Hilo Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Excursion Reviews
Explore the unique volcanic landscape of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Containing both Mauno Loa, the world's largest volcano, and Kilauea, among its most active, this park offers a fascinating glimpse into a world rarely seen.
Hilo experience a record setting rain the day we were there. Rainbow Falls looked like a run-away sewer. However, the rest of the trip was great, especially the view of the volcanoe. The tour operator talked too much about nothing, but the stops were great.
The volcano National Park is a great place to see. Very much worth the time and the trip. There are so many things/places to see/do in Hawaii it is almost a "have to go back several times" kind of place.
This tour was enjoyable due to the size. Only 6 of us in a van. Our tour guide was so knowledgeable and friendly and took good care of us. The highlight for me was stopping at the Volcano Garden Arts studio where we had a light lunch and had some time to shop for unique gifts.
Lori Pele: Goddess of Fire Volcano Exploration
4 hour tour of Volcanos National Park I am glad I selected the small group option as we were in a small bus with about 15 people.
Lori was interesting but you could tell this was close to the end of tourist season and she had done the tour many times. The first stop is the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut factory. Lori did inform us that there was no food service any other place on the tour so we might want to pick up a sandwich etc. here. It was about an hour up to Volcanos National Park. At the Jagger Museum you could look out over the crater and see the lava spewing about 50 feet in the air. There isn’t a current lava flow just the cauldron. The return trip had two main attractions the Thurston Lava Tube and the 1974 lava flow. The Lava Tube required a walk down steep steps and was slippery so I did not go down. Sitting at the top of the steps I enjoyed ease dropping on another tour operator talking about the tube and the local flora and fauna. The day in total was interesting and I did learn a lot about volcanos.
One of the best tours we have done the chaps name was Volcano Bill he was very knowledge a good driver & showed us lots of great places, the bus took 12 people we only had 11 but that was great the tour was mento to be 4 hrs but it took us 51/2 no extra charge, nothing was rushed, really enjoyable, the final spot was Rainbow Falls & they are beautiful
Lavaland Tour the guide was excellent one of the best tours in my life. The guide Vince was very knowledgeable. You do need to be in decent physical shape to do this tour - 5 miles total in about 3 hours and much is done in 2 separate hikes then lunch and some short hikes and a quick look at the Rainbow falls if your back to the ship in time. This tour is very good but you need to be fit, and not for the elderly unless they can walk at least 5 miles. Also the lava rock you traverse is not easy to maneuver you need walking/hikers. The hikes are worth it and if anyone is a little winded you stop and take a break - everything about this tour was first class.
Exact same tour as with the ship for 2/3 the price.
As this was our first time in Hawaii a tour to Volcano National Park was required. We enjoyed the tour, but we're very disappointed in the amount of time we spent at shopping spots -Mauna Loa macadamia nuts 60 minutes, Orchid Factory - 30 minutes and not terribly interesting. Big Island candy -another 30 minutes. When the driver said the next stop was the port, we all cheered.
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