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Lavaland Hawaii

Hilo, HI, USA
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Tours, Rainforest Tours, Lava Hikes, Birding Tours in the most beautiful places on the Big Island of Hawaii.
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Joanne M wrote a review May 2018
6 contributions3 helpful votes
My husband and I took the Lavaland tour in April 2018 while on a cruise. Vince was our guide, and was very knowledgable. Our group was small, just 8 of us plus Vince, and we could go places and see things that the larger tours from the ship couldn't. It was raining on and off all day, but it didn't matter. I was wearing quick-dry hiking capris, waterproof hiking boots, a raincoat with a tank top underneath, and was comfortable even when wet. This is a very active tour, with lots of walking, so being dressed as I was definitely made things easier. We saw so many incredible sights! Our guide Vince was thoughtful, and always asked the group if we wanted to proceed, especially when the rain got heavier, and we all always said yes. The rain stopped and the sun came out, and Vince found a picnic table in a shelter for lunch. On the way back to the ship, the waterfall was just gushing because of all the rain. The tour was one of the best experiences of my life, second maybe to snorkeling with whale sharks in Cabo. It you are in Hilo, this trip is a must!
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Date of experience: April 2018
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JDWS1368 wrote a review May 2018
Oakville, Canada7 contributions3 helpful votes
We had a day tour with Lavaland on May 4th, the day of the significant earthquakes in Volcano National Park. Our day started when our tour guide, Luanna, met us at the cruise terminal, as we were in port on the Celebrity Solstice. Our group was small - with just 4 of us, and Luanna was great throughout the day, sharing the history of the island and volcano, along with information on previous eruptions. In the van and available to us all day was a cooler of various drinks and a container of various snacks. We travelled to the park to see the active crater, visitor's centre, Thurston Lava Tube, steam vents and previous lava fields, finishing off with a stop at Rainbow Falls, before heading back to our cruise ship. The big earthquake hit while we were travelling in a van where the van shook and shimmied on the road like we had hit a patch of black ice - those with cold winters will understand what hitting black ice is all about!! Squeezed into all of that was a great picnic lunch provided by Lavaland. We would highly recommend Hawaii to anyone wishing a great volcano tour while in Hilo. Here's hoping that Mother Nature doesn't let the volcano erupt too long or too severe in order that those living near are not disrupted anymore than they already have been.
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Date of experience: May 2018
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Beagle L wrote a review Apr 2018
Wildwood, New Jersey178 contributions19 helpful votes
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We researched many options for a Volcano’s National Park Tour while spending the day in Hilo aboard Norwegian’s POA Cruise Ship. We did not want to rent a car and do this on our own as suggested. We also did not want shopping stops. Lavaland included a full day tour plus lunch. It was worth every penny. Our tour guide Vince picked us up at 9:30am at the port entrance. We had 8 people in the tour. The ride to VNP was not long and Vince made the time fly by while telling us all about the area. At the time of our tour, Hilo had already had 80 inches of rain since January. We all suited up in ponchos and it would rain for 5 minutes and the sun would shine. This went on for the entire day. We did get to see Lava splatter when looking at the Halema’uma’u Crater. I did not get a picture, but I did see it with my naked eye and binoculars. We toured the inside of the visitor’s center and Vince explained everything. After that we visited a few steam vents. I stood over one vent and immediately had my glasses fog up and I could feel the intense heat. That was really cool. After the vents, we drove to a remote area of a lava field from 1974 eruption. We walked out and saw the Keanakakao Crater. Not many people get to go all the way out there. The hike out and back was fun, maybe about two miles total. After that we went to the Thurston Lava Tube and onto a nice place for lunch outside. We had all preselected sandwiches when making our reservations. Vince provided drinks, chips, and Longun Fruit. I had never heard of it so I had to try it, very good. After lunch we boarded the van to head to Rainbow Falls and it down poured. All that rain made for beautiful pictures of the falls. Vince had us back at the port at 4:30. It was an amazing tour thanks to Vince. He did an excellent job and he’s just about the best guy you will ever meet. We highly recommend LavaLand Tours!
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Date of experience: April 2018
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FamilyOE wrote a review Apr 2018
New Zealander115 contributions77 helpful votes
I had initially thought I could go on my own, until I read a review of Lavaland and changed my mind. I am so glad I didn't attempt it solo. Hank knew the best route to take, had excellent gear for us all, and was a professional and reassuring presence at all times for a two hour walk over tough terrain and then hiking back in the dark. It was totally worth the money for the expertise they offer. Hank set a good pace and sustained it throughout so there was no mucking around. The lava is of course truly fantastic to watch. We were able to stay at the lava as long as we liked - watching it flow and fold and tumble. Adjectives are insufficient! I wore long pants, long socks and good hiking shoes and did need my rain jacket for some of the walk back, and drank 2 litres of water during the evening, so go prepared.
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Date of experience: March 2018
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ltbeach2017 wrote a review Mar 2018
Tucson, Arizona4 contributions
Took the hike to the lava flow with a Lavaland guide, and it was unbelievable! The hike itself is an adventure, but seeing, and feeling, the lava flow up close was surreal. Wear shorts, regardless of the weather. Yes, sturdy shoes are needed- you will walk miles across a crevassed, plied up lava field. The hike is worth it! Dave was my tour guide and he was excellent. This is something you should do. Once in a life time- just do it!
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Date of experience: March 2018
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