The waterpark was fun and there were not too many people about because of the weather so it was good in that respect. However 4 of the main advertised rides were shut. There were signs up for one ride communicating that it was closed due to an upgrade, and we could see people working on it. But the other 4 were just closed. Once we'd been on 4 rides and in the wave pool we realised that we had pretty much completed the whole park. The wave pool was good, as was the hot tubs and the long river stretch, but i would recommend you find out if all of the rides are going to be open before you go.
This was a big day (early flight to the big island and late back) but was filled with many sight seeing activities and fantastic tourist information. Our guide Rob was not only knowledgeable, but obviously passionate about Hawaii and kept all commentary interesting and told some very funny stories. The volcano was definitely worth a look, as was the lava tube and the lava fields. A long time was spent on the bus, however we really didn't mind this as the scenery kept changing and Rob's commentary always related to what we were seeing at the time. All in all a good day: we saw turtles, a black sand beach, the volcano, nut farm, waterfall, town layout and tsunami aftermath, local houses and heritage areas, lava tube and fields, craters, etc.... fantistc - do take a light jacket/spray jacket as the weather is very different from Oahu.
It was fantastic. We saw whales, a pie fish and sea birds... all before we saw the sharks! We were allowed to take underwater cameras in the cage with us and there were about 30 sharks circling the cage. We were in there about 25-30minutes and it was thrilling fun! At no point did we feel we were in danger or at risk (they are bottum feeding sharks so wouldn't go for humans anyway) and it was by far one of the highlights of our trip to Hawaii.
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