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Discover the best of the Big Island on a full-day tour with a private guide, and explore Hawaii’s volcanos, rainforests and coastal scenery. Walk to a trio of waterfalls fringed with bamboo and wild orchids, then enjoy sweeping views of Waipio Valley's cliffs. Pause for a cup of coffee on a historic farm, spot green sea turtles on a black sand beach, then rise into the island’s rugged mountains. Explore Hawaii Volcanoes National Park’s lava tubes and feel Kilauea’s heat as you step to the edge of a steaming vent.  


  • 12-hour private tour of Hawaii’s Big Island with an expert guide
  • Take in historic downtown Hilo and catch a rainbow on the Wailuku River
  • Hike to Akaka Falls, one of Hawaii's most famous and accessible waterfalls
  • Get great photo ops from the Waipio Valley Lookout
  • Stroll along a black sand beach and look for sea turtles
  • Feel the heat of the active Kilauea volcano and explore an ancient lava tube
  • Includes transport by private vehicle, bottled water, snacks, and hotel pickup and drop-off

What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Hawaii Island Adventure

Hawaii Island Adventure

Customer Reviews

Maria P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

I could give Jill, our guide 6 stars. We had to do a couple of detours during our tour and she was amenable.
Jill's knowledge of Kona and Hilo was impressive. The tour got us to visit Greenwell Farm a family owned coffee bean producer, Akaka Waterfall, National Volcano Park and Black Sand Beach. The views were breathtaking.

Jeff Brown

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent. Tour guide was the best. Highly recommend.

Rose M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Josh was awesome! Such a great day filled with one thing after another!! We were lucky to see the sea turtles at the black sand beach. We got to have the best donuts ever a local bakery, lunch at a local place too! Best Mocha Iced Coffee! Got to see the volcanoes! Volcano tube! Volcano steam vents! Waterfalls! One beautiful scene after another while Josh gave us the history of the Big Island! Too much to list them all! I would highly recommend this to EVERYONE!!! WE LOVED EVERY second of this 12 hour tour!!

Ronald J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

This was a wonderful tour. Josh was an excellent host. He was very knowledgeable had all the best things to tell you about this island. Was very in tune to your wants and places to see and gave plenty of time, to be sure you got to enjoy the island.
We highly recommend using this tour, it was superior

Brenda B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Josh at Mauka Makai Adventures is AWESOME!! In less than 20 minutes I knew the 12 hour adventure was going to be the best. Within 2 hours I felt like I had grown up on the island. We stopped for a real Hawaiian lunch that was big enough one plate served 2 and we like to eat! Josh loves his island and loves his job and I can't simply tell you enough how much we got for our money! This tour made the whole trip worth it and it was just one day out of 9!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This tour was everything we expected and more. Josh was on time, courteous, considerate of our needs and wishes. He not only gave us much information but shared a lot about local life on the Big Island. He was born and raised here so he knew every good place to go and seemed like everyone as well.

Brenda B. B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

My daughter and myself had a great time. Josh was very nice and very knowledgable of the Island. He took us to some very interesting and lovely places. The van was very comfortable and he was a good driver.
I would recommend this tour to others. I loved that it was just the two of us on the tour so we could do and see what we wanted to, and stay as long or short as we wanted to. It was great.
Thanks Josh!

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