This Big Island camping tour begins with a pickup from your Kona or Waikoloa hotel. You’ll start your 2-day journey with a visit to one of the island’s best snorkeling spots. Search for sea turtles, frolic with fish, and maybe spot eagle rays or dolphins. After you get out of the water, take a ride in your provided transportation to Kona’s forested uplands for coffee tastings.
Once freshly caffeinated, the adventure continues down the southwestern coast towards the southern tip of the island, where the jet black sands of Punalu’u Beach Park make a fine spot to find sea turtles resting on shore. From there, take an easy hike to an ancient heiau—or ancient Hawaiian temple—before a drive a drive back to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
After preparing for some volcano national park camping, you’ll travel by night to Halemaumau Crater and home to the volcano goddess, Pele, where an active lava lake pierces the sky with its bright, orange-hued glow. After a casual dinner (own expense) at a small, local restaurant, finish the day at your campsite under a blanket of stars.
On the second day of this Big Island adventure, you’ll travel to Thurston Lava Tube to literally walk through the Earth. Stroll inside a volcanic tunnel created by recent eruptions. Once the sunlight replaces your flashlight, it’s back in the car for the drive to Hilo and a look at the ancient Naha Stone—a relic reputed to have been lifted by King Kamehameha as a way of proving his strength. Next you'll travel to Rainbow Falls for a short walk into the rain forest, before driving back to the Waikoloa Coast for a final stroll down a white sand beach.
This 2-day camping adventure wraps up with a transfer back to your hotel.