This is a a very long day as it is an early start from the airport, very good flights both ways, on time and no issues at all, good help to get on the gates.
After the flight to big island you then you start to pick up other tourists and then start the tour.
( a later flight would be better and then picked up from the airport to pick up the bus after it was full would have been much better).
The tour guide then brings you update and informs you you are due for a 300mile drive stopping for lunch at 11:00 and tells you will not see any lava today (only if you take a helicopter flight can you see any), that dampened the spirit a bit.
The guide Milo, was very informative during the whole tour although repetition of phrases used drove some people to earphones. The weather on the north side of the island is tropical and half of the drive was in terrential rain, no pre advice about rain mac etc although ponchos and umbrellas are available to buy on route.
On the hole the day was long and one of those you were glad it was over, given the choice 2nd time around it would be best to stop one night and see the island over two days and arrange close viewing if lava nearer the south shores of the island.
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