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: $94.00 USD
    • Child from: $69.00 USD
    DURATION 3 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Guests with Disabilities
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    Hilton Waikoloa Village Day Pass

    Kona, Hawaii

    Duration 6 hrs

    Spend a delightful day at the luxurious Hilton Waikoloa Village, where you will have access to the oceanfront resort’s spectacular swimming pools and beach lagoon.


    After departing from the pier, you will enjoy an immensely picturesque drive north along the Kohala Coast, a dramatic landscape that volcanic eruptions shaped centuries ago. Before long, you will arrive at the Hilton Waikoloa Village, a resort that sprawls across 62 acres of oceanfront paradise.


    With your day pass in hand, you will have complete access to the resort’s three swimming pools and lagoon beach. These are no ordinary seaside pools, as they are surrounded by towering coconut palms and lush tropical landscaping and beautiful waterfalls cascade into the crystal-clear water. It’s an ideal setting to simply lie back in a lounge chair, bask in the sun or read a good book with nothing on your mind but relaxing.


    If you are feeling ambitious, your day pass also includes the use of watersports equipment at the lagoon. You might pedal around in a paddleboat, observe the underwater world from the comfort of a glass-bottom kayak, or jump up on one of the stand-up paddleboards. They are remarkably easy to maneuver, even if you are a novice.


    Other options include a refreshing swim in the ocean, strolling along the powdery beach and dining on your own. With no schedule to follow and plenty of time to enjoy the resort’s amenities, you are sure to be relaxed when you return to the pier.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour includes a $25.00 food & beverage credit per adult, $15.00 food & beverage credit per child (age 3-12), 1 hour use of any lagoon toy (can be used with multiple toys), one keepsake tote bag with one bottle of water and use of a pool towel (return at departure).
    • Adult from: $199.00 USD
    • Child from: $179.00 USD
    DURATION 6 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Family Recommended
    • 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: $94.00 USD
    • Child from: $94.00 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: $144.00 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.


    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.
    • 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: $135.00 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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    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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    Magical Seahorse Discovery

    Kona, Hawaii

    Duration 2 hrs

    Discover the enchanted underwater world of seahorses at the only seahorse farm in the United States. Pet these exotic sea animals, and delight as they curl their tail around your finger! Learn why Animal Planet has rated the seahorse as the most extreme father. These amazing animals are the only fish species where the males undergo a true pregnancy!


    Watch as pairs hook their tails together to swim around. Your guide will explain the value of seahorses in the ocean environment and field of medicine. With one of the largest collections of seahorses in the world, this guided tour is educational, fun and interactive.


    Need to Know:

    Note: This tour is not available on Sundays. Participants under 4 years of age are not permitted to touch the seahorses.
    • Adult from: $84.00 USD
    • Child from: $54.00 USD
    DURATION 2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
    • Family Recommended
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    Beach Transfer

    Kona, Hawaii

    Duration 5 hrs

    Anaehoomalu Bay, or “A-Bay” as the locals call it, is a natural marine preserve, and one of the most beautiful beaches on the Big Island. The sand is a salt and pepper mix of coral and volcanic rock, and the entrance to the beach is through a lava desert. This transfer begins with a scenic drive across the lava fields of the Kohala coast. Once at the beach, you can rent snorkel equipment, boogie boards and kayaks at an additional cost.


    Need to Know:

    Note: We recommend you wear a swimsuit and bring a towel. Food and refreshments are available for purchase.
    • Adult from: $54.00 USD
    • Child from: $44.00 USD
    DURATION 5 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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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. You’ll then switch to a rugged 6WD Pinzgauer for the short off-road 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: $209.00 USD
    • Child from: $209.00 USD
    DURATION 6 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
    • Meal
    • Family Recommended
    • Age

Please note: The information in this document was current at time of printing. Tour descriptions and prices vary by ship and sailing date and are subject to change without notice. Log into My NCL for the applicable information specific to your cruise.

Printed on Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 07:00pm