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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.

Learn more about cancellations.

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
Do this first!
Autumn_H
, Jan 2022
Put first on your to do list and take advantage of your guides local knowledge. Our guides' name was Brian who seemed to know the island inside and out, with tons of information on the history and communities, paces to eat and things to do and a very accomplished fisherman especially kayak fishing. Wish we had done this the very first day. Had an awesome time with a small group of folks that made it even more enjoyable. I would love to see some of Brian's adventures in the Men's Journal.
star-5
Great trip. If you’re on The Big Island don’t miss it
Charles_A
, Jan 2022
Every stop was great! Seeing the turtles on The black Sand beach; walking threw a lava tube; seeing beautiful waterfalls; and at the volcano we saw the lava pushing up and cooling. How cool!!!
star-5
Hawaii Big Island Circle Tour
Elaine_J
, Jan 2022
Robert was a great tour guide. The entire day trip was exceptional. Every stop was something a little different and amazing.
star-5
A long day but super informative with Brian/Wasabi Tours excellent guide, Brian.
Adrienne
, Jan 2022
Volcano, black sand beach, and stories were highlights of the trip. Definitely need the coffee jolt first thing in the morning and seeing the coffee growing and roasting process was really interesting. I learned alot!
star-5
Amazing and Relaxing , A taste of the Big Island
thang_t
, Jan 2022
The last stop was the most memorable in the Waipi'o Valley, seeing the valley sun and ocean. Our guide/driver was very knowledgeable.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Family Fun
Mary_R
, Jan 2022
The whole trip was absolutely delightful. David was a wonderful guide and took a personal interest in all of those who were on his tour. We enjoyed the black sand beach, the waterfalls, and all of the trivia in between stops. We will be recommending this to all who are traveling to the big island. Thank you for the experience.
star-5
great knowledge of Island geography, history and geology
Murray_W
, Jan 2022
Volcanoes & waterfalls...Alana did a great job & I would ask for her again on a subsequent booking. All in all, a great day11
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

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