Big Island



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

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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  • Beaches

  • Views

  • Hikes

  • Snorkeling

  • Local Food

  • Storytelling

  • Cultural Sites

  • Parks

  • Gardens

  • Waterfalls/Lakes

  • Stargazing

  • Music

  • Fees & Reservations

Tour Stops

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    Onomea Trail Hike

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    Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden

  • Akaka_Falls_Hawaii-thumbnail1

    Akaka Falls

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    Umauma Falls

  • Laupahoehoe Tsunami Monument

    Laupahoehoe Tsunami Monument

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    Tex Drive Inn

  • Waipi'o Valley Overlook and Hike

    Waipi'o Valley Overlook and Hike

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    Lava Tube

  • Waimea Town

    Waimea Town

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    Keck Observatory

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    Anna Ranch

  • Ulu Laʻau Waimea Nature Park

    Waimea Nature Park

  • Parker Ranch

    Parker Ranch

  • Saddle Road

    Saddle Road

  • Pu_U_Wa_Awa_A_Cinder_Cone-thumbnail28

    Cinder Cone

  • Mauna Kea

    Mauna Kea Visitor Center

  • imiloa_astronomy_center-thumbnail13

    Imiloa Astronomy Center

  • Hawaiian Fish Pond and Beach

    Hawaiian Fishpond & Beach

  • Coconut Island - Moku Ola

    Coconut Island

  • Queen Liliuokalani Gardens Park

    Queen Liliuokalani Park

  • Hilo Town

    Downtown Hilo

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    Rainbow Falls

  • Boiling Pots

    Boiling Pots

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    Kaumana Cave

  • Kamehameha Rock

    Naha Stone at Hilo Library

  • Laupahoehoe Train Museum



Tour FAQ’s

Where does the North Island Jungle Adventure Loop 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 budget for the North Island Jungle Adventure Loop tour?

How much you spend truly depends on what you do along the tour route, but here’s a breakdown of some costs:

  • $10.00 per person: Lunch
  • $5.00 per person: Local snack
  • $10.00 per car: Umauma Falls View and Garden
  • $5.00 per car: Akaka Falls
  • $20.00/adult and $5.00/child per person: Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
  • $10 per person: Ann Ranch Historic Home Tour
  • $19.00/adult, $12.99/child 12-4, free/children under 4: Imiloa Astronomy Center

Can I join the North Island Jungle Adventure Loop 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 North Island Jungle Adventure Loop 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!

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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Really glad we went with Shaka

Thrilled Google Tasks User | July 2022
We found the app easy to use and very well thought out. There are lots of options for which way to do the tour including skipping around and going in reverse order. The tour guide also told some very interesting stories and was really informative about what we were seeing. The voice-over coordinated with our location very well and integrated well with Google maps (not so much with Apple Maps as it dropped out of the maps app unexpectedly). Highly recommend this app, particularly the 5-tour price discount.

Just great!

kras_gg | July 2022
We completed all 5 tours for about a week!! A lot of fun, easy navigation, local music and very educational. Great work on the app!

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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