Mark L Level Contributor
This is my second Segway review. I also posted one on Segway of Hawaii. To repeat a little bit, we’ve ridden segways in fun and exciting places (Old San Juan, Chicago by the Lake, NOLA, Nassau), and once again we were fortunate that my wife and I were the only ones on this tour. We signed up for the advanced tour, and once we were tested by Mark, our tour guide, we were packed in a van and driven up the coast to a nature preserve.
While this trip did not have the fantastic views of Diamond Head that our other tour had, this one was just plain fun! Mark pointed out some local trees and fauna. He had clearly done his research and knew interesting facts about various plants and locations.
This was a “hilly” ride, which is extremely fun on a Segway. At different points we could see other islands, and the view was beautiful. But just riding up and down the hills, in the preserve, was just plain fun. There was just the right amount of stops to keep our legs fresh but we just spent a couple hours riding. With the wind in your face, and sun and ocean, it was fabulous. I just can’t express in words how much fun we had. Both my wife and I commented that some tours are a lot of history, which is fine, because that’s why you’re doing the tour. This tour was just for the fun of riding a Segway.
Again, we took the advanced course, I’d recommend you take the city course, which is through Lahaina and very beautiful, if it’s your first or second time out
For those who have never ridden a segway and are wondering if you can do it, let me tell you, you can! My wife and I are both almost 60 and we love it. We try to do it on every cruise we are on. As long as you are within the weight limits (check with the place you are using, each one has different requirements based on the their segway model) and can stand upright for a couple hours, with breaks, you’ll do fine. You don’t have to have great balance, because the segway does that for you. I encourage everyone, at least try it once.
As you can tell, we had a great time. Again, I would have to say there are no “Cons” for this tour, only “Pros”! Note that if you take the advanced trip in the preserve it does take about 15 minutes to get there, so make sure you keep that in mind for timing. You still get the full amount of time on the Segway, so no worries.
Mark was a knowledgeable and congenial tour guide. Ask him how he got to Hawaii, it’s an interesting story!