Go Back   CruiseMates Cruise Community and Forums > Destinations > South Pacific - Hawaii
Register Forgot Password?

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old July 13th, 2005, 11:20 PM
Senior Member
First Mate
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Posts: 419
Default Hilo Shore Excursions

Hi:

Just got our booklet from RCCL for our Hawaii cruise in September. The one port of call where I didn't like any of the excursions they listed was Hilo. Does anyone have any suggestions for this port of call?

Buddy
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
  #2 (permalink)  
Old July 15th, 2005, 08:23 AM
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 3,988
Default Re: Hilo Shore Excursions

I've not toured Hawaii with RCCL but most ships offer very similar tours.
Off of NCL Wind a few years back we took an excellent and very comprehensive all day our . It was pitched as an "eco tour". We were picked up in vans and driven inland to
an orchid farm . We had a tour and the whole process was explained. From there we drove through the lava fields to Lava Tree State park We got to see effects of lava and eruptions up close. (although no active volcano here any longer). Third stop was combination lunch and snokelling in a lava inlet fed by sea water and fresh water from under ground. Snorkelling included literally crawling over some hard lava to access a most beautiful and pristine coral garden with huge brain corals as the feature. Fourth stop was a natural, lava heated hot spring pond where we relaxed in 100 degree water.
Final stop was a breif stop at Hilo Hatties for anyone who needed to shop. The tour was basically all day.
Check out if something similar is offered .
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old July 15th, 2005, 11:58 PM
Single Mom
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Hilo Shore Excursions

We returned from Hilo in May and I must say, this is a little town worth exploring on your own. Volcano National Park is nice but not much there. After visiting the volcanoes we ventured to Akaka Falls which was gorgeous!!! The drive through some cute towns made the adventure even more interesting. There is a "scenic drive" that is about 4 miles long in downtown Hilo that I would recommend. Gorgeous is not the word for some of the scenery there. As we drove back to the airport we stumbled upon the Big Island Candy Factory - great mac shortbread cookies!!!

Kona is a better town but Hilo had some good points too!
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old July 16th, 2005, 04:37 PM
hcat
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Hilo Shore Excursions

We will take the ships tour to the Volcanoe Park but would also like to see the Akaka Falls-- without having to rent a car. How far are they from the port? Could a cab take you there & back for just a nice photo op???
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old July 17th, 2005, 02:00 PM
Single Mom
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Re: Hilo Shore Excursions

Akaka Falls is quite a distance and would be a substantial cab fare. I would recommend renting a car and doing both. In Hilo we paid $45 for a day in an Altima and we had free range of what we wanted to do. We did the park, Akaka Falls and the downtown scenic drive for a total of $60 for the day!
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How easy to get shore excursions...on shore? Wade Palmer Shore Excursions 4 April 13th, 2005 10:23 AM
Hilo Tours Ess South Pacific - Hawaii 0 September 18th, 2004 11:37 AM
HELLO from HILO Kuki Chit - Chat for Cruisers 8 May 24th, 2004 03:35 PM
what to do in hilo? HeidiHo South Pacific - Hawaii 6 January 27th, 2002 01:38 PM
ship excursions vs shore excursions rsawick Ask CruiseMates Staff 4 February 23rd, 2001 12:49 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


 

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:12 PM.
design by: Themes by Design

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1