Onomea Bay Tours

On a grand section of the coast of the Big Island of Hawaii, the best way to see Onomea Bay is with a scenic drive — granting views of the coastline, turquoise waters, and tropical forest. The Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden is located along the route, as is the Onomea Arch (which collapsed during an earthquake in 1956.)  With many streams and waterfalls, it is a particularly lush area of the Big Island.

Historically the bay was a small fishing village for early Hawaiians, and became one of the Big Island’s biggest landing spots for large ships. There were once taro and sugarcane fields growing in the hills above, with both products being shipped out from the bay. The “Donkey Trail” is the path (now hike) from the remains of the old sugar mill that was used to take products down to the water for wider distribution. Now the bay is a much-loved scenic spot popular with snorkelers and those driving through.

Practical Info

Onomea Bay is located just outside of Hilo on the eastern side of the Big Island of Hawaii (8.5 miles.) It can be accessed via Highway 19.
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Address: Big Island of Hawaii, Hawaii, USA, USA
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Private Tour: Hawaii Island Adventure

Discover the best of the Big Island on a full-day tour with a private guide, and explore Hawaii’s volcanos, rainforests and coastal scenery. Walk to a trio of waterfalls fringed with bamboo and wild orchids, then enjoy sweeping views of Waipio Valley's cliffs. Pause for a cup of coffee on a historic farm, spot green sea turtles on a black sand beach, then rise into the island’s rugged mountains. Explore Hawaii Volcanoes National Park’s lava tubes and feel Kilauea’s heat as you step to the edge of a steaming vent.  
  • Duration: 8 to 12 hrs
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$225.00 USD
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  • Duration: 8 to 12 hrs
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$225.00 USD

Hawaii Island Experience

Get a sweeping overview of the Big Island of Hawaii during this 12-hour tour. Learn about the culture, traditions, nature and geology of Hawaii through your local guide's informative commentary and visits to important landmarks around the island. Stop at Pu’uhonua O Honaunau National Historic Park to see some of the island's most significant cultural sites, then continue to Punulu’u Black Sand Beach to watch the endangered green sea turtles sun themselves. Explore Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, including views of the current eruption of the Kilauea volcano. All entrance fees, breakfast and round-trip transportation from accommodations on the Kona/Kohala coast are included.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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$234.37 USD
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  • Duration: 12 hours
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$234.37 USD

Ultimate Hawaii Waterfalls combo Dolphin Boat Tour

Experience Hawaii’s whales, waterfalls and wildlife with a 2.5-hour tour of the Hamakua coastline on a 40-foot (12-meter) catamaran from Hilo. Learn about this history of this lush region as you navigate past the old town, a sugar mill and some beloved local surf spots. Between December and April, watch humpback whales breach and play in the ocean, and visit a trio of waterfalls that tumble from coastal cliffs to the ocean. Get a glimpse of old Hawaii in Onomea Bay, where a tropical forest thrives on the protected coast.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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$145.00 USD
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  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Waipio Valley Explorer Overlook from Kona

Explore the lush Hamakua Coast on a full-day trip from Kona, including the stunning Waipio Valley overlook. Browse tropical produce at Hilo’s vibrant farmers’ market, and visit the sheltered Onomea Bay. Discover Hawaii’s extraordinary plants at a botanical garden, then spot native orchids as you walk to a waterfall surrounded by dense forest. Watch the earth drop away beneath you at the edge of the Waipio Valley, and experience the Big Island’s wilderness and serenity before returning to Kona.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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$196.87 USD
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  • Duration: 11 hours
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$196.87 USD


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