March 22, 2013 - 01:16 PM
Just like the previous few reviews, we too were on a cruise and booked a custom tour with Big Island Aina Tours as a way for us to see Hilo for the day. I found this tour company here on trip advisor and decided to email them as they were one of the top rated companies. Right from the beginning, correspondence with Gil was professional and extremely helpful so I posted this on Cruise Critic to get other cruisers to join us on the tour. Tina picked up our group of 6 from the dock and we enjoyed a wonderful day. The best part is we felt like we did and saw a lot but at a very relaxed and comfortable pace. We started out at the Rainbow Falls lookout and then made our way to the macademia nut visitor centre followed by the Hilo Coffee Mill and then Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Inside the park, we saw the Kilauea Iki volcano and walked through the Thurston Lava Tube and saw some steam vents. Next, we enjoyed lunch at a winery where some did wine tasting while others relaxed and ate. Lastly, we visited the Black Sand Beach before heading back to the docks. All in all, it was a very successful day with a very knowledgeable tour guide. On the way to different sites, Tina also offered us chocolate covered macademia nuts and fresh pineapples!
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