat and is the best way to experience the park in my opinion. Though I would recommend booking in advance, we booked a couple of weeks before our trip and FHVNP were able to accommodate us which we were very grateful for. Cannot say enough good things about our experience!
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Date of experience: June 2021
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vetmedtricia wrote a review Jun 2021
Loganville, Georgia14 contributions1 helpful vote
I am so thankful that we booked a tour with FHVNP! With Tim as our guide, we were able to explore so much of the park and learn so many facts! Tim is a fountain of knowledge on everything from biology to botany to geology! We learned about plants and animals of the rain forest as well as all of the different types of lava and where they can be found! Our 4 hour tour easily turned into six and a half hours! Even my two young children who are six and eight years old had a blast and learned a ton! I highly recommend using a tour guide through “Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park!” There’s too much to see and do on your own and so many things would be missed! I would love to take another trip to Hawaii one day and I will definitely book another tour with FHVNP as there is so much we weren’t even able to get to in our six hour tour!
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Date of experience: June 2021
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Debra B wrote a review Jun 2021
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We booked a private six hour tour of the Volcano National Park, and it was the highlight of our week on the Big Island! John was our guide. He was so knowledgeable, had many stories to tell us, had pictures in his pack, and put up with our many 'crazy' questions. We could not have picked a better tour. It was customized to our wants and needs, and I can't think of a better way to have spent the day. If you are visiting the Big Island this should be a 'must do' on your list!
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Date of experience: May 2021
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marc m wrote a review Apr 2021
Wheaton, Illinois8 contributions10 helpful votes
We have been in Hawaii for 10 days with our kids ages 15, 13 and 10. We did the 4 hour hike this am with Judy and it was the best thing we’ve done on the trip. She was knowledgeable, energetic and full of good vibes. While we might have done the same sort of hike without her, it would not have been as fun or memorable. If you’re spending the time and money to come here, we would recommend hiring her to start you HVNP experience off right.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Jimmy wrote a review Mar 2020
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Our family's experience with Judy as our guide was just as wonderful as the one expressed by TabbMarie in a previous review. There are too many highlights to list; you will not regret spending the day exploring all the facets of the park. Our twin daughters were truly inspired by Judy's passion and energy!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Elizabeth F, President & CEO at Friends of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park
Responded Mar 15, 2020
We are so happy to hear you loved your adventure! We too think Judy is a gem. All of our guides at Friends of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park bring passion, experience, science, culture and so much more. Thank you for supporting our non-profit. Proceeds support vital park projects and programs. Mahalo nui loa,
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