This was a fun, stress free trip. The tour guide was funny, and very informative. We would defiantly go again!
It was very neat to see a different island, and learn about the Big Island of Hawaii.
Fantastic tour outside Oahu giving a different perspective of Hawaii in this area of Hilo on the big island. Our tour guide Laura who was very passionate and knowledgeable on the tour made it a worthwhile day out.
It is very informative and we had fun on the places we stopped by.
The tour started off blandly...the Japanese garden was a sluggish start. It gathered steam during the day, and the Volcanoes Nat'l Park made up for the early sluggishness.
First Thing: The spiel for this says: "Hike over the lava flow with the possibility of seeing lava flowing downstream" - There is NO possibility you will see lava flows. If that's why you are taking the tour, you will be disappointed. According to our guide it hasn't been possible to get to any of the flow areas for ten years as the only place that happens currently is on private land.
The tour itself is good but not mind blowing, you get too see many of the same areas of historic eruptions and a fair few craters, with some steam. Assuming you are OK with the price for that then you will enjoy the tour, its nice to get across to another island to see it as you do get to see a lot of the island and the rainforest areas etc.
The additional stops (A Nursery, Nut Factory and a Chocolate Shop) are all just filler and you aren't missing anything by not going to them..
Have a look at the recent photos from this trip gallery on Viator as that's pretty much the kind of things you will be able to see. As long as you set the necessary expectations, then you will enjoy the tour.
Would I do it again knowing what I do now - No I wouldn't, for what it is it's quite expensive. You can get a full holiday to Iceland for the same sort of money from the UK, and see much the same sort of thing.
Disappointed based on photos from ads and what was actually experienced.
It was very interesting, guide was knowledgable about the area
Excellent tour from the word go. The rep Robert (Cap'n Rob) was superb. He's funny, knowledgeable and very informative. There's never a dull moment and the Cap'n kept everyone upbeat and clued in all the time. Would highly recommend this tour to anyone coming to the islands.
An excellent day out which would have been even better if we had not had to wait over 2 hours each way for our flights. To be dropped at the airport at 5pm for a 7.26pm flight was such a waste of time. The tour guide was excellent and our group size (9 people) made it very personal. Not sure how good it would have been with a very large tour group. All in all a good day.
I had a great guide and a lovely time. It's a beautiful island and I got to see a lot.
The length and cost of the tour was not worth it. The volcano part was interesting however you don't get close enough to see lava, just a lot of steam. We started at 5am and didn't get to the volcano until 2pm. There was a lot of uninteresting stops on the way. Did not get back to the hotel until 9.30pm. All úp almost 17 hours instead of the estimated 15. It was interesting to see the big island and it would be worth doing if you flew to the island yourself (only took 40min) and hired a car and drove there yourselves.
The visit to the Volcanoes National Park was very good, but the rest of the tour was horrendous! It is a ploy that traps people into going to tourist trap purchasing venues, wastes an incredible amount of time getting on and off the bus to go into these venues, and takes about 15 hours to do what should be done in about 8 hours. The timing of flights to and back are awful, again wasting time. This is an expensive trip in the first place, with no benefit of food involved; instead the tour company forces participants to purchase food and drink. In addition, the "dinner stop" of about 20 minutes is at either Burger King or KFC! You should not condone this trip and should investigate as to why participants are trapped on a freezing bus, forced to go and do whatever the driver wants to do, spend additional money on junk, wolf down awful food, etc. Why in the world is there a stop at the Volcano House, unless it was to be the dinner venue?? Our driver allowed two people to hold us up there and at other stops throughout the trip! Overall a disappointing, very exhausting and too expensive trip!
Excellent tour, value for money, ESP the tour guide. Laura ( I hope correct spelling) was A1, very informed, great guide and excellent people skills. Thoroughly recommend tour and company. Only suggestion maybe on finish of tour before dropping of at import a side trip into Hilo for afternoon tea or early dinner! There was a good wait at the airport for flight to depart and the airport limited in meal / snack offerings!
The small group made the tour more enjoyable.
Captain rob was on point, it's like he owned the company. He is always researching ways to make his tour better. Captain rob is what all of driver should be if their not. Great job captain rob
Very informative and interesting. So glad we went!
Doing what: Kalaupapa and Molokai Day Trip from Oahu
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