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Hawaii Volcano Tours
Ranked #9 of 13 Tours in Pahoa
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Owner description: Aloha ! Welcome to the Big Island of Hawaii and the start of your newest adventure ! Lofty volcanoes, deep green valleys, lush tropical landscapes, towering waterfalls, molten lava, natural hot ponds, quaint plantation towns, and much more!... It's all here on the Big Island ! Let Hawaii Volcano Tours™ show you the magnificent scenery and natural wonders of our island paradise. Select any of our adventures, or click here and let us customize a unique experience for your family or group. Whichever tour experience you select, we look forward to having you as our guest.
Reviewed 9 March 2011

What can I say outside of Mark was absolutely the BEST guide I could have asked for! After communicating with him prior to our trip, I hoped that he would be great and I must say, I was blown away!
He took us (my parents and me) on a personal tour and took into consideration the fact that my dad can't walk on rough terrain and long distances.
He showed us the big things, the little things, and everything in between. Catering to what we wanted and needed.
Thanks to you Mark for the most amazing part of our entire trip! I wish for you the best!!!!

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Reviewed 28 February 2011

We started the day off with a pick up at our hotel. We went to the lava fields and hiked all over the fields all the way to the live lava flows. We stayed and played with the lava and weren't pressured to hurry up - the tour was on our time. After that, we went to a gorgeous black sand beach, took a dip in hot springs, drove through a rain forest, and saw two of the major water falls in the area. Mark took us to the areas that weren't the normal tourist traps - places off the beaten path with natural beauty. He picked us up at 10am and didn't drop us to our hotel until 7pm. He had lots of insights about what to do on other parts of the island as well and was willing to spend the extra time to tell is about them. Snacks and drinks in the SUV provided plenty of refreshments before lunchtime, which was also included.

4  Thank deeder123
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Reviewed 19 July 2010

We had a great time. The lava fields were awesome. We found a hot spot where lava was flowing under our feet that produced enough heat to catch a small branch on fire.

1  Thank Shtiltrippin
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Reviewed 19 March 2007

Myself and my daughter took one of these tours last summer at the start of July. I had a bad feeling when the owner booked our "Best of the Big Island" tour, via cellphone in what sounded like rush hour traffic. Still, we arrived in Hilo for what was suppose to be a tour that would take us on a hike thru the jungle to see some spectacular waterfalls. Followed by an afternoon hike for 45 min. out across the lava to the Pu'u O'o vent, and then some touring in and around Kiluea Crater. We were told to book our return flight for some time after at least 4:30.We were picked up by private car and driven to the Kiluea area where we did, in fact ,do some hiking around on the Park trails through the forest. I also got a quick photo of the vent from about 6 miles away. Apparently it was too far to drive to get to the actively flowing lava, if we wanted to hike to the falls. So we opted to go to the falls instead. But halfway there,we were told there was a drought, so there was no water, therefore there was no point going to see the waterfalls. We were dumped at the airport with enough time to wander around for awhile, exchange our tickets, and catch the 3:50 flight back to Oahu. We did not get to see any waterfalls, though I did note that every stream we passed enroute was full of rushing water. Our closest approach to a hike across the lava was some pictures taken by the side of the road, I had to crop them to get rid of the car's rearview mirror. I did get a photo of the Pu'u O'o vent from a point I was later told ( by the owner) was actually about 6 miles away from where we should have started our hike out across the lava. It looks like a cloud of steam far off in the distance. When I called the owner to complain, I was told it was all a terrible mistake...inexperianced guide, didn't follow his directions,etc. But no mention of any compensation. Then to add insult to injury he didn't pay the guide but instead gave her my e-mail address, so she could harrass me for payment. He pocketed the full payment for himself. I eventually had to go through Visa to get a partial refund.
If I had it to do over again. Rent a car. The park has lots of maps showing where the sights are. Park staff can tell you where to park and what to do OR what NOT to do.There were lots of groups of people hiking around the area, simply follow another group of people or even better, get yourself in between two groups,one ahead,one behind for safety. The main trails are well marked, follow the park safety rules, don't wander ANYWHERE off the main trails. Enjoy yourself and blow the tour money on food and keepsakes at the park store.

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Reviewed 21 May 2016
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