This 10-hour nature tour offers an in-depth look at Hawaii’s youngest and largest island. Explore the diverse landscape and natural wonders, including active volcanoes at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where orange lava flows into the sea. Walk through rainforests to soaring waterfalls and stroll black-sand beaches as you scan the horizon for green sea turtles. This family-friendly tour requires moderate walking and introduces people of all ages to the island, and includes lunch, snacks, refreshments and park entrance fees.
Small-group tour by minibus
Hotel pickup included
Informative, friendly and professional guide
This full-day nature tour kicks off when you are picked up directly from any of the Kona or Kohala resorts and hotels, and then heads north from Kona on a brief scenic drive, with snacks and refreshments provided throughout the day. On the way to the first destination, you’ll pass some of the island’s oldest volcanoes, as well as Hawaii’s largest ranch, the Parker Ranch in Waimea, which has been operating on the island since 1847.
The morning is filled with visits to some of the most majestic waterfalls on the Big Island. First, the views will stop you in your tracks at the Waipio Valley lookout, where a dramatic backdrop of verdant cliffs drops into the sparkling blue ocean. Continuing on the drive along the Hamakua Coast, more postcard-worthy views will pass by your window, ushering you to the next destination, Akaka Falls. 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. 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. You’ll get lunch around noon of Teriyaki Chicken, Grilled Fish, Rice, and seaweed salad (Vegetarian meals are available upon request).
Then explore the wonders of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, including steam vents, the Jaggar Museum and the Halema’uma’u and Kilauea Iki crater lookouts. 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. From there, you’ll have time to relax and take it all in at Punalu’u Black Sand Beach, a great place to spot marine life from the shore, like Hawaii’s green sea turtles.
On the leisurely drive back around sunset, you’ll see views of South Point, the southern most point of the United States, and Kealakekua Bay, before arriving back in Kona or Kohala.
Please note: Wear good, closed-toe walking shoes and comfortable clothes in layers, as temperatures may vary.