Private Hilo Landmarks And Volcanoes National Park Adventure
Enjoy six hours of exploring lush gardens, scenic tree-lined routes, and more with the convenience of private transportation on this exciting cultural tour in Hilo. You'll get private transportation that takes you to a variety of fun and informative Hilo attractions, including Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory and Richardson Black Sand Beach, and take a two-hour tour of the iconic Hawaiian Volcanoes National Park--a historic park with two of the most active volcanoes in the world. Spend 20 to 30 minutes at places like Rainbow Falls, traveling down scenic routes like Bayan Drive and Kilauea Iki Trail, and the Liliuokalani Gardens. With so many natural attractions to visit, this scenic tour is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts!
Begin your journey hopping into a private vehicle and leaving the Hilo pier to head for Rainbow Falls--an 80-foot waterfall that flows over a lava cave. Legend has it that Rainbow Falls was the residence of Hilo--the Hawaiian moon goddess. After spending 30 minutes exploring this serene waterfall, you'll make your way to see the production and packaging process of macadamia nuts and maybe taste a few at the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory.
Continue down the scenic celebrity-planted banyan-tree line road of Banyan Road before stopping at the epochal Liliuokalani Gardens--an authentic, nearly 25-acre Japanese garden that's one of the largest ornamental Japanese gardens in the world outside of Japan. This historic garden was donated by Queen Liliuluokalani--the last monarch that reigned over Hawaii. You'll also get to see fields of dendrobiums, Dracula orchids, and other orchid varieties at the Akatsuka Orchid Gardens. Next, head to the epic Hawaii Volcanoes National Park--home of Mauna Loa and Kilauea--two of the most active volcanoes in the world.
Your tour will continue down the scenic trails of Crater Rim Drive where you'll pass by and spend 20 minutes along the Kilauea Iki Trail--home to a lava lake and a variety of colorful, native birds, such as the Hawaiian honeycreepers and the 'Apapane songbird. Take a 45-minute scenic drive down the Chain of Craters Road where you'll see 10 iconic craters along the way before taking a 30-minute detour at Richardson Black Sand Beach Park, where sea turtles roam along the beautiful black sandy beaches. Wrap up your tour with a visit to the Kilauea Visitor Center to see a whole host of exhibits that show how Hilo has formed over the years and its ecosystems before making your way back to the pier.
Whether you want to indulge in tasty macadamia nuts or enjoy taking in the beautiful panoramic views of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, there's much to do on this private cultural excursion. Book this scenic tour today and get ready to enjoy an unforgettable cultural experience.
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Our goal is to provide customers a wide array of exciting, appealing, and enriching tours. For those customers who prefer to travel in smaller groups with more personalized service, we offer a wide variety of small group tours around the world. These tours generally range in size from 2-12 people compared to larger tours which can number up to 50 people. While exploring the destinations and ports on this website, feel free to search for these "Small Group Tours". For those customers interested in private tours, we offer many outstanding excursions that allow you to travel with your party alone and, in many cases, to fully customize your tour. Search for "Private Tours" if you are interested in this experience. Our "Scenic" tours provide up close and personal access to some of the most spectacular natural environments on Earth from majestic glaciers in Alaska to spectacular reefs in the Caribbean. Our "Cultural" tours allow customers to experience local customs, entertainment and culinary delights ranging from tribal dances in Alaska to an outstanding local meal in Santorini, Greece. Our "Active" tours offer a multitude of exciting and adventurous ways to experience our destinations. Our customers can kayak the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, hike to a spectacular waterfall in Hawaii, or bicycle through quaint villages in France. Our "City" tours allow travelers to see the highlights of great cities around the world with unique insights provided by our expert tour guides.
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Bradford J. Miller
Mr. Miller is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Abercrombie & Kent, the World's leading luxury travel company. In that role, Mr. Miller was responsible for contributing to Abercrombie & Kent's international growth through the development and acquisition of tour products and travel experiences around the world with a specific focus on cruising and land based experiences. Prior to joining Abercrombie & Kent, Mr. Miller held a variety of executive positions with Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises for more than a decade. These positions included Vice President of Guest Sales & Service, Vice President of Brand Development, and Vice President of Onboard Revenue (which included shore excursions). Mr. Miller also led Celebrity Expeditions, a collection of outstanding and unique tours around the World.
Mr. Bonner has over a decade of experience working in the cruise industry in a variety of roles for both Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Viking River Cruises. Most recently, Mr. Bonner was the Chief Operating Officer for The Scholar Ship, a Royal Caribbean program aimed at providing college students onboard educational programs in conjunction with enriching shore excursions around the world. Mr. Bonner also helped co-manage Viking River Cruises U.S. Operations, and he ran the corporate, strategic, and deployment planning functions at Royal Caribbean. While at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was responsible for forming Royal Celebrity Tours, Royal Caribbean's land-based tour operation in Alaska, which takes cruise passengers on multiple day tours through the interior of Alaska either before or after their cruises. Prior to working at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was a consultant for Booz Allen & Hamilton.