Hawaii

SOUTH ISLAND EPIC COASTAL JOURNEY

DurationDuration 8-12 hrs
DirectionTour Directions 5
tour Tour Stops 28
$19.99

Description

Take a journey through the southern half of Big Island. Drive across barren lava fields that are wedged between two active volcanoes: Mauna Loa and Kilauea. As you travel you’ll come across a black sand beach and local coffee and macadamia nut farms. Take an optional side trip -- don't worry, we'll guide you -- to Ka Lae (South Point) for cliff jumping and a hike to a green sand beach. End the day at Mauna Kea, the tallest mountain in Hawaii, for stargazing.

Here are just a few of the fun things you can do on the tour!

•⁠ Drink local coffee at Kau Coffee Farm
•⁠ Visit a black sand beach
•⁠ Stargaze atop Mauna Kea
•⁠ Visit an ancient historic site
•⁠ Hike to Big Island’s green sand beach

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Recommended Start Time: 8:00 a.m.
Tour Starting Point(s): Kona, Waikoloa and Hilo
Direction: Clockwise or Counterclockwise

For even more fun, combine this tour with our Volcanoes National Park Tour!

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Tour Stops

Preview Audio

Tour Welcome Mauna Kea from Waikoloa
Origin Story & Discovery
Adz Quarry
Star Navigation in Hawaii
Mauna Loa Story
1946 Tsunami
Tour Overview
What Science Says About the Creation of Hawaii
Where is the lava?
Explain Tree Molds
Hula & Merrie Monarch Festival
Pahala Town & Kau Coffee
Paradise Meadows
The Drive out
History of Ka Lae
Green Sand Beach
Modern Hawaii
Hualalai Volcano - King Kam
Tour Overview
What Science Says About the Creation of Hawaii
Where is the lava?
Explain Tree Molds
Hula & Merrie Monarch Festival
Pahala Town & Kau Coffee
Paradise Meadows
The Drive out
History of Ka Lae
Green Sand Beach
Modern Hawaii
Hualalai Volcano - King Kam
Origin Story & Discovery
Adz Quarry
Star Navigation in Hawaii
Mauna Loa Story
1946 Tsunami
HISTORY OF KA LAE

Tour FAQs

This tour takes across the entire island from Hilo on the eastern coast to Kona in the west. One of the best things about this tour  you can start it from either side of the island depending on your travel plans. The tour travels in a loop, ending where you began, but you can also break it up into multiple days, or combine it with our Volcanoes National Park and Kona Big Kahuna Tours. 


Here are some of the popular spots you can explore on the tour! 


  • Kealakekua Bay
  • Kuamoo Battlefield
  • Ka Lae (South Point)
  • Papakolea Beach (Green Sand Beach) 
  • Kau Coffee Farm
  • Punalu’u Bakery 
  • Punalu’u Black Sand Beach
  • Volcanoes National Park (optional side trip, download our Volcanoes National Park tour) 
  • Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Farm
  • Mauna Kea Visitor Center

There’s an optional detour to South Point, where you can cliff jump at the southernmost tip of the United States.


For help planning your day check our South Island Epic Coastal Journey suggested itinerary and here's everything you need to know before you go!

Here’s our packing list for this tour. It may seem a little long, but remember, what you bring depends on the activities you choose to do for the day.

  • Layers of clothing and a jacket
  • Sneakers
  • Hiking Clothes
  • Water Bottle
  • Bug Spray
  • Towel
  • Bathing Suit
  • Sandals
  • Sunscreen
  • Sun Glasses and/or hat
  • Snacks
  • Cash - many stops along the way are cash only
  • Car Charger *Very Important*
  • Phone Mount

Yes! Feel free to join the tour along the route. Just make sure that you follow the numbers in chronological order from where you are starting from.  If you don’t begin at one of the tour starting points you’ll miss a few stories, but you’ll still have a great experience.

Yes! This is one of the few tours that you can do both clockwise and counterclockwise around the island  it truly depends on what works best with your schedule and travel plans. This tour has three starting points: Kona, Waikoloa and Hilo. All directions are the same tour so pick the one that’s best for you!

It depends. If you’re looking to cliff jump at the southernmost tip of the United States or hike to the green sand beach then we recommend you make the detour. The detour itself takes about an hour, but plan to spend more time if you're going to cliff jump or hike. The hike is five miles round trip and takes about 3 hours. If not, you might want to skip it and save that time for other activities along the route.


Do you have other questions that we didn’t list here? 

Feel free to message us through the in-app chat box, Facebook Messenger, our emailor give us a call at 1-888-250-2261. We will be glad to help and answer your questions as soon as possible!


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Shaka Guide

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