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Heavenly Hamakua

By The Volcano Van
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Overview

  • Kaumana lava tube, Rainbow Falls & a delicious lunch in Hilo
  • Beautiful trip along the jungle-filled Old Mamalahoa Highway
  • Journey through a rainforest to the magnificent Akaka Falls
  • Scenic drive along Kohala Mountain Road to Pololu Valley
  • First-hand look at the island's many diverse microclimates

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What's included, what's not

  • Guided van tour
  • Admission to parks
  • Use of waterproof gear
  • Lunch and bottled water
  • Roundtrip transport to and from your Kona or Hilo hotel.

Know before you book

  • You must be able to walk on unpaved or uneven terrain for no more than 1.5 miles in total.
  • Maximum group size is 5 people.
  • This activity is not wheelchair accessible.
  • Pick-up from Kona/Kohala hotels is between 9 AM and 9:30 AM. Please arrange pick-up from your hotel or a nearby location when you call to confirm your reservation.
  • Pick-up from Hilo hotels is between 10 AM and 10:15 AM. Please arrange pick-up from your hotel or a nearby location when you call to confirm your reservation.

What you can expect

Embark on a small-group island tour that opens your eyes to the majestic beauty of the Big Island’s rainforests, waterfalls and lava tunnels. With a friendly guide, a comfortable van and no more than 6 people per group, it's a fascinating and intimate experience you won't soon forget.

Leave the sunny shores of the Kona and Kohala Coasts and head to the lush rainforests found in great abundance on the island’s east side. Climb through vast prairies and high desert to Hilo via the infamous Saddle Road. Pass through the many diverse microclimates that lead many to consider the island to be one of the most unique in the world.

As you approach Hilo, take a look inside a once-scorching conduit of molten rock from the Mauna Loa volcano while learning about the importance of lava tubes in the creation of this beautiful island paradise. After a quick trip underground into the nearby Kaumana Caves, continue to Waianuenue, otherwise known as Rainbow Falls. This stunning waterfall brings generations of visitors to Hilo and is widely considered to be one of the island’s unmissable sites.

After a picnic lunch of fresh wraps from Hilo Sharks Coffee, head north along the eastern flank of the Mauna Kea volcano, known more formally as the famous Hamakua Coast. Thousands of years of erosion have carved deep valleys and steep cliffs into the side of the mountain, providing sightseers with some of the most striking imagery on the island. Continue the drive along back roads through lush jungle gulches, crossing rivers and passing scenic ocean vistas.

Proceed north along lush jungle roads to Akaka Falls State Park where, a quick walk through a rainforest leads to a stunning waterfall that plunges 442 feet (134 m) into the Kolekole gulch below. The falls are known throughout Hawaii and are among the most scenic on the island. On the way back from the falls, pass through the historic sugarcane town of Honomu, a town rich in both charm and history.

After Akaka Falls, continue to Laupahoehoe Point, where 300-foot (91 m) sea cliffs surround a peninsula on both sides. Here, the crashing windward waves of the Pacific Ocean carve rugged pinnacles into the coastline, greatly displaying the never-ending conflict between the land and the sea.

The final part of your adventure takes you up through Waimea and along Kohala Mountain Road. Here, marvel at vast cattle ranches that represent a significant part of the island’s history. Unrivalled views make up the majority of the scenery as you climb up and over the Kohala volcano, through the town of Hawi and on to the grand finale of your journey, the 1,400-foot-deep (426 m) Pololu Valley. Lush vegetation and low-hanging clouds frame the beauty of this valley, 250,000 years in the making, for an exquisite way to end a memorable tour.

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Activity Location

  • Hamakua Coast
  • Laupahoehoe HI

Meeting/Redemption Point

    • Hotel Pickup
    • Hilo HI
    • Hotel Pickup
    • Kona HI

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