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. Throughout the day, your local Hawaiian guide will tell stories from the island state’s long and fascinating history.
Wear your swimsuit under your clothing; bring a towel, sunscreen and a hat. Bring aqua shoes (they will be provided if needed). Dry bags will be available. 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.