From active to dormant- walk on, explore inside, learn about, marvel at the life-cycle of 3 Hawaiian volcanoes.
Ever held a rock that is only 4 years old? That's first on our agenda! Volcano #1: Kilauea.
On the drive to Pahoa, we will most likely see evidence of the current eruptions in a dark, ominous sky, cloudy with billowing vapor from the lava's entry into the ocean and blackened with ash and exhaust from active fissures.
We will walk on the 2014 lava flow that came within ¼ mile of this rural town and see where it entombed part of the Transfer Station. Let stories guide your imagination to flow like the lava.
Volcano #2: Mauna Loa. Here we explore the INSIDE of a volcano as we investigate the lava tubes of Kaumana Caves, formed in the eruption of 1881. Afterwards, we linger at Rainbow Falls, followed by a picnic lunch at the Boiling Pots.
Quiet for the last 5000 years, Volcano #3- Maunakea is considered dormant. Lush rainforests now carpet its flanks, waterfalls cascading through the jungles. There, we behold the amazing Akaka Falls.
Back in Hilo, we share our final alohas at the lovely Queen Lili' Park.
Pick up at your Hilo area lodging, from Hilo Port, or if your party is coming from the Kona side, at a pre-determined rendezvous point
Drive directly to Pahoa Village to see the hardened lava flow from 2014-15
Return to Hilo to meet Park Rangers at the Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
(While in Hilo, we will pick up our fresh "to-go" lunch from a local eatery)
Explore the Kaumana Caves lava tubes (Close-toed shoes are required for deeper exploration of the caves. )
Visit Rainbow Falls
Enjoy our picnic lunch at the Boiling Pots
For our Hamakua Coast portion, we would then…
Drive along the Old Mamalahoa Scenic Byway, a "jungle tunnel" of one-lane bridges and waterfalls
Stop at the Onomea Bay overlook for scenic pictures
Next- Akaka Falls! Saunter along a paved ½ mile loop (with stairs and railings) through the rainforest to see this magnificent 442' cascade
Return to Coconut Island in Hilo, and hear the folklore tales of its history
End our day sharing aloha at the tranquil and lovely Queen Lili Park.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I will meet you at a place of your choosing in the Hilo area, (including the Puna District). For cruise ship passengers, I will meet you outside the Port's security gate at the end of the green fence. Look for me smiling and waving my black, Jolly Roger (pirate) flag. If your party is coming from the Kona side, we can rendezvous at a pre-determined location.
End location: I will drop you off at your Hilo/ Puna District accommodations, or a place of your choosing. For cruise ship passengers, I will drop you just outside the Port's security gate.
Duration: 5 hours 30 min.
Sometimes weather & traffic may be a factor in tour duration but I will be alert to such circumstances and arrange time accordingly.
You will be escorted in a very comfortable, clean, well-maintained, air-conditioned 2000 Honda Odyssey Passenger van. Please note that although we list the maximum passengers as 5, there are seatbelts for 6. (A "co-pilot" seat, 2 captain's chairs, and a back, bench-style seat, which holds 3, but is more comfortable with 2.)
All transportation, park fees, a delicious locally made lunch, light snacks & beverages, ponchos & umbrellas (if needed), your own photo folder in the "Cloud", stories, jokes, and a knowledgeable, enthusiastic guide.
The price of this tour does not include the purchase of items of a personal nature such as: souvenirs, "adult" beverages, any fruits or veggies purchased at the local market, etc.
- My tours are Hilo-based. If you are coming from the Kona side, my favorite spot to rendezvous is at the parking lot located at the east side of Saddle Road, but I'm open to suggestions.
- Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate passengers in wheelchairs.