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Top Day Trips from Kona

By Viator, February 2018

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The Big Island packs a big punch in terms of things to see, and the dry, sunny climate of Kona makes it a popular base for exploring the island. From volcanic peaks and lush valleys to island circumnavigations, here are the best day trips from Kailua-Kona.

Volcanoes National Park
Hawaii’s youngest island still has three active volcanoes, and one of the best places to learn about volcanic activity—and witness it firsthand—is at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. On a guided tour to this popular Big Island attraction, visitors might find themselves strolling with sea turtles on a black sand beach, standing inside a lava tube, or watching the glow of lava inside Halemaumau Crater from the Jaggar Museum observation area.

Waipio Valley
The famously steep Waipio Valley boasts spectacular lookouts, cliffs a thousand feet high, plummeting waterfalls, and a rich history. To experience this magical place on the northern Hamakua Coast, ride an ATV through the Valley of Kings to see Hawaii’s tallest single-fall waterfall and the longest black sand beach in the state. Or opt to see the valley from above on a helicopter tour of the island.

Mauna Kea
If you want to throw snowballs in the morning and build a sandcastle at sunset, plan a day trip to the summit of Mauna Kea. Topping out at 13,796 feet (4,205 meters), the peak is Hawaii’s highest point and home to an observatory offering some of the best stargazing in the archipelago. Day trippers can choose between morning or evening tours, which include transportation in a (required) four-wheel drive vehicle. 

Circle Island Tours
For time-crunched travelers, it’s possible to see all of the Big Island’s highlights in one long day on a circle-island tour from Kona. Stops along the way might include Volcanoes National Park, Akaka and Rainbow Falls, Punalu’u Black Sand Beach, and one of the coffee farms in the cool uplands of the Kona coffee belt.

Pearl Harbor on Oahu
Travelers based on the Big Island shouldn’t miss out on one of Hawaii’s top attractions, Pearl Harbor. On a day trip to Oahu from Kona, visit the site of the Japanese attack that thrust the country into World War II. Stand above the sunken remains of the USS Arizona and climb aboard the USS Missouri. See other notable Honolulu attractions, like Iolani Palace, Kawaiahao Church, and Punchbowl National Cemetery before returning to the Kona coast.

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Big Island in A Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, History, Small Group, Big Island of ... 
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Big Island in A Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, History, Small Group

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 351 Reviews

This 10-11 hour nature tour offers an in-depth look at Hawaii’s youngest and largest island. Explore the diverse landscape and natural wonders, including ...  Read more

Location: Hawaii, Hawaii
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $182.30
Big Island Grand Circle Island Tour, Big Island of Hawaii, Day Trips
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Big Island Grand Circle Island Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 204 Reviews

See the Big Island of Hawaii’s stunning beauty on a full-day Grand Circle tour. On the Grand Circle Island Adventure, you’ll visit Volcanoes National Park and ...  Read more

Location: Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 11 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $122.95
Kealakekua Bay Deluxe Snorkel Cruise, Big Island of Hawaii, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Kealakekua Bay Deluxe Snorkel Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 34 Reviews

Cruise the Kona Coast and enjoy a morning frolicking in the warm Hawaiian waters. Snorkel equipment is available for use and expert instruction makes the ...  Read more

Location: Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $159.74
Small-Group Big Island Tour: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Kona Coffee Farm, Big Island of ... 
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Small-Group Big Island Tour: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Kona Coffee Farm

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 68 Reviews

Journey to the Big Island's Hawaii Volcanoes National Park from Kona or Waikoloa on this exciting day trip, complete with your own personal iPad to use ...  Read more

Location: Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $186.99
Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour, Big Island of Hawaii, Full-day Tours
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Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 167 Reviews

Head to the Mauna Kea Observatory, nestled high in the mountains of the Big Island, and experience an intriguing and provocative journey through space and ...  Read more

Location: Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $230.00
Snorkel, Kayak and Dolphin Experience in the Big Island’s Kealakekua Bay, Big Island of Hawaii, ... 
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Snorkel, Kayak and Dolphin Experience in the Big Island’s Kealakekua Bay

4.5 star rating: Recommended 48 Reviews

Surround yourself with beautiful scenery, dolphins and the occasional humpback whale as you paddle a kayak in picturesque Kealakekua Bay! This narrated Big ...  Read more

Location: Honalo, Hawaii
Duration: Flexible

From USD $99.79
COMBO: Kealakekua Bay and Wild Dolphin Snorkel with Lunch, Big Island of Hawaii, Kayaking & Canoeing
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COMBO: Kealakekua Bay and Wild Dolphin Snorkel with Lunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 26 Reviews

Cruise coastline and explore sea caves and other historical areas where ancient Hawaiians made history and created legends that are still being told to ...  Read more

Location: Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $80.00
Sunset Manta Ray Snorkel, Big Island of Hawaii, Snorkeling
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Sunset Manta Ray Snorkel

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 86 Reviews

A must do while in Hawaii! It's a lifetime opportunity to see up close manta rays feeding and interacting with other ocean creatures under the neon lights. ...  Read more

Location: Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 2.5 to 3 hrs

From USD $65.00
Oahu Day Trip to Pearl Harbor from the Big Island, Big Island of Hawaii, Snorkeling
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Oahu Day Trip to Pearl Harbor from the Big Island

4.5 star rating: Recommended 63 Reviews

This historic Oahu Day Trip from the Big Island to Pearl Harbor Hawaii takes you on a patriotic journey from the site of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor to ...  Read more

Location: Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $480.71
Kealakekua Bay Snorkeling Tour With Optional Honaunau Bay, Big Island of Hawaii, Day Trips
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Kealakekua Bay Snorkeling Tour With Optional Honaunau Bay

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 24 Reviews

Snorkeling in Kona is the best in the State. Join us on one of our personal, unique, and award winning snorkel tours and see the hidden Kona Coast. Discover ...  Read more

Location: Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Duration: Flexible

From USD $94.31

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