Explore the highly restricted and preserved Kahuku unit of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on this unique island tour. Start with a visit to Bay View Farm, a working 24 acre Kona coffee farm nestled on the slopes of Mauna Loa Volcano just above beautiful Kealakekua Bay and known for the best Kona coffee since 1984. Here you’ll see coffee growing on the trees and learn about the various steps and processes in making coffee, all of which happen right here on the farm. You’ll sample 100% Kona Coffee at a gorgeous overlook with stunning views of Kealakekua Bay and the monument to Captain Cook standing on the only sliver of British land in the United States.
Make a brief stop at the famous Painted Church, whose interior walls and ceilings are covered in hand painted frescoes and murals dating back to 1899-1904. The adventure continues as you head through the South Kona and Ka’u Districts. Stunning views, alternating between stark lava flows and Hawaiian dry forest, are visible through the huge picture windows of your tour vehicle.
Your National Park Service trained guide will then stop at the 116,000 acre Kahuku Unit of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Your guide will lead you down an historic trail past cinder cones, lava tree molds, and a hidden meadow with old growth native trees. You’ll walk across the dramatic and surreal landscape of the 1868 lava flow and climb atop Pu’u o Lokuana cinder cone, complete with historic cinder quarry and sweeping views of Ka’u. Shortly thereafter, you’ll arrive at picturesque Punalu’u Black Sand Beach. Lined with swaying coconut palm trees, this is one of the best black sand beaches on the island. Stroll along the beach and look for honu (Green Hawaiian Sea Turtles) feeding just offshore or sun-worshipping on the sand. Stop at Punaluu Bake Shop famous for Hawaii sweetbreads and other delights before settling in for the return to the Kona pier.
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Note: Must be able to walk on uneven terrain & up and down stairs without assistance. Deli-style picnic lunch is included.
Tours with this activity level involve physical exertion for extended periods of time; can involve uneven or steep terrain or swimming in a light current. Recommended only for physically fit and adventurous travelers.