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Big Island

SOUTH ISLAND EPIC COASTAL JOURNEY

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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​Features

  • Beaches

  • Views

  • Hikes

  • Snorkeling

  • Local Food

  • Storytelling

  • Cultural Sites

  • Parks

  • Gardens

  • Waterfalls/Lakes

  • Stargazing

  • Music

  • Fees & Reservations

Tour Stops

  • Saddle Road

    Saddle Road

  • Mauna Kea

    Mauna Kea Visitor Center

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    Imiloa Astronomy Center

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    Panaewa Rainforest Zoo

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    Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Farm

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    Volcano Village

  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

    Volcanoes National Park

  • Lava Tree Mold

    Lava Tree Mold drive

  • Kau Coffee Mill

    Kau Coffee Mill

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    Punalu'u Black Sand Beach

  • Whittington Beach Honuapo

    Whittington Beach

  • Naalehu Town

    Naalehu Town

  • Punaluu Bake Shop

    Punalu'u Bakeshop, Naalehu Town

  • Mark Twain Monkey Pod Tree

    (Permanently closed) Mark Twain Monkey Pod Tree

  • Ka Lae South Point

    Ka Lae - South Point

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    St. Benedict’s Painted Church

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    Pu'uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park or 'The Place Of Refuge'

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    Two Step Beach

  • Captain Cook Monument Kealakekua Bay

    Captain Cook Monument/Kealakekua Bay

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    Big Island Bees

  • Kona Coffee Living History Farm

    Kona Coffee Living Museum

  • Restaurant_Manago Hotel

    Manago Hotel

  • greenwell farm

    Greenwell Farms & Museum

  • Sun Dried Specialties

    Kona Grill House

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    Aloha Theatre

  • Paradise Meadows

    Paradise Meadows

  • Kipukapuaulu Hike

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SOUTH ISLAND EPIC COASTAL JOURNEY

Tour FAQ’s

Where does the tour go?

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!

What should I pack for the Loop Road to Hana Tour?

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

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

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.

Can I take the tour in the opposite direction?

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!

Should I do the detour to South Point?

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.

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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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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