Explore highlights of Kohala, the Big Island’s northwestern coast, on a full-day adventure. The tour begins with early morning pickup at your Kohala or Waikoloa hotel for the drive up the glorious Kona coastline. Pass through the charming plantation towns of Hawi and Kapaau, and keep an eye out for large marine life offshore, including spinner dolphins and humpback whales (in the winter).
Take in spectacular views from the old Kohala Mule Station, and then climb aboard a sturdy 6x6 Pinzgauer military ATV for brief, bumpy off-road ride along the cliffs. Your destination is the Kohala Ditch Trail, built in the early 1900s to irrigate the surrounding former sugar plantation. Hike approximately 2 miles (3.2 km), passing blasted-out tunnels, ditches and an old aqueduct while your guide shares the history of the plantation and the construction of its impressive irrigation system. Take a break and recharge with a picnic lunch among the beautiful mountainous scenery.
Throughout the moderately challenging hike, see the seven Kohala waterfalls that dot the lush and diverse landscape. Stop at the last fall for a chance to jump into the refreshing pool and cool off under the cascade. At the end of the hike, relax on the ride back to your hotel, where your 8-hour tour concludes in the afternoon.