Experience some of the best Hilo has to offer on this small-group, half-day adventure. Take in dramatic views of three of Hilo’s famed waterfalls, walk through a lava tube, and search for the endangered Hawaiian green sea turtle on a black sand beach. Your adventure begins with a trip back in time, with your interpretive guide narrating the history of Hilo as you drive along the historic waterfront to an old sugar cane plantation headquarters. You will also travel into the gulch behind Honoli’i Beach Park -- one of the island's most popular surf breaks -- where a hidden waterfall lies right beneath the road.Explore OK Farms -- one of the largest tropical fruit farms in the United States. The private gazebo here offers amazing views of world-famous Rainbow Falls. Make sure you venture to the farm store, where you’ll have the opportunity to buy locally produced Macadamia nuts, coffee and other tasty treats. Leaving the farm, grab a flashlight and follow your guide down into the depths of the Kaumana Cave -- a lava tube that once served as a pipeline for volcanic lava to travel down the mountain. Finally, you'll finish up with a stroll down Richardson’s Beach. This beautiful black sand cove serves as a sanctuary for the Hawaiian green sea turtle. Hopefully you will encounter some of these sweet, gentle giants as you swim in the cove.Notes:Wear your swimsuit under your clothing; bring a towel, sunscreen and a hat. Participants must be in good physical condition and be able to negotiate stairs and/or uneven surfaces. Minimum age is 8 years. Tour operates rain or shine, but may be cancelled in the event of severe weather conditions.
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Customer Reviews for Waterfall, Cave & Black Sand Cove
The guide/driver of our small van is best described as a 'local character'. His obvious love of and knowledge about his island and its residents were clear to see. His sense of humor added greatly to the experience.
He was willing to stop for a look at any sight that interested us. The area of the the Boiling Pots and the Kaumana Cave were very interesting. At both places we were the only people there. At the black sand beach we encountered a sea turtle sunning itself right on the rocks as the shoreline. Most of the visitors to the beach that day were locals. A very beautiful spot.
The tour was nice because of the fact that there was only a small group on the tour (5 of us total). It gave us more time to ask questions of the tour guide. Our guide was great. She took us on a tour of the area around Hilo off the beaten path and around the old plantations and ranch lands. She was very informative. There were a lot of people at Rainbow falls, but they were mostly from our ship there on other tours. The cave was very interesting and something that you wouldn't see on just any tour. The beach was small, but not overly packed. The grounds around the beach were beautiful. We saw a lot of the Hilo area while on this tour.
The tour did deliver on what it had advertised. However, it did not seem as though it was unique as there were many tourists at all the places we stopped. The cave was interesting. The black sand beach was small rocky and crowded. I'm not sure I would recommend this ond