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Historical Dinner Cruise to Kealakekua Bay
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Historical Dinner Cruise to Kealakekua Bay

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Journey back in time — when ancient, powerful Kings ruled the rugged, fertile land of the Hawaiian Islands — on this 3-hour lunch or dinner cruise to Kealakekua Bay. Travel 12 miles down the Kona Coast to the Captain Cook monument. Learn the many secrets of the Big Island as a local historian points out more than 50 points of interest along the way. At Kealakekua Bay, enjoy a Hawaiian-style buffet dinner with live entertainment, then relax and experience a beautiful sunset on the return trip. One complimentary cocktail is included.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$160.00
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Afternoon Sail & Snorkel Captain Cook Monument at Kealakekua Bay
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Afternoon Sail & Snorkel Captain Cook Monument at Kealakekua Bay

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Sail up the scenic Kona coastline, getting views of ancient lava flows and verdant cliffs, and stopping at the Captain Cook Monument, on this afternoon sail in Kealakekua Bay. Slip into the water using the provided snorkeling gear to see vibrant schools of fish, living coral, and even pods of spinner dolphins. Learn about the area's underwater flora, fauna, and ecosystem through guided commentary.
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  • 3 hours
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Snorkel & Dolphin Watch Adventure Aboard Luxury Catamaran
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Snorkel & Dolphin Watch Adventure Aboard Luxury Catamaran

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Discover Kona’s underwater paradise on this snorkeling cruise and dolphin watch. Cruise through the protected marine sanctuaries of Red Hill, home to more than 600 species of enchanting ocean wildlife. After a safety briefing and some basic instruction from the lifeguard-trained crew, jump in the water for a snorkel. Also, enjoy dolphin watching and a Hawaiian-style barbecue lunch. Then relax with a cocktail from the premium cash bar and enjoy the timeless beauty of the Kona coastline on the return trip. Bring a towel. Everything else is included.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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$160.00
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Afternoon Kealakekua Snorkel Tour
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Afternoon Kealakekua Snorkel Tour

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Take a Kealakekua Bay snorkeling cruise, and depart from the waters of Keauhou Bay to scour the Kona coastline for dolphins, turtles or, even, whales in the winter months. Upon arrival in Kealakekua Bay, peer overboard at the crystal clear waters that teem with colorful reef fish. After receiving expert instruction and snorkeling equipment onboard, you'll jump in the water to experience some of the best snorkeling on the Big Island.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Deluxe Sail & Snorkel Captain Cook Monument at Kealakekua Bay
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Deluxe Sail & Snorkel Captain Cook Monument at Kealakekua Bay

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Ensure you find some of the best snorkeling sites in Hawaii on this sail and snorkel adventure leaving from Keauhou Bay Pier. Set sail along the Kona coastline toward the Captain Cook Monument, where your adventure begins. Jump into the clear water to explore the vibrant reef of the marine sanctuary of Kealakekua Bay, which is home to schools of colorful fish and pods of spinner dolphins. Your tour includes breakfast, lunch, and equipment such as snorkeling gear and boogie boards.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Private Tour: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Eco Tour

Private Tour: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Eco Tour

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Explore the world’s most active volcano on a private eco tour around Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. These 3- and 6-hour, education-based explorations focus on the native flora and fauna, the geology and the amazing Hawaiian culture that still thrives on the volcano today. Experience the highlights of Kilauea’s summit area, including a sunset eruption viewing or hike to both the hidden and highlight areas of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
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  • 6 hours
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Kona Coast Snorkel Tour

Kona Coast Snorkel Tour

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Make your boat ride a luxurious experience on this snorkeling tour to the South Kona coast. Theater-style seating, arm and headrests, and both a breakfast buffet and barbecue lunch ensure a comfortable cruise, while high-quality snorkel gear for diving off the remote South Kona coast promise sightings of the tropical aquatic life you came to see.
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  • 4 hours
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Hidden Craters Hike
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Hidden Craters Hike

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Discover Hawaii's Big Island which is famous for volcanoes—on an off-road craters Tour. Hop aboard a 4 Wheel Drive van for a breathtaking ride up the side of the Hualalai volcano. You'll pass giant craters and among both rainforest and lunar landscapes climbing 6,000 feet to explore an incredible lava tube on foot. Afterward, spend some time at a local brewery where you'll have an opportunity to sample the local brews.
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  • 5 hours
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$161.26
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Kealakekua Bay Snorkeling Tour - 4 hour Kona Zodiac Adventure

Kealakekua Bay Snorkeling Tour - 4 hour Kona Zodiac Adventure

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Splash into the crystal-clear waters of Kealakekua Bay on this Big Island snorkeling adventure! Dart in and out of sea caves and explore the gorgeous Kona coastline in an agile Zodiac raft. Snorkel among colorful tropical fish, and keep an eye out for other marine life like whales, dolphins and sea turtles. Along the way, learn about the island’s geologic history and local legends from your expert guide, and see the spot where Captain Cook first landed in Hawaii.
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  • 4 hours
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Hawaii Volcano Adventure Tour from Hilo
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Hawaii Volcano Adventure Tour from Hilo

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is famous for its ever-flowing lava and the planet’s most massive active volcano. This tour journeys to top natural landmarks in and around the park. Visit Rainbow Falls, Richardson black sand beach, Historic Banyan Drive, Liliuokalani Gardens, Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory, Akatsuka Orchid Nursery, and the active volcano of Kilauea. You also get the opportunity to walk through a lava tube.
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  • 6 hours
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Hilo Shore Excursion: Volcanoes National Park, Rainbow Falls and Highlights

Hilo Shore Excursion: Volcanoes National Park, Rainbow Falls and Highlights

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Sample a cross-section of outdoor sights on the Big Island during this shore excursion exploring Volcanoes National Park, waterfalls, orchids and more. Discover the postcard-perfect Rainbow Falls before visiting the amazing volcanic steam vents and unique geology around Kilauea Volcano. Before your day is done, check out a botanical garden filled with rare orchids, snack on macadamia nut treats at a local farm, and visit a gorgeous black sand beach. A guide, park entrance fees, snacks, and round-trip port transport are included.
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  • 6 hours
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Expedition South Kona

Expedition South Kona

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This action-packed day trip takes you to three snorkeling spots around South Kona, one of which is a remote location many locals don’t even know about. Explore sea caves, lava tubes, and reef systems, and keep your eyes peeled for pilot whales and spinner dolphins who play in the boat’s wake. Lunch and snacks are included.
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  • 5 hours
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Volcano and Kohala Landing Helicopter Tour on the Big Island

Volcano and Kohala Landing Helicopter Tour on the Big Island

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Soar over the rugged coastline, active volcanoes and cascading waterfalls of the Big Island on this unforgettable helicopter tour. Listen to expert narration from your pilot while soaking up incredible aerial views of smoking Kilauea Volcano and the magnificent mountains and sea cliffs of the Kohala Coast. Touch down on a lush and remote part of the island that most visitors never get to see, and enjoy your own private slice of paradise before taking to the skies again.
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  • 3 hours
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Captain Cook Exclusive

Captain Cook Exclusive

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Kealakekua Bay was famously the spot where Captain James Cook was killed and lies along Hawaii’s scenic Kona Coast. On this afternoon tour, discover the bay’s historic sites and natural wonders on a thrilling boat cruise. See the Captain Cook Monument, explore the sea caves and lava tubes around the bay, and dive in to swim and snorkel amid colorful marine life.
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  • 3 hours
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Evening Volcano Explorer from Hilo
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Evening Volcano Explorer from Hilo

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Explore the fascinating world of active volcanism, biological diversity and past and present Hawaiian culture at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Visit Kalapana, a village destroyed by advancing lava, and the black sand beach on the island. Learn about everything from active volcanic craters and steam vents to the historic Jagger Museum. Enjoy dinner at Volcano Winery, featuring a private tour with wine tasting, then watch for current activity at Kilauea Volcano, the most active of the five volcanoes in Hawaii. Hotel pickup and drop-off provide for a seamless experience.
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  • 6 hours
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Coffee and Chocolate Tours Plus Gift Shop

Coffee and Chocolate Tours Plus Gift Shop

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We offer one of the most fully detailed and comprehensive tours of coffee and chocolate production in Hawaii. You'll learn how coffee is produced from the moment it blossoms to the final roasted bean. We'll also go over how chocolate is grown from the beginning to the final award-winning chocolate bar. Tasting is available too! And finally, we will walk you through the soap factory and discuss how we created a unique product that uses its own farm-grown ingredients and pure plant botanicals to make a soap that is nonallergenic. No fragrance is used, so those that are allergic to fragrances you'll be just fine. So come enjoy an awesome 5 star-rated tour, you'll have a blast and it all starts at 9 am. Please note that the event takes a little over 2 hours but we schedule for 3 hours because people really get involved and interact with the tour. We love to talk story with everyone! We look forward to meeting you and if you're returning we can't wait to see you again. Aloha
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  • 3 hours
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Coffee, Beer and Cloud Forest Half-Day Tour in Kailua Kona

Coffee, Beer and Cloud Forest Half-Day Tour in Kailua Kona

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Learn about Hawaiian history during a guided visit to Kaloko–Honokohau National Historical Park and finish with a botanical tour of the Kona Cloud Forest Sanctuary. This Big Island adventure includes a Kona coffee tasting high on the slopes of Hualalai volcano plus a brewery tour and beer/cider flight with lunch. Travel by Mercedes minibus with a maximum of 15 passengers for an intimate look at Hawaii.
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  • 6 hours
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Private Charter: Customizable Big Island Boat Adventure

Private Charter: Customizable Big Island Boat Adventure

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The Kona coastline is an aquatic playground that's filled with possibility, whether it's snorkeling with manta rays, searching for dolphins, or watching whales in winter. For an exclusive, comfortable, and private way to explore the Kona coast, this rugged, catamaran-style boat is perfect for small group excursions—since the itinerary and activities are completely catered to only you and your group. Along with a professional, knowledgeable captain who can recommend fun-filled activities, experience a private charter in Kona that you and a group of up to 24 people are sure to never forget.
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  • 4 hours
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Volcanoes Adventure Tour from Hilo
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Volcanoes Adventure Tour from Hilo

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Embark on an epic adventure on this Volcanoes National Park tour from Hilo. Journey into the largest and most active volcano on earth with your friendly, professional guide, and pay a visit to the Richardson Blacksand Beach. Learn about the incredible landscapes that roll out before you and gain insight into the geological and ecological implications of Mother Nature on this stunning park. See the Akatsuka Orchid Nursery, Rainbow Falls, the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory and so much more on this memorable tour that hits so many of Hawaii's hot spots.
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  • 6 hours
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Mauna Kea Arnott's Adventures

Mauna Kea Arnott's Adventures

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Our Mauna Kea Summit Tour is designed to showcase the beauty and wonder of one of the most impressive mountains in the world. Mauna Kea (meaning “white mountain”) is historically and culturally very significant to the Hawaiian people, and because of its contributions to geology and astronomy, to the world as well. Our local guides will enlighten you with the sacredness and cultural aspect of Mauna Kea. A spiritual high for many locals and visitors. #1 rated tour for adventure and photography. This tour requires a minimum of 4 guests in order to run.
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  • 6 hours
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Volcano Adventure Tour & Waterfall - Shore Excursion from Hilo Harbor
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Volcano Adventure Tour & Waterfall - Shore Excursion from Hilo Harbor

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Sample the best that the Big Island of Hawaii has to offer during this 8-hour sightseeing trip covering some of the region’s top attractions. Watch your mind ‘burn’ with curiosity during a visit to the famous Volcanoes National Park, enjoying park landmarks like the Thurston Lava Tube and Kilauea Iki Crater. You’ll also stop by the scenic black-sand Richardson Beach, admire the postcard-worthy Rainbow Falls and experience the lush grounds of Liliuokalani Gardens, plus much more. Round-trip transport, park entrance fees and bottled water are also included.
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  • 6 hours
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Ultimate Ocean Encounters Midday Snorkel

Ultimate Ocean Encounters Midday Snorkel

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On this 3-hour excursion you can expect to see and snorkel with as much sea life as possible. Trust our Captains and Crew with their knowledge of the Kona Coast and all the beauty it has to offer. Keep your eyes out for spinner dolphins, turtles, whales, colorful schools of fish and vibrant reef. Our crew will be happy to share some fun historical facts, snorkel tips, and fun fish stories. Strap on your snorkel gear and get ready to jump into the warm Hawaiian sea, for the Ultimate Ocean Encounter.
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  • 3 hours
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Pele's Creation Day Tour from Hilo - Puna 2018 Lava Flow (Hawaii)

Pele's Creation Day Tour from Hilo - Puna 2018 Lava Flow (Hawaii)

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The 2018 eruption wreaked havoc upon the subdivision of Leilani Estates. While there is currently no active surface lava on the island, the destruction is still evident here. You will hear first-hand accounts from real homeowners and see Fissure 8, the largest fissure from the eruption. We have exclusive access to visit 4 different properties destroyed in the eruption. A portion of our sales goes to those who tragically lost their homes.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Kona Sport-Fishing Large Group Private Charter - 6 Hours

Kona Sport-Fishing Large Group Private Charter - 6 Hours

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Head out to the ocean from the coast of Kona with this six-hour charter trip, suitable to those who are seasoned at fishing and newbies to the sport alike. You'll have a captain and crew on board to help you out and if fishing isn't really your thing, you are welcome to just sit back and enjoy the ride.
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What people are saying about Half-day Tours in Big Island of Hawaii

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Historical Dinner Cruise to Kealakekua Bay
"The crew was great, very friendly, helpful and professional. The food was delicious. History and entertainment were good as well. Beautiful sunset."..."
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Afternoon Sail & Snorkel Captain Cook Monument at Kealakekua Bay
"Huge amount of coral and fish to see. One of the most beautiful sights of my life. Crew was excellent and knowledgeable."..."
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Snorkel & Dolphin Watch Adventure Aboard Luxury Catamaran
"Definitely worth every penny! The crew was so polite and helpful. The boat was clean and food was great! We saw dolphins, manta rays and hundreds of fish. The water is incredibly clear, it was gorgeous! I really loved this experience."..."
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Afternoon Kealakekua Snorkel Tour
"Our 2nd snorkel trip with Fait Winds. Check in very easy. Excellent service, clean and sanitary vessel, very knowledgeable crew with a great sense of humor. The snorkel equipment is very easy to use and very comfortable. This tour does not disappoint. Thank you everyone!"..."
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Deluxe Sail & Snorkel Captain Cook Monument at Kealakekua Bay
"We had a fantastic time with Tony and his crew - they were all fun and friendly! The snorkeling experience was amazing - we got to see two very different reefs (Captain Cook & Iguana), and we enjoyed the history talk during the ride! We would certainly come back and would heartily recommend to anyone!"..."
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Private Tour: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Eco Tour
"Best guide with so much knowledge and enthusiasm. She was helpful and personable. The park was spectacular and a great trip."..."
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Kona Coast Snorkel Tour
"We have been snorkeling many times, and never enjoyed it as much as with the folds at Fairway. The staff was friendly and competent, and the boat was sparkling-clean. We felt safe and pampered the entire time. I would recommend this tour to everyone, and look forward to booking it again on our next Hawaiian trip."..."
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Hidden Craters Hike
"Mark, our guide was pleasant and very knowledgeable. Informative tour. Fun to learn about the different plant growth@topography, climbing thru the tube, the crater, the views. Great Mid level private hike. Highly recommend."..."
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Kealakekua Bay Snorkeling Tour - 4 hour Kona Zodiac Adventure
"JC and Davante showed us a great time. Being in the Zodiac allowed us to get up close to a whale shark. Something you can’t do on the bigger boats."..."
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Hawaii Volcano Adventure Tour from Hilo
"The driver/tour guide was excellent. The driver was knowledgeable about the tour and takes his time explaining in detail."..."
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Hilo Shore Excursion: Volcanoes National Park, Rainbow Falls and Highlights
"This excursion was so much more than we expected. We had just the right amount of time at each location. Our tour guide was knowledgeable about the locations and history of the islands. I would highly recommend this tour!"..."
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Expedition South Kona
"Excellent snorkeling. Captain and assistant very knowledgeable and helpful. We were able to get close to some interesting rock formations as well."..."
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Volcano and Kohala Landing Helicopter Tour on the Big Island
"Highly recommended. Worth the price. To be in between valleys and have waterfalls on both sides, landing on a no-man place, seeing volcano drain into ocean is one of kind experience."..."
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Captain Cook Exclusive
"Captain Kendra was great. Very knowledgeable & a lot of fun. Our family of five ages 5-71 felt very comfortable. Definitely recommend this company for a day on the water."..."
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Evening Volcano Explorer from Hilo
"We had an excellent time on our tour with Spencer. He was a wealth of knowledge and gave us so much information throughout the entire tour. He is passionate about the island and exudes the Aloha spirit we have come to love when visiting the islands."..."
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Coffee and Chocolate Tours Plus Gift Shop
"Learning about how the chocolate goes from bean to bar. Greg was so informative and knowledgable. The soap company was very interesting too. You get so much information from this tour!"..."
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Coffee, Beer and Cloud Forest Half-Day Tour in Kailua Kona
"Great tour touching on a little history of the island starting at Honokohau Bay that tied into the tour of Mountain Thunder coffee. Also spent time walking through a forest preserve that really provided a contrast to the totally different climates from just a couple miles from the coast. Finishing at the local Ola Brewery was especially interesting to learn about how the local brewery was working closely with and supporting local farmers. The tour itself was very relaxed and timed well. There was plenty of time at each stop, and we were never rushed. Great tour for anyone looking to fill a half-day in Kona. Our tour guide was Aaron, who we had the pleasure of having as a tour guide for the volcano tour a year earlier. Again we were amazed at his knowledge of the local history and culture. This was a relatively small group, so he was especially attentive to our questions and interests. In light he was our tour guide for a larger group last year, we can honestly say he was extremely helpful and observant for both the small and larger groups. Throughout both tours he was bringing to our attention points of interest and facts throughout the trips, so there was always something new and interesting around each corner. Looking forward to the next tour on our next visit to the Big Island, and will definitely be scheduling with Aaron."..."
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Private Charter: Customizable Big Island Boat Adventure
"Fun day on the boat with just our family on our timetable! Good lunch and hospitality! Can’t wait to do it again! Great value for a perfect day with grandparents and kids. Fun for everyone!"..."
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Volcanoes Adventure Tour from Hilo
"Thank you Mr. Young for the lovely tour!! He knew his stuff and then some more so it made it that much more enjoyable"..."
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Volcano Adventure Tour & Waterfall - Shore Excursion from Hilo Harbor
"We had a fabulous guide ... .Mickey ... and we were the only ones on the tour. It was fantastic. Very felxible, informative but not hectic, educational, and lovely scenery. Highly recommend this for value ... we did a couple of other tours, and though worth the money as well, this one was a real gem."..."
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Pele's Creation Day Tour from Hilo - Puna 2018 Lava Flow (Hawaii)
"Wife and I toured the Volcano NP with great views of Kilauea crater, the Volcano House, and up close views of steam vents. Included were visits into several nearby neighborhoods that experienced devastation during the most recent eruption in 2018. Almost too much to comprehend. Houses destroyed and roads buried. This is a must see, as the tour takes you to places that were broadcast on national TV."..."
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Kona Sport-Fishing Large Group Private Charter - 6 Hours
"Our family spent the day with Capt Taylor and deck hand Nakai (sp?)... it was a great day! The kids got to reel in reef fish and see dolphins, and the guys were hooked into 3 mahi mahi at the same time!! So exciting!! Landed 2 of the 3!"..."

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