Secrets of Puna - Hawaii Up Close

From blue skies to blue waters, Hawaii provides all the beauty that nature has to offer. If you are looking for more, the Secrets of Puna tour offered by KapohoKine Adventures gives you a view of the beauty as well as the history and character of the island. Other than the shoes and the swimsuit, they take care of all your needs.

Hiking through the lava



There are a number of tours offered in Hawaii and you can even rent a car, grab a map and venture out on your own. But if you want to relax, feel pampered, and have someone knowledgeable that knows the ins and outs of Hawaii and the tricky roads to get to some of these spots, this tour is for you.
KapohoKine does everything first class, starting off with the transportation. You are chauffeured in an SUV that holds no more than seven people and inside you have two monitors that allow you to see some of the history behind the island and your guide also provides insight on the drive and gives you plenty of information as to what you are seeing.

The first stop is Kaimu, once considered the finest black sand beach in the world. But since 1990 and the eruption of the Kilauea Volcano, Kaimu has been covered by 75 feet of lava. This is worth the price of the tour itself, as you take a hike over this hardened lava on your way to the beach you will just be amazed that all this happened just a mere 17 years ago.

Enjoying the beauty of the beach



The next stop is a small local park right on the edge of the ocean and leads you up to the edge of some monstrous cliffs and monstrous waves. It is a truly beautiful sight to see, but don't turn your back on the ocean as those waves look small coming in, but they grow in size quickly and can come crashing over the top.

On to lunch, which we enjoyed next to a macadamia nut field that provided plenty of sun and a gorgeous view. Your tour guides will cook an authentic Hawaiian lunch right in front of you to enjoy. I only wish the lunch was longer so I could have enjoyed a few more Humpback Blue Beers, a fabulous local beer that is brewed in Hilo by the Mehana Brewery.

The tour continues to a very secluded volcanically heated pond and gives you a chance to snorkel and get an up-close look at a variety of sea-life, including some large sea turtles. If you're not up for snorkeling, you can just swim, relax in the shallow part of the water, catch some sun, or talk to some of the locals who come to visit the secret spot. After seeing the rough drive it takes to get to this spot, you will appreciate the driving of your guide and you will also realize if you rented a car you likely would either not get in or get out taking these rough roads.

Enjoying some secluded swimming with the locals



The final stop of the day is the Lava Tree State Park and the name of the park says it all. In 1790 the jungle was overrun with lava flow and the park has some amazing and deep lava craters as well as trees that are so large it makes you feel like you are in the land of giants.

Your dinner and transportation

KapohoKine Adventures also offers the Kilauea Two-Ways and Elements of Power tours and judging by the quality of the people involved and the time put in, I doubt you could go wrong with any of these three tours. My guide for the day Anna Leialoha really knew the island like the back of her hand and made the day truly enjoyable. The tours can be signed up for on cruise ships that go to Hawaii, but if you are just visiting on your own and want to sign up for a tour or if you want more information you can visit www.kapohokine.com or call (866) 965-9552.

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