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Small-Group Big Island Tour: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Kona Coffee Farm

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Small-Group Big Island Tour: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Kona Coffee Farm
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icon12 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

On this tour from Kona to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, experience some of the Big Island’s best sights in a small group capped at 14 people. In addition to stopping at Punalu’u Beach Park to walk down a black-sand beach, you have the chance to sip Kona coffee on the plantation right where it’s grown, as well as hike through a lava tube that was formed by Kilauea volcano. What’s more, receive an iPad to use on the tour. Use it for photos, videos, and info, as well as playing games or watching movies while traveling between the sites.
  • Day trip to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park from Kona or Waikaloa
  • See turtles basking on the black sand of Punalu’u Beach
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch and taste freshly brewed Kona coffee
  • Hike through a lava tube and see red-hot lava glowing at night
  • Use the iPad to see high-def photos and videos and learn background information on the sites you visit, plus play games and listen to music in the car
  • Small-group tour limited to 14 people ensures a more personalized experience

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This tour includes free use of an iPad for learning about attractions and taking photos.
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Fees included
Lunch, dinner, water, and snacks
Black sand beach with potential to see the green sea turtles
Two short optional hikes
Kona coffee farm tour
iPad use (may share iPad with one guest)
Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
Hotel pickup and drop-off from Kailua-Kona, Waikoloa, Kohala Coast
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Your morning pick-up time depends on your hotel location. Please provide your hotel at least 48 hours before the tour date. You will be provided with a personalized pick-up time and instructions. Please do not book any other activities for your tour day.

Departure Time

8:00 AM
This Kona volcano tour begins at your hotel in either Kona or Waikoloa, where you board a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle for the journey to Kilauea volcano. 

Along the way, stop at the 'coffee belt' in the cool uplands above Kona, and enjoy a cup of Kona coffee on a plantation right where it’s grown. Enjoy a light snack in the cool mountain air, and, if you’d like to pick up some coffee for home or gifts to bring back from Hawaii, buying the coffee straight from the source is a great way to help local farmers. 

The tour continues around the south end of the island, where you next stop at Punalu’u Beach Park for a walk down the black-sand beach. This scenic spot on the southeastern shore is known for its Hawaiian green sea turtles, which occasionally haul out and sun on the sands or bask in the shade of a palm. 

Upon reaching Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, follow your guide on a short hike through a cavernous, naturally formed lava tube, which is created by the swelling and eventual cooling of an underground river of lava. When you approach the rim of Halema’uma’u Crater, you can see the steam as it rises from the Earth and the hiss of volcanic gas, and as the sunlight slowly fades into night, the crater emits an orange glow from the lava lake deep down inside. Since the temperature toward the volcano’s summit can be a bit chilly at night, enjoy a warm dinner of tasty soup that’s served with bread and then dessert. 

Throughout this Kona volcano tour, every traveler has use of an iPad for reading more info about the sights, as well as scouring photos and videos or playing games in the car. 

Finally, at the end of the fascinating Big Island adventure, return to your Kona or Waikoloa hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Halemaumau Trail
This trail will bring you to the edge of the crater to enjoy the views of the crater that has been collapsing after the 2018 eruption.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Punalu'u Black Sand beach
Walk on the black sand beach and look for the green sea turtles. Perfect picture spot.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Greenwell Farms
Enjoy coffee samples and a coffee farm tour among the coffee trees
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Enjoy the chain of craters road, halemaumau trail, visitor center. Walk in the native forest and listen to the native birds.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 4 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Minimum age is 6 years
  • Please note that the tour may change due to weather, traffic, volcanic conditions, vehicles, and availability
  • A small amount of walking is involved (please bring comfortable walking shoes)
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress in layers and bring a rain jacket
  • Bring money if you would like to buy coffee or souvenirs
  • iPad may be shared with one other person
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Collapsible wheelchairs can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Hawaii Outdoor Guides
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 good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • 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.

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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 Small-Group Big Island Tour: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Kona Coffee Farm?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Big Island Tour: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Kona Coffee Farm.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Small-Group Big Island Tour: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Kona Coffee Farm?
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 Small-Group Big Island Tour: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Kona Coffee Farm.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Small-Group Big Island Tour: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Kona Coffee Farm?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Big Island Tour: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Kona Coffee Farm.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Those interested in this tour should know that it is a long day and will involve a good deal of walking, however the physical activity is relatively short with driving breaks between." See review
  • "It was nice they had raincoats just in case and the lunch spot provided very tasty food as well as beautiful scenery." See review

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Well worth it!
Sara_H
, Oct 2021
It was all so beautiful but by far the lava flow, the lava tube and the lava glow! Katie was spectacular! She is SO knowledgable and wonderful.
star-5
Katie was amazing ! Her...
Ron_T
, Oct 2021
Katie was amazing ! Her knowledge about the island both past and present was so impressive. And her love for the island and it’s people really showed. She has a great eye for finding the sea turtles at black sand beach. Lunch/Dinner were delicious. The Volvano National Park was the BEST!!! She went out of her way to adjust time so we could see the lava glow at sunset.
star-5
Awesome tour of the Big Island.
Anita_S
, Oct 2021
It was all good, from the coffee farm to seeing the volcano glow at sunset - awesome. Highly recommend this tour!
star-5
The best tour guide in Hawaii!
Carol_B
, Sep 2021
Katie was an awesome guide. She related many Hawaiian stories of Pele and has a vast knowledge of the history of the volcanos and the best places to visit. She made the history come alive.
star-5
Awesome Katie
Doris_S
, Sep 2021
Katie was a wonderful guide we learned a lot from Katie. SHE enjoyed telling the story's of the island and pointed out a lot of interesting things about the plants. Would definitely recommend this trip to everyone. Thanks Katie for a awesome trip
star-5
Great Island vacation memories!!!
Barbara_H
, Sep 2021
The whole tour was great from start to finish. We were able to see a good number of sea turtles which was great. I loved having lunch at the bakery, I could have stayed there all day it was so peaceful. Then of course the volcano national park was the highlight. Finally the pictures my son took coming down the mountain were epic! I enjoyed talking with everyone on our tour we were a good team. Katie, our tour guide is top knotch! Thanks again Katie!
star-5
Big island tour
Charu_M
, Sep 2021
It was an excellent tour. The tour guide Katie was knowledgeable and resourceful. I will recommend this tour to all.
star-5
Fantastic and highly recommended
Narine_C
, Sep 2021
We had an excellent experience throughout the day. The group driver was extremely pleasant and helpful. She was knowledgeable and nice. We learned so much and had an exceptional experience. Narine
star-4
Great guide poor tour plan too long
Michelle_M
, Aug 2021
Danielson was an amazing tour guide. His knowledge of the island, volcanos, hawaiian history. But the tour was way too long too much driving, cramped and dinner was unnecessary. It should be capped at 10 and maybe do apaka falls instead of kona coffee so far away. We drove an hour for other pickups. 13 hours later....way too long, car sick, bees at dinner but our guide was awesome. Should have done a private tour with him. Loved the lava tubes, craters, peaks
1 traveler found this review helpful
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Big Island in a Day
Kristi_W
, Aug 2021
Dominik was AMAZING. This tour was well worth the cost. Dominik not only did a great job of making sure the guests were taken care of, but was very knowledgeable about the history, culture, and flora and fauna of Hawaii. The tour is all day, but we learned and experienced so much that I would highly recommend this tour to anyone.

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