This adventure takes you off the beaten path to explore remote treasures often unseen by visitors. You will be traveling in a small group for an intimate experience, taking in the spectacular wild beauty of coastal Hilo. Traverse roads built in the 1800s to access local surf spots, hidden rivers and waterfalls surrounded by 40-foot royal palms. Trek through the ‘back door’ of Rainbow Falls under a canopy of gigantic banyan and mango trees and venture down into an area known as Boiling Pots, where water from the Wailuku River rushes through old lava rocks and lava tubes, creating a boiling effect. Climb down an almost vertical staircase to explore Kaumana Caves. These natural wonders were formed by the 1881 eruption of Mauna Loa, the largest volcano in the world. Leaving the depths of the earth, you’ll continue on to the rugged coastline and visit a black-sand cove. This is a visual treat for the exploring eye—it’s surrounded by unique lava formations and marine life. Before your journey ends visit the delectable Big Island Trading Company where you will indulge in handmade Hawaiian Treats and 100% Hawaiian Coffee. Throughout the day, your local Hawaiian guide will tell stories from the island state’s long and fascinating history. 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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(3 Reviews) 3
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2 out of 3(67%)reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
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