Big Island

NORTH ISLAND JUNGLE ADVENTURE LOOP

Description

Drive along lush coastline and through tropical jungle roads to marvel at majestic waterfalls, hike forest trails and stargaze atop Mauna Kea, the tallest mountain in Hawaii. This tour also does a neat drive around Hilo town’s backroads to check out a fishpond, huge waterfall, and a cave you can actually explore.

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

•⁠ Stargaze at Mauna Kea
•⁠ Walk to Akaka Falls
•⁠ Hike Onomea Trail
•⁠ Explore Kaumana Caves
•⁠ Selfie with Rainbow Falls
•⁠ Visit Waipio Valley Lookout
•⁠ Eat Malasada at Tex’s Drive In

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Recommended Start Time: 8:00 a.m.
Tour Starting Point(s): Kona, Waikoloa and Hilo
Direction: Clockwise or Counterclockwise
Please Note: We recommend hiking to Waipio Valley. Driving, even if with 4-wheel drive, is dangerous. Trust us!

If you are feeling adventurous, combine this tour with our Kohala Coast & Backcountry Tour for a full-day of fun!

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Full-Day Tour (8-12 Hours) 158 Narration Points

​Features

  • Beaches

  • Views

  • Hikes

  • Snorkeling

  • Local Food

  • Storytelling

Tour Stops

  • Onomea Trail Hike

  • Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden

  • Akaka Falls

  • Umauma Falls

  • Laupahoehoe Tsunami Monument

  • Tex Drive Inn

  • Waipi'o Valley Overlook and Hike

  • Lava Tube

  • Waimea Town

  • Keck Observatory

  • Anna Ranch

  • Waimea Nature Park

  • Parker Ranch

  • Saddle Road

  • Cinder Cone

  • Mauna Kea Visitor Center

  • Imiloa Astronomy Center

  • Hawaiian Fishpond & Beach

  • Coconut Island

  • Queen Liliuokalani Park

  • Downtown Hilo

  • Rainbow Falls

  • Boiling Pots

  • Kaumana Cave

  • Naha Stone at Hilo Library

  • Laupahoehoe Train Museum

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NORTH ISLAND JUNGLE ADVENTURE LOOP

Tour FAQ’s

Where does the tour go?

This tour travels across the northern part of Big Island, taking you from Hilo in the east to Kona in the west, or vice versa! One of the best things about this tour is that you can start it from either side of the island depending on your travel plans.


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


  • Waipio Valley Lookout
  • Laupahoehoe Tsunami Monument
  • Akaka Falls
  • Onomea Trail
  • Rainbow Falls
  • Kaumana Caves
  • Mauna Kea Visitor Center

For help planning your day check our North Island Jungle Adventure Loop 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)


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 North Island Jungle Adventure Loop
  • $30.00 per car: Park entrance per car (cash or credit) 
  • $5.00 per car and $1 per pedestrian: Akaka Falls
  • $15.00 per person: Lunch 
  • $15.00/ adults and $5.00/children per person: Kona Living Museum

Can I join the 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?

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!

Can I drive into Waipio Valley?

No, we strongly recommend that you hike into the valley. Driving, even with four-wheel drive, is dangerous.

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.

Customer Reviews

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Krystle Molyneux | September 2021
We loved hearing the stories and beautiful island music. There were a lot of things that we would have missed on the crater rim trail because we were short on time. But with this guide we knew it was a quick get out overlook. So many interesting things to learn!

Shaka Guide

Responded | September 2021

Wendy and Jon Robaidek | September 2021
If you have rented a car, this is an awesome addition to your trip! It has great historical stories of the island, awesome Hawaiian music, and step by step guide to all of the sights on the island! We loved it!

Shaka Guide

Responded | September 2021

Brian L | September 2021
Overall, this is an impressive app. We used it for the Hawaii Volcano National Park tour. I had a rental car and getting the Android Auto operting on it was challenging, but after a few minutes of troubleshooting via Shaka's help, it worked well. It would be nice to have had a downloadable map and guide for my copilot to have. If that is an option, I missed that. Altogether, a worthwhile app and I would give 4.5 stars if I could. Almost perfect!

Shaka Guide

Responded | September 2021
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