Drive across the black lava flows to the Puna District and Kilauea Volcano, where you'll hear stories of life in Kalapana from the former residents who witnessed the destruction. You'll walk across the lava flows which entomb the former village of Kalapana, and find the new black-sand beach of Kaimu. Enjoy a Hawaiian barbeque lunch at a private working macadamia nut and honey farm prepared by your guide. Learn what it's like to operate a macadamia nut farm sitting on the most active volcano in the world. After lunch, travel across the stark black lava flows to find where the lava met the sea in the 1960 eruption. Your next destination is Lava Tree State Park for a short walk, where in 1790 a lava flow covered the jungle and Ohia trees. Finally your guide will share a beautiful coastal lagoon, protected by a reef, and home to tropical fish and the occasional giant green sea turtle. Swim and explore the fascinating coastline here before you return to your ship.
Note: Tour capacity is limited, molten lava will not be seen and order of itinerary may vary. Lunch includes cold beer, French champagne, juice, sodas and water
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3 of 4(75%)customers would recommend this to a friend.
If you take this excursion make sure you don't get stuck in the back of the van. The sights were good. I especially liked the painted church. The BBQ lunch was very good, but the ride to get there was terrible. It was almost impossible to get into the back seat which should not have been in the van in the first place. Maybe you could convince the other riders to rotate seats, we could not. The uncomfortable van made the trip grossly over priced.
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Review 2 for Secrets Of Puna
Location:Orange County, CA
I traveled with:Family
Cruise Date Month:October
Cruise Date Year:2013
Favorite port:Nawiliwili, Kauai
I want to go here next:Alaska
Date:October 14, 2013
We loved this excursion. Our first stop was at Lava Tree State Park which was beautiful and fascinating. We stopped at Issac Hale State Park where we relaxed in a pond that is naturally warm and Mackenzie State Park where the ocean views (from the cliffs) are breath taking. We also walked across a lava flow (from a 1990 eruption) about one half mile to a black sand beach. Previous to the eruption the homes on the road were directly across from the ocean but the enormous lava flow filled up the ocean area as far as the eye can see leaving the residents one half mile away from the ocean. We stopped at the "painted church" and then had a delicious BBQ lunch (ribs, chicken, coleslaw, salad, beer, champagne, sodas and water) at a picnic area next to the church. We had an awesome local named Jessie as our tour guide. He was born and raised in Hilo and has a true passion for the area/ocean. This excursion is not cheap but worth every penny!
Our tour guide was definitely knowledgable about the area. Plus he actually displayed a genuine passion and love for the area and his job. Mackenzie State Park did provide a swimming opportunity for families but the swimming area was not in a natural setting. The painted church was definitely beautiful however I was unable to enjoy it due to overcrowding. The tour should not have 2 buses meeting here at the same time. However lunch was the best food we ate! The best experience was Kaimu Bay. It was a unique experience to walk over a lava flow from the 1990s and to see the new beach. Our tour guide went the extra mile to show us a current lava (as close as we could get). The tour in my opinion definitely exceeded capacity - it would have been more enjoyable if our stops did not occur at the same time as another bus.
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Review 4 for Secrets Of Puna
I traveled with:Family
Cruise Date Month:July
Favorite port:Hilo, Hawaii
Date:July 7, 2012
Secrets of puna
Best excursion we took while on our NCL cruise! Our tour guide Eric was informative and funny! The lunch was delicious! The places we toured were breathtaking. Could not have asked for more!