Shore Excursion Details

Secrets of Puna

Hilo, Hawaii

Secrets of Puna


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Visit several landmark attractions throughout the district of Puna, many of them the result of periodic volcanic activity.

After departing from the pier, you will settle in for an immensely picturesque drive through the southeastern tip of the Big Island in the shadow of several volcanoes. Along the way, the guide will describe Hawaii’s extraordinarily geology and volcanology.

That introduction to the island’s natural history will give you a deeper understanding and appreciation for the sights that lie ahead, beginning with the MacKenzie State Recreation Area. While walking its black-sand beach, you will notice how volcanic eruptions have shaped its dramatic coastal cliffs, which are steep, jagged and wonderfully scenic.

You will also see how a volcanic eruption changed Isaac Hale Beach Park by cutting off its boat ramp from Pohoiki Bay. Coping with active volcanoes is a part of life on the Big Island. While stopping at the Star of the Sea Painted Church, you will hear how residents had to relocate the church twice to avoid a slow-moving river of lava.

Lava Tree State Monument presents another perspective of how volcanoes have the changed the landscape. The unusual lava molds of tree trunks standing throughout the park are from a centuries-old volcanic eruption.

Continuing on to a nearby bay, you will have the opportunity to snorkel in the crystal-clear waters or simply swim, if you prefer. You might also browse the shops, where you can find signature merchandise such as Kona coffee and macadamia nuts.

Need to Know:

Note: There are opportunities to purchase local products and souvenirs along the way. Note: Wear comfortable closed-toe shoes, and bring a swimsuit and towel. Tour capacity is limited, molten lava will not be seen, and order of itinerary may change. Participants must be at least 4 years of age.

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Excursion Type:

Scenic & City Tours
Wildlife Tours

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Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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