SHORE EXCURSIONS

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    Scenic Taste of Hawaii

    Kona, Hawaii

    Duration 6 3/4 hrs

    Indulge in generous samplings of Hawaii’s most iconic products on a culinary adventure that will begin at the Mountain Thunder coffee plantation. After one sip of full-bodied coffee from beans grown and roasted there, you will understand why Kona coffee is so desirable. Browsing the wide array of merchandise offered at Waimea Midweek Farmers Market will provide an even deeper appreciation of Hawaii’s fertile volcanic soil. Every imaginable local product from purple sweet potatoes to chocolate butters to cold-pressed juices is available, and many of them will be offered to sample. Similarly, at the Hamakua Macadamia Nut Company, you will have the opportunity to taste Hawaii’s signature macadamia nuts on their own or folded into biscotti and cookies. Experience 2 unique style of brewing both craft beers at the famous Kona Brewing company for a full tour and tasting along with a stop at the popular Ola Brewery for a delicious tasting.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour includes approximately 3 hours of walking and/or standing. It is available to guests who utilize a collapsible wheelchair, can make their way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. Casual, weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested.
    • Adult from: $259.00 USD
    • Child from: $259.00 USD
    DURATION 6 3/4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Meal
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    Historic Kona

    Kona, Hawaii

    Duration 3 1/2 hrs

    Gain an understanding of the Big Island’s history through attractions that highlight the life of the early Hawaiians and the influence of Catholic missionaries. Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park will offer a glimpse into the early culture, as it was a place of refuge for those that had violated the sacred laws known as kapu. There, you will see a temple where criminals could be absolved of their transgressions and safely return to society. To complement the experience, you will visit the 19th-century Painted Church. Its interior features frescoes and murals of biblical scenes that a Belgian priest painted to teach the islanders Catholicism. The missionaries were also instrumental in dismantling the harsh kapu laws. You will also learn how coffee was introduced to Hawaii in the 1820s and how it is processed today at the Royal Kona Coffee Center. It is an excellent setting to enjoy a cup of fresh-brewed Kona coffee.


    HIGHLIGHTS

    • Visit one Hawaii’s most sacred sites, where criminals could find safe refuge.
    • View the biblical murals and frescoes that adorn the Painted Church.
    • Enjoy a cup of Kona coffee and learn about its production at a coffee mill.


    HELPFUL HINTS

    • Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
    • Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.


    • Adult from: $109.00 USD
    • Child from: $79.00 USD
    DURATION 3 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Historic Kings Trail to North Kohala

    Kona, Hawaii

    Duration 6 1/2 hrs

    Discover the lasting influence of King Kamehameha by exploring sites that were of great importance when he ruled Hawaii. Kamehameha is revered for uniting the Hawaiian Islands into one kingdom in 1810. About a decade earlier, the volcano Hualalai erupted, leaving hardened lava in its wake. While walking atop this rugged landscape, you will see petroglyphs and ingenious fishponds that the early Hawaiians created. Not far off, you will find a lava-rock temple built in the 18th century to fulfill a prophecy that Kamehameha would unite the islands. It is known as House of the Whale for the humpbacks often spotted just offshore. Following an alfresco lunch at a statue of Kamehameha that was erected near his birthplace in Kohala, you will be free to explore Hawi, an artistic community with all sorts of eclectic shops. You will also tour a macadamia factory and sample these iconic Hawaiian-grown nuts.


    HIGHLIGHTS

    • Follow in the footsteps of Kamehameha, the king that united the Hawaiian Islands.
    • Walk across hardened lava from a volcano that erupted in Kamehameha’s time.
    • See petroglyphs, ancient fish ponds and an 18th-century temple built with lava rocks.
    • Dine under a statue of Kamehameha near his birthplace in Kohala.
    • Spend free time in the artistic community of Hawi and tour a macadamia nut factory.


    HELPFUL HINTS

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


    Need to Know:

    Note: Participants must be at least 5 years of age. The trail is uneven but not too difficult. Walking sticks and binoculars included. Sun exposure of nearly 2 hours during the two outdoor exercise portion requires guests to stay hydrated and to have proper covering, sunscreen, and water. It is not recommended for guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual, weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable, close-tours hiking shoes are recommended.
    • Adult from: $209.00 USD
    • Child from: $209.00 USD
    DURATION 6 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Meal
    • Age
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    Kona Mocha

    Kona, Hawaii

    Duration 3 1/2 hrs

    Enjoy tastings of two classic Hawaiian products – coffee and chocolate – and see how both are produced to maximize their unique flavors. At Kona Joe Coffee, you will learn about the patented cultivation process that allows the trellised Arabica coffee trees to grow upright like grapevines, which ensures uniform sun exposure. The result is a superior organic coffee bean with an enhanced taste and body, as you will discover by sampling a fresh-brewed cup. You will be treated to another sampling at Kokoleka Lani Farms, an actual working farm where you will view cacao (chocolate) on the tree and see the raw beans utilized in the making of their award-winning chocolate. After touring this biodiverse farm, you will enjoy the best part--a chocolate tasting! In addition to coffee and cacao, learn how farm products are integrated into Kona Natural Soap which is also made here. Afterward, enjoy free time to browse their chocolate selections, Kona coffee and vegan soaps in the gift shop.

    HIGHLIGHTS

    • See how a patented process for growing coffee produces a uniquely flavored cup of coffee.
    • Tour a cacao farm and watch each step of the cacao bean production.
    • Sample a selection of coffees and chocolates that are pure Hawaiian..


    HELPFUL HINTS

    • Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
    • Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Participants will need to be able to walk on grass and uneven terrain.
    • Adult from: $169.00 USD
    • Child from: $149.00 USD
    DURATION 3 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Kona By Land & Sea

    Kona, Hawaii

    Duration 7 1/4 hrs

    Board your air-conditioned motorcoach for a narrated drive through beautiful Kona. The white sand beaches, lush green foliage and dramatic lava formations captivate visitors lucky enough to travel along the Kona coastline.


    Home to coffee plantations and macadamia groves, historic Kona is a thriving community with natural splendor and a lively culture. For truly dramatic views, to the southeast lies Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, home to volcanoes Mauna Loa and Kilauea - one of the most active in the world.


    Your guided tour takes you for a visit to Pu'uhonua O Honaunau, which translates to "Place of Refuge at Honaunau." This enchanting cultural site is a lovingly restored ancient Hawaiian religious sanctuary. Built in 1650, the "Place of Refuge" originally housed the bones of Hawaiian chiefs. It later became a place of sanctuary for outlaws and defeated warriors. Highlights in this national historic park are the great Ki'i figures guarding the temple, the spectacular flora and fauna and the sense of peace and tranquility that echoes through the area.


    A wide variety of Kona's famous coffees are on display at the Royal Kona Coffee Store. Refresh yourself with a sample and learn about the distinctive flavors in Kona's legendary brews. Coffee beans have been grown in the region since 1828. The nutrient-rich volcanic soil of Kona as well as the island's elevation and climate create ideal conditions for growing flavorful, quality coffee. You will have an opportunity to purchase some beans as a souvenir.


    Continue through picturesque towns and villages, along magnificent coastal vistas and past historic landmarks and attractions. You'll return to port for the “sea” portion of your tour. Your guided historical lunch cruise on a 65’ catamaran will capture your imagination and reveal secrets of the Big Island when ancient, powerful kings ruled the rugged and fertile land of the Hawaiian Islands. Unwind along the way and enjoy a deli-style lunch and beverages or enjoy your favorite libation from our full-service cash premium bar. Our Historian will share Hawaiian history, stories and legends relating to the numerous landmarks along 12 miles of Kona coastline. You'll visit famous points of interest including the Ahu'ena Heiau, Holua Slide and the Kaumo'o Battlefield. There's an excellent chance of seeing marine life during your cruise and even humpback whales if you're with us during December-March. Enjoy live Hawaiian style music during the narration breaks and the entire trip back to the Kailua Pier.

    Need to Know:

    Note: All efforts will be made to view marine life, but sightings cannot be guaranteed. A full-service cash bar is available for an additional charge. Guests must be at least 21 years of age and show a valid ID in order to consume alcohol.
    • Adult from: $239.00 USD
    • Child from: $199.00 USD
    DURATION 7 1/4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Meal
    • Snack
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    Captain Zodiac Raft, Snorkel & Dolphin Adventure

    Kona, Hawaii

    Duration 3 1/2 hrs

    Your adventure starts by viewing historical points of interest while off shore from the village of Kailua-Kona. While zipping down the coast on these fast and fun Zodiac Hurricanes, you will stop to interact with dolphins and other marine life. The dolphins that are seen on a daily basis are the Hawaiian Spinner dolphins. You may encounter Pacific Bottlenose and Spotted dolphins. As well as the seasonal Humpback whales that migrate yearly from Alaska (Jan-Apr), you may also find pilot whales, false killer whales and other rare, elusive whales that live here year-round. When you are in the Zodiac, you are just 2 feet above the water line, so you have a great vantage point from which to view the marine life.


    Your ultimate destination is Kealakekua Bay marine preserve, site of the Captain Cook monument. Kealakekua Bay is known around the world for its abundance of coral and tropical fish - over 220 varieties of marine life in total. You will spend 1 ½ hours snorkeling the crystal-clear turquoise waters of the bay. All the snorkel gear is provided, including masks (RX if needed), snorkels, fins, and flotation devices. Non-swimmers and first-time snorkelers will be provided with flotation devices and instruction. There is a 3-4 rung ladder that is lowered from the Zodiac and you must be able to get up the ladder and back into the raft on your own. There is no access to land on this tour, the Zodiac is your ""island"" and you can get in and out of the water as often as you like at the snorkel spot.


    While enjoying your tropical snacks and refreshments, you’ll hear all about the history of the bay and the story of Captain Cook. You will get up close to explore the rugged coastline and see natural blowholes, exposed giant lava tubes and your Zodiac will poke its' nose into sea caves. See beautiful colors and striations of the lava up close. Your captain is a naturalist, geologist, historian and some like to think that they are comedians. It is guaranteed that you'll be laughing from the minute you step off the dock into the Zodiac.

    Need to Know:

    Note: Participants must be at least 4 years of age and weigh no more than 320 lbs. Wear a swimsuit and bring a towel. This tour is not for guests who are pregnant, who have chronic back or neck problems, or who have had previous back or neck surgery due to the fast and sometimes rough & bouncy ride. You will not get in the water with dolphins. They are observed from the raft. Boarding and disembarking the raft from the pier is a 2-foot step down onto the boat from the dock and then 2 more feet from the pontoon into the boat. At the snorkel site, a small 4 rung ladder is placed on the side of the raft and you will need to be able to climb to re-board the raft. Snorkelers must be able to swim. There is no shore landing. Due to new rules per the DLNR in order to protect our reef environment, only reef safe sunscreen will be allowed.
    • Adult from: $179.00 USD
    • Child from: $145.00 USD
    DURATION 3 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Weight
    • Age
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    Zodiac Whale Watch

    Kona, Hawaii

    Duration 3 hrs

    Zodiac Whale Watching is the best way to see the migrating humpback whales. Depart the tender pier to search out these gentle giants who come to Hawaii to mate and give birth. We are never sure where they are going to surface but the hurricane rafts are fast, getting you to the action quickly. We often see multiple whale pods on each trip. Naturalist guides will tell you about the humpback whale migration pattern and behavior and drop a hydrophone to listen to a whale song! Zodiac rafts accommodate small groups, so everyone gets a front row seat. Soft drinks and snacks are included.


    This is a seasonal tour available from January – March.


    Need to Know:

    Note: The Zodiac ride can be a bit fast and you may get wet! Wear clothing you don't mind getting wet and bring cameras, but in some protective bag. There is an 18 inch step into the raft. This excursion is only available from January to the end of March.
    • Adult from: $119.00 USD
    • Child from: $99.00 USD
    DURATION 3 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Big Island Snorkel

    Kona, Hawaii

    Duration 4 1/2 hrs

    All aboard to Redhill, a fun in the sun destination for the whole family. It’s a snorkeler's paradise – with incredible underwater visibility and enchanting coral gardens that are home to hundreds of brightly colored tropical fish. Dolphins may follow along as you cruise to your beach destination.


    Once there you'll find snorkel gear and instruction for those who need it. But that’s not all – there are also flotation toys, a 20-foot water slide, and a 15-foot high jump platform. Two extra wide swim platforms make it easy to get in and out of the water.


    A continental breakfast, BBQ beef burger lunch, Hawaiian style chips, and white chocolate chip and freshly baked cookie for dessert and soft drinks are included.


    Need to Know:

    Note: After snorkeling alcoholic beverages and smoothies are available for purchase at the cash bar. To consume alcoholic beverages, guests must be at least 21 years of age. A valid ID is required by law. There is no charge for children between the ages of 0 – 5.
    • Adult from: $209.00 USD
    • Child from: $139.00 USD
    DURATION 4 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Meal
    • Family Recommended
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    Gold Coast & Cloud Forest

    Kona, Hawaii

    Duration 3 1/2 hrs

    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 visit a local coffee plantation for a tour, and of course, a taste of their special brew.

    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.
    • Visit A local coffee plantation for a tour, and of course, a taste of their special brew..


    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.
    • Adult from: $179.00 USD
    • Child from: $159.00 USD
    DURATION 3 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
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    Ultimate Cap'n Cook Snorkel & Coffee

    Kona, Hawaii

    Duration 7 1/4 hrs

    Discover the Hawaii that British explorer Captain James Cook knew when he arrived in 1778, much of it in the shadow of Mauna Loa volcano. While touring the appropriately named Bay View Farm, which offers a beautiful view of Kealakekua Bay, you will see how the farm grows, harvests, and roasts Kona coffee beans. A sampling will confirm why the coffee that flourishes in the rich volcanic soil is so revered. Nearby stands Pu’uhonua, a spiritual site where criminals once sought refuge and absolution from Hawaiian priests. While browsing the grounds, you will see temple platforms and the remains of other structures that were intact in Captain Cook’s time. A high-speed Zodiac-style raft will bring you to an obelisk marking the spot where Cook was killed following a dispute with the Hawaiians that lived on the bay. Feel free to swim and snorkel in the crystal-clear waters.

    HIGHLIGHTS

    • See areas of significance to Captain James Cook when he explored Hawaii in the late 1700s.
    • Swim and snorkel in Kealakekua Bay, where Cook anchored his ship while exploring.
    • View the obelisk memorial that marks the spot on the bay where Cook was murdered.
    • See how Kona coffee is grown and processed at a hillside plantation above the bay.


    HELPFUL HINTS

    • Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
    • Wear comfortable walking shoes.


    Need to Know:

    Note: There are opportunities to purchase local products and souvenirs along the way. Wear comfortableclosed-toe shoes and swim suit under clothes. Bring a towel. The order of itinerary may change. Participants must be at least 4 years of age.
    • Adult from: $349.00 USD
    • Child from: $319.00 USD
    DURATION 7 1/4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Meal
    • Age
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    Secret Waterfalls of Kohala

    Kona, Hawaii

    Duration 6 hrs

    North Kohala is home to some of the most spectacular scenery in Hawaii – rushing streams, sparkling waterfalls, abundant tropical foliage and rugged sea cliffs. Immerse yourself in its deep green lushness and explore its rich natural and cultural heritage. A scenic drive to the remote north end of the island is accompanied by informative narration. Passing through a locked gate onto a private nature preserve, you'll then travel off-road for a short adventure to the trailhead.


    An interpretive guide leads the way on the mile and a half trail. Along with an abundance of waterfalls, the route will take you across three bridges, along two idyllic streams, and past traditional Hawaiian taro terraces and irrigation flumes. Refresh yourself in a cool mountain stream with cascades tumbling overhead, or simply relax trailside. A picnic lunch is provided.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Participants must be at least 4 years of age. Wear comfortable walking shoes and a swimsuit. This tour is not for guests who have chronic back or neck problems, or have had previous back or neck surgery, or would have trouble walking on uneven terrain or slippery surfaces.
    • Adult from: $289.00 USD
    • Child from: $269.00 USD
    DURATION 6 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Meal
    • Family Recommended
    • Age
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    Kings, Kohala & Paniolo

    Kona, Hawaii

    Duration 7 1/2 hrs

    Experience the remarkable diversity of the Big Island on a picturesque driving tour with stops at the most revealing historical and cultural attractions. After pausing for photos at the statue of Kamehameha, the beloved king that unified the Hawaiian Islands in 1810, you will enjoy a panoramic view of fertile Pololu Valley from a hilltop lookout. The black sand beach below is made from lava that cooled and shattered when it flowed into the sea. Following lunch and time for shopping in the free-spirited community of Hawi, you will travel a scenic mountain road along the spine of the ancient Kohala volcano. A tour of the historical homes at Parker Ranch and a glimpse into the lifestyle of the paniolo or Hawaiian cowboy will enhance your understanding of the local culture. For yet another perspective of the Big Island, you will hike through the cloud forest that blankets the slopes of Haulalai volcano.

    HIGHLIGHTS

    • See the statue of King Kamehameha and learn how he unified the islands in 1810.
    • Enjoy gorgeous views of Pololu Valley and the black sand beach that rims it.
    • Dine and spend free time shopping in the small, carefree community of Hawi.
    • Gain insight into the paniolo or Hawaiian cowboy lifestyle at sprawling Parker Ranch.
    • Hike through the bio-diverse cloud forest that covers the dormant Haulalai volcano.


    HELPFUL HINTS

    • Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
    • Wear comfortable walking shoes.


    Need to Know:

    Note: There are opportunities to purchase local products and souvenirs along the way. Wear comfortable closed-toe shoes. The order of the itinerary may change. Participants must be at least 4 years of age and be able to walk on uneven terrain & up and down stairs without assistance.
    • Adult from: $249.00 USD
    • Child from: $229.00 USD
    DURATION 7 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
    • Meal
    • Age

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Printed on Sunday, August 14, 2022 at 10:37am