This is our first trip to the Big Island and we decided it would be fun to take this tour on our first day. It worked out great! Our tour guide, Ryan, picked us up right on time at a convenient location near our resort....More
Exploring Hawaii’s Big Island can be a big undertaking, but it doesn’t have to be. Avoid the stress of planning out all the details with this guided tour that includes round-trip transport, lunch, snacks, and bottled water for your convenience. Because there’s minimal walking distance during this tour, it’s perfect for people of all ages and fitness levels. Plus, if the weather gets dreary, rain gear is provided to keep you dry.
Start your day's adventure with pickup from your Waikoloa or Kona hotel in a comfortable tour vehicle, and then head out for the farther reaches of the Big Island. Be sure to bring good walking shoes and dress in layers, as the temperature can vary widely at different elevations. Enjoy traveling with a small group of fellow travelers, limited to just 13 people.
Pass Parker Ranch and into Waimea, where the landscape changes, and take in views of the scenery instead of fussing about directions and logistics. Stop at Waipo Valley lookout for some photo ops and listen to your guide's narrative about King Kamehameha.
Wind down the Hamakua Coast toward Akaka Falls and Rainbow Falls, two of the area's most beautiful. Stop for an included lunch in a shady spot before continuing on through Hilo to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Hike through the Thurston Lava Tube and the steam vents of the Halema'uma'u Crater, and then make a stop at the Jaggar Museum. From the summit of Kilauea, head back down to Punalu'u State Park at sea level for a stroll along the black sand beach. On the way back to Kona, pass Kealakekua Bay and learn about the area's bloody battle history.