We booked this shore excursion from the Pride of America. A small group tour, our group consisting of 11 people. Nohay was our driver and guide and she never stopped talking from start to finish. That is not a criticism; Nohay was full of interesting information and history. Her love of her island (Hawai'i or The Big Island) was obvious.
Our first stop was at a local family coffee plantation where we were given a talk as to their process and a tasting of their coffee. You also have the opportunity to purchase coffee and other items. From there we drove on to the Volcanic National Park to view the Jagger museum and the park's many wonders, including a walk through a lava tube. Unfortunately, the lava tube is not accessible to those in a wheelchair or to those who would have trouble with uneven terrain. N.B. we did not see any lava flowing on this tour.
After visiting the park we drove on to Volcano Garden Arts where we enjoyed a glass of wine and a browse through a most interesting craft gallery and garden, Ira Ono being the most gracious host. This was followed by lunch of potato salad and wraps in the gallery's garden, lunch being supplied by Nohay. After lunch and a few interesting purchases from the gallery we drove on to Big Island Candies who make and sell the most scrumptious chocolates.
The tour took the good part of a day and was enjoyable, but I was disappointed that we did not see more of the actual lava fields - but that is another tour. Maybe next time.
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