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Under a swaying palm tree, lay out your beach towel and take in the panoramic views reaching across the protected bay—your playground for the day. Grab a standup paddleboard, a hydro bike, or a kayak to explore the bay or wade into the calm waters with snorkel gear in hand for some close encounters with colorful reef fish.
For a more slow-paced excursion, get on the glass-bottom boat and explore the underwater world through large viewing windows while the onboard marine naturalist shares information about the marine habitat. You can even paddle in a traditional Hawaiian canoe. Read More close
The adventure starts with a van ride to Volcanoes National Park. At 4,000 feet (1,219 m), hop on your 21-speed mountain bike. Then set out on an 8-mile (12. 9-km) journey along the rim of one of the most active volcanoes in the world. The stark contrast between the volcanic landscape and tropical rainforest is breathtaking.
A stop at the Jaggar Museum offers a wealth of interesting facts and history about the volcanic activity in the area. From a panoramic lookout, take in the amazing views of a crater that has been continuously erupting since early 2008. Watch as steam and gas rise to the sky, and if you're lucky, you might even see a faint glow from the lava.
Take a break from bicycling and hike to scenic lookouts along the way. A short hike through a lush rainforest takes you to a lava tube where you can walk on lava that once flowed. Enjoy a scrumptious picnic lunch at one of the many stops in the park. Read More close
On this trek to see the diverse beauty of Kohala, stand at an ocean bay and minutes later find yourself in a rainforest. As you ride by 200-foot (61-m) rocky cliffs along the striking Kohala coast, feel your spirits soar and then arrive at a secluded spot with a bird's-eye view of Keawaeli Bay, once a playground of King Kamehameha, and boasting the warmest winter surf of 20 to 30 feet (6 to 9 m).
The quest revs up as you climb from 250 feet (76 m) above sea level to an elevation of 2,500 feet (762 m), where you enter the oldest rainforest on the Big Island. Passing through a cool eucalyptus forest and mountain streams, ride under tree canopies and by lanes of wild ginger. Then visit a picture-perfect tropical waterfall and hike to the foot of the refreshing pond below the falls. Read More close
In an air-conditioned aircraft, take to the skies and head toward one of the most geologically active areas in the world. Kilauea volcano has been erupting continuously since 1983, and it's just one of the volcanoes you see through the helicopter's over-sized windows. Be on the lookout for surface flows and steam vents as your pilot safely navigates over the volcanic landscape.
Soar above lush, tropical rainforest and multiple waterfalls, taking in the 422-foot (129-m) Akaka Falls and Rainbow Falls' 80-foot (24-m) drop into a freshwater pool. Back on the ground, take a scenic drive to your zipline adventure.
Certified guides get you geared up and for an 8-line zipline course that hugs the lush Hilo forest reserve. The tour kicks off with a climb up a suspension structure that takes you to the first platform. Experience side-by-side zipping with dual ziplines that change elevation more than 1,000 feet (304 m) and extend more than half a mile (. 8 km) long.
After you're done soaring across river gorges and waterfalls, break for a deli-style lunch before a return transfer takes you back to your hotel.
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Your guide picks you up and drives you through the "saddle" between Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea volcanoes along Saddle Road. Make a quick stop in Hilo for provisions before heading to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Preserve. Stop at the Kilauea Visitor’s Center, enjoy a picnic-style lunch, and visit the Jaggar Museum.
Then, make your way to the renowned Thurston Lava Tube. Hike down through the lush rainforest to the Kilauea Iki crater and venture across the steaming crater floor. This 4-mile (6. 4-km) hike culminates in a walk through the cave-like Thurston Lava Tube.
Next, visit the Volcano Winery and take a private tour of the vineyard and tea orchard. Sit down to a delicious meal served with local wine. End your adventure with a stop at the Halemaumau Crater to view the glow up close before returning to your hotel. Read More close
Kick off your adventure at Volcanoes National Park—an International Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site. Meet your guide and head to the lush rainforest, where you can hear the chirping of native birds and marvel at the colorful Hawaiian flora and fauna.
Next walk into a lava tube, a cave formed by once-flowing lava, and then witness the explosive power of the Halema’uma’u Crater. Continue to Kapoho-Kalapana Road, also known as the "Red Road," along the breathtaking coastline of the Puna district. Here, you can peer over jagged cliffs to see the black sand beaches that line Kaimu, a small town annihilated by the eruptive lava flow of the Kilauea volcano in 1990. Read More close
Your cycling adventure—mostly level terrain with a few small uphill and downhill sections—takes place around the rim of the Kilauea Volcano and along the Chain of Craters Road. Hike through the rainforest to the impressive Thurston Lava Tube and see the heart of the volcano's eruptions at Halema'uma'u Crater. During your ride stop at the Jaggar Museum, home of many seismographs which monitor every twitch of the earth.
After biking in Volcanoes National Park, journey to the Puna area by van. Travel the "Red Road" to admire the scenery as you weave through the forest and marvel at the jagged cliffs overlooking the crystal blue waters of the Pacific before walking out to the black-sand beach at Kaimu, forever changed by lava flows in the early 1990s. Read More close
From the moment you enter the aerial trekking course, admire the magic of Kohala. Whether you are a zipline enthusiast or a first-time adventure seeker, enjoy a canopy experience that is unparalleled on the Big Island. Get a bird's-eye view as you make your way along platforms ranging 30 to 80 feet (9 to 24 m) off the ground.
9 lines—including a tandem line—as well as 5 sky bridges up to 220 feet (67 m) long and 2 rappelling stations make this the island’s only full canopy tour. Set in a towering forest on a private nature reserve, this aerial adventure is perfect for beginners and experts alike. Certified guides ensure safety and comfort and share their extensive knowledge of the area’s natural and cultural history. Read More close
Past the rugged black and red lava fields sit some of the most beautiful white-sand beaches on the island. Board the catamaran and depart from Waikoloa with the refreshing sea breeze in your hair and the warm sun on your body. As your captain shares Hawaiian history, marine trivia, and points out striking landmarks, enjoy a delicious continental breakfast.
After a briefing on snorkeling basics and safety, dive into the clear, warm Hawaiian water. Unveil the lively underwater world of rainbow fish, beautiful coral reefs, and maybe even an octopus. See if you can spot (and correctly say) the Hawaii state fish, the humuhumunukunukuapua'a.
When you're ready to return to the boat, bask in the sun's warmth and enjoy a deli-style lunch complete with a variety of meats and cheeses, Caesar salad, chips and salsa, and an open bar. On your return voyage, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for pods of dolphins swimming alongside the boat and sea turtles bobbing above the water's surface. Read More close
Meet your friendly guides and gear up for your adventure. After a short informational and safety briefing, board an air-conditioned 4-wheel-drive van for a 30-minute drive across Kohala to the launch site high in the Kohala Mountains. Once you leave the paved highway, driving past locked gates and No Trespassing signs, enter lands forbidden to all except those with permission from the Kohala Ditch Company.
Find world-class vistas, plentiful waterfalls, wide-open pastures, and the much storied Kohala Ditch, a 110-year-old system of tunnels and channels that once supplied millions of gallons of fresh water to sugarcane plantations. After a short hike across a 150-foot (46-m) flume, over a waterfall, and beside the flowing waters of The Ditch, reach your kayak.
As you cruise along 3 miles (5 km) of The Ditch, your guide shares the folklore of this renowned system. Paddle along quiet, long, and dark tunnels disturbed only by water dripping from the ceiling, flumes soaring over streams and waterfalls, and open ditches with emerald light filtering through the forest canopy. At the end of your float, climb into a van to return to civilization and enjoy a 15-minute drive through a macadamia nut plantation. Read More close
Journey over the lava fields along the Kona coast and pass through the charming towns of Hawi and Kapaau—site of the life-size statue of King Kamehameha I on your way to the lush, green country of Kohala.
Arrive at the gate to a private reserve. Your 6WD Pinzgauer vehicle maneuvers down a short road along old sugar-cane fields. Hike along the 1. 5 mile (2. 4 km) loop trail and examine tunnels blasted and carved through solid rock, bringing much-needed water for agricultural use. Your guide provides details about this amazing irrigation network, stretching over 22 miles (35 km) as you walk through the aqueduct. Explore fascinating Hawaiian history with a visit to a former taro-farming site just off the path.
Enjoy a picnic lunch among far-reaching mountain views, lush green valleys, and up to 7 thundering waterfalls. At the last waterfall, plunge into the cool water for a refreshing dip before heading back to your hotel.
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Nourished by afternoon showers and rich volcanic soil, the famous Kona Coffee Belt—on the slopes of Hualalai—produces some of the finest coffee in the world. Journey from sea level to a world of volcanic majesty at an elevation of 6,000 feet (1,828 m) on the privately owned lands of Kaupulehu. Although in plain sight of Kailua-Kona, the seldom-visited uplands seem geologic light-years away.
The story of Kona Coffee unfolds as you explore the volcanic and royal history of this area. Amid distinctive birdsongs, the rock-rambling tour takes you through a surreal landscape of native dryland forest, lava flows, and stunning craters. Along with seeing 3 distinct types of craters, follow your interpretive guide on a walk through an impressive lava tube.
Next, in the Kona Coffee Belt, visit a family-owned working coffee farm, encompassing all aspects of the process—growing, harvesting, roasting, and packaging. Go behind the scenes to see how bright red coffee cherries are handpicked, meticulously sorted for color and size, and roasted to produce a cup of coffee. Sample a few varieties and get a chance to buy whole-bean coffee direct from the farmer.
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Starting from the Hawaii Forest and Trail Headquarters in Kona, you're driven past varied landscapes such as lava flows, pastureland, dry forest, and rain forest on your way to the base of Mauna Kea. Stop in Humuula for a picnic dinner before a picnic dinner of either hot barbecue chicken or a cold vegetarian tofu wrap with peanut dipping sauce, both served alongside lemon-mint quinoa and a dinner roll. After your meal, grab your parka and continue the steep drive up to the summit.
Upon arrival, gaze out from the mountain at the peaks of nearby Mauna Loa and Hualalai, rising high above the countryside, and the far-away Haleakala crowning Maui. As you take in the view, a pastel sunset stretches over the Pacific.
When the sun sinks below the horizon, it's on to the Visitor Information Station at 9,000 feet (2,743 m). Warm up with a hot drink and some cookies as your guide sets up your telescope for a stargazing party like no other. Free from light pollution, Mauna Kea offers crystal-clear views of the stars. Listen to the tales of Hawaiian celestial lore and spend the rest of your time on the lookout for constellations and shooting stars. Read More close
As you ride on the coast, trace the path of a railroad that served the sugar industry. Along the way, your knowledgeable local guides share the history of Hawaii—a living land of legend. Relax and enjoy beverages at a beautiful and secluded pebbled beach with views of Keawaeli Bay—once favored by King Kamehameha—now a haven for surfers with warm winter surf of 20 to 30 feet (6 to 9 m).
Continue your journey to the Kohala Mountain and ride along the unique Kohala Ditch system. Descending through macadamia nut orchards, the trail rewards you with breathtaking scenery of the rugged Kohala coastline. Admire the cliffs jutting out to the sea, sweeping countryside, and open spaces. Read More close
Get started with a ride north along the coastline, and keep an eye out for open-country birds as you make your way to the old Mamalahoa Highway. From there, set off along the Saddle Road and watch for game birds as well as the pueo, or short-eared owl. After you stop for breakfast, it's time to head into the forest for one of 2 spectacular birding adventures.
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Just off Saddle Road, you can ride into the Kaohe Game Management Area, 4-wheel your way into Puu Laau for stunning views of the leeward coast below, and step into the Mauna Kea Forest Preserve for some serious bird watching in native Hawaiian dry forest. Keep watch for the critically threatened palila, the Hawaii amakihi, and the local species of the Hawaii elepaio with distinctive white feathering on its head.
Make your way to the Puu Oo Trail, a historic cattle drive route, on Mauna Loa's northeastern flank. An environment of windy clouds that often cloak the windward side of the island, this route takes you over century-old lava flows and into the Hawaiian rainforest.
Your vehicle parks at the trailhead, where you can set off toward some of the most productive birding areas in the state. Along the way, you can hope to spot iiwi, apapane, amakihi, omao, elepaio, and the elusive akiapolaau with its unique multipurpose beak. Read More close
The youngest island in the Hawaiian chain, the Big Island still has active lava flows, where steaming magma pours into the sea and melts across blackened lunar landscapes. In sharp contrast to this barren, underworld-like visage, the island is also covered in lush rainforests and palm-fringed beaches that fade into the sapphire sea. Touring with a naturalist guide is the perfect way to discover the island's spectacular diversity.
Ride in comfort to 4 different National Park sites, hopping out for short walks and enjoying locally sourced snacks and meals along the way. At Pu'uhonua o Honaunau, see where Hawaiians who had broken an ancient kapu (law) could seek refuge from the penalty of death. At Hawaii Volcanoes, watch for glowing ribbons of molten rock and walk through the surreal Thurston Lava Tube. And at Pu'ukohola Heiau, admire the temple of King Kamehameha the Great.
Head down to Punalu'u Black Sand Beach, where endangered green sea turtles are known to bask on the charcoal-colored shores, and then make your way into the hills to the Ka'u Coffee Mill. Tour the orchards, learn about the harvesting and roasting process, and sip a freshly brewed cup before your return ride to Kona. Read More close
Leave the Honokohau harbor behind and travel 20 minutes up the Kona coast as the sun sinks down over the horizon. The experienced staff shares tips and instruction and gets you fitted with wetsuits and water gear prior to arriving, so you have plenty of time to actually jump in and swim among the rays.
Once at the manta viewing area, grab your dive light and jump into the ocean. Hold onto a flotation raft as you get your bearings and prepare for the experience of a lifetime. As the light from the boat shines out into the darkened tropical waters, the phytoplankton that mantas feed on swarm toward the glow. Watch as the graceful aquatic creatures swim around you with mouths wide open, feasting on plankton during this stunning underwater ballet.
At depths of only 30 feet (9 m), you can clearly see the ocean floor and observe how the rays appear from the darkness. With their calm nature and nothing that bites or stings, manta rays are one of the safest and most fascinating animals you can encounter in the wild. Read More close
When you close your eyes and dream of Hawaii, what do you see? For many people, the image of paradise includes a hidden waterfall cradled in a tropical rainforest. This splendor really does exist, and you experience it firsthand on this 15-mile (24-km) ATV adventure.
Begin at about 250 feet (76 m) above sea level and ride to 2,500 feet (762 m) as you enter the rarified air of the oldest rainforest on the Big Island. Ride under canopies of trees, by lanes of wild ginger patches, and across several mountain streams. Along the way, spot plants not found anywhere else in world, visit a beautiful waterfall, and hike to the foot of the refreshing pond below. Read More close
Cruise the deep-blue waters of the Pacific Ocean and keep your eyes peeled for local marine life such as honu (Hawaiian sea turtles) and malolo (Hawaiian flying fish). Enjoy the Hawaiian breeze as your knowledgeable captain describes the kohola's (humpback whale's) migration pattern, history, and habitat.
Head to various pods in the shallow waters of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary and learn about whale-surfacing behaviors. Each year, from roughly December through April, approximately 10,000 humpback whales seek the warm, shallow water off the Hawaiian coast to breed, calve, and nurse their young.
On the outdoor deck, enjoy the sunset and grab your favorite cocktail as you search for a whale breach. The whales drive their body almost 40 percent out of the water, creating an enormous (and picturesque) splash upon landing. Keep an ear out for whale songs, monitored by the boat's underwater hydrophone system. Read More close
Arrive at the trekking course, once the home of the Great King Kamehameha, and learn about the native flora that gave life to the ancient Hawaiian community. Take a deep breath of the sweet Hawaiian breeze, carrying the fragrance of gingers, guava trees, and eucalyptus across the island. As you strap into your safety harness, listen as your knowledgeable instructor trains you on zipline specifics and rope safety.
Take off from your first platform and feel the fresh air blowing through your hair as you whip through the stunning rainforest on a speedy zipline. Encounter a variety of stations, laced high above the ground among massive trees, varying from ladder climbs and suspension bridges to rappel stations and ziplines.
Once you've exhausted all of the course's obstacles, give your body a rest with a picnic-style deli lunch on the stunning cliff side of Pololu Valley. Embark on a short hike along the mountain through the dense rainforest and arrive at a cascading waterfall and swimming hole. Cool off with a refreshing dip in the water, or finish an already exciting day with cliff jumping. Read More close
Get geared up and go over safety instructions before zipping across duck ponds, raging rivers, green pastures, rushing waterfalls, and deep valleys. Some of the longest ziplines in the state are found here. While zipping, take in the views of Hilo's magnificent coastline, rising steam from the Pu'u 'O'o vent of Kilauea Volcano, and lush, tropical rainforest.
Your last zipline is more than a half-mile (. 8 km) long, completing your adventure at exhilarating speeds. Gain a new and unique perspective of Big Island as you zip directly above a riverbed, multiple waterfalls, and rapids on this unforgettable experience.
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After a scenic ride along Saddle Road, get geared up and head to your first platform, high above the Hilo Forest Reserve. When you’re ready, push off into a sea of green. You can zip by yourself or with a friend on the island’s only tandem zipline. Soar through a blurred alley of leaves and vines as the calls of exotic birds welcome you to the second leg of your 8-part zipline tour.
Zip between suspended platforms and fly over the turbulent Honolii River, wiping mist from your face as you plunge past cascading mountain waterfalls. Take a deep breath before the last leg of your zippy tour. The final segment of your adventure in the air ends with the longest zipline in Hawaii, which stretches over 2,400 feet (732 m). More than half a mile from where you started, cruise to a stop and enjoy a picnic lunch while you recover from the adrenaline rush.
The adventure continues with a narrated trip to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Experienced guides trained by local park rangers take you between craters and steam vents, offering insights into Hawaii’s geologic giants. Wrap up your evening with dinner at the Volcano Winery, getting a tour of the vineyard and tea orchard before sitting down to a delicious meal served with local wine. Read More close