This was FAR AND AWAY the BEST tour we have taken through Viator not that the others were bad this was so good. Everything Kailani Tours did was to ensure we had a wonderful experience. They are well organized and very nice folks to deal with from Chris the owner to Nick our tour driver/guide who was very knowledgeable and just the nicest guy, felt like your favorite nephew was there looking out for you. Lunch was very good and dinner was fantastic. It was cold on the mountain but they had warm parkas for everyone that wanted one and large umbrellas during the rain. They also provide access to their very powerful binoculars on a tripod to better view the lava lake and boy did make a difference.As an added bonus we used the binoculars to stargaze on the way back to the hotel. Hawaii and needing a parka who would have thunk it!? This turned out to be the highlight of our short time on the Island. I highly recommend you tour the volcano with Kailani to really enhance the experience. DON'T MISS THIS it is awesome!!
Wonderful time on this informative and exciting tour of the Big Island. Jim Carey is hands down the best tour guide on the island! Would love to take another tour with him as our guide!
We had such an amazing experience learning the history and all the sites the national park has to offer!
This tour was incredible...especially if you only have a few days on The Big Island. You get a great overview of the raw natural beauty of the island...this 12 hour tour turned out to be 13 hours and loved every minute of it. Everything was handled on this tour including a hand packed lunch, visit to the lava fields, waterfalls in the rain. Seeing the lava flow during the day, walk through the lava tubes/rain forest at sunset, visit to the candy/cookie factory and an outstanding dinner at the Volcano Lodge. But the most incredible thing of all is seeing the lava flows/eruptions at night...Mother Nature in all her glory. Incredible!!! This tour provides everything that you might need, from umbrellas, flashlights to parkas...and yes, you you need them. Our tour guide was the best, forgive me I can't remember his name, but he knew everything about everything on the island. Highly recommend to everyone.
This is a fantastic tour, our expert tour guide, Jim really know Hawaiian culture, information about everything you are seeing and doing. This is a long tour, due to visiting the volcano from kona, it's a long drive. The lunch and especially dinner were terrific. But, the best thing is seeing the very active volcano at night! Jim has his high quality binoculars to give everyone an upclose view of the volcanic activity. Jim has a wealth of knowledge about hawaii. Definitely worth it.
Jim was fantastic! He kept the trip entertaining and we got a ton of fun education along the way. Loved the chant and seeing the volcano at night was nothing short of once in a lifetime type stuff! The dinner was great and the restaurant was really cute Can't wait to come back!
We had an absolutely wonderful day, our guide was the owner of his company and he was very knowledgeable, entertaining and helpful. He thought of everything all the little extras. We would highly recommend this tour, dinner was great , the volcano views simply amazing we have many special memories. Thank You!
We have taken many tours in Hawaii and elsewhere but this was on of the best we have had. The driver Nick was entertaining and knowledgeable about the area. He also went out of his way to take pictures of us so we both could be on the trip. Both lunch and dinner were excellent, the dinner at the Lodge was one of the better meals we had on Hawaii. I strongly recommend this tour to anyone visiting the Big Island.
One of the best tours we have ever done, Jim Carey our tour guide. He was very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and a credit to the company....Would go and do it again in a heartbeat ....The crater was glowing too...
We had a great time on this tour! Chris was extremely knowledgeable about this island history, botany, and local sites. He was very friendly and goes out of his way to make sure everyone is happy. The volcano was incredible!
My mom's only complaint, which could not be avoided, was how long the tour was. We were the first to be picked up and the last to be dropped off, which made for a very long day, and late night. Luckily, I was able to sleep in the very comfortable van.
I would highly recommend this tour!
Was a great experience we had a wonderful driver and guide who made the trip memorable. Would recommend this tour as a must.
Excellent, wide-ranging tour. Our tour guide, Jim Carey, was full of knowledge on the island, both geographical and historical. The tour covered a wide range of sites, with the volcano as the high point. The day we were there, we were lucky enough to see the flames in the caldera, using Jim's astronomy equipment. The evening meal stop was also great. We highly recommend this tour.
Chris, our guide, arrived promptly for morning pickup. Riding accommodations were very nice. He narrated throughout the journey but not constantly to distract from viewing the sites. We stopped for a brief lunch which was light in nature.The weather was sketchy at times with a huge downpour in Hilo, but that's what Hilo is all about. The timing of the rain was really perfect to view Rainbow Falls and then we visited Big Island Candies which was great for samples and staying dry. We proceeded to Volcano National Park for a tour and stopped several times to explore. Then we had dinner at Kilauea Lodge and Restaurant which was very good and I would recommend to anyone even if not on a tour. After dinner we went to the Thurston lava tube, even though already dark, made for no crowds and we could take our time. We were informed that even a portion of a great movie had been filmed thereyou'll have to go to find the answer. Finally, to the highlight of the trip was viewing the bubbling lava in the Kilauea Caldera, even though from a mile away, from the Jaggar Museum overlook as well as our guide's more private spot away from crowds. The night weather was perfect as the rains had gone and the sky was full of stars, including a couple of shooting stars while we were there viewing the caldera. The trip back to our lodging was quiet and restful as it was a long day. My wife and I would recommend this tour to everyone!
Note from Viator: Supplier Comment: Aloha! Mahalo for joining us on our Deluxe Volcano Experience. We are delighted to hear that you had such a wonderful day with Chris! He is a wonderfully knowledgeable guide with top notch hospitality allowing our guests to sit back and enjoy the day. We are so happy to hear that you also enjoyed all of the sights and treats throughout the day! Mahalo for your recommendation and we hope to see you on your next visit to the Big Island.
An outstanding tour of volcanoes, with Jim Carey! It doesn and #39;t get any better... actually it does.
You have a great dinner at the Kilauea Lodge, then finish the night viewing the lava glow. And yes, your guide and #39;s name really is Jim Carey - and he and #39;s funny, and full of stories and information.
Unusually erudite and knowledgeable tour guide Jim provided insight into early, and modern Hawaain cultures. The tour cleverly avoided crowds. We were able to spend time in the Lava tube with no other visitors, and experience the volcano simmering at night. Full sit down dinner was pleasant, Informal but fine dining in a lodge setting. A 12 hour day with lots to see and all comforts accounted for.
Jim Carey was a great guide, very knowledgable! He made learning about Hawaii very fun! This was a full day tour but worth it!
This tour was awesome! Chris, our guide, was amazing. It and #39;s about a 12 hour tour, lots of stops for pictures, candy store visit, lunch and dinner. Well worth it; it and #39;s just hard to describe how awesome it was looking at the volcano at night. One of the highlights of our trip!
Due to my two friends' flight being severly delayed, I was the only one on my group that was able to attend this all day adventure. Despite being the only one in my group, our tour guide, Jim, made sure I was included and not the odd man out in the tour group. This experience includes a lot of driving, but Jim kept us entertained with a lot of facts and stories about the island and its culture. I really enjoyed being able to see a good chunk of the island and seeing the volcano. Luckily, weather was cooperating with us. Overall I had a good time on this experience and would recommend it for anyone looking to learn a lot about the island.
We took our grandsons, ages six and eight, and they had a great time. It is impossible to rate this trip without mentioning how good our guide/ driver, Mike, was. He kept us informed and entertained extremely well. I have done a lot of trips with a lot of guides but he was easily the best.
Fantastic day,shame about the weather, Mike our tour guide was excellent, went out of his way to put as much as poss in tour. Food was good as well
Note from Viator: Supplier Comment: Aloha and Mahalo for joining us on our Deluxe Volcano Experience! We are so happy to hear that you had such an excellent day with Mike. His top notch hospitality and knowledge of Hawaii truly makes for a day to remember forever. Sometimes the weather can get challenging, but that can also make for some of the greatest adventures with so many fun memories to share. Mahalo for your recommendation and we hope to see you on your next visit to the Big Island!
This was a great tour, Brad picked us up from our hotel and talked about the lava flows, pointing out the age of the lava, its break down, the types and the town it flowed to. Our lunch was nice up in a new park, near the Airforce base. He told us about the heights of the volcanoes and types. We went in a lava cave, saw a beautiful waterfall, went to the steam vents, the observatory etc. He did his very best despite the cloud and rain to show us everything. We all had a lovely meal at the restaurant that evening. We did see the glow of the volcano even though it had subsided. Great tour, Brad.
Wonderful tour. Jim Carey our tour guide added knowledge and humor to this spectacular tour. The food was top notch, which was a unexpected bonus. Truly felt this tour was a value which you seldom get. Take this tour!
Couldn't have had a better guide than Chris P. We truly felt the appreciation he has for beautiful Hawaii and its amazing volcanoes.
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