• Location: Hawaii, Hawaii
  • Duration: 11 hours (approx.)
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The Big Island of Hawaii has a diverse ecosystem unlike anywhere else on the planet, and on this day-long nature tour, you’ll experience its beauty of its black-sand beaches and enormous, thundering waterfalls. If you’re lucky, you’ll 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.

Highlights

  • A tour of Hawaii’s biggest island highlighting its natural wonders
  • Visit the most dramatic waterfalls on the island, Akaka and Rainbow Falls
  • Taste local dishes during lunch at a favorite island hangout spot
  • Make frequent stops for photos and to take in the lush scenery, as well as to spot wildlife at Punalu'u Black Sand Beach
  • Group size is limited to 13 people to ensure a quality experience

What You Can Expect

Big Island in a Day: Waterfalls, Rainforest, Coffee Farm, History

Visit Akaka Falls on this tour

This full day adventure of the Big Island of Hawaii begins on the Kona coast, where you’re picked up from your Kona or Waikoloa 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. 

Here at this popular Hawaii State Park, watch as a 442 foot (135m) waterfall explodes in the pool down below, and later on, at Rainbow Falls, watch as the light refracts through the mist to form a rainbow in the sky. Around this time, you’ll enjoy a lunch of teriyaki chicken, grilled fish, seaweed salad, and rice (vegetarian meals available upon request) beneath the shade of a banyan tree.

Following lunch, you’ll make your way back towards sea level at Punalu’u State Park, where you’ll take a stroll on a black-sand beach and search for Hawaiian green sea turtles. Rounding the southern tip of the island, which is the southernmost point in America, the sun will begin to get low in the sky. Look out for Kealakekua Bay, the spot where Captain Cook was killed in a skirmish with Native Hawaiians. Finally, the 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: Bring good hiking shoes, as well as multiple layers of clothing since the temperature and weather can vary.

Customer Reviews

Petra M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

it was a wonderful way to see a lot of the island in 1 day and not renting your own car. the guide was great. highly recommend

tiffanygray22

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

The tour was awesome. Even though we weren't able to visit the volcanoes, and all of us wanted to, they modified the tour and were still able to show us some beautiful sights. Our guide was Nate, and he was wonderful. He really knew about the areas he took us to, and had a great sense of humor. He even did a good job taking our jokes about wanting to see the lava multiple times. He kept us all safe and made sure we were comfortable all throughout the day. This is a great way to see some very beautiful sights and see the entire island in one day! We would recommend this tour to anyone visiting the Big Island, as it was probably our favorite day of our trip.

Kennet P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Ryan was very informative and told of all we were seeing with genuine excitement in his voice. Thoroughly enjoyed this tour.

Scott T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Today we did a circle island tour of Hawaii. Our driver, Ryan, was very knowledgeable and you can tell he is passionate about his job and proud of where he lives. We were a couple, and were in a tour with 2 families. So, our van was quite packed. There are a lot of tight turns and uneven roads, so if you get motion sick, it is best to take some Dramamine before you go. I did. This tour is jam packed with lots of things to see and many stops to make...so plan on being gone for 12 hours. We did this tour early in our trip, just in case we wanted to go back and revisit some of the stops. Which we did. We went back to the coffee shop, the bakery, and the volcano. Made for a nice finish to our vacation before flying home that night.

Whitney B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

I think the thing that made this trip so memorable was actually our guide, Ryan. He was so knowledgeable about pretty much everything. There was nothing he couldn't answer. He risked getting a ticket to park the van and get out and explain how a lava tube is formed at the Thurston Lava Tube. He got absolutely soaking wet helping each member of our 13-person group get back to the van during an insane rain storm at the Jaggar Museum. He taught us all about Hawaii's history and flora and fauna and language throughout the day. He even stopped at extra places along the way to show us his favourite look out spots! There is so much more to making a tour good than just pointing things out and Ryan is a true asset to your company! I work for a tour operator as well, and I want to steal him!

Beverly S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

If there is one thing you can do on the island, I would say reserve a day to do this tour since you many of what the beautiful Big Island has to offer from waterfalls, to the volcano, to lava tubes, to awesome beaches! Kai was our guide and I am SO thankful for him. He gave us the BEST tour because he gave us such an amazing history and perspective on the Hawaiian culture. Kai's energy set the tone for the unforgettable day we had. When we come back to this island we will definitely take this tour again and put in a special request for Kai.

brantkeeler

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This is a perfect tour for seeing almost the entire island in one day. Picked up in Kona with quick stops at the Royal Kona Coffee Company free samples and the countries southern-most bakery. Also saw brief glimpses of the Captain Cook monument and the U.S.'s southern-most point. First major stop was at a black sand beach with about 8 large green turtles lounging on the sand. Then a very good lunch chicken, fish, rice, pineapple, cookies at a nice spot near Volcanoes National Park. Then onto the Park for amazing views of the volcano craters no lava unfortunately, a walk through a lava tube, and we beat the torrential downpour by about 10 minutes!!! Then onto Hilo rainy side of island to see Rainbow Falls and another much higher waterfall. Final stop was Waipio Valley overlook for photos and then a bright orange sunset as we crossed back over to the dry side of the island. Ryan was great, got everyone involved, kept the tour moving and provided lots of information on the history, plants, animals and character of the island. Ryan was very easy to listen to and you could tell he was interested in making the tour enjoyable for everyone and adding his own experiences on moving to/living on the Big Island. It is a long day, so be prepared, but is definitely worth it!

Richard L H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

It was a rainy day. How in the world could this be good. But, let me tell you, it was the best. Our tour guide, Nate was outstanding. He was a Wasibi Tours guide and knew the island like no one else. AND he made the rainy day a fun day. That is a skill many don't have but Nate did. I would highly recommend this wonderful tour around the Big Island. Very informative, picturesque, etc. BTW, there were a total of 9 of us plus Nate on the tour. Very comfortable. Us from Missouri, a couple from LA and two young families from Vancouver. I only wish they had more than 5 stars:-!

nflatman

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

AMAZING! This tour had it all!!!! Ask for Keith, he won’t disappoint! Thanks for a fantastic experience!

tracyr2

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Ryan was awesome.

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