Volcano Hale (Chalet Kilauea Collection)
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... it was evident really fast that this was a budget tour that's why it was cheap,we only had a very short time at each place but that was ok but van was a bit ****** too, had enough time for some pics at each place then moving on,we went to the orchard farm next,that was pretty but I wouldn't have chose it as a must do, then onto volcanoes national park were we saw the crater. ( a hole in the ground with smoke) very boring,no action at all,saw steam vents ( boring!!) jaeger ...
... a trip into the rain forest surrounding Hilo to see some of the waterfalls that come down the side of the volcano, all very pretty. We also stopped at Volcano Winery near where we were staying, to do a wine tasting and buy some local produce. The grapes are grown on the side of the volcano and the wine is really quite good.
The following day we went into the national park around the top of the volcano, you can no longer hike across the most active caldera, but we ...
... of a lava tube pouring into the sea. You have to be very careful watching these openings as it's very dangerous with the lava being so hot. If the wind suddenly changed, the large ploom of steam and smoke could almost instantly kill people. On top of this, the cliff is always in danger of breaking off and if you fell in the water then the sea itself is nearly 80 degrees Celsius, so you would be in real trouble if you ended up in there. Over the years several people have ...
... rather long drive from our cabin (nearly two hours) but worth every minute of it. This fertile valley is about one mile across and over five-miles deep, and surrounded by cliffs up to 2000-feet high. Waipio Valley was once the home of thousands of Native Hawaiians. Today, there are less than 100 residents living amongst the waterfalls, taro fields and rivers permeating the valley. Hawaii Island's tallest waterfall, Hiilawe Falls cascades down 1,300 feet in the back of Waipio. ...
... to the park road we looked out over the ocean for a while and talked about the hike out to Halape Shelter (which Drew has already done and we might do again). Then to hitchhike back to our car. I thought it would be dead easy. I've done it only once in Hawaii but I didn't even have time to get sunscreen on my arms before being picked up. Also as I've been walking around I generally have a car or two stop and ask if I need a ride. ...
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