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Big Island in a Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Small Group Tour

by Wasabi International Tours Duration 10h Picks up from select hotels Picks up from select hotels Free cancellation available No booking or credit card fees
per adult Price is $187

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. Around noon, you’ll get local style lunch of teriyaki chicken, grilled fish, steamed rice, and local purple sweet potato (Vegetarian meals are available upon request).

In the afternoon, explore the wonders of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, including steam vents, crater rim trail and the Halema'uma'u and Kilauea Iki crater lookouts. 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. If time permits, we may stop at a local coffee farm for you to taste some fresh Kona Coffee.

Note: depending on weather condition and sunset time, tour may operates in reverse route.

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. Around noon, you’ll get local style lunch of teriyaki chicken, grilled fish, steamed rice, and local purple sweet potato (Vegetarian meals are available upon request).

In the afternoon, explore the wonders of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, including steam vents, crater rim trail and the Halema'uma'u and Kilauea Iki crater lookouts. 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. If time permits, we may stop at a local coffee farm for you to taste some fresh Kona Coffee.

Note: depending on weather condition and sunset time, tour may operates in reverse route.

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Live Commentary in English. Pickup is between 7 AM and 8 AM from major Kona/Kohala area hotels. You will arrange your exact tour departure time directly with the local tour operator after booking.

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Duration 10h No booking or credit card fees

Live Commentary in Mandarin.

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Big Island in a Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Small Group Tour

Activity Location

Volcanoes National Park

Volcanoes National Park

Meeting/Redemption Point
  • Kailua Kona Area Hotels

    Kailua-Kona

  • Waikoloa Resort Area

    69-425 Waikoloa Beach Drive

    Waikoloa Village 96738

  • Mauna Lani/Fairmont Orchid

    1 North Kaniku Drive

    Waimea 96743


Highlights

  • A tour of Hawaii’s biggest island and its natural wonders

  • Visit Waipio Valley, Akaka Falls & Punalu'u Black Sand Beach

  • In depth exploration of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

  • Frequent stops for photos and to take in the lush scenery

  • Experience diverse range of climate zones of the island


Inclusions

  • Guided tour of the Big Island

  • Gourmet lunch, bottled water, juice, and snacks

  • Use of rain gear

  • Park entrance fees

  • Roundtrip transportation to and from your hotel in Kona, Waikoloa or Kohala


Exclusions

  • Gratuity


Know Before You Book

  • This tour is not recommended for children 4 and younger.

  • This activity is not wheelchair accessible.

  • At least 4 people are required for this activity to take place.

  • Tour operates in all weather conditions; please dress appropriately.

  • Spanish, Chinese, or Japanese language tours may be accommodated. Please call to request after your booking.

  • Pickup is between 7 AM and 8 AM. Please arrange pickup from your hotel or a nearby location when you call to confirm your reservation.


Big Island in a Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Small Group Tour ratings based on 47 Verified Reviews

4.9 out of 5

4/5 Apr 24, 2019

Awesome day tour. Our guide (Ryan) was awesome. Exactly what the wife and I were looking for as our 1st excursion after arriving on the. Big island. The tour is a very full day but we saw so much and it set the pace for the rest of our vacation. Being an amateur photographer it was exactly what I wanted!