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Time11 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
TicketMobile ticket
Offered in: English and 2 more

Overview

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 the beauty of its black-sand beaches, thundering waterfalls, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. If you’re lucky, you’ll 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.
  • A tour of Hawaii’s biggest island highlighting its natural wonders
  • Visit the most dramatic waterfalls on the island, Akaka and Rainbow Falls
  • Stop at 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 Beach
  • Lunch included for an added convenience
  • Group size is limited to 13 people to ensure a quality experience
This full day adventure of the Big Island of Hawaii begins on the Kona coast, where you’re picked up from your Kona or Kohala 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 and Rainbow Falls.

Make your way back toward sea level at Punalu’u Beach, where you’ll take a stroll on a black-sand beach and search for Hawaiian green sea turtles. Head next to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, before rounding the southern tip of the island, the southernmost point in America. Look out for Kealakekua Bay, the spot where Captain Cook was killed in a skirmish with Native Hawaiians.

If time permits, you may stop at a Kona coffee farm or the famous Punalu’u Bakery to conclude the day.

Finally, your 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: Depending on weather conditions, your tour may operate in reverse order.

Reviews

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, Aug 2018

The words and gentle laugh of Awana our guide are still with me now months after our tour. He introduced our group to the most beautiful areas of the Big Island as well as to the rich culture of which I knew not much. It has allowed me to continue to learn about the culture of Hawaii from his guidance and our visit is still so strong in my Heart.

W
, Jul 2018

Very enjoyable and educational trip. Nate was a great guide, sharing island history, keeping us on schedule, and answering all our questions. We traveled through several ecosystems and got a good overview of the island. Highly recommended.

I
, Jul 2018

Ryan was an engaging, informative guide, and certainly did everything he could to help us enjoy the day. We were very fortunate to have good weather the entire day. Lots of time on the road with a number of short stops. I would only tell Ryan that he does not have to talk the entire time! Was amazed at his endurance. But truly, a great guy and a fund of information about everywhere we went on the trip. The Botanical Gardens absolutely the highlight of the day!!!! Blows you away with its opulence and beauty. We knew well ahead of time that the Volcano National Park was closed off, so there was no

P
, Jun 2018

it was a wonderful way to see a lot of the island in 1 day and not renting your own car. the guide was great. highly recommend

t
, May 2018

The tour was awesome. Even though we weren't able to visit the volcanoes, and all of us wanted to, they modified the tour and were still able to show us some beautiful sights. Our guide was Nate, and he was wonderful. He really knew about the areas he took us to, and had a great sense of humor. He even did a good job taking our jokes about wanting to see the lava multiple times. He kept us all safe and made sure we were comfortable all throughout the day. This is a great way to see some very beautiful sights and see the entire island in one day! We would recommend this tour to anyone visiting the Big Island, as it was probably our favorite day of our trip.

K
, Apr 2018

Ryan was very informative and told of all we were seeing with genuine excitement in his voice. Thoroughly enjoyed this tour.

H
, Apr 2018

Great tour to give you an overview of the island. But be prepared for a LOT of driving. Our first stop was a little over 2 hours from picking us up at 7:30am. It was a nice little place to get a donut and a cup of coffee. But it would be nice to have a stop before that. Maybe in Kona somewhere. Awesome to see the volcanoes and waterfalls. The driver was great and very knowledgeable about the island. We were able to take our own car to a few spots and explore on our own.

S
, Apr 2018

Today we did a circle island tour of Hawaii. Our driver, Ryan, was very knowledgeable and you can tell he is passionate about his job and proud of where he lives. We were a couple, and were in a tour with 2 families. So, our van was quite packed. There are a lot of tight turns and uneven roads, so if you get motion sick, it is best to take some Dramamine before you go. I did. This tour is jam packed with lots of things to see and many stops to make...so plan on being gone for 12 hours. We did this tour early in our trip, just in case we wanted to go back and revisit some of the stops. Which we did. We went back to the coffee shop, the bakery, and the volcano. Made for a nice finish to our vacation before flying home that night.

W
, Apr 2018

I think the thing that made this trip so memorable was actually our guide, Ryan. He was so knowledgeable about pretty much everything. There was nothing he couldn't answer. He risked getting a ticket to park the van and get out and explain how a lava tube is formed at the Thurston Lava Tube. He got absolutely soaking wet helping each member of our 13-person group get back to the van during an insane rain storm at the Jaggar Museum. He taught us all about Hawaii's history and flora and fauna and language throughout the day. He even stopped at extra places along the way to show us his favourite look out spots! There is so much more to making a tour good than just pointing things out and Ryan is a true asset to your company! I work for a tour operator as well, and I want to steal him!

B
, Apr 2018

If there is one thing you can do on the island, I would say reserve a day to do this tour since you many of what the beautiful Big Island has to offer from waterfalls, to the volcano, to lava tubes, to awesome beaches! Kai was our guide and I am SO thankful for him. He gave us the BEST tour because he gave us such an amazing history and perspective on the Hawaiian culture. Kai's energy set the tone for the unforgettable day we had. When we come back to this island we will definitely take this tour again and put in a special request for Kai.


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