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Big Island in a Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, History

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Kailua-Kona, United States
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icon12 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

The Big Island of Hawaii has a diverse ecosystem unlike anywhere else on the planet, and on this day-long nature tour, experience the beauty of its black-sand beaches, thundering waterfalls, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. If you’re lucky, 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
  • Lunch included for an added convenience
  • Group size is limited to 12 people to ensure a quality experience

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

A small group limited to 12 makes this a more personalized way to see the best of the Big Island.
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Gratuities
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.

Stop at a Kona coffee farm to learn about the coffee growing process and walk through a lava tube.

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.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Kailua Pier
Drive through the historic Downtown Kona, home to the summer palace of Hawaiian royalty and oldest church in Hawaii.
Stop At:  
Greenwell Farms
Take a tour of a Kona Coffee Farm to learn about the harvesting and milling process while sampling Kona Coffee and Tea.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Punalu'u Bake Shop
This Southernmost quaint bakery & visitor center offer Hawaiian sweetbreads, cookies, souvenirs & island novelties
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Punalu'u Black Sand beach
Dip your toes in the sand at Punalu’u Black Sand Beach and scan the horizon for green sea turtles on the shore
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Explore the wonders of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, including steam vents, the Halema’uma’u and Kilauea Iki crater lookouts, past lava flow sites, and take a short hike along crater rim trail and lava tube.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Nahuku - Thurston Lava Tube
Walk along a bridge that gives you a literal inside look at Hawaii, as you follow it to the eerie Thurston Lava Tube, a 600-foot-long (183-meter) cave formed hundreds of years ago by an underground river of magma.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Hilo
Drive through historical Downtown Hilo, the largest city on the island.
Stop At:  
Rainbow Falls
Next is a waterfall that’s small by comparison, but not by beauty: Rainbow Falls, a beautiful 80-foot (24-meter) waterfall with a giant banyan tree beside it.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Akaka Falls State Park
This towering 442-foot (135-meter) waterfall plummets into a lush ravine at the center of a state park. You’ll enjoy a short walk through the vegetation for an up close view and plenty of photo ops.
Duration: 50 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Waipi'o Valley
The views stop you in your tracks at the Waipio Valley lookout, where a dramatic backdrop of lush cliffs drops into the sparkling blue ocean
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Parker Ranch
Driver through the scenic green pasture of Parker Ranch, home of the Hawaiian cowboys and one of the largest ranches in the US.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Operates in all weather conditions; please dress appropriately.
  • Negative Covid19 test result is required.
  • Children under 4 years old are not allowed to participate
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Wasabi Tours Hawaii

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Big Island in a Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, History?
A:
The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Big Island in a Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, History?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Big Island in a Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, History?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Big Island in a Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, History?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Q:
What is the maximum group size during Big Island in a Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, History?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

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Traveler Tips


  • "I recommend a jacket as it was windy and cold in volcano village." See review
  • "The day is long, but well worth the time and money." See review
  • "If you have a full day to tour this diverse island with Drue, this is a must!" See review

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Professional, friendly, and great value.
michele_g
, Jun 2021
Tour highlights all the major island attractions in one day. Brian, our tour guide, was incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. Would highly recommend to anyone arriving on the island as an intro to what sightseeing activities are available!
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A must do!
James_S
, Jun 2021
Because of the pandemic we did not have a rental car. This was a great way to see so much of the island, would recommend even if you do have a rental car! The tour guide was a o knowledgeable about the island and we got to check off so many of the things we wanted to see
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Great package trip
Steve_E
, Jun 2021
Authentic Hawaiian guide. Very knowledgeable about anything Hawaiian and a fun guy. Great experience. Pastry shop- get more than you think you need- it’s that good.
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A great way to spend the day on Big Island!
Anna_S
, Jun 2021
I took this fantastic tour on my first full day on the Big Island. Our guide Dreu, created our little o’hana for the day, and made all of us feel cared for and entertained the whole trip. Dreu told us history and legends about the many aspects of Hawaiian culture and land. We experienced stunning beauty, ate tasty treats, and spent the day with a lovely group of people. It was a great way to spend my first day!
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Big Island in one day
Tatyana_M
, Jun 2021
I am so glad we went on this tour! It was wonderful. Brian arrived at established time to pick us up at the resort, and while the tour was 12 hours it didn't feel that long. We learned so much about history of the Big Island, which helped with understanding of the island's culture and traditions. We saw breathtaking views of the ocean, black sand beach, waterfalls and volcano. Brian continued to narrate the entire time, making the excursion interesting. Lunch was provided, drinks and snacks offered. I highly recommend this tour - well worth the money.
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Brett was amazing
Renee_C
, Jun 2021
This adventure was incredible. We saw some of the main tourist attractions on the island. We had planned to use our free days to go back and explore our favorite stops, but our guide,Brett, allotted plenty of time to enjoy each site. Brett was witty, a great ukulele player and shared a plethora of information. We heard about the island history, the present, about the foliage, everything. No matter how obscure the question, he had an answer. I definitely recommend this tour.
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All the famous sites, natural Hawaii, long day!
Kristy
, Jun 2021
Trip was exactly as described. If you do not want to drive but want to see whole island main sights this is a trip for you. I don’t recommend doing this on day 1-3 if you are suffering jet lag, it’s a long day! Tour guide was great but wish he would have spent more time not talking so we could nap in between sights or have our own conversations. Not recommended for young kids as they could get cranky.
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Worth every penny
Alexis_R
, Jun 2021
The tour was amazing!!!! Our tour guide Juliana was patient with our huge group, which included 7 children, and was able to answer all of our questions. The tour was a great way to see the whole island! It was worth every penny!
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Perfect All day Island Tour
Daniel_Q
, Jun 2021
Robert was the ultimate guide to the island. He was an encyclopedia of Hawaiian history and landmarks. Between each stop there an informative story about our next destination. Highlights for us were the lava tubes, donut shop and Akaka falls. We would definitely recommend this tour for anyone who wants to the see all the island has to offer in one long day.
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AMAZING
John_O
, Jun 2021
This tour is a MUST do if you come to the Big Island. You can wrap up a lot of what you want to see in a day and, see what you want to come back to spend more time in. Highly recommend doing this your first day. And, I hope you get Tyler for your guide, that guy is pretty amazing, personable and fun to listen to. We have definitely made a new friend in Hawaii.
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