|The town of Hilo has a certain irresistible charm.
Described by many as one of the few places left to experience old Hawai'i. The town is friendly, laid-back, and you can't help but slow down, take a couple of breaths, and realize that this is what Hawai'i is supposed to be like. We don't want you to slow down too much though; we have some adventuring to do!
|BIG VOLCANO TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
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BIG VOLCANO TOUR SUMMARY
PICK UP FROM HILO: Your day starts early at around 9am and typically last about 13 hours. Your pickup time will vary depending on if you are sharing your adventure with another small group, or if your group is exclusive. We operate on first come first served. If you are first to book any given day, you’ll be the first to be picked up and get a choice of seating in the van.JOURNEY ON SADDLE ROAD TO WAIMEA: After we're all strapped in and ready to go, the adventure begins as we head west out of Hilo along Saddle road. The first portion fo the journy takes us to the along famous Saddle Road. Saddle Road crests at 6632. What was warm and confortable in Hilo, will most likely be very chilly and windy near the crest of the road. We will pass through the rainforests of Hilo to the upper lava desert and scrubland of the crest. If conditions permit, you will receive stunning views of our planet's largest volcano, Mauna Loa, as well as glimpses of her neighbor Hualalai. As we approach Waimea, we will pass near the clouds at crest before going back down towards Waimea town.
WAIMEA TO POLOLU VALLEY: After our decent into Waimea we will continue our adventure along the Kohala coast towards the Pololu Valley. During this trip you will notice a 15-20 degree deperature increase as we go from the temperate climate in Waimea to near desert conditions along the Kohala coast. Once at the coast, you will be treated to gorgeous views of Kohala volcano on one side, and Haleakala on neighboring island Maui on the other. Your photo opportunities are endless once we reach the Pololu Valley.
KOHALA MOUNTAIN ROAD: Your introduction to the Kohala volcano begins on the Kohala Mountain Road. Right away you'll see that this differs from the other volcanoes on the island. Being the oldest, Kohala has had some time to settle down and relax, and is now home to one of the oldest and largest working cattle ranches in the country, Parker Ranch. As we climb into the clouds the rolling green pastureland seems to go on forever.
KOHALA TO KILAUEA: I suppose you could say we've saved the best for last. After all, Kilauea volcano is that star of the show. The nearly 100 mile journey will take us through often windy and rainey Waimea and south along Hawai'i's famous Hamakua coast. Along the way, we'll take a quick detour to check out one of the must stunning features on the Big Island, Waipio Valley. Once we're at Kilauea and Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, we'll explore the summit area and chain of craters road which leads down to the coast. The tour typically ends around sundown, where if lucky, you'll be treated to the glow of the lava lake from Kilauea's famous summit pit-crater, Hale'ma'uma'u.
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