Marvel at the beauty & uniqueness of the tropical rainforst side of the Big Island
You will experience the beauty & magic of this side/part of the Big Island, why it unique in the Hawaiian chain, and why I have chosen to live here. You will learn a lot about Hawaiian history, culture, the language, trees, fruits, flowers, birds, animals, and more. There will be many great photo ops. It will be a very educational, informative, interesting, fun, and memorable tour that you will remember & cherish the rest of your life.
In Hilo the highlights and choices are Banyan Drive, the Kamehameha Statue, & Rainbow Falls, which is nice but pales in comparison to Akaka falls which is up the Hamakua coast. From Hilo we either head north over the "singing bridge" up the spectacular Hamakua Coast, take the incredibly beautiful 4 mile Onomea scenic route along the tropical rainforest coast that has several one lane bridges, waterfalls, and the best botanical garden in Hawaii ($15 entrance fee) that goes down to beautiful Onemea bay which takes from 1 hour to 1-1/2 hours or take a free, short 600 ft. old Donkey Trail. Next is the fruit stand in Honomu on the way to Akaka Falls, one of the tallest, most beautiful waterfalls in Hawaii. Alternativealy after Hilo we head up to Volcano National Park to take in all the sites there. Given time, we will stop at the Orchid farm on the way back to Hilo as well at the Maunaloa Macadamia nut farm. The 3rd, and really my favorite option after Hilo is the breathtakingly beautiful are of Puna.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
End Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
Duration: 6 hours
For up to 4 passengers travel will be in a clean, well maintained, 2016 Honda CRV EX with air conditioning. For groups larger than 4, a well maintained 7, 12, or 15 pax van with air conditioning will have to be rented at an additional cost.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
50 USD - Food, snacks at bakeries, breakfast and/or lunch, Botanical Garden entrance fees ($20). This is per person.
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Just weeks before our trip to Hawaii, our tour guide for the big island closed operations. In our search for a replacement we came across Tours by Locals and Laurence. He agreed to be our tour guide on short notice. Laurence is the consummate tour guide. He took us to what we wanted to see and more. His knowledge about the island is outstanding. Since it was just us and Laurence, we were able to go places where the big tour companies can't. We recommend him highly.