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This tour was brilliant. We had a fantastic time. Our guide, Matt, was so friendly, welcoming and very knowledgeable and took us to places that were on the tour guide but also managed to stop off at others when we had time. There were only 7 of us on this tour plus Matt so it was great as we didn't get held up waiting for a big group. We did a great hike up Mauna Loa which this tour doesn't always do but it was fascinating being at the top of the largest active volcano and mountain on earth. Would highly recommend this tour. Really well run and great tour guide.Reviewed by: Trish S, December 2013
I really enjoyed this tour, esprcially because our guide was very knowledgable and friendly.Reviewed by: David S, August 2013
This was a wonderful learning day! Our guide, Christina, was so knowledgeable. She is a college biology teacher (Dr.) and gave us so much information. The trip was well organized, meals and snacks were wonderful. We liked having only 8 in the group. We learned so much about volcanoes, rainforest (with a walk through), lava tubes (another walk through), lava beds, dessert and history of the area!Reviewed by: Eileen L, March 2013
What a wonderful tour! Our guide Matt was excellent and so knowledgeable! I would highly recommend this tour to anyone fortunate enough to be making a visit to the Big Island of Hawaii!Reviewed by: caliaurora, May 2012
Overall, the tour was acceptable. One big disappointment was that the tour did not follow the itinerary that was published. The tour was advertised to take route 200 (saddle rd) and stop at Mauna Kea on the trip to the volcano and then take route 19 going back via Waimea. We did neither of these things, instead taking route 11 to and from the volcano, thus missing the Hilo side of the Island completely. Here is the actual text from the Hawaii Forest and Trail web site:
"You’ll really get an idea of how big the Big Island is during the course of this tour. And you’ll appreciate that someone else is doing the driving. Starting out from our headquarters in Kona, we travel up the coast over desolate lava flows for about a half hour before proceeding up the rolling pasturelands on the flanks of Mauna Kea. Turning onto the Saddle Road that traverses the island between Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, you’ll see a dramatic and diverse landscape of ranchland, sub-alpine dryforest and rainforest (with striking features such as cinder cones, lava flows, lava tubes and kipuka). We’ll stop for a short break and continental-style breakfast.
Continuing on, we drop down to near sea-level on our way through Hilo where we begin the final climb to the summit of Kilauea and the lush entrance to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. On the way back, we’ll travel along the Hamakua Coast and pass through Waimea before returning to Kona. By the end of the day, you’ll have traveled over 300 miles and experienced an elevation change (we go up and down a few times!) of over 30,000 feet."
The guide was informative and the tour was disappointing.