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“Hawaii Volcano 101”

The Volcano Van Private Tours
Ranked #41 of 199 Tours in Kailua-Kona
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: We are a personal and private tour provider serving all areas of the Big Island of Hawai'i, We allow our guests to get an up-close look at the Big Island's great volcanoes, including world famous Kilauea, the most active volcano on earth. Whether you're staying in the rain forests of Hilo, or the sun-drenched beaches of Kona and Kohala; we'll pick you up and introduce you to a day full of unforgettable excitement!
Naples, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Hawaii Volcano 101”
Reviewed July 14, 2013

Having driven around Hawaii when tired on our last trip I was excited to have some one else drive. But the best part of the tour was the lesson in volcanos that we received. Scott made us feel at home, he was passionate about volcanos and took us places we would have never found. He was constantly telling us about Hawaiian history and natural history. It was like touring with an old friend that was a professor. The unplanned stop at the Akatsuka Orchid Nursery when my wife said how much she liked orchids was a bonus. Every where we went he was greeted like an old friend. He picked us up at 9:30 and we were not back at the hotel until 10:30PM. Lunch on the crater rim will always be remembered. We received much more than we paid for that day. Thank you Scott.

Visited June 2013
1 Thank Blane C
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Santa Rosa, California
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“trip around the Island”
Reviewed June 28, 2013

We had a grat family experience--3 adults, 9 and 14 yr old
girls, on the Volcano van. Non stop information on various
aspects of the big island, started, as soon was we boraded the van.
What was especially appreciated, was the flexibility shown:
by 4pm, we were starting to loose our youngest. No problem, trip modified and everyone was happy.
This should be a fun day for any family.!

Visited June 2013
1 Thank mmadoc
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Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Stop! This is the tour for you.”
Reviewed June 26, 2013

Seriously, stop looking.

So you want to get a volcano tour on the Big Island but you don't want to be sitting in a bus all day with dozens of people that you don't know. You want a private tour from a friendly, knowledgeable volcano guy that knows all of the secret spots. This is it!

Scott took our family of five on a private all day tour of waterfalls, volcanos and local watering holes. He kept it interesting and fun for our 8 and 10 year old as well as our 18 year old and my wife and me. From fun and strange facts about Hawaii, volcanos and waterfalls, to jokes and impressions, Scott does it all.

Want the best cup of local iced coffee where they make the ice for the coffee out of coffee? Scott will take you there. Want to skip the waterfalls and go straight to the volcanos? Scott is game! Not to mention the best, freshest and juiciest pineapple (we named ours Bob) at lunch.

And don't think you are sitting in the van all day. No, no. We got in and out of that van 20 times and walked across lava fields. This is a real adventure.

Wait, wait. You are telling me how great this trip is but you only gave it 4 stars. What gives? The only reason for the one star reduction is that the van was a bit dirty. Was it college dorm dirty? No, but when you are sitting in it for the day, you start to notice.

Thanks again Scott and Becky for a great trip!

Visited June 2013
1 Thank TripMan321
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Newcastle, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Big Adventure!”
Reviewed June 18, 2013

My husband and I were lucky enough to have Scott and his wealth of knowledge about all things volcano to ourselves for our recent "Big Volcano Adventure". This tour was definitely the highlight of our Hawaiian holiday. Scott is a wonderful tour guide and the day was full of fun and definitely adventure. Scott asked us what the highlight of our day was and I truly found it difficult to answer because around every corner was another amazing sight and story. The hike down into Kilauea Iki was amazing and the walk across the 'moonscape' to the 'bottomless' fissure was definitely special - especially the remnants of trees preserved by the lava - and then there was the red glow of Kilauea's lava lake in the night....WOW! Thank you so much for a very special day Scott - Janice & Denis

Visited June 2013
1 Thank janice h
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Level 2 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“WOW!! What A Tour!!!”
Reviewed June 15, 2013

The Volcano Van is a private tour of all of the best spots on the island. Scott knows just about everything when it comes the history of the island and the volcanos. Our family was blown away by Scott's knowledge. You will never get the tour we got and the beautiful sites we saw on a regular tour bus. We saw almost all of the entire big island.Scott even went back up to the volcano so we could see the glow of it at night. On the way home we stopped for these really good hot dogs Scott told us about but when we got there there was only one left and he ate it!!! Just kidding Scott we wanted you to have it and this way you won't forget us. Your tour was first class all the way!!!!!!! Sharon, Jeff, Logan. Lucas and Grandma Carol.

Visited June 2013
1 Thank Skamin85382
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