We toured during the government shut-down, so we could not get in to see the volcanoes which were in a closed national park. Our guide, Marcus, devised a wonderful alternative itinerary which took us to caves, waterfalls, rain forests, and beaches, all of which were run by the state and remained open. He had a vast knowledge of the geology, flora and fauna as well as native legends which made the trip so much more enjoyable. He supplied us with snacks and lunch, and then cooked us dinner at the Painted Church outside Hilo. From start to finish it was over 12 hours, and he kindly delivered us directly to our door at the end of the trip. Well worth it. Ask for Marcus if you're looking for someone with knowledge, boundless energy, and a cheerful attitude all the way.
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