Cleaning and safety practices
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
About this activity
What's included, what's not
Guided tour of the Big Island
Picnic style local 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
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.
What you can expect
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. 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. 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.
Cleaning and safety practices
Enhanced cleanliness measures
- High-touch surfaces cleaned and disinfected
- Vehicles and venues cleaned with disinfectants
- Vehicles and venues kept vacant between travelers
- Contactless ticket redemption
- Social distancing measures in place
- Personal protective equipment worn by staff
- Temperature checks given to staff
- Masks required
- Masks provided
- Hand sanitizer provided
- Individually wrapped food options available