|•||Confirmation will be received at time of booking|
|•||Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately (be prepared for sun, wind and rain).|
|•||Covered walking shoes are required and a jacket is highly recommended.|
|•||A minimum of 2 people per booking is required and a maximum of 12 passengers per departure.|
|•||Children must be accompanied by an adult and must have proper safety seats as required by Hawaii state law through age 7 (seats will be provided only upon request at time of booking). No lap children are allowed. Please confirm if you will be bringing a safety seat for your child.|
|•||HOTEL pick-up is offered for this tour in the HILO area only. We highly recommend accommodations in Hilo. If you are staying in Kona or outside of Hilo, we will arrange to meet you at the Hilo Mo'oheau Bus Terminal (please confirm at time of booking).|
|•||For CRUISE SHIP passengers, we pick-up directly at Hilo Harbor and will adjust the tour time as needed to accommodate your ships time in port.|
|•||For a one DAY TRIP to the Big Island, please make your travel arrangements to and from the Hilo International Airport. Please provide your flight details at time of booking.|
|•||Near public transportation|
|•||Infant seats available|
|•||Please contact us if you are traveling with a wheelchair or scooter (they must be collapsible). All passengers must be able to step up on a stool and into a 15-passenger van on their own. Some stops are not wheelchair accessible.|
|•||Please let us know of any food allergies.|
|•||Kilauea volcano is an active volcano, you may be exposed to volcanic gas on this tour.|
|•||Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level|
|•||This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund|
|•||This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers|
Josh is an excellent tour guide. He is very personable and gave a great tour. He provided great information everywhere we went and answered every question we had from the history, culture, folk lore, legends, animals, trees, and everything else. We were able to spend time at the various places as long or as little as we wanted to stay. Highly recommend.
This was one of the best tours we've been on. Our guide, Josh was very personable and knowledgeable. The smaller vehicle was comfortable and so much better than being on a huge bus tour. There were only 8 of us and it was a great group! We saw so much in about 7 hours, but never felt rushed.
Volcanoes National Park was amazing and Josh made several stops that gave a great overview. At every stop he shared his knowledge and very interesting information. The Hilo highlights included a lovely park with Japanese gardens, a black sand beach, orchid farm (beautiful!) and chocolate factory.
The pace was steady and moderately active. Some areas were over uneven surfaces (lava).
That we had a perfectly beautiful day was icing on the cake!
We would highly recommend this tour!
Our tour was awesome. Josh was our guide and he gave us a great, in depth tour of the Hilo’s popular spots as well as Volcanoes NP. I really enjoyed how he catered the tour to all the participants and we weren’t on a tight/rigid timeline the whole time. Definitely recommend this tour!
When traveling we always start with a tour around the city to help us set our points of interest for our itinerary. This tour was great but what made it the best was our tour guide and owner Josh. He was very friendly, funny, personable, knowledgeable and just made us feel very comfortable. It was raining but he modified the tour as needed and we never felt short changed on anything. We thoroughly enjoyed the small group and we were very comfortable in the Mercedes van. Josh also had umbrellas handy for us and took us to a local eatery that served pure deliciousness! Overall, I would highly recommend this tour but more than anything Josh really made it great! We really appreciated everything about our excursion!!!
The tour is run by Mauka Makai Adventures, and our guide was Josh, who owns it with his wife.
Josh picked us up at our hotel at the arranged time and we were immediately off to Rainbow Falls. Josh proved to be a knowledgeable and personable guide, providing a lot of local and historical information about what we were visiting or the areas we were passing through.
We were able to update the tour on the fly to skip a destination we were not interested in, and to delay another, which ended up a very good idea since we got to see Volcanoes before it started to rain. Josh never hurried us along allowing us to visit all the attractions for as long as we wanted
Josh, as a native Hawaiian islander, provided extensive history and insight on all of the areas we explored as well as the Hawaiian culture. We will certainly tour with him on our next visit!
My partner and I booked a tour with Mauka Makai tour named Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Big Island Highlights Small Group Tour through Viator. The entire experience was excellent! They offered very personalised service from confirmation of booking through hotel drop-off. Joshua our guide was very nice and knowledgeable. Being a native born Hawaiian, he offered very unique insight throughout the entirety of the tour. Josh allowed us to personalise the tour based on our interests i.e., seeing more of the volcanoes. He also offered to stop at anytime along the journey for us to take pictures which we took advantage of. Furthermore, we were staying near Kona and our guide made the trek out from near Hilo to pick us up and drop us off at our hotel. I definitely recommend this tour for anyone visiting the Big Island for the first time or someone who is familiar with the Big Island and is looking to learn new things.
Josh was a great source of info on history, customs, legends as well as the highlights of the national park sites. He always had a little extra to add whether it was about the local flora or where to get great chocolate.
This tour was great! Our tour guide, Josh of Mauka Makai Adventures is very knowledgeable and very nice and accommodating. He was flexible enough to adjust the pace and itinerary of our tour based on our interest and energy. It was like we had our very own private tour of the island. Thanks Josh!
Our tour guide, Jill, was knowledgeable, friendly and enthusiastic to teach us about Hilo and the surrounding area. As a native of the area she knew the area in detail. We saw black sand beaches, volcanoes and lava flows. We visited a coffee plantation, and the macadamia nut factory. Along the way we stopped for a picnic lunch. During the drive Jill talked about the plants we saw. She taught us about the culture and shared some of the mythology of the islands.
We had a brilliant day, lasting about 9 hours. Josh was very knowledgable and friendly. He picked us up from Kona and took us for local pizza at our request and showed us round all the sites we wanted to go to as well as giviing us ideas for other places to visit during the rest of our stay. The views were stunning and we would highly recommend this tour as he tailors it to what you want to see in a private car, rather than a crowded bus where you only have a certain amount of time allocated to each stop which made the day really relaxing.
We had a great tour despite that it was raining most of the time. Tour guide was very nice, n attentive. She even took us to a local restaurant for dinner, not a tourist spot.
It was great! Our tour guide was a native and knew so much about the history, plantlife, and the ocean sealife. It was a last minute decision and it worked out perfectly. The reservation could not be confirmed right away so you stayed involved until we had confirmation. Thanks
EXCELLENT!!! As this tour group was new to Viator, I was a little nervous but took a chance. I'm so very glad I did. I received a confirmation call from Jill the day after I booked. Josh picked us up right on time from our hotel in Kona in the tour van. We were able to customize the trip to our liking and Josh was extremely informative. Josh was also very accommodating as one of our group was limited in their walking ability. Because of Josh's familiarity with the area, we were able to avoid the larger crowds which made the trip extremely enjoyable. Our tour was approximately 11 hours and we were able to see everything on the group wish list. Josh provided umbrellas and ponchos as needed along with a water and snacks. We were able to adjust stops to take photos and breaks. I would, without hesitation, recommend the local tour company to anyone that wishes to view the wonders of the Big Island. I will definitely use them on my next Kona trip. Thank you Jill and Josh for the professional services, friendly and informative trip and the perfect means to view the many beautiful sites of Hawaii. Mahalo!
Charged for a modern travel van but was changed out to a Ford Van that can not be used in other states. At 71 I do not care to climb over seats to get to my seat. John was a very good guide . Viator over sold and went to subcontractors to fill the request.