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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
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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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Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods.
7/1/2021 - 12/31/2021
Monday - Sunday:07:00 AM - 08:00 AM
1/1/2022 - 12/31/2022
Monday - Sunday:07:00 AM - 08:00 AM

After booking, the operator will contact you about pickup time.

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) Longs Drugs at Keauhou Shopping Center ( 78-6831 Alii Dr Ste H Kailua Kona, HI 96740) 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.
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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  • "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

Reviews

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star-5
A Must Do for All
Victoria_B
, Nov 2021
I highly recommend this excursion for all who want to fully experience the diverse magic of the Big Island. Although the trip is long, our guide, Robert, kept the day moving with an engaging discussion of the history of the Hawaiian culture. Mahalo for a great day of memories!
star-5
Great tour and narrator
Glenda_J
, Nov 2021
David was so knowledgeable and very attentive to everyone. He also was aware of the time and ensured we saw everything we were supposed to see. Worth the money!
star-4
A full day around the Big Island
Bryan_D
, Nov 2021
There are highlight to be seen and that is 3 hours of the tour..the other 9 is driving ..a long day for sitting. The vehicle is comfortable. Our driver while very nice literally spoke all but 45 minutes of the entire day. Quite extraordinary. If there is anyone with mobility issues one of the waterfall walks is a bit strenuous with stairs. We had an elderly couple on our tour who delayed us by 45 minutes doing the walk that wasn’t suited to their mobility. We missed the last stop as a result.
star-5
Fantastic Tour Guide, like no other.
Chris_B
, Nov 2021
Fast an was fantastic. We enjoyed his knowledge and positive energy. It truly inspired our trip from being good to excellent.
star-4
Thrilling And A Long Day
Dianna_M
, Nov 2021
Loved all the stops. Day is LONG. Lunch was good. They provide all the water that was nice. Plenty of stops for the bathroom. The roads are bumpy. The tour guide did a lot of talking sometimes a bit repetitive and for overwhelming. By the end of the day the van is hot and stuffy.
star-5
Highly recommended 😊
Lutti_S
, Nov 2021
Aaron our tour guide has a vast knowledge of the island and HI in general. Great to have him as our guide. His main concern is our comfort.
star-5
Amazing Tour of the Island
Eric_H
, Nov 2021
Our tour guide David with Wasabi Tours was absolutely amazing and extremely knowledgeable. He provided extra photos and videos of things around the island was a nice added touch. He also pointed out a lot of different birds, trees, other sights, etc. We really enjoyed the entire tour and highly recommend to anyone visiting the island.
star-5
Amazing tour!!! Worth the money
Shawnice_H
, Nov 2021
Most amazing tour and tour guide. If you wanna see the whole island and get the history I totally recommend this tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
No lunch was provided to me
Krutika_G
, Nov 2021
I had requested for vegetarian food while booking the tour. I had also got a call from viator office confirming my food preference. But vegetarian food was not given to my tour guide and she was not communicated by your office about the vegetarian food. In the evening, was told that I will get my refund for the food. So far I haven’t received it
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Hi there, sorry about the meal mix-up. A refund has been processed for the meal, please allow 3-5 business days to show up on your account.
star-5
Great sampling of the big island!
Stephen_H
, Nov 2021
David was a very knowledgeable guide. It was a great day. We saw so much and had some yummy coffee and pastries too!

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