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Kona Tour: Coffee Plantation, Kealakekua Bay, Kaloko-Honokohau Park, and Bee FarmDay Trips

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Kona Tour: Coffee Plantation, Kealakekua Bay, Kaloko-Honokohau Park, and Bee Farm

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There’s much more to the Big Island of Hawaii than volcanoes, waterfalls and luaus, and on this informative tour of the South Kona region, you’ll learn the sacred history of this shoreline and sample the local honey and famous Kona coffee. With the help of a knowledgeable guide, you’ll visit petroglyphs, look for green sea turtles and visit sacred Hawaiian temples. Even better: you'll hear the legends, mythology and lore of ancient Hawaii through today. This tour is capped at 15 people, so you’re ensured a personalized experience.
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  • 7 hours
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Island Breeze Luau on the Big IslandTheater, Shows & Musicals

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Island Breeze Luau on the Big Island

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If you find yourself scouring Big Island reviews for the best luau in Kona, be sure to check out the Island Breeze luau, located right downtown. This immensely popular Big Island luau features shows from around Polynesia, with performances ranging from Fijian war dances to traditional Hawaiian hula. The night is capped off by the heart-pounding action of the Samoan fire and knife show, and in addition to shopping for traditional crafts and receiving your own shell lei, you can feast on a filling Hawaiian buffet that’s paired with an open bar.
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  • 3 hours
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Kona Shore Excursion: Kona Historical Coast and Culture Tour with Coffee PlantationHalf-day Tours

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Kona Shore Excursion: Kona Historical Coast and Culture Tour with Coffee Plantation

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Explore the Kailua-Kona coastline and learn about its history on this 4.5-hour tour with a guide who introduces you to the Big Island's scenery while telling you about ancient Hawaiian culture, the arrival of Captain Cook, and the development of modern-day Hawaii. Plus, visit a coffee plantation. Tour is limited to 14 people for a small-group experience.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Pele's Creation Day Tour from Hilo - Puna 2018 Lava Flow (Hawaii) Day Trips

Pele's Creation Day Tour from Hilo - Puna 2018 Lava Flow (Hawaii)

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The 2018 eruption wreaked havoc upon the subdivision of Leilani Estates. While there is currently no active surface lava on the island, the destruction is still evident here. You will hear first-hand accounts from real homeowners and see Fissure 8, the largest fissure from the eruption. We have exclusive access to visit 4 different properties destroyed in the eruption. (A portion of our sales goes to those who tragically lost their homes.)
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  • 6 hours
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Kona Walking Food Tour Luxury Tours

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Kona Walking Food Tour

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The only Walking Food Tour in Kona! Experience the best restaurants in Kona, some of which were featured on the show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives! Kona is a foodie paradise, immerse yourself in the Kona food scene, with at least 6 stops at restaurants on beautiful Ali'i Drive. Each restaurant will be serving a delicious dish that will delight your senses. The focus is on local, fresh ingredients, with an emphasis on the fresh fish that Kona is known for. Enjoy wonderful wine and cocktail pairings with your food, featuring Hawaiian cocktails and superb wine. This is a "local" experience, and will give you great ideas for restaurants to visit during your time in Kona. In addition to tasting fabulous food and drinks, you will also get great information about Kona's fascinating history and learn about the Kona restaurant scene. Your knowledgable guides will inform and entertain! Tour covers at least 1 mile at slow pace. Tour operates rain or shine, meet at Kona Pier under the Green Tents.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Big Island's Hawaii Grand Circle Island TourDay Trips

Big Island's Hawaii Grand Circle Island Tour

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This Big Island circle tour hits all the highlights of the stunning Big Island of Hawaii.  While riding in a comfortable minibus, watch out the window as the landscape changes with every bend in the road, from tropical, misty valleys full of ferns to a barren, black lava coast. This Grand Circle island tour includes round-trip transport from Kona, with pickup and drop-off at your hotel.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
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Oahu Day Trip: Battleship Tour Of Pearl Harbor From Big IslandDay Trips

Oahu Day Trip: Battleship Tour Of Pearl Harbor From Big Island

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Relive history during this 7-hour excursion to Pearl Harbor from the Big Island. Fly to Honolulu Airport and take a chauffeured transfer to this historic World War II site. Once you arrive, enjoy skip-the-line access to the famous USS Arizona Memorial and a fully-narrated tour, plus time to explore on your own. Before returning to the Big Island you’ll visit a variety of Hawaiian heritage sites like Iolani Palace and the Statue of King Kamehameha I. Inter-island flights, transfers, site entrance tickets, plus the Honolulu history tour, are included.
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  • 7 hours
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Hawaii Grand Circle Island Tour with Volcanoes National Park Tour - KonaDay Trips

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Hawaii Grand Circle Island Tour with Volcanoes National Park Tour - Kona

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Maximize your time on the Big Island thanks to this action-packed, full-day excursion covering more than a dozen top sights. Visit one of the world’s most active volcanoes at Hawaii Volcano National Park, taste the island’s best food products like macadamia nuts, coffee, and cookies, learn local history, and discover some of Hawaii’s best waterfalls and beaches.
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  • 11 hours
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Kona Shore Excursion: Hawaiian Sea Turtles , Historic Kona & CoffeeDay Trips

Kona Shore Excursion: Hawaiian Sea Turtles , Historic Kona & Coffee

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Spend a full day exploring Kona. See greens turtles, learn how Kona coffee is made, and visit archeological sights. Make the most of animated amount of time with a varied tour encapsulating Hawaii’s history, natural beauty, wildlife and culinary culture. Stop at white sand beaches, walk through lava tube, sample locally frozen coffee and hand made sweets, then choose from a variety activities depending your tastes. Opt to snorkel, go souvenir shipping, or relaxant local brewery, before returning the port.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Big Island Photo Tour: Hawaiian Sunset and AstrophotographyDay Trips

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Big Island Photo Tour: Hawaiian Sunset and Astrophotography

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Capture astonishing landscapes through your camera lens on this photography tour of the Big Island. Depart in the afternoon for the Kohala Coast, with scenic photo stops at Lapakahi State Historical Park and Pololu Valley Lookout, to name a few. This guided adventure includes use of a tripod so you can focus on the enchanting sunset and twinkling stars of the night sky.
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  • 9 hours
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Hawai'i's Volcanoes National Park from Hilo OnlyDay Trips

Hawai'i's Volcanoes National Park from Hilo Only

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Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park is a blockbuster sight on the Big Island, but reaching the park from the Hilo port on your own can be time consuming. With this driving tour, save hours with port pickup and head straight to the park’s highlights, including the steam vents and Kilauea Caldera overlook. This leaves enough time to visit the Akatsuka Orchid Gardens, Hilo Coffee Mill, and Mauna Loa macadamia farm.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Big Island in a Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, HistoryDay Trips

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Big Island in a Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, History

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The Big Island of Hawaii has a diverse ecosystem unlike anywhere else on the planet, and on this day-long nature tour, experience the beauty of its black-sand beaches, thundering waterfalls, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. If you’re lucky, find Hawaiian green sea turtles basking on the coast. Since the tour only requires a moderate amount of walking, it's an educational adventure for travelers of all ages, with snacks and refreshments included.
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  • 11 hours
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Big Island Tour Bundle: Get 5 Big Island Audio ToursMulti-day Tours

Big Island Tour Bundle: Get 5 Big Island Audio Tours

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Our Big Island mobile app features five audio tours and you'll get all of them when you purchase the Big Island Tour Bundle. Here’s what’s included in the Big Island Tour Bundle: - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Tour - Kona Big Kahuna Loop - North Island Jungle Adventure Loop - South Island Epic Coastal Journey - Kohala Coast and Backcountry Tour Each tour uses GPS to give you turn-by-turn directions to popular sites and local gems with stories and music along the way. The audio tours play automatically using your location to give you on-the-spot information. WHY SHAKA GUIDE? ✅ Tours never expire. ✅ Tour work offline. No data needed. ✅ Reliable GPS directions. ✅ A guided tour for a fraction of the price. ✅ Save time planning! We’ve done the work for you. ✅ Your vacation, your terms — freedom to stop and go as you please. ✅ The #1-rated travel app for Big Island. ✅ Listen to interesting stories and Hawaiian music!
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  • 5 days
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Historical Dinner Cruise to Kealakekua BayDay Cruises

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Historical Dinner Cruise to Kealakekua Bay

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Journey back in time — when ancient, powerful Kings ruled the rugged, fertile land of the Hawaiian Islands — on this 3-hour lunch or dinner cruise to Kealakekua Bay. Travel 12 miles down the Kona Coast to the Captain Cook monument. Learn the many secrets of the Big Island as a local historian points out more than 50 points of interest along the way. At Kealakekua Bay, enjoy a Hawaiian-style buffet dinner with live entertainment, then relax and experience a beautiful sunset on the return trip. One complimentary cocktail is included.
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  • 3 hours
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Hawaii Big Island Circle Small Group Tour: Waterfalls - Hilo - Volcano - Black Sand BeachDay Trips

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Hawaii Big Island Circle Small Group Tour: Waterfalls - Hilo - Volcano - Black Sand Beach

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Circle the Big Island of Hawaii along the Mamalahoa Highway on this guided, full-day, small-group adventure. Travel almost 250 miles and visit the two biggest cities on the island, Hilo and Kailua-Kona. Climb through several climate zones and native rainforest to the summit of the world’s most active volcano inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. All while learning about Hawaii’s history, culture, religion, geology and fragile ecosystem. All entrance fees plus a hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 11 hours
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Adventure Tour from HiloNature & Wildlife

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Adventure Tour from Hilo

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is famous for its ever-flowing lava and the planet’s most massive active volcano. This tour journeys to top natural landmarks in and around the park. Visit Rainbow Falls, Richardson black sand beach, Historic Banyan Drive, Liliuokalani Gardens, Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory, Akatsuka Orchid Nursery, and the active volcano of Kilauea. You also get the opportunity to walk through a lava tube.
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Booked by 687 travellers
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours

Intimate Kona History and Culture Tour from Kona SouthHistorical & Heritage Tours

Intimate Kona History and Culture Tour from Kona South

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Get a deeper experience of Kona than offered by most tours on this guided tour that focuses on the ancient capital's rich history and culture. Journey through the area while your guide shares tales from Hawaiian folklore and provides insight into religious practices and royal influences. See such landmarks as the Puuhonua O Honaunau archaeological complex, which includes temple platforms and royal fishponds, as well as Heiau temples and significant burial grounds that reveal the way the ancient Hawaiians lived.
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  • 8 hours
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Kona History Tour, Place of Refuge, Coffee Plantation & Painted ChurchCultural Tours

Kona History Tour, Place of Refuge, Coffee Plantation & Painted Church

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Kailua-Kona is the capital of Hawaii’s Big Island and home to many historic and cultural sites. Take in some of the highlights on this tour, visiting three popular attractions. Enjoy a guided tour of the Greenwell Coffee Plantation including coffee tasting, visit the magnificent St Benedict’s Painted Church, and admire the scenery at the Place of Refuge (Pu'uhonua O Honaunau) National park.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Kona Coast to Place of Refuge Small Group Shore Excursion & TourDay Trips

Kona Coast to Place of Refuge Small Group Shore Excursion & Tour

Immerse yourself in the scenic beauty and rich culture of Hawaii’s Kona coast on this half-day excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, enjoy experiences that include visiting sites like Kailua Pier, Hulihe'e Palace, Mokuaikaua Church, Greenwell Farms, and Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, the Painted Church, and Big Island Bees.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
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Battle Between Christianity and Traditional Kapu (Kona, Hawaii)Day Trips

Battle Between Christianity and Traditional Kapu (Kona, Hawaii)

This tour takes you on the journey of the Kapu system of Hawaii to the induction of Christianity. Where each way of life is explored through the eyes of the Hawaiian People. Learn about the civil war that took place as both sides fought for what they believed in and for their God. Highlights * The Battle of Kuamo'o * Mamalahoa Trail (Kings Highway) * Inside look of the Ancient Hawaiian Kapu system * Early Catholic presence. * Story of Christianity as told by the Hawaiians (pros and cons) * How Kapu and Christianity work together today with Mālama kō aloha. Visit several heiau's, a very special Catholic Church, and end learning about this great battle at the entrance of this sacred land. Hear the stories of this great battle that are retold through oral history to many of our drivers. Learn why that Ku is blindfolded during certain parts of the year. This is truly a one of a kind tour. Some hiking is required.
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South Island TourBus Tours

South Island Tour

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Our flexibility and accommodating style set Anuenue Rainbow Tours apart. We tailor each tour to the desires of the group – where we go and how long we stay at any stop along the way is up to you. (We've listed only typical attractions and times spent at each; we happily accommodate what you want to do.) Your attentive tour guide will point out features along the way and delight you with her knowledge of local culture and history. Your guide is a 38-year resident of the island with a degree in Hawai'ian culture and history, a passion for sharing her love of the island, a great sense of adventure, and an abiding aloha spirit. Our air-conditioned Honda Odyssey comfortably accommodates 2 to 7 guests as we traverse the beautiful Island of Hawai’i and experience the sights, sounds and flavors of this incomparable tropical paradise. We are committed to delivering an excellent customer experience! PLEASE NOTE: Your $75 payment through Trip Advisor covers the 1st hour ONLY, as time is flexible.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Kohala Tour (North Island)Day Trips

Kohala Tour (North Island)

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Our flexibility and accommodating style set Anuenue Rainbow Tours apart. We tailor each tour to the desires of the group – where we go and how long we stay at any stop along the way is up to you. (We've listed only typical attractions and times spent at each; we happily accommodate what you want to do.) Your attentive tour guide will point out features along the way and delight you with her knowledge of local culture and history. Your guide is a 38-year resident of the island with a degree in Hawai'ian culture and history, a passion for sharing her love of the island, a great sense of adventure, and an abiding aloha spirit. Our air-conditioned Honda Odyssey comfortably accommodates 2 to 7 guests as we traverse the beautiful Island of Hawai’i and experience the sights, sounds and flavors of this incomparable tropical paradise. We are committed to delivering an excellent customer experience! PLEASE NOTE: Your $75 payment through Trip Advisor covers the 1st hour ONLY, as time is flexible.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
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Discover Kamehameha's Birthplace & Plantation Village Tour (Kona, HI Day Tour)Day Trips

Discover Kamehameha's Birthplace & Plantation Village Tour (Kona, HI Day Tour)

Highlights: *Visit an old plantation village. *Learn about Kamehameha the great and where he grew up. *See one of the most scenic points on the Big Island at Polulu Valley lookout and the upper Kohala Road. Enjoy the day learning about Kamehameha the Great. Visit the site near his birthplace and enjoy some of the most beautiful places in Kohala and Kona districts. Drive to an old plantation village. Wander the beautiful shops and enjoy a delicious warm malasada or Hawaiian shave ice. Afterward, we drive to the birthplace of Kamehameha o ʻIolani i Kaiwikapu kauʻi Ka Liholiho Kūnuiākea later known as Kamehameha the Great. Take a scenic drive to the most northern point of the big island. Enjoy the majestic views. For more breathtaking scenes of this amazing island, we drive through Paniolo Country. Waimea was the largest ranch in the U.S. Learn about the Hawaiian Cowboys (Paniolo's) and how that they rounded up the cattle and put them on the ships.
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Big Island - Kona Big Kahuna GPS Driving Tour AppDay Trips

Big Island - Kona Big Kahuna GPS Driving Tour App

Visit the Big Island on your own terms, and at your own pace, with this self-guided app-based tour. You'll get over four hours' of audio content, an island map, and navigation assistance. Best of all, you can save data by downloading the tour and using it offline on your mobile device.
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