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Kona Coffee Tours on the Big Island of Hawaii

Kona Coffee Tours on the Big Island of Hawaii

Dedicated coffee drinkers know that some of the earth’s best brew comes from the Big Island’s “coffee belt” on the slopes above Kailua-Kona. See where the prized beans are grown and sip the product straight from the source on a Kona coffee tour.

Highlights

  • Discover one of Hawaii’s oldest traditions and most famous exports.

  • Visit a working coffee plantation to watch the journey of beans from crop to cup.

  • Learn how to identify real Kona coffee and why it’s worth its steep price. 

  • If you’re short on time, combine a coffee farm tour with other Big Island adventures like a visit to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park or a tour of Kona Coast highlights. 

Top Kona Coffee Plantations

Many of Kona’s more than 600 coffee farms are open to the public. Most are located on the slopes of Mauna Loa and Mt. Hualalai, making the West Shore’s Kailua-Kona a good base for exploration. The best-known name on the island, Greenwell Farms has been winning awards for its coffee since 1873. Coffee tastings and tours of the fourth-generation farm are offered daily. At Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation, learn the growing process from master cuppers who judge the cupping competition at the annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival. A little farther south, Hula Daddy Coffee promotes eco-friendly growing practices, while Kona Coffee Living History Farm boasts the distinction of being the only living history coffee farm in the US. 

Kona Coffee History

After first being planted on the Big Island in 1828 by missionary Samuel Ruggles, Kona coffee began pleasing the palates of coffee lovers around the world with its distinct aroma and flavor, even drawing rave reviews from Mark Twain after the writer’s visit to Hawaii. The island’s fertile volcanic soil and high, sheltered slopes that receive an abundance of both sunshine and rain make for near-perfect growing conditions. You can purchase a bag of beans to take home around the Big Island—just be sure to look for “100% Kona Coffee” on the label to guarantee you’re getting the real deal and not a blend. 

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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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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.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$186.99
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Kona Tour: Coffee Plantation, Kealakekua Bay, Kaloko-Honokohau Park, and Bee Farm

Kona Tour: Coffee Plantation, Kealakekua Bay, Kaloko-Honokohau Park, and Bee Farm

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There’s much more to the Big Island of Hawaii than volcanoes, waterfalls and luaus, and on this informative tour of the South Kona region, you’ll learn the sacred history of this shoreline and sample the local honey and famous Kona coffee. With the help of a knowledgeable guide, you’ll visit petroglyphs, look for green sea turtles and visit sacred Hawaiian temples. Even better: you'll hear the legends, mythology and lore of ancient Hawaii through today. This tour is capped at 15 people, so you’re ensured a personalized experience.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$156.02
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Hidden Craters Hike
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Hidden Craters Hike

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Discover Hawaii's Big Island which is famous for volcanoes—on an off-road craters Tour. Hop aboard a 4 Wheel Drive van for a breathtaking ride up the side of the Hualalai volcano. You'll pass giant craters and among both rainforest and lunar landscapes climbing 6,000 feet to explore an incredible lava tube on foot.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$161.26
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Private Kona from Coffee to Culture Mercedes Tour

Private Kona from Coffee to Culture Mercedes Tour

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Tour the Big Island in style aboard a high-end Mercedes van during this 5-hour private VIP sightseeing trip covering the island’s history, wildlife and famous Kona coffee. Grab 11 friends, family or coworkers for a trip inside this luxury vehicle, making your first stop at Greenwell Farms, one of Hawaii’s oldest coffee plantations. You’ll also get a dose of Hawaiian history at Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, learn about the Hawaiian voyages of Captain Cook and observe Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles at a nearby lagoon. Round-trip hotel transport is included.
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  • 5 hours
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$999.00
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$999.00
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