This exclusive tour takes you along the Northern edge of the Big Island. You will pass through the hot dry lands of Kona to the tropical lush green rain forest.
*Small Group Tour
*Akaka Falls, Kahuna Falls and a few other smaller falls !
*Kaumana Lava Tube
*Parker Ranch & Museum
*Laupāhoehoe town hit by the 1946 tsunami
*Rainforest Valleys and Lava tube river
*4 miles scenic drive, Onomea broken Sea Arch
*Tex Drive in for lunch
Kona: 8:30 am Return Approx 3:30 PM
Kailua Kona Pier large Banyan tree near the Kailua Kona Pier. When you get off the ship tender, please proceed toward the street. Pass the security gate to the pier and go to the large Banyan Tree. Look for guide holding a sign with “C Big Island Tours” written on it. This is an approximately 1 to 2 minute walk from the cruise pier. We ask all guests to please plan to be at the designated departure location at least 10 to 15 minutes before the departure time
(( WE GUARANTEE TO HAVE YOU BACK TO THE CRUISE SHIP IN TIME FOR DEPARTURE ))
6.5- 7 hr.
Mini Van, 11-14 van or mini bus
Bottle Water, snacks,umbrellas/rain ponchos, entrance fee to attractions. Stop made to purchase lunch.
Lunch ( Will make stop by local vendor for lunch )
Walking shoes, dress comfortable shorts & t-shirt,camera, sunglasses & hat,
Adult/Child Reg 179.00
Moderate tour - Involves walking over relatively level terrain, possible gravel or uneven ground in some areas. Some steps require Comfortable walking shoes & light jacket recommended.
Passengers are welcome to stay in vehicle for any stops they do not wish to join.
Scenic drive along the Northern edge of the Big Island : ( Drive )
Visit old cowboy town Parker Ranch and Museum: (30-45 min)
Tex Drive in for lunch (30-40 min)
Akaka falls, Kahuna Falls, and more (25 min)
Laupahoehoe (20-30 min)
Onomea Bay Scenic Drive (4 mile scenic drive) (25 min)
Kaumana Lava Tube (20 min)
Old WWII road passes between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa volcanoes ( Drive )
This tour of the Hamakua Coast takes you along the northern edge of the Big Island. Avoiding the large tour crowds, you'll pass through the hot, dry lands of black lava rock deserts to the tropical, lush green rainforest. Located at the bottom of our extinct volcano, Kohala, rests the cowboy town of Waimea with beautiful green rolling hills. Our first stop will be the Parker Ranch heritage center and museum which hosts handmade artifacts and photos from the 1800’s. You will learn about the famous Parker Ranch, one of the oldest and largest ranches in the United States, pre-dating many mainland ranches in Texas and other southwestern states by more than 30 years! Nearby, remains the original 1847 Parker house built with Hawaiian Koa wood, a species of tree now highly protected and costing upwards of $45 a board foot. Continuing our northern adventure, we arrive at Tex Drive in for lunch. Serving up local Hawaiian food plus other popular menu items. Don’t forget to try their world-famous malasadas (a sweet, light and fluffy Portuguese donuts).
Your next stop includes a drive down some of Hawaii's old highways and back roads bringing you to Lauphoehoe. As you view the breathtaking ocean vistas and breaking waves the story of Laupahoehoe will tell of its once industrious sugar plantation and its tragic past of a face to face encounter with a devastating tsunami. Next you will travel a stairway path through wild orchids, bamboo groves and draping ferns to view some of the Big Island's most beautiful waterfalls, including the famous 442ft Akaka and Kahuna Falls. Traveling back onto an old coastal road we take you along the 4 mile scenic drive with lush topical flora, broken-down sea arch and a river running through a lava tube. Our next exciting experience brings us descending into Kaumana lava tube formed in 1800’s by our largest volcano, Mauna Loa. This hidden gem hosts a celling full of sparkling minerals, deep red iron floor and lava tube formations.
Our route back to port takes us onto the old WWII road, known as the Saddle Road which passes between the two largest volcanoes in the world, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. You will start to pass through diverse landscapes of cinder cones and sub-alpine dry forest. Our frequently wild life sightings include pigs, goats, sheep and donkeys.