On the central west coast of the Big Island of Hawaii, Kona is known for its coffee farms and proximity to the island’s best snorkeling and diving sites, but tours to the rest of the island are available as well. Here are some of the top activities.
 
Volcano Tours
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is home to two active volcanoes: Mauna Loa, one of the biggest on the planet, and Kilauea, one of the world’s most active. Located on the Big Island’s southeast coast, the park is roughly a 90-mile (145-kilometer) drive from Kona, depending on the route you take, so tours often last a full day and may include other stops such as a Kona coffee plantation. While helicopter tours are shorter and provide hard-to-beat views of smoke and flowing lava, a ground tour allows you to actually walk through a lava tube and listen to the hiss of steam rising from the ground.
 
Mauna Kea Tours
A dormant volcano with a seasonally snow-capped peak, Mauna Kea is the highest point in Hawaii at 13,800 feet (4,207 meters) and is not part of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, meaning it often takes a separate tour to visit or see it from Kona. The most popular way to experience the volcano is an evening tour to the summit for sunset and stargazing. Alternatively, a helicopter tour provides the best views while niche activities like bird-watching in Mauna Kea Forest Reserve offer opportunities to learn about the natural environment on the mountain.
 
Water Tours
Snorkeling is one of the most popular water activities on the Kona coast, typically in Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park. Typical tours last 3.5 to five hours and include use of snorkeling gear so you can swim over the coral to spot tropical fish and other Hawaiian marine life. For something more adventurous, book a night snorkeling tour with manta rays. Whale-watching, parasailing, and submarine tours offer other ways to get out on the waters of the Pacific, while a tour to the Kohala waterfalls is a great way to get in a freshwater swim.    
 
Circle Island Tours
A circle island tour is a long day—about 12 hours, typically—but provides the best way to see the Big Island’s highlights in one big excursion. Just like it sounds, you’ll take a circle route around the island, usually by bus, to visit major attractions like Kealakekua Bay and a coffee plantation on the west coast, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in the south, the Hamakua Coast on the island’s eastern side, and the Waimea area on the northern end.

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Big Island Grand Circle Island Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 206 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 35 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
Island Breeze Luau on the Big Island, Big Island of Hawaii, Snorkeling
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Island Breeze Luau on the Big Island

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Experience the essence of Hawaii and the Polynesian Islands during this Island Breeze Luau! Located in the heart of Kailua-Kona on the Big Island, this luau ...  Read more

Location: Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $106.01
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 69 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
Experience Hawai'i Big Island Helicopter Flight from Kona, Big Island of Hawaii, Full-day Tours
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Experience Hawai'i Big Island Helicopter Flight from Kona

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 76 Reviews

Get breathtaking views of Hawaii from the air! On this deluxe, two-hour helicopter tour of the Big Island, you’ll take off from Kona and fly above spectacular ...  Read more

Location: Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 100-120 minutes

From USD $559.00
Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour, Big Island of Hawaii, Helicopter Tours
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Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Small-Group Adventure Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 176 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 $223.96
Atlantis Kona Submarine Adventure, Big Island of Hawaii, Nature & Wildlife
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Atlantis Kona Submarine Adventure

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Dive beneath the sea on Kona Submarine tours! An Atlantis Kona adventure in a Big Island submarine is the best way to experience Hawaii's magical ocean world.

Location: Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $127.52
Volcano and Kohala Landing Helicopter Tour on the Big Island, Big Island of Hawaii, Submarine Tours
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Volcano and Kohala Landing Helicopter Tour on the Big Island

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 32 Reviews

This exclusive Big Island helicopter tour includes not only wonderful views of Hawaii’s famous volcanoes, but also a private landing in a secluded location so ...  Read more

Location: Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $659.00
Zodiac Raft and Snorkel Adventure, Big Island of Hawaii, Helicopter Tours
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Zodiac Raft and Snorkel Adventure

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 48 Reviews

Skim across the waves on an exciting Big Island Zodiac tour to Kealakekua Bay, site of the Captain Cook monument and Hawaii's finest marine sanctuary. Snorkel ...  Read more

Location: Kona, Hawaii
Duration: Flexible

From USD $115.00
Lava Legends and Legacies Luau on the Big Island, Big Island of Hawaii, Day Cruises
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Lava Legends and Legacies Luau on the Big Island

4 star rating: Recommended 90 Reviews

Take a journey through the South Pacific's legends and legacies, and enjoy an evening of Big Island luau feasting, music and dance. The Kona Coast's ...  Read more

Location: Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $95.00

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