Kona Shore Excursion: Kona History and Culture Tour - Reviews

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Susan D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

Great Guide , visiting the refuge was the best part , a beautiful place enjoyed the history of this place , we were given plenty of time for this visit.
We also visited the Kona Coffee and the Painted Church.

Brenda V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

Roberts tour guide was excellent!

Franny United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2017

We didn't get much of a tour of the coffee plantation. I did a coffee plantation Tour in Costa Rico, so I know what the bean cherry looks like on the bush and how all the layers are separated after the beans are dried out in the sun. All the free samples were tasty if you like coffee. The chocolate covered coffee beans were really good, too and I bought many packages of chocolate covered macadamia nuts as requested by my family...some milk chocolate and some dark chocolate. many varieties. No need for a stop at the Mona Laua -most popular brand on the mainland factory. I would have liked to see how they are processed. Fascinated by the prep- work required to make cashews into cocktail nuts. As seen in Malaysia...ever wonder why cashews are so expensive? Why you cannot buy them in the shell? workers wrap fingers with cling wrap because the nut meat is floating in a toxin liquid just inside the shell.

Richard T United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2016

Excellent Tour. Well worth the cost. Beautiful location in Kona. History and culture were both found in one location. Excellent narration to and from the sites.

Linda B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2016

Lincoln our tour guide/ bus driver was great! We learned so much about Kona history. I highly recommend this tour!

Adrienne H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

The Historical Refuge Park is a must see and very relaxing. Most interesting was St Benedicts's Painted Church. Imagine a priest sent to this side of the island not knowing how to communicate with people then painted murals so they could understand him.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

Very informative and enjoyable.

Jane J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2013

Great trip - just as advertised.

Patricia Mary N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2013

Working with Viator for any of my shore excursions has been a pleasure.

Tom J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2012

Excellent trip, thoroughly enjoyable. Honaunau was both beautiful and fascinating. Driver Dean was very pleasant.

Adrian F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2012

Very interesting trip


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2011

Perfect way to spend the morning in Kona.

Michael N

4 star rating: Recommended
November 2017

This is a good tour, that let's you see some parts of Kona you might not get to. Problem is that it is too short. You could use more time at most stops . Tours drivers are good, though and add a lot to the sights you are seeing through their knowledge of history of the island.


4 star rating: Recommended
December 2015

The tour was very informative and the sites were interesting. We finished in 3 and 1/2 hours and it was booked as a 4 hour tour so I think we could have spent a little more time at some locations especially the National Park as there was an interesting self guided tour but we had to rush through it. Our guide was very knowledgeable.

Clifford B

4 star rating: Recommended
October 2014


Catherine S

4 star rating: Recommended
February 2014

very good knowledgeable guide


4 star rating: Recommended
June 2013

Great tour guide. Just enough history, great swim in heated natural swimming area.

Paul T Australia

4 star rating: Recommended
March 2013

We choose to tour with Roberts Hawaii as we heard good reviews from other people and it is much cheaper than the tour provided by Pride of America. We saw the same places as those on the more expensive tours. Kona is on a big island of Hawaii. It is also one of the driest place compared to Hilo which is on the same island but on the other side. The tour bus driver is a local and knew much of the history and interesting facts of the areas. We went to Puuhonua o Honaunau National Park which was once belong to the Royal family. This place has a place of refuse for law breakers who can get to the place of refuse before being captured. These people would be pardoned by the king and allowed to be returned to normal life. We visited a nice painted church at St. Benedict which had nice paintings inside painted by the former priest. We also visited a Kona coffee plantation to taste the coffee and to purchase 100% Kona Coffee.

Pamela R

4 star rating: Recommended
December 2012

Very good and very informative. Our driver/guide was first class.

Kathy L

4 star rating: Recommended
November 2012

Great tour. You saw how coffee beans were grown and dried and had an opportunity to buy Kona coffee products. Painted church was interesting to see. You had time to walk at your leisure at the city of refuge. It is hot and quite a bit of walking which was fine,but I was not aware of that before going on the tour. Saw a lot of the city and had a great tour guide that pointed out plants and spots of interest.

James B

4 star rating: Recommended
October 2012

excellant worth every dollar

Marilou R

4 star rating: Recommended
April 2012

Enjoyed our tour esp.the last part were we went to the painted oldest Church in Hawaii.

Fred P

3 star rating: Worth doing
January 2016

Good for what we saw, just not as interesting as other sites on the Big Island.


3 star rating: Worth doing
April 2013

Contractor claimed the booking had not been confirmed by viator

Edward G

3 star rating: Worth doing
December 2012

Had a knowledgable driver who added to the historical and cultural part of the tour. Liked the Kona coffee stop.

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