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This tour was brilliant. We had a fantastic time. Our guide, Matt, was so friendly, welcoming and very knowledgeable and took us to places that were on the tour guide but also managed to stop off at others when we had time. There were only 7 of us on this tour plus Matt so it was great as we didn't get held up waiting for a big group. We did a great hike up Mauna Loa which this tour doesn't always do but it was fascinating being at the top of the largest active volcano and mountain on earth. Would highly recommend this tour. Really well run and great tour guide.
I really enjoyed this tour, esprcially because our guide was very knowledgable and friendly.
This was a wonderful learning day! Our guide, Christina, was so knowledgeable. She is a college biology teacher (Dr.) and gave us so much information. The trip was well organized, meals and snacks were wonderful. We liked having only 8 in the group. We learned so much about volcanoes, rainforest (with a walk through), lava tubes (another walk through), lava beds, dessert and history of the area!
Excellent day. Our guide April 23 2012 was Taj, whose knowledge of the island and volcanoes was amazing. He took us to "not the usual tourist areas" which made the tour even better. Definitely recommend this tour.
What a wonderful tour! Our guide Matt was excellent and so knowledgeable! I would highly recommend this tour to anyone fortunate enough to be making a visit to the Big Island of Hawaii!
Our experience was excellent .Our Tour guide
named Taj was very knowledgable and gave us a lot of information about the Kona Volcanoes and all living things around it.It was a trip of a lifetime!!!
A fantastic guide to an amazing tour. The sights plus knowledge learned was more than we imagined. I highly recommend this tour.
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!
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.
However,, drinking water should be provided.
Ana M L
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.
Overall, the tour was acceptable. One big disappointment was that the tour did not follow the itinerary that was published. The tour was advertised to take route 200 (saddle rd) and stop at Mauna Kea on the trip to the volcano and then take route 19 going back via Waimea. We did neither of these things, instead taking route 11 to and from the volcano, thus missing the Hilo side of the Island completely. Here is the actual text from the Hawaii Forest and Trail web site:
"You’ll really get an idea of how big the Big Island is during the course of this tour. And you’ll appreciate that someone else is doing the driving. Starting out from our headquarters in Kona, we travel up the coast over desolate lava flows for about a half hour before proceeding up the rolling pasturelands on the flanks of Mauna Kea. Turning onto the Saddle Road that traverses the island between Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, you’ll see a dramatic and diverse landscape of ranchland, sub-alpine dryforest and rainforest (with striking features such as cinder cones, lava flows, lava tubes and kipuka). We’ll stop for a short break and continental-style breakfast.
Continuing on, we drop down to near sea-level on our way through Hilo where we begin the final climb to the summit of Kilauea and the lush entrance to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. On the way back, we’ll travel along the Hamakua Coast and pass through Waimea before returning to Kona. By the end of the day, you’ll have traveled over 300 miles and experienced an elevation change (we go up and down a few times!) of over 30,000 feet."
The guide was informative and the tour was disappointing.
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.