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Hawaii Big Island Tour

You can see much of the Big Island in a single day by taking one of the many Circle Island Tours. Here are some photos from a recent tour of the Big Island.

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Roberts Tour of the Big Island
. Unlike many of the other tours, this tour went clockwise around the island to avoid the crowds from other tours.

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There are a number of waterfalls on the Big Island. This one is along the north shore.

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Big Island waterfall along the north shore.

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The Akatsuka Orchid Garden was one of the stops on the tour. In the store there were a number of orchids and other tropical flowering plants as shown below.

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Here is one example of the beautiful orchids at the Akatsuke Orchid Garden.

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Another example of the flowers at the Akatsuke Orchid Garden.

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This is the entrance to the Thurston Lava Tube in Volcanos National Park.

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Descending into the Thurston Lava Tube at the Volcanos National Park (Hawaii Big Island) where you can see where the lava flowed underground. You should be able to walk on uneven surfaces and climb stairs to take this tour.

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Dr. Jagger was instrumentatal in setting up scientific observation of the volcano in 1911 -- now it is the Hawaii Volcano Observatory.

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The Jagger Museum (Hawaii Volcano Observatory at the Volcano National Park) includes a number of exhibits about volcanos.

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At the Volcano National Park you can currently see smoke rising in the caldera from the active Kiluea volcano.

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The Kiluea volcano at the Volcano National Park.

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Another perspective of the Kilauea Caldera at the Volcano National Park in Hawaii (Big Island).

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Punalu'u black sand beach, Big Island, Hawaii.

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Another perspective of the Punalu'u black sand beach on the Big Island in Hawaii -- this little "lake" is behind the beach in a peacful setting with a small wooden bridge across the inlet.

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