SHORE EXCURSIONS

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    Historic Kona

    Kona, Hawaii

    Duration 3 1/2 hrs

    Embark on a journey of discovery as you explore the historic city of Kona and the sun-drenched Gold Coast. Travel past ancient temples, fields of coffee and macadamia nuts, and breathtaking coastal scenery. The big island is world-famous for its rich blends of Kona coffee, and a stop at a Kona coffee house gives you a chance to sip the flavorful brew while browsing through the shop and exhibits.


    Enjoy views of beautiful Kealakekua Bay, and make a stop at St. Benedict's historic painted church,

    Need to Know:

    noted for its colorful murals depicting biblical scenes. You’ll discover old Hawaii at Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park. This place of refuge has served as a political and religious sanctuary for the breakers of sacred law, or kapu, since ancient times. Here you will find a temple that once housed the bones of deceased chiefs, and wooden images of the fierce gods that protect it.

    • Adult from: $99.00 USD
    • Child from: $69.00 USD
    DURATION 3 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Accessibility
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    Kona Black Sand Beach Hike

    Kona, Hawaii

    Duration 6 hrs

    Hike down to a black-sand beach of volcanic origin and discover the lasting influence of King Kamehameha, who was born nearby in the stunningly beautiful countryside.


    After departing from the pier, you will soon arrive at a statue of King Kamehameha I, which stands near the site where he was born. Kamehameha is best known for uniting the Hawaiian Islands into one kingdom in 1810, and the statue recognizes his accomplishments.


    A wonderfully scenic drive will then bring you to the Pololu Valley, a verdant landscape that is still only sparsely populated despite being first settled in the 15th century. You will have the option of admiring the spectacular coastal scenery from an elevated lookout or hiking down to the black-sand beach.


    Made from lava that cooled instantly and shattered when it flowed into the sea, the black sand retains more heat than white sand. Consequently, sea turtles favor it for their nests.


    You will enjoy another perspective of the Big Island’s rocky northern shore at Keokea Park, where you will stop for lunch. The coast isn’t protected by offshore reefs, so the surf here is strong, rough and wonderfully picturesque. It is an ideal setting for photos.


    A bit inland, you will find Hawi, a free-spirited community with plenty of eclectic shops, including the Kohala Coffee Mill. You will stop there for a cup of coffee made from Kona beans and a scoop of local, hand-crafted ice cream.


    Need to Know:

    Note: The trail is uneven and fairly steep. 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: $179.00 USD
    • Child from: $179.00 USD
    DURATION 6 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
    • Meal
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    Kona Mocha

    Kona, Hawaii

    Duration 4 hrs

    Kona is coffee country, and at Kona Joe's Coffee they have adapted methods used by the world's finest wine producers to cultivate their award winning trellised coffee. Their trees have actually been trained to grow like grapevines, exposing more beans to direct sunlight. You’ll see how coffee is processed and sample the uniquely brewed end product for yourself.


    Your next stop provides an opportunity to appreciate another delicious bean – cacao. At the Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory, learn about the processing of chocolate, made from the fruit of trees grown on the property. And yes – tastes of this heavenly treat will be available here too.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Participants will need to be able to walk on grass and uneven terrain.
    • Adult from: $99.00 USD
    • Child from: $99.00 USD
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Kona By Land & Sea

    Kona, Hawaii

    Duration 7 1/4 hrs

    Explore Kona by land and sea. Start out by motor coach and follow the scenic western coastline of the Big Island, stopping along the way at a local coffee house to taste the famed Kona coffee. Enjoy views of beautiful Kealakekua Bay, and make a stop at St. Benedict's historic painted church, noted for its colorful murals depicting biblical scenes.


    You’ll discover old Hawaii at Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park. This place of refuge has served as a political and religious sanctuary for the breakers of sacred law, or kapu, since ancient times. Here you’ll will find a temple that once housed the bones of deceased chiefs, and wooden images of the fierce gods that protect it.


    Hop aboard a powered catamaran for a cruise through Kona’s history, when Hawaiian kings ruled these tropical isles. Your guide will provide the narration as you pass by noteworthy sites including temples, battlefields and an unusual recreation site, the holua or slide. Hawaiian royalty loved sports of all kinds, the most incredible of which they called sledding – down grass covered slopes and stone ramps.


    Keep your eyes open for the resident spinner dolphins that frequent these waters year-round, and the humpback whales that visit from December through April. Enjoy a deli style turkey sandwich, fresh fruit, chips and cookies.


    Need to Know:

    Note: All efforts will be made to view the dolphins and whales, but sightings cannot be guaranteed. A full service cash bar is available for an additional charge.
    • Adult from: $149.00 USD
    • Child from: $109.00 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

    Head out on a fast-paced adventure tour aboard a 24-foot Zodiac raft for an exciting shore-hugging ride along the Kona coast. Keep your eyes open for the spinner dolphins, pilot whales, sea turtles, and manta rays that frequent these waters year-round and the humpback whales that visit from December to April.


    You destination is scenic Kealakekua Bay, the only marine sanctuary on the island of Hawaii. Here you can swim and snorkel in protected waters. On the return ride, you'll explore sea caves, lava tubes and learn more about the geology of the island.


    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.
    • Adult from: $149.00 USD
    • Child from: $109.00 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: $89.00 USD
    • Child from: $79.00 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 and sun destination for the whole family. It’s a snorkeler's paradise – with underwater visibility up to 150 feet 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 dive platform. Two extra wide swim platforms make it easy to get in and out of the water.


    This 4 1/2 hour cruise includes 2 1/2 hours of water time. Continental breakfast, a BBQ beef burger lunch, and soft drinks are included. After snorkeling, alcoholic beverages and smoothies are available for purchase at the cash bar.


    Need to Know:

    Note: To consume alcoholic beverages, guests must be at least 21 years of age. A valid ID is required by law. Use of Full Face Mask is prohibited by the Tour Operator. There is no charge for children between the ages of 0 – 5.
    • Adult from: $139.00 USD
    • Child from: $99.00 USD
    DURATION 4 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Meal
    • Family Recommended
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    Catamaran Sail & Snorkel

    Kona, Hawaii

    Duration 4 hrs

    Get ready for an action packed day as you set out aboard the Kamanu, a sailing catamaran, perhaps escorted by the playful dolphins that often follow the boat. En route you'll receive your snorkel gear and personalized instruction, then it’s into the water to look for rainbow colored reef fish, endangered sea turtles, and elusive manta and eagle rays. The underwater topography is amazing, filled with corals, lava cliffs, caves and arches. First time snorkelers are welcome.


    On the return enjoy lunch and complimentary beer or wine as light winds fill Kamanu's sails and she glides over Kona's brilliant blue waters.

    • Adult from: $139.00 USD
    • Child from: $109.00 USD
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Meal
    • Family Recommended
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    Zipline & Macadamia Nut Factory Tour

    Kona, Hawaii

    Duration 7 hrs

    Join us for a canopy experience like no other. Perched amongst the trees of Halawa, this tour features elevated suspension bridges, soaring tree platforms and thrilling ziplines. From the moment you enter the aerial trekking course, you’ll be enthralled by the magic of Kohala. Exclusive features, such as twin WhisperLinesSM and smooth stop braking, ensure your safety and comfort and deliver an experience like no other. Whether you are a real zipline enthusiast or a first time adventure seeker, the Kohala Canopy Adventure will be an unforgettable experience. Afterwards, enjoy a fresh picnic style lunch in Hawi before your scenic coastal return drive & stopping at one of Hawaii’s premier macadamia nut producers.


    Guests must wear closed-toe walking shoes, lightweight pants, capris or knee length shorts and a light sweatshirt or over-shirt are recommended.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Participants must be at least 8 years of age, weigh a minimum of 70 lbs. and maximum 270 lbs. Participants will be weighed at check-in – no refunds due to weight.


    Guests must be able to walk over unpaved terrain and handle a short climb.


    This tour is not for those with back or neck problems, an extreme fear of heights or expectant mothers.


    • Adult from: $249.00 USD
    • Child from: $249.00 USD
    DURATION 7 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
    • Meal
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    Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - Kuhuku

    Kona, Hawaii

    Duration 7 1/2 hrs

    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.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Must be able to walk on uneven terrain & up and down stairs without assistance. Deli-style picnic lunch is included.
    • Adult from: $159.00 USD
    • Child from: $159.00 USD
    DURATION 7 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
    • Meal
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    Gold Coast & Cloud Forest

    Kona, Hawaii

    Duration 3 1/2 hrs

    Explore the slopes of volcanic Hualalai to visit an endangered cloud forest. You’ll walk under a canopy of 30-foot tall tree ferns, bamboo and the flowering evergreen trees known as Ohia, and learn about the tropical flora, birds and the forest eco system.


    It’s a scenic drive to Kaloko Honokohau National Historical Park, where you’ll hike to some ancient temples and see petroglyphs carved by the native Hawaiians who once lived here. Walk to the sandy shore where fisherman stored their stocks of fish in traps and ponds, and from where Hawaiian green sea turtles, the very rare Hawaiian monk seal, dolphins and whales may be seen.


    Coffee is always top of mind when in Kona, and you’ll visit the award-winning Mountain Thunder coffee plantation for a tour of the mill, and of course, a taste of their special brew.


    Need to Know:

    Note: Closed-toe shoes and long shorts/pants required. Participants must be at least 3 years old.
    • Adult from: $109.00 USD
    • Child from: $109.00 USD
    DURATION 3 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Ultimate Cap'N Cook by Land & Sea

    Kona, Hawaii

    Duration 7 1/4 hrs

    James Cook is among the most famous and prolific British explorers and cartographers of all time. Sailing thousands of previously uncharted miles around the globe Captain Cook met his tragic end right here on Hawaii Island. Follow in the great explorers footsteps on this unique small group adventure by land and sea.


    Start by heading south deep into Kona coffee country. Visit Bay View Farm, a working 24 acre 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. Before coffee there was kapu, the ancient Hawaiian system of laws. Should a person break a kapu and face almost certain death they could make their way to a place of refuge and be absolved.


    Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park is one of those places. Explore this historic 420 acre Park with your National Park Service-trained guide and see temple platforms, fishponds, and remnants of ancient life in Hawaii. Finally, take to the seas on a high-speed Zodiac-style raft. Explore sea caves and lava tubes along the rugged Kona Coast while on the lookout for marine life all around you. Reaching the sheltered and pristine waters of Kealakekua Bay you’ll come face to face with the monument to Captain Cook, along with snorkeling that ranks among the best in Hawaii. Perfect for both beginners and experienced snorkelers. Snorkel, swim, and enjoy a deli lunch onboard before returning.


    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: $259.00 USD
    • Child from: $259.00 USD
    DURATION 7 1/4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Meal
    • Age

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Printed on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 05:39am