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Big Island in a Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, History
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Big Island in a Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, History

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The Big Island of Hawaii has a diverse ecosystem unlike anywhere else on the planet, and on this day-long nature tour, experience the beauty of its black-sand beaches, thundering waterfalls, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. If you’re lucky, find Hawaiian green sea turtles basking on the coast. Since the tour only requires a moderate amount of walking, it's an educational adventure for travelers of all ages, with snacks and refreshments included.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Keauhou Manta Ray Night Snorkel in Kailua-Kona, HI
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Keauhou Manta Ray Night Snorkel in Kailua-Kona, HI

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Have the opportunity to admire wild manta rays in their natural habitat on this evening cruise. Set sail after dark, when the manta rays come out to feed on plankton, and use a custom-made lightboard that attracts the rays. Float through the warm waters for up to 40 minutes, use your snorkel to watch as the rays swim and feed, and learn more about the majestic creatures from your guide.
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  • 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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COMBO: Wild Dolphin / Whale Watch & Reef Snorkel Adventure on Speed Boat!

COMBO: Wild Dolphin / Whale Watch & Reef Snorkel Adventure on Speed Boat!

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Go coral reef snorkeling on our fast boat, explore parts of the coast line with sea caves etc. & hopefully Encounter Marine Wildlife such as Dolphins, Whales, Manta Rays etc. watching from the boat! (*wildlife is NOT guarantee*) For the adventurous adrenalin riders ONLY ( this boat ride / ocean can be rough, bumpy & choppy on RARE occasions) this is not a slow cruise boat, please don't come us if you feel you'll have a negative experience, feel free to cancel with us after booking if this is not for you. Snacks, drinks & gear are free. Tour time is NOT EXACT (3 - 4 hours) why? weather conditions, how long you snorkel etc. Boat Capacity: We need a minimum of 6 guest for the tour to operate. Its rare we don't meet the capacity! If your tour time slot doesn't fill up, we will move you to a different time slot or day.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Deluxe Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument
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Deluxe Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument

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This half-day boat cruise takes you to the two best snorkeling sites in Kealakekua Bay: The reef beneath Captain Cook's monument and the underwater lava formations of Red Hill. In addition to breakfast and lunch, your guides provide all necessary equipment, basic snorkeling tips, and identification charts to help you spot fish and dolphins in their natural habitat. Don’t forget your camera—the route showcases sweeping views of the Kona coastline.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour
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Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour

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Experience big skies and incredible nighttime views on this Mauna Kea stargazing trip with a small group. Join no more than 28 guests for a warm pre-trip picnic, proceeded by a ride in a 4x4 luxury van to the summit of the Big Island's tallest peak. After admiring a sunset view, continue down to 9,000 feet (2,743 meters) for a stargazing session, complete with a telescope, hot chocolate, and dessert. The trip also includes a guide and a hooded parka to keep you warm.
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  • 8 hours
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Atlantis Submarine Kona - Hawaii Island

Atlantis Submarine Kona - Hawaii Island

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On this exciting Kona submarine tour, dive deep below the cobalt waters just off the Kona coast, where an entire world of fish and marine creatures is waiting just below the surface. As the submarine descends towards the colorful reef, peer through the portholes at fish that swim to within inches of the submarine windows, and experience the sense of peace and calm in this world beneath the waves. This is a great way to explore underwater without even getting your hair wet, and, if you’re very lucky, there’s even the chance you could see a passing shark.
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  • 1 hour
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Afternoon Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument
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Afternoon Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument

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Set sail down the Kona coastline aboard a trimaran, arriving in the Kealakekua Bay Marine Preserve for an afternoon of snorkeling. Splash into the turquoise waters near the Captain Cook Monument, and search for pods of spinner dolphins that frequent the bay. All equipment is provided along with light snacks and reef-safe sunscreen to make the trip convenient.
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  • 3 hours
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Afternoon Kealakekua Snorkel Tour

Afternoon Kealakekua Snorkel Tour

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Take a Kealakekua Bay snorkeling cruise, and depart from the waters of Keauhou Bay to scour the Kona coastline for dolphins, turtles or, even, whales in the winter months. Upon arrival in Kealakekua Bay, peer overboard at the crystal clear waters that teem with colorful reef fish. After receiving expert instruction and snorkeling equipment onboard, you'll jump in the water to experience some of the best snorkeling on the Big Island.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Polynesian ATV Tour

Polynesian ATV Tour

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Combine a Polynesian cultural experience with an adrenaline-fuelled ATV ride on this unique tour. Hop aboard your own ATV or ride in a UTV driven by the guide, and set out on a fun 2-hour route, following forest trails and country lanes. Stop along the way at a series of villages and discover the rich history and heritage of Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, and Hawaii as you take part in traditional activities and learn about Polynesian culture.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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9-Line Zipline Experience on the Big Island, Hawaii
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9-Line Zipline Experience on the Big Island, Hawaii

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See the Big Island from a different angle on this 9-line zipline adventure that takes you over tree tops, waterfalls, and rivers. With four dual lines, you can even race a friend. With views of the Pacific Ocean from every platform, it’s the most scenic zipline experience on the island.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Kealakekua Bay: Captain Cook Reef Snorkel - Navy SEAL Boat, 14 Guest Max!

Kealakekua Bay: Captain Cook Reef Snorkel - Navy SEAL Boat, 14 Guest Max!

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14 guest max, no large crowds! Snorkel coral reef at Captain Cooks Monument in Kealakekua Bay & check out Sea Caves along the coastline by boat! ( Zodiac Navy Seal Speed Boat sitting on the RIB ) For the adventurous adrenalin riders ONLY ( this boat ride / ocean can be rough, bumpy & choppy on rare occasions) this is not a slow cruise boat, please don't come us if you feel you'll have a negative experience, feel free to cancel with us after booking. Aloha! This is not a big tourist boat crammed up with 30 to 100 people! Snacks, drinks & gear are free. Tour time is NOT EXACT (3-4 hours) why? Weather conditions, how long you snorkel, ETC.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Night Manta Ray Adventure on the Big Island, Hawaii
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Night Manta Ray Adventure on the Big Island, Hawaii

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Have a unique Big Island experience snorkeling with manta rays on this tour. Led by a local guide, you’ll take a short cruise out to the manta site, where you’ll watch the beautiful Hawaiian sunset before dipping into the water to watch the manta rays up close. All necessary equipment will be provided for your excursion, as well as light refreshments and snacks to enjoy on board. Your tour will conclude at its original departure point. If you don't see manta rays on this excursion, book again for another night--no charge.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Helicopter Lava and Rainforests Adventure from Hilo

Helicopter Lava and Rainforests Adventure from Hilo

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A must-do for adrenaline junkies, this aerial adventure takes you over the island’s volcanic landscape, so you can peer into craters and spot lava. Plus enjoy views of waterfalls and other natural features of the Big Island while aboard.
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  • 55 minutes to 1 hour
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Circle of Fire Helicopter Tour from Hilo

Circle of Fire Helicopter Tour from Hilo

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Fly over Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on a scenic helicopter flight from Hilo. Enjoy an aerial perspective of the Kilauea and Mauna Loa volcanoes and stunning views of the most geologically active environment on earth. Ride in comfort and safety in an ECO-Star helicopter. You'll hear informative commentary from your pilot as you spot the Halemaumau Crater and other sights in the national park.
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  • 50 minutes
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Big Island Kohala Canopy Zipline Adventure
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Big Island Kohala Canopy Zipline Adventure

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Fly across the lush forest of the Big Island’s northern Kohala region on a zipline adventure near Kapaau. Trek through the treetops in a canopy park featuring a series of suspension bridges, platforms, and thrilling ziplines. Expert instructors are on-hand to ensure everyone’s safety while cruising across the customizable, whisper-quiet course.
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  • 3 hours
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Afternoon Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument
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Afternoon Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument

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Sail up the scenic Kona coastline, getting views of ancient lava flows and verdant cliffs, and stopping at the Captain Cook Monument, on this afternoon sail in Kealakekua Bay. Slip into the water using the provided snorkeling gear to see vibrant schools of fish, living coral, and even pods of spinner dolphins. Learn about the area's underwater flora, fauna, and ecosystem through guided commentary.
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  • 3 hours
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Small Group Big Island Twilight Volcano and Stargazing Tour
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Small Group Big Island Twilight Volcano and Stargazing Tour

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Pack in some of Hawaii’s most mesmerizing sights during this Big Island twilight volcano tour. Sample Kona-grown coffee from a local coffee farm, keep an eye out for sea turtles at Punalu'u Black Sand Beach, and taste Hawaiian sweet bread at Punalu’u Bakery. Then, explore Volcanoes National Park before ending your experience by stargazing in a secluded location—perfect for taking in views of the night sky.
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  • 12 hours
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Best Mauna Kea Summit Tour (Free sunset and star photo!)

Best Mauna Kea Summit Tour (Free sunset and star photo!)

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The 13,803-foot (4,207.3-meter) peak of Mauna Kea is Hawaii's highest point, and a popular spot for star-gazing. With this tour, travel up to the volcano summit with your guide, stop for dinner at the Onizuka Astronomy Complex, then arrive at the summit in time to watch the sunset. As dark sets in, enjoy a guided stargazing experience and marvel at the stars and planets using a refractor telescope and razor pointer.
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  • 8 hours
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Maunakea Stellar Explorer from KONA

Maunakea Stellar Explorer from KONA

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Hawaii’s natural wonders aren’t only on land and in the sea—the Big Island is also a prime spot from which to admire the wonders of the solar system. This tour is the only one that includes both afternoon solar viewing and nighttime stargazing, accompanied by astronomy experts. Visit different destinations and use a state-of-the-art solar telescope and Dobsonian telescope to spot solar flares, galaxies, star clusters, and planets.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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Big Island Zipline Over KoleKole Falls

Big Island Zipline Over KoleKole Falls

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The city of Hilo is surrounded by some of Hawaii’s most scenic wonders, and on this 7-line Hilo ziplining tour, you can literally soar past thundering falls as you zip through a tropical rainforest. Learn about traditional Hawaiian agriculture, and once you’re comfortable sitting in the harness and feeling the exhilarating rush, prepare for the dramatic crossing that’s one of the longest zipines in Hawaii, and feel the rush of wind on your face as the forest opens up beneath you. Important tip, for this experience travelers must be between 80lbs-260lbs
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Big Island Circle Tour and Volcano: Coffee, Wine, Waterfalls and Hamakua Coast
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Big Island Circle Tour and Volcano: Coffee, Wine, Waterfalls and Hamakua Coast

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Spend a full day exploring the Big Island with visits to waterfalls, beaches, tropical valleys, stunning viewpoints, and so much more. Learn about Kona’s coffee culture with visit to Kona Joe’s coffee farm, where you go behind the scenes and taste award-winning locally gown coffee. See Hawaii’s natural beauty at Punalu’u Black Sands Beach and lookout for Hawaiian green sea turtles. Enjoy lunch, then explore stunning waterfalls and a panoramic view of Hilo from Waipio Valley.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Free Astro Photos Hilo Kona Waikoloa Pick Up

Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Free Astro Photos Hilo Kona Waikoloa Pick Up

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Enjoy a sunset and stargazing experience like no other on this small-group trip to Mauna Kea—the highest point in the Hawaiian islands. Following afternoon pickup, travel in a 4x4 van to the summit—you can change into a warm jacket and pair of gloves, and sip a hot beverage, as the sun starts to set. Then, learn why so many research telescopes are located here during a brilliant celestial show.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Big Island Spectacular Helicopter Tour

Big Island Spectacular Helicopter Tour

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Fly above Hawaii's spectacular peaks, coasts, and valleys on this helicopter tour of the Big Island. Watch lava bubble up out of volcanoes, fly over the lush rain forests of the Hamakua Coast, and complete your trip with views of the waterfalls lining the Kohala Mountains. Only a helicopter tour lets you see so many of Hawaii's charms on a single ride and from an unforgettable perspective.
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  • 2 hours
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Manta Ray Night Snorkel Kona, Big Island

Manta Ray Night Snorkel Kona, Big Island

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After dark is an excellent time to see manta rays in the waters around the Island of Hawaii. Make the most of your opportunity by joining this small-group boat tour. Enjoy watching the manta rays feeding at night and snorkeling close to them.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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What people are saying about Nature and Wildlife in Big Island of Hawaii

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Big Island in a Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, History
"David was great. We really enjoyed the tour! This is a great way to see the island. We took our kids (9 and 11) and they enjoyed it as well."..."
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Keauhou Manta Ray Night Snorkel in Kailua-Kona, HI
"Couldn't have been more pleased with the Manta ray tour. Everyone from lead diver to boat captain to the check-in process was topnotch."..."
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COMBO: Wild Dolphin / Whale Watch & Reef Snorkel Adventure on Speed Boat!
"This experience was pure joy! We saw so much of the island, snorkeled in a beautiful cove, and laughed as we sang along with 1980s songs. We didn’t see dolphins or whales but we didn’t care. It was so much fun! Well worth the $$"..."
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Deluxe Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument
"Nate took care of us as well as the other crew members. Got to snorkel with some dolphins that showed up. Just had a fantastic time so we booked another evening snorkel trip. Mahalo to the crew."..."
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Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour
"Really appreciated their discount on cloudy weather. And communicated to us way in advance!! Tour guide/driver is very informative and careful on driving. Learned so much Hawaiian history from guide!!! Good food and nice comfy and warm amenities for the summit, including hot beverages and parka, etc. Excellent service. Highly recommended!!!"..."
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Atlantis Submarine Kona - Hawaii Island
"The whole staff were friendly, informative and helpful. Would definately recommend this trip. You are in a real submarine and kids would get a thrill out of it."..."
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Afternoon Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument
"We had a great time. My three year old had so much fun dancing and playing on the boat. The crew was very helpful and knowledgeable. It was so much fun"..."
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Afternoon Kealakekua Snorkel Tour
"Wonderful experience! Would book again when we return to Kona. Lots of fish, some dolphins, and much fun on the boat."..."
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Polynesian ATV Tour
"Great experience! Staff was amazing! Went over and beyond. Walk away not only with an awesome experience but learn a lot about the culture of Hawaii."..."
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9-Line Zipline Experience on the Big Island, Hawaii
"The staff at the zipline were great. The explanation of the safety rules were clear and concise. Felt safe during the ride. The crew with us were fun to be with, it was like they were hanging out with their friends but made sure we were in good hands. Would definitely do this again!"..."
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Kealakekua Bay: Captain Cook Reef Snorkel - Navy SEAL Boat, 14 Guest Max!
"The crew was a lot of fun and were very friendly. The captain did a lot of karaoke and danced to the music playing which made it a fun boat ride. We got plenty of snorkeling time and the bay was absolutely beautiful. I will definitely do this again the next time I’m in town."..."
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Night Manta Ray Adventure on the Big Island, Hawaii
"Wow! Such a great, once in a lifetime experience! Definitely a must do when visiting the Big Island!"..."
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Helicopter Lava and Rainforests Adventure from Hilo
"Our pilot was awesome, very informative, and friendly. Made sure that everyone both sides of the helicopter got to see everything."..."
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Circle of Fire Helicopter Tour from Hilo
"Bucket list - check!! Wish I hadn’t paid the extra for the front seat. A lot of man leg pics, lol !! But great views and great experience."..."
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Big Island Kohala Canopy Zipline Adventure
"My granddaughter and I had a wonderful time, the crew was extremely patient with us and made it so much fun. We both will remember this with fond memories If you have the chance to do zip lining, just do it you won’t regret it"..."
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Afternoon Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument
"The crew was extremely professional and kind. They had a deep knowledge of the history, the wildlife and the culture of our snorkeling location. We had a member of our group that was a first time snorkeler, and Roe game him a pep talk that allowed him to enjoy his time. And the drinkz was bomb!"..."
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Small Group Big Island Twilight Volcano and Stargazing Tour
"We had a wonderful time. Loved everything about it. (Except the weather). Aaron took care of us and made sure everyone had coats and rain coats. Aaron was very knowledgeable and was an excellent guide!! Thank you for the wonderful experience."..."
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Best Mauna Kea Summit Tour (Free sunset and star photo!)
"Shane and Hero are a great team! You'll learn about the constellations, and the Observatories. While enjoying hot chocolate or tea. FYI - Even though this company provides coats, gloves and pants you need to dress appropriately for this tour. It's COLD up there no matter what time of the year!"..."
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Maunakea Stellar Explorer from KONA
"Your in the area of the greatest star gazing in the world. Great tour to learn what is above you. Coming from the mainland and city living the world above is not seen. Our galactic guide Marcus did a great job . Against the movie DO LOOK UP!"..."
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Big Island Zipline Over KoleKole Falls
"We really had a great time! It wasn't as scary as we thought it might be and not too hard on these older bodies of ours, haha! Would recommend to everyone looking for a great outdoor experience on the beautiful Island of Hawaii!"..."
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Big Island Circle Tour and Volcano: Coffee, Wine, Waterfalls and Hamakua Coast
"The volcano is amazing to see, much grander in size than I could ever have imagined. I loved the black sand beach. The food was great all day on the tour. The best part of the day was Thea's stories, on and off the bus. I love hearing about the history of HAWAII"..."
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Mauna Kea Summit Sunset and Stars Free Astro Photos Hilo Kona Waikoloa Pick Up
"We had an amazing time with the tour guide Hunter, he’s so knowledgeable and we’ve learned and seen so much through him. His hospitality made us feel welcomed. This tour is worth every single penny and we highly recommend it."..."
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Big Island Spectacular Helicopter Tour
"Matt was an excellent pilot and did great job of making it a fun and safe experience! I would definitely recommend this experience to anyone looking for some of the best views of their life."..."
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Manta Ray Night Snorkel Kona, Big Island
"This was amazing! As a family we have been coming to Hawaii for 25 years and this was the coolest thing we have ever done!"..."

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