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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. ...
    Indulge in generous samplings of Hawaii’s most iconic products on a culinary adventure that will begin at the Mountain Thunder coffee plantation. more...

    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. Although Hawaii isn’t as well known for its rum, it probably should be, as you will discover by sampling a refreshing cocktail at the Kuleana Rum Works. The rum is made on the island from 40 varieties of heirloom sugarcane.


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    • Adult from: $199.00 USD
    • Child from: $199.00 USD
    DURATION 6 3/4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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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. ...
    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. more...

    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.


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    • Adult from: $179.00 USD
    • Child from: $179.00 USD
    DURATION 6 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
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    Historic Kona

    Kona, Hawaii

    Duration 3 1/2 hrs

    Explore historic Kona, stop at St. Benedict's painted church, and step back in time at Puuhonua O Honaunau, once a political and religious sanctuary. Stop for a taste of local Kona coffee and maybe bring some home. ...
    Explore historic Kona, stop at St. Benedict's painted church, and step back in time at Puuhonua O Honaunau, once a political and religious sanctuary. Stop for a taste of local Kona coffee and maybe bring some home. more...

    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, 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.

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    • Adult from: $105.00 USD
    • Child from: $75.00 USD
    DURATION 3 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Kona Mocha

    Kona, Hawaii

    Duration 4 hrs

    Sample Kona Joe’s award winning trellised coffee, and melt-in-your-mouth chocolate from the Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory. Visit the sites and learn about the growth and processing of these two fabulous beans. ...
    Sample Kona Joe’s award winning trellised coffee, and melt-in-your-mouth chocolate from the Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory. Visit the sites and learn about the growth and processing of these two fabulous beans. more...

    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.


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    • Adult from: $105.00 USD
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    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. ...
    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. more...

    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 sandwich, fresh fruit, a gluten free/vegan pasta salad, chips and cookies.


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    • Adult from: $169.00 USD
    • Child from: $129.00 USD
    DURATION 7 1/4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Captain Zodiac Raft, Snorkel & Dolphin Adventure

    Kona, Hawaii

    Duration 3 1/2 hrs

    Head to Kealakekua Bay in a 24-foot Zodiac on this fast-paced adventure tour. Swim and snorkel in the bay’s protected waters, then explore sea caves and lava tubes and learn more about the geology of the island. ...
    Head to Kealakekua Bay in a 24-foot Zodiac on this fast-paced adventure tour. Swim and snorkel in the bay’s protected waters, then explore sea caves and lava tubes and learn more about the geology of the island. more...

    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.

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    • Adult from: $155.00 USD
    • Child from: $115.00 USD
    DURATION 3 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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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. ...
    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. more...

    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.


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    • Adult from: $95.00 USD
    • Child from: $85.00 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. ...
    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. more...

    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.


    A continental breakfast, BBQ beef burger lunch, gluten free/vegan pasta salad and soft drinks are included.


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    • Adult from: $139.00 USD
    • Child from: $99.00 USD
    DURATION 4 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - Kuhuku

    Kona, Hawaii

    Duration 7 1/2 hrs

    Explore the highly restricted and preserved 116,000 acre Kahuku unit of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on this small-group adventure. ...
    Explore the highly restricted and preserved 116,000 acre Kahuku unit of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on this small-group adventure. more...

    Explore the highly restricted and preserved 116,000 acre Kahuku unit of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on this small-group adventure.


    Start with a private tour and tasting at Bay View Farm specializing in 100% Kona Coffee since 1984 along with stunning views of Kealakekua Bay and the Captain Cook monument below. Stop at famed Painted Church whose interiors are covered in paintings and frescoes dating back to 1899. Reaching Kahuku, your National Park Service-trained guide will lead you on a hike past cinder cones, lava tree molds, and a hidden meadow with stands of old growth native trees.


    Climb Pu’u o Lokuana cinder cone, complete with historic cinder quarry, sweeping views, and remnants of this areas plantation-era past. Continue on to Punalu’u Black Sand Beach and it’s resting giant green sea turtles, and Punalu’u Bakery, the southern-most bakery in the US before returning to Kona. Picnic-style lunch included along the way.


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    • Adult from: $159.00 USD
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    DURATION 7 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
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    Gold Coast & Cloud Forest

    Kona, Hawaii

    Duration 3 1/2 hrs

    Explore Kona’s Gold Coast from sea to mountain on this small-group excursion. ...
    Explore Kona’s Gold Coast from sea to mountain on this small-group excursion. more...

    Explore Kona’s Gold Coast from sea to mountain on this small-group excursion.


    Visit Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park with your Park-certified guide and remnants of ancient life in Hawaii including temples and fishponds. Look for resting giant green sea turtles here. Drive up Hualalai Volcano to Kona Could Forest Sanctuary and take a walk under a cool canopy of 30 foot tall tree ferns, native trees, bamboo, and exotic birds. A wild flock of cockatoo inhabit the tree above. Mountain Thunder Coffee Farm is next with a tour of the mill and free tasting of their 100% Kona coffee.


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    • Adult from: $109.00 USD
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    DURATION 3 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Ultimate Cap'n Cook Snorkel & Coffee

    Kona, Hawaii

    Duration 7 1/4 hrs

    Follow in Captain Cook’s footsteps on this small-group excursion. ...
    Follow in Captain Cook’s footsteps on this small-group excursion. more...

    Follow in Captain Cook’s footsteps on this small-group excursion.


    Tour begins with a private tour and taste at a Kona coffee farm with spectacular views of Kealakekua Bay where Captain Cook finally met his demise. Briefly stop at the famous Painted Church to view its interior decorated with paintings and frescoes in 1899. Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park, casually known as “place of refuge”, was where ancient Hawaiians could be absolved of law-breaking offenses. If they made it here alive.


    Your National Park Service-certified guide will walk you through this 420 acre Park with temple platforms, fishponds, and other remnants of ancient life in Hawaii. Next, take to the seas on a high-speed Zodiac-style powerboat. Explore sea caves and lava tubes along the Kona coast on the way to Kealakekua Bay where you’ll experience snorkeling ranked among the best in Hawaii. Picnic-style lunch included along the way.


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    • Adult from: $259.00 USD
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    DURATION 7 1/4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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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. ...
    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. more...

    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.


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    • Adult from: $279.00 USD
    • Child from: $279.00 USD
    DURATION 6 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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NCL makes arrangements for Guests for shore excursions solely for the convenience of the Guest; NCL does not act on behalf of or supervise the parties or persons who own, furnish, or operate such excursions, and the same are provided by independent contractors. NCL assumes no responsibility for, nor guarantees the performance of, any such excursion provider, and Guests acknowledge that NCL shall not be liable for losses or injuries arising from the acts or omissions of such provider.

Participation in activities and excursions may involve physical exertion, and may be potentially hazardous or dangerous. It is the responsibility of each individual to determine whether you are capable of engaging in any activity. Participation in any activity or excursion is at your own risk.

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Our group shore excursions are offered in English. Depending on the booking situation, various excursions are also offered in German, Spanish, French, Italian or Russian (minimum number of 30 participants). The tours offered may vary from cruise to cruise. Please see the detailed information for your shore excursion on board.