Aloha! My husband and I are taking the Pride of America for our 10th anniversary (treating it as a floating hotel so expectations set there ;) and just wanted to float our plans by the experts! ;) We are healthy, active, young 30s and while yes, we want to see the big highlights we hate the cheesy huge group canned touristy stuff.
Tues Jan 13th - arrive Hilo at 8am, disembark and then we have booked a small (10 or less) group VNP tour with Lavaland. Depending on time they might hit Akaka or mac nut farm, just depends on the group. They had rave tripadvisor reviews and so far have had great customer service. I also heard great things about MaryLou's so if anyone has any insight as to which might be better and why that would be great to know! I also know there are some local guides that do private tours, if that would be better I'd love suggestions. Ship departs 6pm.
Wed Jan 14th - arrive Kona 7am, tender in and then take a cab south to check in with SeaQuest for their 5 hour Expedition South Kona snorkeling tour to Kealakekua, Honaunau and "bonus 3rd site" inc lunch and then cab it back to the cruise ship - maybe stop at a coffee plantation on the way? It was between SeaQuest and WHOA, latter was about $65 more per person but they pickup at the ship so I could go either way. SeaQuest had great reviews, small groups, etc would love to hear opinions on that. Ship departs 530pm (remember tender port).
I promise to post full trip report after, thanks TA experts as always! :)