Experience the beauty, uniqueness, and magic of this area
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.
As you'll see in the 6 hr tour, it starts in Hilo with the choices there and then moves either South to the Puna District and/or the Volcano Nation Park or up the Hamakua Coast and on to Waimea town in the Parker Ranch. Swimming and/or snorkeling is an option for those that enjoy that. The additional 2 hours is to extend either the distance covered, things seen & done, or just to spend a more time at the places and activities you enjoy the most.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I'll pick you up where ever you're at in the Hilo area, i.e. the Cruise Ship dock, your hotel, the airport or on out to the Pahoa/Puna District area where I live.
End location: I'll either drop you off where I picked you up or at an alternative spot that you specify.
Duration: 8 hours
Well maintained 2014 Honda CRV/SUV with air conditioning, capacity is up to 4 adults. For groups of 5 or 6 a 7 pax van will need to be rented and for groups of 7 to 14 a 15 pax van at an additional charge.
Transportation, some snacks, water and other drinks, snorkel gear if you choose to go snorkeling, and entrance to the Volcano National Park if we go there. Guide services including interesting statistics & educational information about Hawaiian History, Culture, trees, fruits, flowers, animals, birds, and our volcanos.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
50 USD - This is per person primarily for breakfast and/or lunch and could be less or more depending on if you choose to do the Imiloa Astronomy & Culutural Center and/or the Onemea Botanical Garden or beer at one of the Micro Breweries except at Hawaii Nui/Mehana were tasting is free.
Entrance fees to the Imiloa Astronomy & Cultural Center, the Onemea Botanical Garden, Breakfast and/or Lunch, and beer at the Micro Breweries except Hawaii Nui/Mehana in Hilo where tasting is free.
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Every moment with Laurence was informative and pleasant. He taught us names of trees and flowers, guided us through the through the rainforest and Akaka waterfalls, pointed out best spots for photos, explained the action of the volcano, explained the Hawaiian culture, introduced us to many Hawaiian words, and took us to eating spots with delicious, inexpensive food and drinks. Laurence is intelligent and genuinely nice. An excellent tour guide who gives above and beyond the call of duty.