Although we did not take an excursion there was a mall near by and a free shuttle to get there. This allowed for people to do something off the ship. There was also transporation (buses) from the mall to take you to other parts of the island. the information was easily accessible. The only problem which cant be changed was that the port was far from everywhere worth going. All the normal tourist places were a 55 dollar one way if you wanted to take a taxi so it almost forced people to do an excursion
Volcano National Park & Hilo Waterfall Tour Rating:
The tour included the macadamia nut company tour. There was no manufacturing going on that day and the company was closed. The videos that they had running did not work properly. Every time you pressed the English button the Chinese language video came on. But the Volcanos were good, and the Rainbow Falls were good. Would have liked more time to walk around. 15 min each place was not enough.
It was supposed to include tour of Kona coffee company but it was just a shack with samples of coffee. There was an area to walk for a view but you had to be with an employee and there was no employee there. Also it was not a cloud forest, it was merely a jungle walk. You have to look down the whole time so you dont slip or trip on a root so there is not much to see if you have to worry about falling. Not worth the money.
It was a great experience for us on both days! We enjoyed the kayaking and the tour group really looked after everyone and made it very enjoyable. Lots of bug bites but other than that loved it.
The snorkeling the next day was the best excursion we had the whole trip. The snorkeling was good but it was our tour guide that was so fun and funny it made the van trip to the beach and back so very enteraining. We laughed the whole way
No time for an excusion due to flight times. We had 4 hours to kill so we thought we would take a taxi to the International market place, and Alamoana shopping place. It was very expensive to do that but was most frustrating was the port itself. They charged $5 a bag to hold onto your things after spending alot of money on a cruise. It cost us 55 dollars to hold our bags for 2 1/2 hours.