This was the most amazing day! Susan, our guide, was like a family member who invited us to enjoy her home Hawaii and love for the area. She knew wonderful places for photoshoots, was happy to photograph us, and had great suggestions for interesting poses. She had lots of pictures and news clippings to pass around as she drove and told stories of the history of the Big Island. None of our time was wasted. We went to beaches for photos, to Volcanos National Park at multiple places, including back to the peak for the sunset, hiked volcano tubes, walked over various old lava flows, got insights at the museum, went to the Mauna Loa factory/plantation, and so much more. It was a fantastic, total immersion in the Hawaii experience from sights, to history, to folklore. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise that I had been unable to get a rental car while we were on Hawaii, since this tour took us to everything and more that was on my To Do List, and provided a whole cultural and family-like experience that made me feel like I had spent weeks on Hawaii, rather than just days. I'd do it again as a top priority on my next trip!
The tour itself was comprehensive but a bit too long. Although your driver was very knowledgeable, his accent was hard to understand and he provided more details than needed. We got picked up at 9:15 am only to wait at the airport close to our Hotel for over an hour waiting for additional tourists to arrive.
Great tour to the volcano, Rainbow Falls, the Thurston lava tube, the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut farm and visitor center, etc.!
Our tour guide Jeff was so knowledgeable and fun! His informative narration and insights and perspective really added a lot. Our van was spacious and comfortable. Our group ranged in age from early 20's to me 69 and I believe we all enjoyed the experience.