I had an amazing time doing this trip! Cliff, our tour guide, picked me and I think 7 other people up from the airport and then headed out to Hilo to pick up some more from a hotel that never showed u... More>>
I had an amazing time doing this trip! Cliff, our tour guide, picked me and I think 7 other people up from the airport and then headed out to Hilo to pick up some more from a hotel that never showed up. So it was (and would also be with the other hotel guests) a really nice amount of people, by the end of the day it almost felt a little like ohana (Hawaiian for family). Cliff was amazing, while he drove us around the island, he taught us some Hawaiian and a lot about the Hawaiian culture and history of course, and we could ask anything we wanted to know, too. We saw all these pretty places and got to the volcano national park by noon where we had lunch with a STUNNING view! (a little minus here would be the food but that has nothing to do with the tour itself). Black Sand Beach and just the jungle feeling were my favorites before we got to the volcano...then we got to see the Halema'uma'u crater, the lava tube (loved it!) and got to do little walks over lava and see all these like black desert looking lava flows.
We stayed in the volcanoes NP for the rest of the day and then Cliff brought us back to the airport.
I can't even find the words to describe what it was like, only that there's nothing I could wish for to make it any better! (except for the fact that I'd LOVED to see molten lava but again, nothing the tour company could change)
Oh and I almost forgot, as it's not a big group you can even ask for personal preferences what you would also like to do (walk more over lava flows etc.)