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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Full-Day Tour (8-12 Hours) 159 Narration Points

​Features

  • Beaches

  • Views

  • Hikes

  • Snorkeling

  • Local Food

  • Storytelling

Tour Stops

  • Saddle Road

  • Mauna Kea Visitor Center

  • Imiloa Astronomy Center

  • Panaewa Rainforest Zoo

  • Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Farm

  • Volcano Village

  • Volcanoes National Park

  • Lava Tree Mold drive

  • Kau Coffee Mill

  • Punalu'u Black Sand Beach

  • Whittington Beach

  • Naalehu Town

  • Punalu'u Bakeshop, Naalehu Town

  • (Permanently closed) Mark Twain Monkey Pod Tree

  • Ka Lae - South Point

  • St. Benedict’s Painted Church

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

  • Two Step Beach

  • Captain Cook Monument/Kealakekua Bay

  • Big Island Bees

  • Kona Coffee Living Museum

  • Manago Hotel

  • Greenwell Farms & Museum

  • Kona Grill House

  • Aloha Theatre

  • 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 Tour?

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 Loop Road to Hana Tour

  • $30.00 per car: Haleakala National Park (Oheo Pools)
  • $15.00 for adults: Garden of Eden (per person)
  • $10.00 per car: Waianapanapa State Park
  • $5.00 per person: Waianapanapa State Park
  • $11.95 per person: Hana Lava Tube
  • $10.00 per person: Kahana Gardens
  • $15.00 per person: Lunch
  • $10.00: Local snack, like banana bread or shave ice

Can I join the 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!

Still have questions? Send us an email at aloha@shakaguide.com or give us a call on 1-888-250-2261.

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What a Great Day!

PollyBurk | January 2022
This tour worked out so well for us! We have never been on the Big Island but were able to see many “treasures” that we surely would not have discovered in our own! We followed the tips and found ourselves well prepared and able to use the technology. We plan to use these tours again and have recommended to others!

Makes it easy!

Smacrow | January 2022
We loved our Shaka Tours! We did the Volcanos and Big Kahuna for two of the days we were on Big Island. We bought the package for Maui as well, we enjoyed these so much. He makes it easy to follow along once you get oriented to the map. We enjoyed the tidbits of history along the journey as well as the highlights of places to stop and look at. Made our trip very memorable. Only feedback is we wish the map moved directionally up (like Google maps does) instead of keeping true north (or maybe we didn't figure it out!). Highly recommended!

Great Travel Companion

Broman LG | January 2022
We had great success and a lot of fun using the tour app for Volcano National Park. We hit all the sites, and the guide was extremely useful. The fact that it tracks your progress through the park, all the while offering useful tips and interesting anecdotes made it very worthwhile. I think it made the 4+ hour day seemingly go by much faster. Would definitely recommend for other travelers.
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