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clock-o7 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English and 1 more

Overview

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.
  • 6.5-hour tour of Kona and the Kealakekua Bay region
  • Take a guided nature walk through Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park
  • Look for Hawaiian monk seals and green sea turtles at Honokohau Beach
  • Visit ancient royal grounds at the sacred site of Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park
  • Taste honey at a bee farm and sip Kona coffee on a tour of a coffee plantation
  • Includes lunch and round-trip hotel transport by minivan
  • Small-group tour limited to 15 provides a personalized experience
Start  with a hotel pickup, either from your Kona or Waikoloa hotel before you travel south down the coast. You’ll first head to the Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, where your guide will point out petroglyph sites that are hidden amongst the black rocks. Passing by sacred Hawaiian temples, and hearing tales of the past, you’ll stroll to the shoreline and make a stop at the white sand Honokohau Beach, where you’ll look for sea turtles surfacing for air, and maybe even spot a Hawaiian monk seal.

Traveling by comfortable minivan, you’ll next arrive in Kona, where you’ll see historic landmarks such as Mokuaikaua Church: the oldest Christian church in Hawaii and an important historical sight. Continuing south along the west facing coast, you’ll stop and look at Kealakekua Bay where Captain Cook met his end, and learn about the ancient village that was here when Captain Cook first arrived. 

Next, make a stop at Big Island Bees, a local farm that has produced organic honey since 1972. You’ll meet with the beekeeper to tour the property, and from the safety of a protected viewing area, see a thriving, open beehive where thousands of bees buzz inside. While sampling the raw, organic honey, learn how vital bees are to keeping a healthy, functioning ecosystem, and learn the tricks and tools of the trade of harvesting jars full of honey.

Even farther south, in Honaunau, enjoy a guided walking tour of Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park, and learn how this site was a city of refuge for those who broke the law. To end the day, drive up the mountain towards the 'coffee belt' to the home of Kona coffee, and explore the orchards of a coffee plantation in the refreshing mountain mists. While here, learn everything there is to know about harvesting Kona coffee, from the growing, harvesting, processing and roasting the beans into famous, world-class coffee. The tour finishes with lunch on the farm — and, of course, some Kona coffee — before you’re transported back to your Kona hotel in the middle of the afternoon.

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J
, Jun 2017

Our tour experience was spectacular, especially because of our tour guide Kai. He provided so much extra information about the Big Island and historical events that it made the tour come alive. We enjoyed the places we visited, but the tour commentary is what made the trip complete. It was also really great that we almost had a personal tour because there were only four of us in the van. By the way, did I happen to mention that Kai was great!

D
, Mar 2017

Kind of mixed on this one, some stops were good some were just ok.

Kaloka-Honokohau park and Puuhonua o Honaunau were educational and interesting.

The bee farm was more there for tourists than an actual bee farm. The part we saw was little more than a gift shop and a few hives setup for demonstration. Presumably there was a much larger real operation somewhere else.

The coffee farm was a good mix of actual groves and production. The tour was run by one of the employees there and good.

Our tour guide was excellent at presenting content both on the van and with us at each stop.

This wasn't great, but just ok. It's a bit pricy for what you see.

J
, Jan 2017

Very good tour - a lot depends on the weather- since part of the tour gets close to Hilo where it almost always rains everyday.

S
, Aug 2016

Our guide for the day, Kala, was very informative. The tour is long, with lots of stops. Wear good walking shoes! We did the tour on the next to last day of our visit and we were worn out due to the length. Maybe best to do this tour early in your trip.

C
, Jan 2016

Nick was our guide/driver who was very personable and knowledgeable. Enjoyed the National Park - Royal Grounds most of all - lot of history and Nick was certainly able to explain it. Saw turtles sunning on the beach as well. Thanks Nick for a great day and the lunch!

M
, Nov 2015

Guide was very knowledgeable, nice, caring, polite. Enjoyed it a lot.

G
, Nov 2015

Trip was excellent--docent was very knowledgeable about all we saw. Went out of his way to provide for wants/wishes of those on trip.

W
, Aug 2015

This was one of my favorite activities

P
, Jun 2015

This tour was amazing!


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