Discover the history, beauty and culture of the Big Island on this 6.5-hour tour of the Kona coast. See sacred Hawaiian temples and ancient petroglyphs at Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, and walk to Honokohau Beach to spot native wildlife ... More info ›
Discover the history, beauty and culture of the Big Island on this 6.5-hour tour of the Kona coast. See sacred Hawaiian temples and ancient petroglyphs at Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, and walk to Honokohau Beach to spot native wildlife. Admire scenic views of Kealakekua Bay, and go on a walking tour of Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, considered a sacred site. You’ll also visit a bee farm and coffee plantation for tastings at both, plus lunch. Numbers are limited to 12 to ensure you enjoy a small-group experience.
Start your day tour with pickup from Kona and Kohala hotels, and then head to Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, where you'll follow your guide on a short hike along a nature trail to sacred Hawaiian temples and ancient petroglyphs left by the area’s original inhabitants. At the end of trail, come upon Honokohau Beach, abundant with local wildlife like green sea turtles, native birds and perhaps even a Hawaiian monk seal — one of only two mammals native to the Hawaiian Islands.
Hop back in the minivan for the drive through downtown Kona, where you can glimpse historical landmarks such as Hulihee Palace and Mokuaikaua Church, the oldest Christian church in the Hawaiian Islands. En route to South Kona, admire the unveiling of the Big Island’s jagged coastline. A scenic road takes you to Kealakekua Bay, where Captain James Cook landed in 1778 during a festival dedicated to Lono, the fertility god.
Make your next stop at Big Island Bees, a farm that has produced raw and organic honey since 1972. Join the beekeeper for a lively, educational exploration of bees, beekeeping and honey that includes an open beehive demonstration that you'll watch from a safe, screened viewing area. Sample raw, single-flower, organic honey while you check out the museum’s tools, photographs and displays to learn about the history of beekeeping and honey production.
After catching another look at pristine Kealakekua Bay, follow your guide on a narrated walking tour through Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park. Explore the ancient royal grounds, and learn about the sanctuary of Pu’uhonua, a place of refuge for Hawaiians who broke sacred laws called kapu.
Finally, experience one of the Big Island's absolute must-dos — a tour of a Kona coffee farm. Discover thriving coffee orchards, and learn about the meticulous harvesting process from local coffee farmers. Then explore the coffee mills to see how the beans are processed, and sip a freshly brewed cup to experience the rich aroma and flavorful taste that distinguish Kona coffee from other varieties. Finish your tour with lunch at the coffee farm before you’re dropped off at your hotel in the afternoon.