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Kailua-Kona, United States
Big Island in a Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, History
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icon11 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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Small Group Tour Lead by a Professional Guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Lunch
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Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pick up from all major hotels and resorts in Kona and Kohala Coast. In addition to the locations below,
Starbucks at Queen's Market Place (69-201 Waikoloa Beach Dr, Waikoloa Village, HI 96738)
Longs Drugs at Keauhou Shopping Center ( 78-6831 Alii Dr Ste H Kailua Kona, HI 96740)

The supplier will send you a confirmation email with the exact pickup location and time. Please call the supplier if you didn't receive an email.

IMPORTANT: If you are staying in Waikiki on the Island of Oahu, please don't book this tour. This tour departs from Kailua Kona and Waikoloa area of the Big Island of Hawaii.

Departure Time

Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods.
7/1/2021 - 12/31/2021
Monday - Sunday:07:00 AM - 08:00 AM
1/1/2022 - 12/31/2022
Monday - Sunday:07:00 AM - 08:00 AM
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:  
Kohala Coast
Pick up guests from resorts along the Kohala Coast while enjoying a narrated tour with unique landscape and scenic view.
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: 25 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: 35 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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:  
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:  
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 20 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: 45 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: 25 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.
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: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Operates in all weather conditions; please dress appropriately.
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Children under 4 years old are not allowed to participate
  • This tour only departs from Kailua Kona and Waikoloa on the Big Island of Hawaii
  • 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.

Learn more about cancellations.

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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Q:
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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Q:
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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Q:
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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Making Memories!
Dennis_M
, Sep 2021
This was another amazing trip. Shout out to Derek Stuart our tour guide and drive for making this trip worth it. Not only was he very knowledgeable about the island and the stops we made along the way, but he was attentive to all of us, answering any questions we have and oh boy did we have a lot. He also shared his personal experience on the island which was an added bonus that made the experience even more exhilarating. I would definitely recommend that anyone considering to take this tour to do. You will not regret it.
star-5
This was a fantastic way to see most of the island.
clare_m
, Sep 2021
Our travel guide was a super great guy and very knowledgeable. We enjoyed our trip immensely. We enjoyed the volcano sight, the black sand beach. We would recommend this tour to anyone visiting this island.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Loved the experience
Maia_C
, Sep 2021
I had a wonderful time with an informative guide. I highly recommend this experience. Be prepared for a long drive, but it's worth it!
star-5
Great tour of the Big Island
Heather_T
, Sep 2021
First and foremost, our tour guide,Tyler, was amazing. Extremely knowledgeable about the island, friendly and truly wanted to make our experience memorable - we’re Ohana! The van was comfy and we saw the entire island. Coffee farms, volcanoes and waterfalls. It takes an entire day but well worth it
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Fabulous Entire Island Day Trip!
Pippa_C
, Sep 2021
Wonderful day trip with local guide Awana who gave a great commentary on everything from local history to the geology. Black beach stop amazing for lunch 🍱 & several turtles sunning themselves there - waterfalls, rainforest, bakery stop & locally grown coffee tasting plus many washroom breaks as well as lots of iced bottles of water/canned drinks & snacks. Best way to see entire island from Kona to Hilo & Waimea in the N!
star-5
Awanna is an Awesome Guide!
Nicole_B
, Sep 2021
Long but awesome day! Our guide Awanna was knowledgeable, funny, a great driver and an all around nice guy. We experienced a teaser trip of what the big island offers. Just wish there was an opportunity to swim in a waterfall. Overall a fun experience.
star-5
Magical Voyage
FernandoP
, Sep 2021
What an amazing day facilitated by David, our friendly, attentive and caring tour guide. He not only shared some personal experiences about living in The Big Island which gives the tour a special touch, but he also made sure we were all comfortable and enjoying our time together. He even mentioned an old Hawaiian faith system that is very close to mine and my wife’s heart: ho’opono’pono. Mahalo to David and all of the folks behind this operation!
star-5
The tour was terrific and...
Patrick_T
, Sep 2021
The tour was terrific and our tour guide, Dreu, really made it a memorable experience. He was very knowledgeable regarding the history of the Big Island and Hawaii, and was especially respectful of the Hawaiian culture. He went above and beyond to make the tour a great experience for us.
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Our tour guide, Robert...
Robert_V
, Sep 2021
Our tour guide, Robert was the absolute best. His knowledge of Hawaiian history blew me away. We covered a lot of the island in one full day. It was a good pace and Robert kept it interesting during the drive times between stops. Highly recommend the tour and Robert our guide.
star-5
Our tour guide Brian very entertaining and knowledgeable. I know have a deeper appreciation of the Hawaiian tradition.
Lisa_S
, Sep 2021
The Black sand beach with the turtles and the National Volcano but really the entire tour was amazing. Our tour guide Brian was amazing, entertaining and very knowledgeable of the history. We know have a deeper appreciation of the Hawaiian tradition.

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