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Heavenly Hamakua

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Embark on a small-group island tour that opens your eyes to the majestic beauty of the Big Island's rainforests, waterfalls, and lava tunnels. With a friendly guide, a comfortable van, and no more than 6 people per group, it's a fascinating and intimate experience you won't soon forget.

Leave the sunny shores of the Kona and Kohala Coasts and head to the lush rainforests found in great abundance on the island's east side. Climb through vast prairies and high desert to Hilo via the infamous Saddle Road. Pass through the many diverse microclimates that lead many to consider the island one of the most unique in the world.

As you approach Hilo, take a look inside a once-scorching conduit of molten rock from the Mauna Loa volcano while learning about the importance of lava tubes in the creation of this beautiful island paradise. After a quick trip underground into the nearby Kaumana Caves, continue to Waianuenue, otherwise known as Rainbow Falls. This stunning waterfall beckons generations of visitors to Hilo and is widely considered to be one of the island's can't-miss sites.

After a picnic lunch of fresh wraps from Hilo Sharks Coffee, head north along the eastern flank of Mauna Kea volcano, known more formally as the famous Hamakua Coast. Thousands of years of erosion have carved deep valleys and steep cliffs into the side of the mountain, providing sightseers with some of the most striking imagery on the island. Continue the drive along backroads through lush jungle gulches, crossing rivers, and passing scenic ocean vistas.

Proceed north along lush jungle roads to Akaka Falls State Park where, a quick walk through a rainforest leads to a stunning waterfall that plunges 442 feet (134 m) into the Kolekole gulch below. The falls are known throughout Hawaii, and are among the most scenic on the island. On the way back from the falls, pass through the historic sugarcane town of Honomu, a town rich in both charm and history.

After Akaka Falls, continue to Laupahoehoe Point, where 300-foot (91-m) sea cliffs surround a peninsula on both sides. Here, the crashing windward waves of the Pacific Ocean carve rugged pinnacles into the coastline, greatly displaying the never-ending conflict between the land and the sea.

The final part of your adventure takes you up through Waimea and along Kohala Mountain road. Here, marvel at vast cattle ranches that represent a significant part of the island's history. Unrivaled views make up the majority of the scenery as you climb up and over the Kohala volcano, through the town of Hawi, and on to the grand finale of your journey, the 1,400-foot (426-m) deep Pololu Valley. Lush vegetation and low-hanging clouds frame the beauty of this valley, 250,000 years in the making, for an exquisite way to end a memorable tour.

Embark on a small-group island tour that opens your eyes to the majestic beauty of the Big Island's rainforests, waterfalls, and lava tunnels. With a friendly guide, a comfortable van, and no more than 6 people per group, it's a fascinating and intimate experience you won't soon forget.

Leave the sunny shores of the Kona and Kohala Coasts and head to the lush rainforests found in great abundance on the island's east side. Climb through vast prairies and high desert to Hilo via the infamous Saddle Road. Pass through the many diverse microclimates that lead many to consider the island one of the most unique in the world.

As you approach Hilo, take a look inside a once-scorching conduit of molten rock from the Mauna Loa volcano while learning about the importance of lava tubes in the creation of this beautiful island paradise. After a quick trip underground into the nearby Kaumana Caves, continue to Waianuenue, otherwise known as Rainbow Falls. This stunning waterfall beckons generations of visitors to Hilo and is widely considered to be one of the island's can't-miss sites.

After a picnic lunch of fresh wraps from Hilo Sharks Coffee, head north along the eastern flank of Mauna Kea volcano, known more formally as the famous Hamakua Coast. Thousands of years of erosion have carved deep valleys and steep cliffs into the side of the mountain, providing sightseers with some of the most striking imagery on the island. Continue the drive along backroads through lush jungle gulches, crossing rivers, and passing scenic ocean vistas.

Proceed north along lush jungle roads to Akaka Falls State Park where, a quick walk through a rainforest leads to a stunning waterfall that plunges 442 feet (134 m) into the Kolekole gulch below. The falls are known throughout Hawaii, and are among the most scenic on the island. On the way back from the falls, pass through the historic sugarcane town of Honomu, a town rich in both charm and history.

After Akaka Falls, continue to Laupahoehoe Point, where 300-foot (91-m) sea cliffs surround a peninsula on both sides. Here, the crashing windward waves of the Pacific Ocean carve rugged pinnacles into the coastline, greatly displaying the never-ending conflict between the land and the sea.

The final part of your adventure takes you up through Waimea and along Kohala Mountain road. Here, marvel at vast cattle ranches that represent a significant part of the island's history. Unrivaled views make up the majority of the scenery as you climb up and over the Kohala volcano, through the town of Hawi, and on to the grand finale of your journey, the 1,400-foot (426-m) deep Pololu Valley. Lush vegetation and low-hanging clouds frame the beauty of this valley, 250,000 years in the making, for an exquisite way to end a memorable tour.

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Heavenly Hamakua

Activity Location

Hamakua Coast

Laupahoehoe

Meeting/Redemption Point
  • Hotel Pickup

    Hilo

  • Hotel Pickup

    Kona


Highlights

  • Kaumana lava tube, Rainbow Falls & a delicious lunch in Hilo

  • Beautiful trip along the jungle-filled Old Mamalahoa Highway

  • Journey through a rainforest to the magnificent Akaka Falls

  • Scenic drive along Kohala Mountian Road to Pololu Valley

  • First-hand look at the island's many diverse microclimates


Inclusions

  • Guided van tour

  • Admission to parks

  • Use of rain gear

  • Lunch and bottled water

  • Roundtrip transportation to and from your Kona or Hilo hotel


Know Before You Book

  • You must be able to walk on unpaved or uneven terrain for no more than 1.5 miles total.

  • Maximum group size is 5 people.

  • This activity is not wheelchair accessible.

  • Pickup from Kona/Kohala hotels is between 9 and 9:30 AM. Please arrange pickup from your hotel or a nearby location when you call to confirm your reservation.

  • Pickup from Hilo hotels is between 10 and 10:15 AM. Please arrange pickup from your hotel or a nearby location when you call to confirm your reservation.


Heavenly Hamakua ratings based on 2 Verified Reviews

5 out of 5

5/5 Feb 21, 2019

Great Tour. Scott was very knowledgeable and nice. We saw everything as said in the discription of the tour.

Navreet S

United States