5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

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  • Location: Kona, Hawaii
  • Duration:  3 days (approx.)
See all the Big Island’s highlights in a fun, adventurous way on this 3-day camping tour. Snorkel in Kona, hike through Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, explore a lush rainforest filled with waterfalls, and relax in natural hot pools. You’ll camp under the stars in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and learn about Hawaii’s history and culture from your knowledgeable guide. All equipment and transportation are included; a shopping stop is made for food.

Highlights

  • 3-day Big Island camping adventure
  • Snorkel in Kona and look for tropical fish, sea turtles, stingrays, squid and eels
  • Hike through a lush rainforest and discover lava tubes and steam vents at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • Relax with a dip in natural hot pools and tour a Kona coffee farm
  • Camp overnight in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and learn about Hawaii’s history and culture from your knowledgeable guide
  • Camping equipment and transportation included
  • Small-group tour limited to 10 people ensures a more personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Big Island in 3 Days: Snorkeling, Hiking, Camping and Volcanoes National Park

Lush Tropical Valley

After pickup from your Kona or Waikoloa hotel, embark on your exciting 3-day tour of the Big Island! Snorkel in Kona to discover native marine life like sea turtles, tropical fish, eels and stingrays. Hike through a verdant rainforest; visit famous Naha Stone, considered one of the Hawaiian Islands’ greatest historical relics; and take a relaxing dip in a natural hot pool. You’ll camp in a beautiful park and wake up to a gorgeous Hawaiian sunrise.

On your second day, explore tide pools and enjoy a moderate hike through lava tubes and along steam vents in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. See fascinating Hawaiian petroglyphs and learn about the area’s significance from your knowledgeable guide. You'll camp overnight in this famous park under a canopy of stars.

The next day, head to Punalu'u Black Sand Beach to visit a Hawaiian temple and spot sea turtles lounging on the black sand. See the famous Captain Cook Monument in Pu'uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park and continue back to Kona for more snorkeling. Top it off with a coffee tasting during a tour of a Kona coffee farm before arriving back at your hotel.

For a detailed schedule of each day, see the Itinerary section below.

Itinerary

Day 1: Kona or Waikoloa – Hilo Kapoho
After pickup in the morning from your Kona or Waikoloa hotel, head north and stop at a pristine beach for some snorkeling. Put on your provided gear and explore the underwater world in search of local marine life such as sea turtles and even dolphins!

Continue driving around the northern tip of the island until you enter a lush rainforest filled with waterfalls, where you’ll gear up for a hike with your guide. Tune in to the sights and sounds of your tropical surroundings and watch for native species. You may even see a wild pig! Stop at a serene part in the forest to enjoy a picnic lunch.

Next, stop in Hilo to visit the famous Naha Stone, considered one of the greatest historical relics of the Hawaiian Islands. Hear the legend of how King Kamehameha had to prove himself as king by lifting the massive stone.

Hop back in the car and make your way to a large natural infinity pool at the end of a single-lane road. Here, get out and see beautiful waterfalls, orchids and banyan trees. Grab your snorkel gear and head out to the nearby beach to observe life under the water’s surface.

Your base camp at Isaac Hale Beach Park in Kapoho is just around the corner. After setting up the tents and eating dinner at a local restaurant (your expense), head to a naturally heated pool for a relaxing dip.

Settle in for the night as you watch the sky fill with stars.

Overnight: Campsite in Hilo

Day 2: Kapoho – Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Wake up to a gorgeous sunrise and a breakfast buffet. Explore the nearby tide pools before hopping in the car and heading to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. When you arrive, explore the active volcano with your guide.

On a moderate hike, discover pitch-black lava tubes, visit steam vents and explore sulphur banks. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the shade and then continue hiking across dried lava flows and around craters. Your guide will point out cinder cones and fascinating Hawaiian petroglyphs!

Head to your campsite in the park and eat dinner at a local restaurant (your expense) before setting up your tents and settling in under a canopy of stars.

Overnight: Campsite in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Day 3: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park – Punalu'u Black Sand Beach – Honaunau Kona or Waikoloa
Have breakfast at your campsite and then continue your journey south to Punalu'u Black Sand Beach, where you’ll visit a Hawaiian temple and see sea turtles lounging on the black sand.

Loop around South Point and head north along the western coast to Pu'uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park, where you’ll see the Captain Cook Monument and the Place of Refuge. See the tall white spire rising against the rugged ground and lush vegetation and learn how the real Captain Cook had this monument named after him. Enjoy lunch on a secluded beach here.

Continue back to the Kona area for more snorkeling. At a great snorkel spot chosen by your guide, spot starfish, squid, snapper, moray eels and stingrays hovering near the reef.

You’ll then visit a Kona coffee farm in Kealakekua for a tour and a gourmet Kona coffee tasting. You’ll return to your Kona or Waikoloa hotel after your tour.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

This was a wonderful tour. Very well organized! I had a great time snorkeling, camping, hiking and touring the Big Island. The tour definitely exceeded my expectation, I would recommend it highly!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

This tour was amazing! We had a great tour guide who took such a good care of us. We have seen all important things on the island on this tour. We had good food, nice company, good weather, great things to see and our tour guide had a big knowledge about the whole island. Thank you so much Katie for the great time!

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