Hilo City and Akaka Falls
You'll see Hilo City highlights, and visit Liliuokani Park and Nani Mau Gardens. You'll also walk through tropical forest and bamboo to the beautiful Akaki Falls!
Price: Adults expect to pay around $66 through the cruise lines.
Booking Advice: Because of the walking involved, this tour is rated as moderately physically taxing. Cruise line prices appear to be competitive, but you may want to do some cost and tour variety comparisons with 3rd party online vendors. You may want to look at city tours vis Viator at http://www.viator.com/Big-Island-of-Hawaii-tours/Shore-Excursions/d669-g24?pref=02&aid=g4928
You'll see tropical forests en route to the Volcanoes National Park, and view a film of the volcano erupting. Then, view the sulfur banks, the steam vents, the crater rim, the Lava Tube, and the fire goddess Pele's legendary home, the Halemaumau Fire Pit. Lunch is served at the Volcano House, and you'll see Hilo City highlights on the drive back.
Price: Adults expect to pay around $100 for 6.5 hou tours that include lunch through the cruise lines.
Booking Advice: This tour is rated as easy with regard to physical exercise. Third party vendors online do offer similar tours for less, and unless your lunch costs $30, you're likely to save a little cash by checking out http://www.viator.com/Big-Island-of-Hawaii-tours/Shore-Excursions/d669-g24?pref=02&aid=g4928
Hilo Bay Kayaking
This guided kayaking adventure takes you past Coconut Island, and you see Wailoa Park Estuary and the Wailuku River Waterfall.
Price: Adults expect to pay around $100 for 2.5 hours.
Booking Advice: This tour is rated as difficult physically. You can beat these prices on the big island, as well. You may want to check out http://www.bigislandkayak.com/SnorkelKonaTrips.htm
Zodiac and Snorkeling
You'll take a Zodiac craft from the Kona coast to the Captain Cook Monument and marine sanctuary, where you'll view sea caves, lava tubes and marine life on this snorkeling adventure.
Price: Adults expect to pay around $115 for 3.5 hours through the cruise lines.
Booking Advice: This adventure is rated as moderate in terms of physical exertion. We do recommend checking out snorkeling tours offered by online 3rd party vendors for less cost and more variety, such as http://www.bigislandkayak.com/SnorkelKonaTrips.htm
Wild Dolphin Swim
After a boat ride to a gathering spot for these marine mammals, snorkeling/swimming with wild dolphins.
Price: Adults expect to pay around $160 for this 3 hour long adventure.
Booking Advice: This adventure is rated as physically arduous by the cruise lines, and you'll see similar prices advertised online. However, you can find wild dolphin swims for around $30 less at http://adventureinhawaii.com/bigisland_swim_with_dolphins.htm?gclid=CJWI9KeuhqoCFYrJKgodL0GF0A