Shore Excursion Details

Gold Coast & Cloud Forest

Kona, Hawaii

Gold Coast & Cloud Forest

DETAILS

  • 31/2
    hrs Estimate Duration

Become immersed in the island’s natural beauty by walking through a cloud forest that blankets the slopes of Hualalai volcano and along the sun-soaked Gold Coast. Low-level clouds usually waft through the forest, a botanical sanctuary of rare and endangered species. Expect to see giant fern trees, towering bamboo and endemic ohia evergreens with fiery-red flowers. Another leisurely walk will present the charms of Kaoloko Honokohau National Historic Park, a protected coastal environment with the remains of an early Hawaiian settlement built on an ancient lava field. Highlights include temples, petroglyphs and fishponds that attest to the ingenuity of the former residents. Hawaiian green sea turtles are commonly spotted along the shore, some weighing more than 300 pounds. The volcanic activity that shaped Hawaii left behind mineral-rich soil that is ideal for growing coffee as you will discover at Mountain Thunder plantation. After an enlightening tour, you will sample a cup of full-bodied Kona coffee.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Hike through the bio-diverse cloud forest that covers the dormant Haulalai volcano.
  • Meander about an early Hawaiian coastal settlement built on a hardened lava field.
  • Look for indigenous Hawaiian green sea turtles basking in the sun along the coast.
  • Tour Mountain Thunder plantation and enjoy a cup of the Kona coffee produced there.


HELPFUL HINTS

  • Dress in weather-appropriate clothing
  • Wear long pants and closed-toe walking shoes.


Need to Know:

Note: Closed-toe shoes and long shorts/pants required. Participants must be at least 3 years old.

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ACTIVITY ATTRIBUTES

Excursion Type:

Scenic & City Tours

Activity Level:

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Tours with this activity level involve walking over relatively level terrain, possibly some cobblestone, gravel, or a few steps. Comfortable shoes are recommended.

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