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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)
Foodland Farms at The Shops at Mauna Lani ( 1330 Mauna Lani Dr, Waimea, HI 96743 )

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.
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
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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
See all safety measures taken by Big Island in a Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, History.
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
See all safety measures taken by Big Island in a Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, History.
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
See all safety measures taken by Big Island in a Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, History.
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
See all safety measures taken by Big Island in a Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, History.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Not recommended for young kids as they could get cranky." See review
  • "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

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star-5
Alana was a wonderful...
Danielle_C
, Jan 2022
Alana was a wonderful guide who was able to answer and happily respond to every question each person had. She was so thoughtful and ensured that everyone was included and heard. I would recommend this tour (and Alana) for anyone visiting the Big Island!
star-5
Wonderful Tour
Melanie_A
, Jan 2022
Wonderful tour. We enjoyed it so much, and learned a lot about Hawaiian history and The Big Island. All the stops were amazing!! It’s a long day, but well worth it. Our tour guide David did an amazing job!! Highly recommend this tour.
star-4
Big round trip
Erling_S
, Jan 2022
Volcano crater. Awesome. Very knowledgeable guide. Humour. Know everything about history, birds, trees, whales
star-4
We really enjoyed the...
Jon_F
, Jan 2022
We really enjoyed the volcano park and the waterfalls. I would recommend eliminating the trip to the coffee farm and the bakery. We would have preferred to have more time at the volcano park, waterfalls, and black sand beach. Too much time was spent at the first two stops and then the rest was more rushed. It was also a really long drive at the end.
star-5
The Best Tour
Mary_P
, Jan 2022
Alona was very knowledgeable and personable on this tour. We couldn’t have asked for a better guide. We got to actually see lava on todays tour. That was so awesome. The whole trip was fantastic
star-5
Paradise shared
Pam_T
, Jan 2022
Such incredible beauty brought to life by an amazing guide. The knowledge shared was both informative and fun information. Loved seeing the incredible waterfalls and a beach of black sand.
star-5
It is a long day, but...
tennisfreak1321
, Jan 2022
It is a long day, but worth the time. Robert was knowledgeable and excellent at keeping us on track. We even saw a turtle at the black sand beach.
star-5
Great overview of Big Island
karen_d
, Jan 2022
We enjoyed learning about Hawaiian culture, language, history, and people as we travelled from site to site from our guide Awana. Waterfalls, lava tube, Volcanoe National Park, black sand beach, and green turtles.
star-5
Tour Was Great and Dreu Was Great, Too!
Kenneth_Z
, Jan 2022
Dreu was fantastic! So knowledgeable! My wife has CP and we travel with a roller / walker. Dreu was so kind to accommodate us, while not sacrificing the experience for everyone else. Highly recommend this tour and highly recommend Drue!
star-5
Great day out.
Jane_S
, Jan 2022
The whole day was fabulous our guide David was knowledgeable about the whole island.A must see tour highly recommended.

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