Lava Forest and Falls
Indulge yourself on this exclusive, upscale Hawaii tour of the Big Island's natural waterfalls and rainforest. Climb aboard your luxury transportation with your guide and head to the 80-ft. Rainbow Falls.
Known in the Hawaiian language as Wai?nuenue ("rainbow water"), the falls flows over a natural lava cave, the mythological home to Hina, an ancient Hawaiian goddess. Rainbow Falls is well named. On sunny mornings around 10 a.m., rainbows can be seen in the mist thrown up by the waterfall.
Next, go down onto the older back roads of Hawaii that wind along mango groves and trees of the Nanawale Rainforest. Afterward, you'll go into Lava Tree State Park, where long ago lava burst out of fissures onto Ohia trees, leaving incredible and indelible lava molds. Visit Ahalanui's warm springs, with its volcanically heated water.
Along the way and during brief stops, view the dramatic and beautiful scenery formed when hot lava met the cool sea. Kaimu was once the site of a famous black sand beach and a small town, both destroyed by a 1990 lava flow. Walk on the old lava flows and view the active volcanic vent in the distance. View a photo exhibit and see how the area looked prior to 1990 and the rainforest that is now taking it back.
Your tour ends with a drive through a macadamia nut orchard and a sampling of the multiple combinations of flavored mac nuts.
Note: Participants must wear closed-toe shoes and be able to walk short distances unaided.
Great and like it very much.
Reviewer: Linda Gawthrop
This is an interesting trip that puts the awesome power of nature on display and the amazing resilience of the residents to cope and survive. The lava landscape looked like what I would imagine a visit to another planet might present - very other worldly!
Reviewer: Linda Sayers
This was a great tour. Guide was great and really knew his stuff.
Reviewer: Ginger davis
Memorable experience! Our guide knew everything there was to know about where we were going what we were seeing and history of the island. It was much more than we expected! And we got to see the volcano going off. I would recommend this adventure to anyone, i'm so glad we booked this and not one of the tours that was related to the cruise since for the money value it was exceptional .
Reviewer: Rosemary Mauriello
Small group - excellent guide -- spectacular falls -- interesting museum and legends. Opportunity to see sea turtles -- walked through lava tunnel -- viewed fissures and yellow glow of lava.