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Big Island

KOHALA COAST BACKCOUNTRY TOUR

Description

Located on the northernmost tip of Big Island, the Kohala Coast features lush, green coastline and tree-line hills. With Shaka Guide, you’ll go on a short loop drive through this unique corner of the island stopping at historic sites, beaches and hikes along the way.

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

•⁠ Hike the Pololu Trail
•⁠ Visit a massive ancient Hawaiian temple
•⁠ Explore the artsy town of Hawi
•⁠ Visit the Cowboy town of Waimea
•⁠ Stop at a statue of King Kamehameha

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Recommended Start Time: 10:00 a.m.
Tour Starting Point(s): Waikoloa
Direction: Clockwise

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​Features

  • Beaches

  • Views

  • Hikes

  • Snorkeling

  • Local Food

  • Storytelling

  • Cultural Sites

  • Parks

  • Gardens

  • Waterfalls/Lakes

  • Stargazing

  • Music

  • Fees & Reservations

Tour Stops

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    Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site

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    Lapakahi State Park

  • Hawi Town

    Hawi Town

  • King Kamehameha Statue North Kohala

    Statue of Kamehameha I

  • Kamehameha Rock

    Kamehameha Rock

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    Pololu Valley Hike

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    Kohala Mountain Scenic Lookout Point

  • Waimea Town

    Waimea Town

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    Anna Ranch

  • Ulu Laʻau Waimea Nature Park

    Waimea Nature Park

  • Parker Ranch

    Parker Ranch

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KOHALA COAST BACKCOUNTRY TOUR

Tour FAQ’s

Where does the tour go?

This tour travels counterclockwise along the western coast of Big Island beginning in Kona. You’ll travel inland exploring picturesque valleys and historic sites before returning to Kona. Here are some of the popular spots you can explore on the tour! 

  • Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site
  • Lapakahi State Park
  • Hawi Town
  • Kamehameha I Statue
  • Pololu Valley Hike
  • Kohala Mt. Road Scenic Lookout
  • Waimea Town

For help planning your day check out our Kohala Coast Backcountry Tour suggested itinerary and here's everything you need to know before you go.



What should I pack and budget?

  • Sneakers & hiking clothes
  • Jacket, temperatures vary drastically across the island 
  • Water
  • Bug spray
  • Towel
  • Bathing Suit & sandals 
  • Sunscreen 
  • Sun Glasses and/or Hat
  • Snacks
  • Car Charger
  • Camera
  • Cash (see budget below)

There are no entrance fees to any attractions on this tour, however you might want to bring some cash for food and souvenirs along the way. How much you spend really depends on the activities you choose to do along the tour route, but here’s a breakdown of some costs. 

  • $14.99: Shaka Guide’s Kohala Coast and Backcountry Tour
  • $15.00 per person: Lunch


Can I join the Reverse Road to Hana tour along the route?

Yes! Feel free to join the tour along the route. 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.



Can I take the tour in the opposite direction?

No, this tour can only be done in one direction.

Other Questions? Contact Us!


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!


Mahalo,

Shaka Guide

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Tom Jackson | June 2022
Positive experience. Once we figured out how to use it in the correct order it was informative. We recommend it. We suggest you tinker with it prior to trying to use it for a better experience. And, definitely have one person driving and another person doing the tour.
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Shaka Guide

Responded | June 2022
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Great Tours, need updated

Jim Strainic | July 2022
We enjoyed several Shaka tours while in Hawaii. Directions are clear and accurate, and info is interesting and useful. We definitely saw more because of the tours! However, the Big Island info is outdated. This is particularly problematic on Big Island, where eruptions change the landscape and what you can see, and this tour is about 4 years and 2 eruptions behind. As a result, there are things they think are closed that are not and no mention of how to see the current eruption. For the price, I would expect more timely info…at least an update each year, as travel books do.
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Made our trip so easy

Latka patka | July 2022
We used every single tour in this bundle at different times while on the Big Island. It was so nice to find hidden spots and also hear all the history. It made it easy and entertaining for our kids as well. Thanks Shaka guide!
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