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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, you’ll experience its beauty of its black-sand beaches and enormous, thundering waterfalls, and visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to explore the landscape of steam. If you’re lucky, you’ll find Hawaiian green sea turtles basking on the coast, or lava flowing through the rocks. 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. 

Highlights

  • A tour of Hawaii’s biggest island highlighting its natural wonders
  • Visit the most dramatic waterfalls on the island, Akaka and Rainbow Falls
  • Taste local dishes during lunch at a favorite island hangout spot
  • Learn how the island was formed as you explore the craters, active steam vents and lava tunnels of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • Make frequent stops for photos and to take in the lush scenery, as well as to spot wildlife at Punalu'u Black Sand Beach
  • Group size is limited to an 12 people to ensure a quality experience

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What You Can Expect

Big Island in One Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, and History Small Group Tour

Explore the Thurston Lava Tubes on this all day tour.

This full day adventure of the Big Island of Hawaii begins on the Kona coast, where you’re picked up from your Kona or Waikoloa hotel, and driven north on a scenic journey past historic Parker Ranch—which has operated as one of the largest ranches in America since 1847. 

As you pass through the ranching town of Waimea, watch as the landscape changes from pastures to green, tropical rainforest, as sweeping views of the Hamakua Coast start creeping into view. During a stop at Waipio Valley lookout, marvel at the way the vertical cliffs seem to explode from the green valley floor, and hear the tales of how King Kamehameha was raised in this valley as a child. The adventure continues as you wind your way down the Hamakua Coast, past roadside towns with singsong names until you reach Akaka Falls. 

Here at this popular Hawaii State Park, watch as a 442 foot (135m) waterfall explodes in the pool down below, and later on, at Rainbow Falls, watch as the light refracts through the mist to form a rainbow in the sky. Around this time, you’ll enjoy a lunch of teriyaki chicken beneath the shade of a banyan tree, and other options include grilled fish, seaweed salad, and rice (vegetarian meals available upon request). 

Heading south past the town of Hilo, you’ll head to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the active Kilauea volcano, to hike through the Thurston Lava Tube that was formed by cooling lava. Walk through the steam vents and lunar landscape of Halema’uma’u Crater, and visit the informative Jaggar Museum for info on the current eruption. Depending upon the volcanic activity, there could even be parts of the park where it’s possible to see the magma in action, though it’s more than enough to marvel at the formations the lava has left behind.

From the often-cool summit of Kilauea, you’ll eventually make your way back towards sea level at Punalu’u State Park, where you’ll take a stroll on a black-sand beach and search for Hawaiian green sea turtles. Rounding the southern tip of the island, which is the southernmost point in America, the sun will begin to get low in the sky. Look out for Kealakekua Bay, the spot where Captain Cook was killed in a skirmish with Native Hawaiians. Finally, the tour finishes back in Kona with a drop off at your hotel, where you’ve earned the right to plop on the bed and relax after the full day adventure. 

Please note: Bring good hiking shoes, as well as multiple layers of clothing since the temperature and weather can vary. 

Customer Reviews

Jessica T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was a great tour! We got to see all the main attractions of the big island in one day, worry free! The guide was great. He was very knowledgeable and quite funny. We are so glad we got to do this and would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to see the Big Island!

Jeannie Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Kela was great

Hans-Jurgen G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The tour was awesome and there was more information. The day was full of Waterfalls, Beautiful views, and topped off with the volcano. it was spectacular. The tour guide Kala was awesome, courteous and knowledgeable.

Diana K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellent tour. Kevin our tour guide was awesome. If you don't have a lot of time on the island this is a great way to see it all.

Mark D United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Very good tour. Lots of fun with a knowledgeable guide. Also, I had to rearrange the date of my tour due to cancelled flights getting to Hawaii and the company was very accommodating of this. Many thanks!

laurynhaynes

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

I had such an amazing time on this tour! Our tour guide Kevin Hasting was wonderful! He was so knowledgeable about the island and its history! Well worth it! I will be recommending this tour to everyone planning on visiting the Big Island!

Carrol M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was a great tour. Our guide was entertaining and very knowledgeable about the island and its history.

John C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Awesome is the word that describes both the tour and the guide. He added such a rich experience to the day. He was able to share the tradition and culture of the native Hawaiian people that enhanced the outing for our family. With grandparents, parents and children ranging in age from 9 to 70 is a challenging task for any guide but he was able to turn a long day to a fun filled experience.

Arlene K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

5 star. It was the best small group sight seeing experience I have ever had. Our guide, Kai was wonderful. He was informative, interesting, and kept all of us interested in so many stops at different locations.

Frank D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Our Tour Guide 'Kawiki' was very professional. We learned a lot about the history of the Sites and local attractions. Thank you for making a 12 hour Tour so memorable and relaxing !

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