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High Country Adventure (Private Tour)

Overview
Take a 4×4 adventure in search of some of the rarest bird life in the world. Explore the other worldly landscapes, unique ecosystems and endangered wildlife found only on the Big Island! This adventure begins either in the morning or the afternoon and takes you to some of the most unique habitats on the island. Your exceptional naturalist will provide guided interpretation during your entire tour experience.

Experience the magic of the unique sub-alpine dry forest and two of the largest volcanoes on planet Earth:

Explore the northern flank of Mauna Loa, the largest active volcano on earth. Travel back in time as you learn all about the lava flows that make up this other worldly landscape. View Mauna Loa Observatory and learn all about the history of the area. Explore Mauna Kea forest reserve with a 4X4 adventure and a guided walk in search of Hawaiian honeycreepers. Enjoy a sunset picnic dinner and stargaze with our top of the line Vaonis Stellina telescope! (Afternoon tour)
City: Big Island of Hawaii
Wed 22 May
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Starting at $1600.00
Wed 22 May
Starting at $1600.00
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What's Included
Soda/Pop
Fully guided naturalist tour with educational materials and commentary
Gear - Patagonia Rain Jacket and Nano Puff, Nikon ProStaff binoculars, Headlamps
Lunch
Snacks
Dinner
Complementary Photo package: 20-25 professional, edited photos shared via Adobe Cloud
Additional Info
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Service animals allowed
  • Not recommended for travelers with poor cardiovascular health
  • Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
What To Expect
1
Mauna Loa
Travel on a road built through lava flows as you explore the northern flank of the largest volcano on earth, Mauna Loa. This incredible and other worldly landscape gives you a sense of being on Mars rather than on Earth.
2
Mauna Loa Observatory
Take in the sights of Mauna Loa Observatory which has been recording atmospheric changes since the 1950’s and boasts the longest record of direct measurements of CO2 in the atmosphere.
3
Mauna Kea
Explore the rare and lesser known high elevation dry forest around the slopes of Mauna Kea volcano. Take a 4×4 adventure to the last place on the planet where you can find the endangered and endemic Hawaiian Honey creeper the Palila (Loxioides bailleui). This is the last finch-billed honey creeper in the main Hawaiian Islands. Witness other rare and endemic birds such as the Hawai‘i ‘Amakihi, ‘Apapane, Hawaiian Hawk and Hawaiian Short-eared Owl. Hawaii has some of the best birding opportunities in the world due to the evolution of the islands and the presence of the rare bird species still found here. Enjoy a guided walk through this special forest reserve as you learn all about the unique plants and animals found in the area. Search for endemic birds with your provided Nikon Prostaff binoculars. Marvel at two of the largest volcanoes on planet earth as you enjoy a picnic lunch or dinner surrounded by the beauty of the sub-alpine dry forest.
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.
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