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Spectacular scenery, a coastal boat ride and Hilo's history, all together in one wonderful tour.
Did you know Hilo was once Hawaii's busiest sugar exporting hub? This and many more interesting facts mingle with storytelling to enrich your understanding of the town as you enjoy a lovely afternoon on the water.
The Big Island has such unique topography, from craggy volcanic landscapes to lush tropical forests. For a different perspective, viewing the area around Hilo from a boat will give you a new appreciation of this special island.
On a clear day, Mauna Kea, the largest volcano in the world, is the backdrop of spectacular ocean entry waterfalls. Look to the south to see the dramatic changes brought about by the recent eruption of the world's most active volcano, Kilauea.
You'll want to focus your attention on the water too. Seabirds, flying fish, Spinner and Bottle-nosed dolphins displaying their acrobatic spins alongside the boat are all possibilities today. And keep an eye out for turtles and manta rays.
Cruising the scenic Hamakua coast, your knowledgeable captain will relate many interesting facts and stories about Hilo. The Hamakua coast was known in the 1900's for its sugar plantations, the remains of which are still visible today. You'll see the Papaikou sugar mill that resides on a beautiful black sand beach, better known today by surfers as a great place to catch a wave. You'll learn about the town's 100+ year colonial history and hear the influence of missionaries, businessmen and plantation workers who have all played a role in the making of present day Hilo.
As the tour comes to a close on the eastern side of the island and the sun begins to dip behind 14,000 foot Mauna Kea, you'll be treated to an early "sunset" as a palette of orange, pink and purple color the late afternoon sky.
- While common, wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.
- Bring a hat, light jacket, Reef-safe sunblock, sunglasses and a camera.
- All passengers will need to take a taxi to the starting point of the trip. For cruise ship passengers, it will be a 5-10 minute ride and will cost approximately $15 per taxi round trip. Specific instructions will appear on your voucher.
- This tour requires a minimum of 2 participants.
- Maximum 6 people per sailing.
- This tour is not wheelchair accessible or suitable for those with limited mobility.
- All participants are required to sign a waiver.
Days offered: 7 days a week