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Amazing tour! Terry our guide was great - really knowledgeable and helpful with questions when asked. Lunch and breakfast were enjoyable. Got a good amount of time in the park. Ashamed we didn't see any active lava flows (but dependent on if your lucky enough when you go). Definitely worth it!
Very good guide - Taj. Knew all the facts and more. Tour is a very long 12 hours. Not recommended for kids or older people or those with only a casual interest in the volcano. Nearing the end of the tour i was wishing it was time to head back, as it all got a bit of the same after awhile.Tour didn't return to our hotel till 11.30pm. Vegetarian dinner was included and was ok.
For the cost of this tour we were very disappointed. Understandably we were not able to get close to the volcano as it was active but we expected to go out on a hike and get closer and see more. We also found that our guide was not that knowledgeable about the local plants,etc around the volcano, although he was a pleasant young man.
Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant! An excellent tour with an excellent guide (Matt) who had a terrific knowledge of geology, volcanology and also ancient Hawaiian legends. Several stops and side-tours during the day meant we not only saw the magnificent caldera at Kilauea, but explored a seldon visitted lava tube, had lunch on the beautiful cliffs on the coast, hiked over lava fields and tasted fruits and berries right off the bush - after making the necessary offering to the Goddess Pele of course! Finished the day off with a drive through tour of Hilo. The commentary was a wonderful mix of fact and cultural stories, all very interesting. A wonderful day and a tour we would do again if we went back to Hawaii. 5 stars to our guide Matt who really made this a special day.
Prepare for a long day, but well worth it. You will get a chance to walk on and experience lava up close (not hot lava), travel into a lava tube, see a live volcano and experience the stars and night sky like nowhere else in the world. Great experience and highly recommend it!
It is a pity we could not see lava flowing to the sea. Good tour leader. Attentive service . A tour to be recommended . You can see much more things then going there by yourself.
Review by Anonymous, August 2010
Doing what: Kilauea Volcano Small Group Adventure Tour
However,, drinking water should be provided.
Review by Anonymous, August 2010
Doing what: Volcano National Park Small Group Twilight Tour
Despite the miserable weather our tour guide Nate was great and did his best to get us to see the things we came here to see. If you could organise for good weather on the day of your tour then this tour would be absolutely fantastic.
The guide was very nice and did a good job. He took good care of the people. No real view of the lava. I know is not guaranteed but you can not get to the coast to see the lava pouring into the ocean as it's advertised, just a red light very far away.
The tour guide was the best and provided us with so much information. We took incredible photos and having a picnic lunch in the crater bed was awesome.
This was the best tour of the 5 we took while in the islands. Our guide was outstanding. He managed to keep everyone on the tour involved in the conversation all day - no easy task given that the other 3 people on the tour did not speak english as a 1st language. The snack and box lunch provided were great. Our guide gave us options of activites we hiked a mile or so out to previous eruption site and had lunch there. We capped the day off with a short public service gig helping rid the forest of a pervasive plant overtaking the forest floor. A can't miss tour if you can do the mild hiking! We'll definitely do more of their tours in the future.