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Reef and Dolphin Snorkel Eco Adventure
"Embark on an unforgettable eco adventure and explore protected marine wildlife such as Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins green sea turtles exotic tropical reef fish and delicate corals along the beautiful Kona Coast. As we journey through the clear sapphire waters of the Pacific we watch for the many pods of spinner dolphins that rest and play in areas such as Keahole Bay Makalawena Ho’ona Bay and Kiholo Bay. Dolphin behavior is very predictable in these areas
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Swim Kohala Falls
"Begin your adventure with a ride in a 6-wheel drive off road vehicle. Take a short 20-30 minute walk by a stream and over a footbridge to the stunning “Secret Falls” a picturesque cascading waterfall surrounded by Ginger and Bamboo all in a private nature reserve. Then return to our swimming hole where you’ll have a chance to swim under a secluded waterfall.""""Enjoy an off road adventure a quick walk in a private nature reserve and the opportunity to swim under a private waterfall in this short-form version of our Kohala Waterfall Adventure."title=Highlights&1=Go+swimming+at+Kohala+Falls&2=Ride+through+the+jungle+in+a+6-WD+SUV&3=Trek+30+minutes+to+a+secret+waterfall&4=Cool+off+in+a+local+swimming+hole
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Glassbottom Boat Reef Tour
"Your tour begins at Kailua Pier right in the center of Kailua-Kona a gem of a village.  Boarding Marian a 36’ custom designed glassbottom boat is easy.  Step up a couple of steps to the boarding ramp and down a couple of steps to the main hull and viewing area.  Everyone sits around four large viewing box and then off you cruise.  The reefs in Hawaii are “fringing reefs” which means they are right next to the coastline. Marian was specially designed to get over the very shallow waters and the expert captains are able to get right up to the sho could it be a fish?  Learn about the sweet and sometimes strange mating practices of fish.  Are the corals actually cities at war?  The crew have been diving these waters for 20-30 years and there is no end to the stories they tell.  You will cruise over a pinnacle that will be inc a great photo opportunity.  The boat will go off of the shoreline so you can see how quickly the bottom plunges deeper and deeper. You might get a chance to view frolicking spinner dolphins or seasonal humpback whales.  Feel free to move about
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The air around the volcanoes Tips (4)

Vog Can Turn Hawaii into Seoul!

The gases emenating from Hawaii's volcanoes are cool -- so unique they even have their own name: vog (for volcanic smog). But they also can be a health hazard -- especially on breezeless days. In fact, the residents of the nearby town of Volcano actually have the same respiratory problems you would expect of someone living in Seoul or Beijing, including a higher than average number of child asthma cases. As a healthy visitor, you shouldn't have any problems, but if you have chronic lung issues, it's best to avoid the park on voggy days. The visitor center will post warnings on those days, as you can see in the adjacent photos.

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AKtravelers
Sep 22, 2007

Lava is rocky terrain

When you go to the volcanoes, you can walk to near where the lava goes into the ocean. You start walk there late afternoon and then wait until it's dark so you can see the glowing lava. There are ropes everywhere and you need to stay behind them. People have gone missing here before because "new lava" is very unstable and sometimes whole parts just drop into the ocean. Also, when you return it will be pitch black and you need a (good) torch to get back and it might take up to 2 hours. I ran into someone who had fallen and was pretty cut up from the lava. Not trying to scare you off, but if you feel unsure about this, I'd recommend a helicopter ride instead...

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AnnemieB
Dec 15, 2006

Sulphorous Fumes

Signs around calderas and volcano warn you not to expose yourself for too long in these areas. Sulphorous fumes are emitted on a constant basis and breathing them can be extremely hazardous to your health if exposure is prolonged.

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starship
Nov 07, 2003

The Volcano Park

The Volcano Park is situated on two active volcanoes. You need to be aware of possible hidden dangers associated with volcanic environments. Wear adequate clothing and sturdy shoes; stay on designated trails and don’t enter closed areas or lava tubes. Carry some water with you and sunscreen. Volcanic fumes are hazardous and can also be life-threatening.

It is recommended that if you have heart or breathing problems, pregnant or you have infants and young children then you are especially at risk and should avoid stopping at Sulphur Banks, Halema'uma'u Crater and other areas where fumes are present.

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keeweechic
Jul 21, 2003
 
 
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Beaches

The Big Island isn't the best island for pristine beaches but the snorkeling is great and I snorkeled every day I was there and very much intend to return and do the same. The best snorkeling spots...
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Waterfalls

We took a day to explore the other side. Our first trip to the island we spent the day on the other side with volcanos and walking to see lava . This time we explored botanical gardens and water fall...
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Chain of Craters Road

I drove all the way down to the end (where it was closed by a lava flow) of Chain of Craters Road and I got out and went to see the Holei Sea Arch. It was just a short walk but the surface was VERY...
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Hiking thru the rain forest

This is a short hike that brings you to the bottom of the Kilauea Iki Crater. You will descent via stairs (ccw) or path in to the crater (cw). This depends which way round you go. At the bottom follow...
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Manini beach

great snorkeling but it's super cold when you first enter ... natural springs. There are people ollfering kayak rental but it's illegal and if you get caught .. you will be the one the fine so do that...
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Drive around the Big Island

We drove around every day we were there .. went across the island to see water falls, botanical garden and volcano national park. Went snorkeling several places ... the best was 2 step ... went to see...
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