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Akamai Adventure Tours & Travel

Volcano, HI, USA
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About Akamai Adventure Tours & Travel
Are you planning a trip to Hawaii? If so, explore the Hawaiian Islands with Akamai Adventure Tours & Travel!! When you travel with us you have the chance to experience an adventure of a lifetime. We are a guiding service company that wants to share the most unique place upon our planet and show you hidden Hawaii.We provide the island of Hawaii's most private, exclusive, intimate adventure tours at very affordable rates. We are a family owned business with 32 years of experience in the outdoor recreation industry. Our professional, knowledgeable and friendly staff brings an exuberant amount of passion and energy to every trip they lead. Through extensive interpretation, Akamai Adventure Tours & Travel hope to instill in your hearts the respect, admiration and ALOHA spirit that will connect you to the 'Aina (land) forever. Call us to book your adventure of a lifetime. By making your reservation today, you're already AKAMAI (wise, smart intelligent). Explore the Big Island with us! Hawaii Volcanoes National Park * Lava Viewing * Hawaii's largest fresh water lake (Wai O' Pele) * Black Sand Beaches * Akaka Falls * Rainbow Falls * Queen Liliuokalani Garden * Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Farm * Panaewa Botanical Zoo * Big Island Candies * Volcano Winery * Art Galleries * Hawaiian Vanilla Company and much, much more
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Bryan Tsunoda wrote a review Yesterday
Torrance, California
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Our tour guide Tyler pulled up to our hotel in a large van and the twelve of us boarded. He quickly gave a short overview of what we would expect and set our expectations for a long day filled with goodies to eat and interesting sites to see. The Kauai Coffe Company in Kona was our first stop. Tyler explained how Kona coffee beans are hand-picked. We were treated to a complimentary coffee tasting and could purchase items from the gift shop. We stopped briefly at Punalu’u Bake Shop. There, Tyler introduced us to malasadas, a Portuguese confection similar to a donut. He got us there early before the crowd appeared. Bunalu’u Black Sand Beach - The dark black sand glistened from the minerals that were inside the original rocks that decomposed. Tyler told us that giant sea turtles are plentiful, but the surf that day was a bit too rough to see them. After a few stops, I quickly realized how fortunate we were to have Tyler as our tour guide. He is steeped in Hawaiian culture and a natural storyteller that brings ancient Hawaiian history back to life. We peppered him with questions about everything we observed and he was able to answer everything and explained its relevancy. We then entered Volcano National Park, home to the Mauna Loa and Kīlauea volcanos. Tyler explained how different parts of a volcano may erupt from different fissures. If that happens, you can expect multiple lava flows from a single eruption. We parked at the Kilauea Overlook saw the enormous crater. A short jaunt away, we visited a couple of stem vents and experienced the heat ourselves. Tyler selected Camp Kīlauea as our lunch destination. The camp is a recreational center for active and retired military. He directed us to the shaded picnic tables inside the camp. Tyler handed out pre-made “bento boxes” and offers us beverages. Each bento box contained teriyaki chicken, fried shrimp, taro (purple sweet potato), and steamed rice topped with furikake rice seasoning. While Kona is a bustling downtown with hotels, restaurants, and shops, Hilo is a laid-back town that is more typical of a Hawaiian city. Businesses appear to be family owned and it isn’t apparent that large corporations make investments in Hilo. Tyler explained that a tsunami took out one of the hotels and an entire car dealership. The hotel was rebuilt and then the pandemic took place. It has yet to open. The next two stops we visited Akaka Falls and Waipi’o Valley. Waipi’o is interesting because Pai’ea was born there and raised as a child. At age five he was named Kamehameha (the lonely one). The rest is history. Since we were slightly ahead of schedule, Tyler drove us to a fruit stand along the side of the highway. Had the business been in California, it would have been accompanied by a roadside billboard and we would have seen it. My wife and I enjoyed the Pina Colada special – a medley of fresh coconut, sliced pineapple, and coconut juice. As we drove past the Mauna Kea observatory, Tyler told us the story of a 30-meter telescope that was projected to be 17 stories in height. Story of the young Hawaiian that interrupted the groundbreaking event. Other native Hawaiians followed and the protest caused an international news event. If you ever visit the Big Island, I highly recommend you connect with Tyler Ford of Akamai Adventure Tours and Travel. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of Hawaiian culture and history and is also familiar with the vegetation that grows on the island. He combines his knowledge with your interests to make for an enjoyable experience.
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Date of experience: June 2021
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Laura wrote a review Jul 18
Hayley and Tyler gave us an unforgettable Hawaiian adventure! We were trying to fit in as much as possible into one day and somehow they managed to make it all happen for us. It was relaxing to sit back and enjoy the ride instead of renting a car and trying to navigate the island. My husband had never ending questions about the island and they always had an answer. We learned so much about the Big Island and gained a new appreciation for Hawaiian culture and landscape. We were blown away by their knowledge and friendly personalities. It was nice going at our own pace and not having to wait around for others on a group tour. We were able to customize our adventure and they enhanced it beyond our expectations. We would love to go back for another tour with Hayley and Tyler to see what else this island has to offer.
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Melanie G wrote a review Jul 6
Madrid, Spain
We had an amazing day with Tyler visiting Volcano National Park. His technical knowledge blended effortlessly with culture, giving us a well-rounded tour. Hayley set everything up on the front end and provided wonderful recommendations all over the island! We would absolutely recommend Akamai to anyone wanting to truly see the Big Island. Mahalo!
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Date of experience: June 2021
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Craig M wrote a review Jul 4
Commack, New York
Where do we begin? They drove nearly 2 hours to pick us up from our hotel and took my wife and I all across the island of Hawaii. We stopped for local food saw magnificent waterfalls, black sand beaches, and went all throughout Volcano National Park. Tyler talked to us the whole 12 hour trip and is a wealth of both local and historical Hawaiian knowledge; truly guiding us every step of the way. After the tour Haley took us 2 hours back to our hotel in Kona and told us some more things about the island as well as some personal stories as to how they ended up in Hawaii and why they started the tours. After this tour we truly feel a connection with the island and could not recommend Haley and Tyler enough
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Debbi F wrote a review Jun 2021
Los Angeles, California, United States
Akamai Adventure Tours is amazing! I am a travel agent and have worked with Hayley for several years now along with experiencing their tours. They are extremely professional and knowledgeable. They truly mold the tour to suit each guest. We were able to shop at the Hilo Farmers Market, go swimming in a private area with a beautiful waterfall. Loved seeing the turtles at Richardson Beach. The black sand was coarser than I had expected. It was a packed full day of activity along with the infamous volcano. Kilauea wasn't very active when I was there but Hayley made sure to make the tour of the area exciting and inviting. I can't say enough about this company. It is truly a not to be missed day. The prices are reasonable considering it is a totally private tour. If you have the time, make sure you book with them!
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Date of experience: November 2020
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