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Big Island - South Island Coastal Loop Driving Tour provided by Shaka Guide: Audio Tour Apps

Big Island - South Island Coastal Loop Driving Tour

Big Island - South Island Coastal Loop Driving Tour
4.5
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
2 days
Wheelchair accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
  • Duration:
    2 days
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
About
Come with us as we explore the fascinating volcanic landscape looping around the southern coast of the Big Island! Shaka Guide is your perfect companion with turn-by-turn directions, information on what to do & see, and a truckload of interesting stories and Hawaiian legends of this amazing island! Skip the tour bus & explore Big Island at your own pace for a fraction of the cost with the best self-guided audio GPS tours for Hawaii! Rated the #1 best GPS tour app for Hawaii with over 6,000+ raving reviews and 200,000+ downloads. Why you need it: ✅ You don't need service because you can download the tours & use them offline ✅ Much cheaper than a tour bus at only $9.99 for lifetime access ✅ Save time planning your trip because we have the best stops lined up ✅ Freedom to stop and go as you please, unlike a tour bus where you are confined to the pre-determined route (no fun!) ✅ Hear cool and fun stories along the way (and some corny joke's that might make you laugh)
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 102020P22
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • 6-10 hours of audio content
  • Virtual tour guide
  • Offline map of the entire island
  • Turn-by-turn navigation
  • Perfect itinerary to explore the Big Island
  • Freedom to explore on your own
Exclusions
  • Crowded group tour
  • Entry/Admission - Kona Coffee Living History Farm
  • Entry/Admission - Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park
  • Entry/Admission - Big Island Bees
  • Entry/Admission - The Painted Church
  • Entry/Admission - The Captain Cook Monument
  • Entry/Admission - Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
  • Entry/Admission - Papakolea Green Sand Beach
  • Entry/Admission - Ka Lae Light
  • Entry/Admission - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Punalu'u Black Sand beach
  • Entry/Admission - Lava Tree State Park
  • Entry/Admission - Whittington Beach Park
  • Entry/Admission - Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens
  • Entry/Admission - Imiloa Astronomy Center
  • Entry/Admission - Mauna Kea Observatories
  • Entry/Admission - Saddle Road
  • Entry/Admission - Kona Coffee Living History Farm
Duration
2 days
Departure details
  • Hilo, HI 96720, USA
  • Kailua-Kona, HI, USA
  • Waikoloa Village, HI, USA
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • 6-10 hours of audio content
  • Virtual tour guide
  • Offline map of the entire island
  • Turn-by-turn navigation
  • Perfect itinerary to explore the Big Island
  • Freedom to explore on your own
Exclusions
  • Crowded group tour
  • Entry/Admission - Kona Coffee Living History Farm
  • Entry/Admission - Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park
  • Entry/Admission - Big Island Bees
  • Entry/Admission - The Painted Church
  • Entry/Admission - The Captain Cook Monument
  • Entry/Admission - Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
  • Entry/Admission - Papakolea Green Sand Beach
  • Entry/Admission - Ka Lae Light
  • Entry/Admission - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Punalu'u Black Sand beach
  • Entry/Admission - Lava Tree State Park
  • Entry/Admission - Whittington Beach Park
  • Entry/Admission - Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens
  • Entry/Admission - Imiloa Astronomy Center
  • Entry/Admission - Mauna Kea Observatories
  • Entry/Admission - Saddle Road
  • Entry/Admission - Kona Coffee Living History Farm
Departure details
  • Hilo, HI 96720, USA
  • Kailua-Kona, HI, USA
  • Waikoloa Village, HI, USA
Duration
2 days
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Itinerary
Overview
Full Map
18 stops
Day 1
South Island Coastal Loop...
Day 2
South Island Coastal Loop...
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imacutiger
Windsor, CO12 contributions
Amazing app! We used three of the Shaka Guide tours in Maui, Big Island and Oahu. All great! Much better than a large bud tour.
Written 9 May 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
shakaguide99
Mahalo for your review! Don't forget to tell all your friends about it and follow us on social media @shakaguide to share your Shaka Guide experience 🤙😍🤙
Written 24 May 2021
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john b
new london, Minnesota21 contributions
Mar 2020
Our trip began in Kona the first week of March 2020. The road on the Soth Island is very good with a few areas that have rough tar but no problem. Depending on your final destination or the number of places you want to see or stop for photographs, will consume a day, if you return to your beginning point. The scenery is great of course, with many pull offs to take pictures. There are various beaches to stop at which are very nice. But, be aware that the beach might be sandy but the swimming area can be very rough and rocky. If going to the volcanic crater, call ahead or check web sites because portions of it were closed because of toxic gases. A GREAT stop is in Punalu'u, where the southern most bakery in the U.S. sets waiting for you to indulge in wonderful pasteries of various taste and texture.
Written 26 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
shakaguide99
Mahalo for your review! Don't forget to tell all your friends about it and follow us on social media @shakaguide 🤙😍🤙
Written 26 April 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Shannon H
9 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
In my opinion this is the best way to tour the island. So much great information provided along the way. Take the tour at whatever pace you wish. Do all or just some of the tour. I'd choose to this over any other guided tour, where you have no control. I hope there is something like this for all our travel destinations.
Written 1 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
shakaguide99
Mahalo for your review! Don't forget to tell all your friends about it and follow us on social media @shakaguide 🤙😍🤙
Written 5 March 2020
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Bill B
8 contributions
Sep 2019
I don't like bus tours generally Unless it is a small bus or van. But the app is a better choice. I had a little difficulty getting the app set up but I called and one of the staff walked me through with ease. Using the app was easy enough and fun. We took our time, lingered where we were interested and blew by what we were not interested in.
Written 23 January 2020
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shakaguide99
Mahalo for your review and recommendation. Hope to see you and your family again on more Shaka Guide adventures on the islands! 🤙😍🤙
Written 17 February 2020
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Roxanne C
Maryville, TN224 contributions
Jan 2020
We aren't big bus tour fans but I don't always have the time to research everything. This is a good alternative and certainly a bargain.

Let me explain how it works then I'll give you some tips. You must download the app either from itunes or the app store (this was free). Then in the app, select the tour you want to take, pay for it and download it before you go -- ideally while you are at home and can have your phone plugged in and using your own wi-fi. Once you are in Hawaii you select the tour and say that you want to start the tour and pick your starting point and the direction you want to travel in (most of the tours go in a circle so you can go clockwise or counter, depending on what time you want to reach a certain spot.

We had a number of issues with the tours. First, we stayed at the Hilton Waikoloa Village which is on a loop road. Many of the tours did have a starting point near us -- and you needed to drive through the starting point to trigger the GPS to play the program. The problem was that the starting point was actually at the midpoint, on the main road between the two ends of loop (think of a u with a line on top). We were on the right side of the loop, so we'd go up and out the first exit and for several of the tours we knew we needed to head south -- to the right. But this wouldn't take us through the loop. Following directions to the starting point and turning left triggered the start but then we were going the wrong way and initially didn't realize it.

We'd gotten the bundle and found that if we missed a turn someone had to be looking at the app to see this and turn us around. For a future edition it would be helpful to add commentary after some of the common turns that essentially said, "if you can see this you missed the turn" We traveled about 3 miles before we realized we were on a parallel road and that was why there was no narration.

Our vehicle was particularly problematic to get the app to play on the car stereo. It worked best over the vehicle's Bluetooth but if I plugged my phone in to charge it, the charging cable took over the system. You'd think that wouldn't be an issue since it was the same device, just now the information could be relayed through the cord. Unfortunately the rental car USB ports were not snug and the cord was loose so the audio kept turning on and off (as did the charging). This program eats your phone's battery life like I eat popcorn at the movies.

On the tours that retrace the same route coming back the audio does not play (that is, if you already drove through point 8 and then you go back through 7 and 6 it won't play those because it thinks you are retracing your steps. When we missed a step because we missed a turn and then decided to go back through it, we couldn't get it to play. I could manually hit play and have it play the information but it wouldn't do it on its own. I had it play some information we'd missed but we kept missing the end of some of the stories because we'd reach another point in the tour and it would play that.

I know it sounds like a headache and you are probably wondering why I'd rate it very good. Here's why: The narration and information is very good. It does get you to see things and find things you wouldn't otherwise do. There are ways to avoid some of the problems we had and it is certainly better than being in the middle seat of one of the huge buses and hoping the guide knows their stuff.

First, make sure your phone is fully charged. Second, bring a back up charger and cord (or even 2 chargers). Don't rely on your car to charge your phone. Rental cars can be finicky. If you are just using the HVNP tour, don't use the app to get to the starting point of the tour (ours couldn't give us directions -- in fact, for that tour only, it thought we were starting from Tennessee and told us we couldn't get to the park from there (true)).

Use a map and the app ahead of time to locate the starting point and the direction you need to be going in.

Don't just turn it on and go. Look at the stops listed and decide where you need to be by what time. For instance if you start on the Kona (west) side of the island and are going clockwise on the South Island Loop, this is a 12 hour drive and you'll be reaching South Point and the green sand beach after dark -- or if you want to eat lunch in Hilo, that won't work if you go counterclockwise. Basically you have to be aware of what you want to see and where you want to go and then this provides directions and narration. It is up to you to skip some of the points to stay on track if you want to be at a specific spot at a specific time.

Turn the tour off when you stop -- this seems to help battery life. Turn the tour back on BEFORE you turn on the car. That seemed to help with the reconnecting problems it had every time we stopped the car.

Make sure that whoever is driving is willing to be patient and let the person running the app turn it on, check the volume and determine if you need to go left or right out of the parking area you are in. Once you pull out in the wrong direction, if you pass a narration point it is tricky to get the app to go back. (What I did find that worked was quitting the app completely and then restarting it.)

Stick to the planned route (though restroom breaks along the route didn't cause trouble as long as I left the app on and we continued in the same direction) -- you can skip stops by driving by -- the narration continues although if there is a story that is continued at that stop you won't hear it. Don't expect to finish the whole tour especially the longer one, in one day.

If you have more than one tour, don't open and look at a second tour while the first one is running. It doesn't let you run two at once which makes sense, but the Kona and South Loop overlap and at one point I wanted to which tour would work better for us. This resulted in the program freezing. I had to turn off everything including my phone and reboot -- and of course we missed a turn.....

If technology isn't your thing, try picking up a portable speaking before you leave home and run your phone through it. This may be significantly easier that getting your phone to pair with an unfamiliar vehicle.

Remember it gets dark fast after sunset. If you are using the app and the sun just set, turn off the app, turn on your GPS and start heading back to your hotel or dinner. We had one night where I didn't turn off the app and since the phone wouldn't charge properly using the car's USB, we ran out of power... no GPS, unsure if we should retrace our route or continue on... since it had been a long day, 2 of the other 3 cell phones were completely dead and the 3rd had just enough battery to help us determine to continue the loop -- though we missed our turn off and end up driving an additional 40 minutes out of our way because it was so dark.

When deciding which tour you want to do and when, look at the stops, pick the ones you are most interested in and look up hours and days open on the web. We traveled over New Year's and a number of places on the Northern coast were going to be closed then. Other places are closed Sunday. You've got to do at least a little leg work to make this work for you.

I think this kind of tour is a great idea and that over time and updates these issues will be fixed. And that's a good thing.
Written 9 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
shakaguide99
Mahalo for your feedback. We are continuously updating the app based on user feedback to make the experience better. Your input is greatly appreciated. Just wanted to make a few clarifications. Shaka Guide tours have designated starting points but any user can join the tour from any point in the tour map and follow the numbers chronologically from there for the audio and narration to play automatically as tours are designed to go in one direction only. Wish you would have contacted us at that time for support. We have tutorial videos you can look at for guidance on how to set up your phone and the Shaka Guide app for use with your Car Stereo If you have further suggestions or comments, please email us at aloha@shakaguide.com  🤙🤙🤙
Written 14 January 2020
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Laurie S
Denver, NC1,427 contributions
Oct 2019
I found this on tripadvisor but ended up purchasing through the app store on my phone. I purchased the bundle for Big Island and it was so worth the money! We had looked at booking a tour, but we prefer to tour on our own, seeing what we want to see for how long we want to see it. The Shaka guide was the perfect solution. We literally pulled out of our hotel, turned on the guide and it narrated and navigated for us. We really enjoyed the music, stories and information along the way. It even gives you restaurant recommendations, and parking. We did the North Loop and Kona Big Kahuna and thoroughly enjoyed being able to tour on our own! Extremely well done!
Written 24 October 2019
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shakaguide99
Mahalo for your review and recommendation. Hope to see you again on more Shaka Guide adventures on the islands! 🤙🤙🤙
Written 31 October 2019
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laker1rn4
Cabot, AR213 contributions
Got all of the big island (and kauai) tours. Bundle and save $. These were great for finding all the major attractions (and tons of minor attractions as well) all over. Would never have seen so much without these. Fun history and facts, music along the way. Even learn some of the local language.
They warned us about the police waiting on the saddle road. They weren't kidding. Do not speed up there. Wow, dozen cop cars waiting, nabbing cars left and right. Saw 8-10 get pulled over in one half mile stretch alone near the visitors center (drops to 45 mph) and they mean it.
Shakaguide had our backs. Looking forward to the Kauai ones next week
Written 30 August 2019
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shakaguide99
Mahalo for you review and recommendations. Looking forward to hearing more about your next Shaka Guide adventures!! 🤙🤙🤙
Written 20 October 2019
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Jeffrey V
1 contribution
Purchased the South island tour but it didn't load into the app. Tried to get a refund but the refund fee was the same price of the audio tour so it was pointless to bother to get zero dollars back. I did purchased two northern tours through the app, Shaka Guide, and they worked perfectly. So if your interested in this audio tour, I suggest you just install Shaka Guide from the Google play store and purchase the tours directly through the app. Also the best deal is to get the entire island tour which contains all four tours for half the price of getting all four separately. There were a few way points that were incorrect, like the location of King Kamehameha's rock, but for the most part it work fine. The one bit of info I would like to have was maybe a suggested time to start. So if you plan on doing the two North island tours in one day plan on skipping some way points and start early.
Written 1 August 2019
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Shaka G
Mahalo for the suggestions and the review Jeffrey! We're so happy you had a great time on your tour with Shaka Guide. Looking forward to seeing you on more Shaka adventures
Written 27 August 2019
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Lina B
Florida3 contributions
Fantastic, have done one and will do the others! Only $5 each or you can buy the bundle and save.
The narration is light and funny, love the stories and with the gps it starts right when you get to the different points.
Written 25 July 2019
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Shaka G
Mahalo for the review! All of us here appreciate your feedback very much and we are looking forward to seeing you on another Shaka adventure soon. 🤙🤙
Written 26 July 2019
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Bast
7 contributions
Jun 2019 • Friends
We wanted to be able to do some touring of the Big Island, but not be trapped on a tour bus and forced to stay on their schedule and destinations. My friend found Shaka Tours via the app so we downloaded it. I liked that we were able to choose and purchase the tours we wanted (including being able to download all of them at a good price) and were able to plan our days based on the hours Shaka indicated each tour could take.

it was a lot of fun being able to take our own vehicle, set our own timetable, hit spots we wanted, skip other we didn't (or were repeats) and the GPS stayed with us almost all the way. We did the South Island Epic Coastal Journey (incorporating the Volcano trip), Kona "Big Kahuna" Loop and North Island Jungle Adventure Loop (different days, of course). The educational moments explaining not only the obvious tourist spots but the sacred areas/stories that weren't posted made the experience educational and entertaining.

There were a few times that the voice would fall "silent" on the trip, even though we were passing spots we knew were supposed to have some historical significance, but to be honest I can't say if it was the app or human error (probably human error).

The one piece of advice, besides "get this", i would give is to make sure that you either rent a car that has bluetooth capabilities or that you have an mp3-style connector that can plug from your phone to the car's radio (luckily, I just happened to have one). You can still make it work straight from your phone's speaker, but its a lot more difficult to hear than running it through the stereo speakers. Especially if you have all the windows down to get as much sunshine as you can get!

I would recommend this for families as well as couples, friends and groups. The freedom to move at your speed and choose where YOU want to go was worth every penny.
Written 30 June 2019
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Mahalo for the review and recommendation! So happy to hear you've had a great time and we very much appreciate your inputs and feedback about your experience. This is very helpful for us as we continue improving the app. Send us an email at aloha@shakaguide.com if you have additional information you'd like to share with us Follow us on social media @shakaguide and don't forget to tell all your friends about it.
Written 3 July 2019
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See the Island Shaka-style!!
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