From the pier you'll head to the 'wild west' town of Pahoa with its boardwalks, and Lava Tree State Park with its towering trees, on the eastern rift zone of Kilauea Volcano. Visit Ahalanui’s warm springs, with its volcanically heated water. Along the way and during brief stops, view the dramatic and beautiful scenery formed when lava meets the sea: cliffs, lava tubes and blow holes. At Kaimu, once the site of a famous black-sand beach and a small town, both destroyed by a 1990 lava flow, a stop is made where you can walk on the 'frozen fire' and view the active volcanic vent in the distance. Visit a survivor of the eruption, Uncle Robert's Hawaiian Village with a nearby snack shop where you can make purchases. View a picture exhibit of the area you just walked on and see how it looked prior to the 1990 lava flow. Note: Participants must wear closed-toe shoes and be able to walk short distances unaided.
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Rating Snapshot(5 reviews)
4 of 5(80%)customers would recommend this to a friend.
We had planned to go to Volcanoes National Park but because of teh Government Shutdown the National Parks were closed. We chose this excursion as a back up and we are glad we did. Our Tour Guide/Driver David was fantastic. He not only delivered us to the lava flows but he also walked with us explaining as he wakled. He also was there to take pictures. Every stop was interesting and David made it even more interesting. The macadamia nut farm was also a very good stop. Best Macadamia icecream ever. We are so happy we took this excursion. Guests should wear closed toe showes like sneakers as the lave is sharp to walk on.
My husband and I took this excursion in October 2013 just when the US government "shut down". We did tour the lava flow which you can walk out on and it ends at the black sand beach which was awesome. We toured a unique state park and another beach which had huge turtles near the edge which was really cool. We were supposed to go to a national park but could not due to the shutdown. We were very happy with this excursion regardless.
We enjoyed this excursion. The waterfalls, lava trees and the actual lava rocks were really neat. I would recommend this and be sure to have your camera along. The only down part was the bus broke down. Even though the bus broke down, the company handled it really well. They brought a mechanic to the site, a back-up bus and it did not seem like a big deal. This is one to do!
when booking this excursion I was very excited however once it was over I felt I had made the wrong choice. The reason why I say this is because the whole trip felt very rushed. I was looking foward to swimming in the warm springs however this stop was about 10 minutes long which allowed us to jump in and out of the water and take a pic or 2. the same applied with the other locations. My favorite part of the tour was the black sand beach, this location alone is worth the money spent however it was another short stop after about a 10 minute walk to reach the beach. You will walk thru the old lave flows which was awsome. We also made stops at rainbow falls then we drove to a beautiful cliff which you could look over and see the waves crashing, lava tree state park and the final stop was a macadamia nut factory where we had a few samples and purchased macadamia nut ice cream. This tour has great photo ops as you will see beautiful scenery and the tour guide was great. I could of lived without visiting lava tree state park which was my least favorite stop. Based on the description of this excursion and secrets of Puna they are very similar We heard from a couple on the ship who did secrets of puna and they had about 45 minutes to swim and also spent alot more time at the black sand beach. The term you get what you pay for applies in this case. I recommed spending the extra money or choosing a diffeent excursion. If I ever vsit Hilo I would like to visit volcanoes national park
This was an amazing tour. We made several stops to all the places described. The guide was knowledgeable and entertaining.
You don't get a lot of time at each stop. Bring a swimsuit if you want to go in to the warm spring but keep in mind that you only have about 25 minutes there. Once you reach the town covered in lava you have 45 minutes to walk down to the edge (black sand beach), take pictures, take it all in and return.
It was a bit rushed at times but well worth it because we saw so many breathtaking sites that day. You just don't get to see this anywhere else. Loved it! We cruised March 17, 2012.